Miguel Pineda

Thomas Jefferson Law

3L Scholar

Scholarship co-sponsored by

San Diego La Raza Lawyers 

A ChangeLawyer born to a single, undocumented mother from Honduras, Miguel is a U.S. Army veteran, and first-generation American holding a joint JD/MBA from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and San Diego State University. Growing up in a country afflicted with political, economic, and social challenges, his experience with the U.S. immigration system, and his experience resisting institutionalized discrimination, made public service an easy and personal choice. While in law school, he was senior editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, where he focused his research on immigration enforcement and federalism. During law school, he also clerked for the Hon. Richard E.L. Strauss at the San Diego Superior Court and interned at the Executive Office for Immigration Review - San Diego Immigration Court. He is the recipient of two Cali Excellence for the Future Awards for academic achievement and the State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for pro-bono legal services. Miguel has been selected as a 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow, where his post-bar two-year fellowship will provide direct legal representation to LGBT asylum seekers in the Los Angeles area and will use plaintiff-centered cases to mount pro-immigrant impact litigation.