California ChangeLawyers

California ChangeLawyers (formerly California Bar Foundation) is a statewide foundation that empowers the next generation of lawyers, judges, & activists.

Betzy Bras-Gonzalez

UC Hastings

3L Scholar

Scholarship co-sponsored by

San Francisco La Raza Lawyers

Born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, Betzy immigrated to the United States at only nine months old and has called Guadalupe, California home ever since. Living in the small, agricultural town laid the foundation for her desire to attend law school. Betzy was raised with the belief that so long as you work hard you can achieve anything. Unfortunately, she soon learned that for some people, specifically low-wage workers, no matter how much hard work and effort they put in, they still experience injustices on the daily. During her time at UC Hastings College of the Law, Betzy was a staff editor for the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and co-political chair of UC Hastings La Raza Student Association. Her first summer as a law student, Betzy spent her time working with undocumented immigrants at the Immigration Center for Women and Children (ICWC). There she was exposed to the legal world and the daily struggles of immigrants in this country. She knew that she wanted to continue work with this specific population in the future but in the context of Employment Law. As a ChangeLawyer, Betzy plans to zealously advocate for low-income workers throughout the state and beyond. Betzy is also a former 1L Diversity Scholarship recipient from California ChangeLawyers.

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