G. Jacqueline Mejia-Cuéllar
2023 RBG Scholarship Recipient
Ms. Mejia-Cuéllar is entering her second year at University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly known as the University of California, Hastings College of the Law).
Ms. Mejia-Cuéllar is the first in her family to graduate from high school and the first to pursue a law career. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Yale University (where she was a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Program Scholar all four years), Ms. Mejia-Cuéllar spent six years working for organizations focusing on immigration (National Immigration Law Center and FWD.us) and reproductive justice (If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice). At FWD.us, Ms. Mejia-Cuéllar developed social media strategy for a bilingual website that offered legal resources for the immigrant community. At If/When/How, Ms. Mejia-Cuéllar worked directly with clients (some of whom also faced immigration issues) who were criminalized for self-managing their abortions.
This summer, Ms. Mejia-Cuéllar is working as an intern for the Honorable Nina R. Morrison of the Eastern District of New York. Ms. Mejia-Cuéllar was excited to apply for an internship Judge Morrison after learning about Judge Morrison long career at the Innocence Project as the former senior litigation counsel. Ms. Mejia-Cuéllar hopes to continue working with marginalized communities defending reproductive rights and immigrant rights after law school.