Catalina Rodas

2009 Public Interest Grant Recipient

Ms. Rodas will graduate from Southwestern School of Law, where she currently has a 3.5 GPA and is ranked in the top 20% of her class, in the Spring of 2011.  After graduating from the University of Florida, Ms. Rodas began working at Peaceful Paths, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, where she actively worked to change domestic violence laws in Florida.  In an effort to learn from other state’s laws she moved to California to work at Sojourn, a domestic violence shelter in Santa Monica.  Ms. Rodas planned to stay for one year but her passion for helping others kept her at Sojourn for four years.  Along with her many duties she was also the coordinator for WLALA’s weekly legal clinic at Sojourn.  Ms. Rodas still works two nights per week at Sojourn and along with pursuing a career helping victims of domestic violence through direct services and improved legislation, she also plans to continue working or at least volunteering at Sojourn forever.   For her passion and commitment to ending violence against women, WLALA is honored to name Ms. Rodas a 2009 Scholarship recipient.