The FBANC Mentorship Committee serves as resource for law students, recent graduates and newer attorneys.
"I joined FBANC during my 2L year of law school and as part of their membership, I was enrolled in the mentorship program.
I was paired with an attorney, Natalie Garcia, who immediately reached out to me to schedule a time to grab from coffee. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Natalie who not only gave me advice on my resume and bar studies but asked me to work on a few legal research and writing projects at her firm, Lepera + Associates. She was always willing to give me guidance and feedback as well as share her experiences. As a result of Natalie's introduction, I was later asked to return to Lepera + Associates during post-bar and was ultimately hired as an attorney at the firm.
FBANC's mentorship program has had a significant and meaningful impact on me and I believe it is an invaluable opportunity for law students to connect with attorneys who are open to sharing their experiences in the legal profession." – Patrick Hormillosa
"I can honestly say that FBANC mentorship has meant everything to me. Law school/the legal community is an intimidating space, and from the very beginning, FBANC was there to help me navigate it. I met Abi Rivamonte-Mesa during my 1L year and volunteered for her at the Typhoon Haiyan Fundraiser, where she introduced me to other FBANC attorneys like Billy Chan and Vanessa Candelaria. To this day, Billy still advises me and constantly helps direct the trajectory of my legal career. Vanessa is an alumnus of my school and still serves as a role model and consistent source of support and affirmation for me. I also met Lorna Garcia through the formal mentorship program; she is another alumnus of my school, has sponsored my ticket to Warriors Games and other social events, and has been someone I could really relate to. I consider many members of the FBANC community as mentors, and without a doubt, each of them has played a irreplaceable role in both my professional and personal development." – Leo Cristobal
As someone who went to law school straight out of college, I was terrified and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. As a 1L starting at UC Hastings, I wasn't quite sure how anything worked and that in a mere three years I'll be done and (hopefully) will be a lawyer! One of the first things that I was intent on doing was becoming a part of any kind of Filipino organizations because growing up, I had no one in my family who I could ask for advice in terms of becoming a lawyer here in the US. Upon joining the Pilipino American Law Society at Hastings, I was thrilled to learn about FBANC and was especially excited about the mentorship program. I signed up immediately and around December I got paired with my mentor Paul Rivera.
Getting paired with Paul has undoubtedly been one of the most positive experiences for me in law school (I probably haven't told Paul this in person yet, but it's true!!). It was amazing to be paired with a Filipino attorney who was also a fellow Berkeley alum (Go Bears!) as well as a Hastings alum. He even externed in the same office that I did during my 1L Summer! To have this connection with Paul was and continues to be extremely important for me because as I mentioned earlier, I hadn't gotten the opportunity to be mentored by or even just to talk with someone who has gone down the path that I hope to follow along. Since being officially paired, Paul has consistently reached out to me at least almost once a month, even if it's just via an email to see how I'm doing. I got the chance to have lunch with him at Google (coolest experience ever!) because he wanted to introduce me to another Filipina attorney who had previously worked in entertainment (the field I'm hoping to enter). This meant so much to me because he understood how important learning about that field was for me and made sure to connect me with others who could help me out. Having this connection in my 1L year gave me so much hope and confidence that there are people out there who want to support me and see me succeed. Thank you Paul and also thank you to FBANC for providing these kinds of connections and mentorships for law students. There are not many Filipinos represented in this field, so being able to see attorneys who look like me and who want to help me has been nothing short of inspiring. – Liz Medrano
Dinner with PALS
On Wednesday, September 8, 2016 FBANC board members and Pilipino American Law Society (PALS) leaders: Raymond Singson from UC Hastings, Joannabelle Aquino from the University of San Francisco, Marco Samson from Golden Gate University, and Dana Bass from UC Berkeley. FBANC and PALS met over dinner, continuing FBANC's long tradition of staying connected with and providing support to law students. The group shared their organizations' goals on serving the Pilipino community and talked about strategies on how to provide young Pilipinos in law school what they need. FBANC congratulates incoming PALS 1Ls for taking their first step into their legal careers and is very proud of our 2Ls and 3Ls for their dedication and hard work!
Mentorship Networking Mixer
On October 27th, FBANC held a mentorship networking mixer sponsored by FBANC Platinum Sponsor Freitas, Angell & Weingberg LLP. It was pouring rain but mentees showed up and learned some networking tips from FBANC board member Marc Pilotin. After Marc's brief workshop, mentees practiced their newly acquired skills on FBANC attorney members. We hope everyone had a fun night getting to know each other!