Teresa Gutierrez

2013 Public Interest Grant Recipient

Ms. Gutierrez will be entering her third year at Loyola Law School this fall.  Ms. Gutierrez has had a long-standing commitment to women and children issues.  While pursuing her undergraduate degree at USC, Ms. Gutierrez tutored elementary school children through the USC Joint Educational Project.  She also participated in beautification projects and weekend support groups for battered women at the Casa de Rosas Sunshine Mission for Women in Los Angeles.  She was also involved with the Women and Youth Supporting Each Other chapter at USC, where she devised and delivered lesson plans to empower middle school girls to make good choices for themselves.   After graduating from USC, Ms. Gutierrez served as the Program and Operations Associate at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), where she helped set up the organization’s headquarters office and manage its nationwide field offices.  While at KIND, she also assisted immigrant and indigent children in immigration removal proceedings.  During law school, Ms. Gutierrez has worked for the Compton Superior Court Self-Help Center, where she assisted in the domestic violence clinic and at the Casa Cornelia Law Center, where she assisted in status applications for minors.  This summer Ms. Gutierrez will be a judicial extern for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.