Maria Lopez Segoviano
California ChangeLawyers Scholar
Born in La Piedad, Michocan, Mexico, Lupita immigrated to the U.S. at the age of nine, settling with her family in Castroville, a small rural town in the Salinas Valley. Although both of her parents received less than a sixth-grade education in Mexico, her mother pushed her to excel academically, which allowed her "crazy idea" of attending college a reality. She attended Santa Clara University and majored in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. She decided to pursue a career in law after becoming aware of how systemic racism limits opportunities for communities of color. A graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, Lupita held leadership positions at student organizations including La Raza Student Association and was also the Senior Development Editor for the Hastings Law Journal. Through law school she was also a law clerk and clinical student at public defenders offices in the SF Bay Area. Lupita looks forward to pursuing a public defense career and working as a ChangeLawyer dedicated to changing the current criminal justice system by infusing the system with accountability through alternatives to incarceration. Lupita is also a former 1L Diversity Scholarship recipient from California ChangeLawyers.