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    St. Thomas University - School of LawThe St. Thomas Law Review is established for the purpose of enhancing the analytical, research, and writing skills of its membership, and advancing debate within the legal community by publishing a professional journal and online companion known as the St. Thomas Law Review.

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    Our Board of Editors

    Executive Board

    Olivia Diaz de Villegas
    Editor-in-Chief

    Olivia Diaz de Villegas

    Olivia Diaz de Villegas serves as Editor-in-Chief for the St. Thomas Law Review. She graduated from the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a Minor in Mass Communications, and a Master of Science degree in Business Management. She received recognition for obtaining the highest score in the 2020 Summer Writing Competition. During the Spring of 2021, she was a judicial intern under the Honorable Migna Sanchez-Llorens in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County. She was also afforded an opportunity to hold a position as a Law Clerk at Halpern Rodriguez, LLP. She is interested in practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and business transactions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and yellow Lab, Charlie.

    Nicholas Bastidas
    Managing Editor

    Nicholas Bastidas

    Nico attended Florida State University and graduated cum laude in Sport Management. In the Spring of 2021, he returned to Tallahassee to serve as a Judicial Intern to Justice John D. Couriel of the Florida Supreme Court. He currently works as a law clerk at Pacin Levine, P.A. in Miami and aspires to work in civil litigation. In his free time, Nico enjoys spending time with his loved ones and cheering on the Miami Dolphins and FSU Seminoles.

    Alexa Martinez
    Executive Editor

    Alexa Martinez

    Alexa Martinez serves as Executive Editor for the St. Thomas Law Review. She obtained her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from St. Thomas University. Currently, she is acquiring a Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration, specializing in International Business. She is interning with in-house counsel and financial executives for a publicly traded company, where she has gained experience in areas such as corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions. She hopes to serve as a corporate lawyer in the future. During her leisure time, Alexa enjoys cooking, baking and having movie marathons with her family and Havanese puppy.

    Zac Davis
    Notes & Comments Editor

    Zac Davis

    Zac obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida State University with a minor in International Relations. As an undergraduate, he interned for the National Emergency Management Association in the Legislation and Public Policy department where he assisted in drafting the 2016 Presidential Candidates’ Policy Brief. Currently, Zac works as a Law Clerk for Gimble Law, P.A. doing Business/Commercial Litigation, Contracts, and Intellectual Property. He is interested in Business/Commercial Litigation, Cannabis Law, and Intellectual Property with a desire to become a Business/Legal Consultant in the Cannabis Industry. In his free time, Zac enjoys working out and playing video games.

    Keyla Rodriguez
    Notes & Comments Editor

    Keyla Rodriguez

    Keyla attended Florida International University, earning a Bachelor in International Business and a Certificate in International Trade and Investment. Before graduation, she began working with Babun and Torres, P.A., a family law office located in Kendall, Florida. While working there, Keyla witnessed the practical side of law and the satisfaction of assisting clients. She is interested in practicing in the areas of business transactions and intellectual property. In her free time, she enjoys reading and window-shopping.

    Aimee Garces
    Senior Articles Editor

    Aimee Garces

    Aimee Garces graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. During the summer of 2020, she interned for the Guardian ad Litem Program for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court. Aimee also interned for Legal Services of Greater Miami in the Tenants’ Rights and Supportive Services for Veterans’ Unit. Currently, she is a law student representative at the St. Thomas Law Appellate Litigation Clinic and President of the St. Thomas Law Moot Court board. Aimee has competed in the ABA National Moot Court Competition in 2021 and was a quarterfinalist for the Robert Orseck Competition in 2021. In addition, Aimee is a Law Clerk for Buchmiller & Associates, LLC, assisting the partners with family law cases.

    Bridget Gonzalez
    Senior Articles Editor

    Bridget Gonzalez

    Bridget Gonzalez is from Miami, Florida and a third year at St. Thomas University College of Law. She is the Senior Articles Editor of the St. Thomas Law Review and the President of the St. Thomas Business Law Society. She is pursuing a Business Law Certificate and wrote her entry law review paper on Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration Act and its application to members of the gig economy. Bridget is currently working at Wills and Trusts firm where she has been exposed to will drafting and the administration of a probate estate.

    Sarah Lavelanet
    Senior Articles Editor

    Sarah Lavelanet

    Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and for the past 10 years has worked as a paralegal specializing in estate planning, probate, and corporate law. Upon graduation from law school, she intends to obtain an LL.M. degree in Taxation. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and 4-year-old daughter and also enjoys running.

    Kevin Niser
    Articles Solicitation Editor

    Kevin Niser

    Kevin graduated from Florida International University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations with the honor of summa cum laude. His experience includes working as a law clerk at Legal Service of Greater Miami and at the law office of Paul E. Gifford, Esq. He is interested in family law, maritime law, and product liability. In his leisure, he enjoys spending time in the ocean, travel, and movies.

    Ricardo Jerome
    Executive Online Editor

    Ricardo Jerome

    Ricardo is a Florida International University graduate with a degree in Political Science. He has an interest in specializing in Real Estate and Corporate Law. He has interned for the Honorable Adalberto Jordan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In his free time, he loves listening to music and watching movies.

    Danay Hernandez
    Alumni Outreach Editor

    Danay Hernandez

    Danay Hernandez graduated from Florida International University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During the Fall of her 2L year, she served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Miguel De La O in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County. Currently, she is a Summer Associate for Kelley Kronenberg in their Fort Lauderdale office. Moreover, she will be representing St. Thomas University College of Law in the 2021 Emory University Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition. She enjoys watching Netflix and spending time with her two dogs, Roxy and Abby.


    Editors Board

    Comments Editors

    Janella Lopez

    Christina Sprague

    Articles Editors

    Christine Benavente

    Frances Dourvetakis

    Alessandra Dumenigo

    Katia Toledo

    Erika Villa

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