Christina joined PLS in August 2021, after graduating from the University at Buffalo School of Law. As a law student, she interned with PLS in Buffalo and helped to establish the PLS Education Matters Unit, which assists individuals in New York State prisons with their academic and vocational education and programming. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Christina also interned with the Volunteer Lawyers’ Project, Erie County Family Court Help Desk, where she conducted intake and assisted indigent families plead their cases while court doors remained closed. Prior to attending law school, Christina attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. There, she was one of six students selected to participate in the University of Houston Pre-Law Pipeline Program, which aims to increase the representation of underrepresented students in legal education. While in Houston, Christina witnessed the immigration crisis at our Southern border firsthand and volunteered with The Baker Ripley Organization to assist low-income permanent residents fill out applications for naturalization. As a Rosanna Rosado Fellow at John Jay, she was further provided with a scholarship which allowed her to take a break from her full-time serving position at the world’s largest Applebee’s in Times Square, NYC. She alternatively interned for Justice Sallie Manzanet-Daniels in the New York Appellate Division, First Department, and Justice Francois Rivera in Kings County Supreme Court. Christina’s experiences have solidified her dedication to assisting disenfranchised individuals and affirmed her passion for transforming the legal system into an equitable one.