UC Irvine Law
Scholarship co-sponsored by
Consumer Attorneys of California
The daughter of immigrants from Guadalajara and Sinaloa Mexico, Denise Torres credits her parents for instilling in her the importance of education and exemplifying the value of hard work and determination. Still, as a teen mom and first-generation college student she had minimal access to mentors and pathways to higher education. However, driven by her desire to set a good example for her son, she graduated from UC Irvine with a major in Sociology and minor in Political Science. Witnessing the struggles her immigrant family faced in the United States motivated Denise to attend law school. Denise continued her education at her alma mater, and graduated from UC Irvine School of Law. During her last year of law school, she dedicated the past year to working on immigration matters including defending people in removal proceedings. Most recently, she served as a judicial extern for the Orange County Superior Court, Juvenile Dependency Panel. Denise is committed to advocating for underserved individuals especially immigrants and children. As a ChangeLawyer, she is eager use her law degree as a weapon for social justice.