NEW BEDFORD – UMass law student awarded scholarship from “Hispanic
Police Officers of New Bedford â, according to an article on the UMass Law website.
Judith Patricia Cruz Caballero, JD candidate, 22, from Bolivia, has been appointed the
second recipient to ever receive the 5-year scholarship presented to
Hispanic UMass law students who also reside in Bristol County and have
demonstrated financial need.
The scholarship was funded in part by 19 members of the New Bedford Police Department.
âBeing law enforcement and members of the Hispanic community, we know firsthand
the value of having strong legal representation in the criminal justice system, âsaid Sergeant New Bedford. Samuel Ortega. He also acts as the ministry’s outreach coordinator.
Caballero is considering becoming a lawyer specializing in criminal law or immigration law
after graduation. She is currently vice president of “Latinx
American Association of Law Students. In addition, she continues to serve the community
and develop his legal skills as an intern for the
Caballero is also an admission member for the “
Â», Which is the second largest provider of legal aid in the
country and the largest supplier in Texas. From his work for these organizations, Caballero said it has enabled him to help community members who have difficulty accessing justice.
âAs a receptionist, I help low-income people by guiding them through the
process of obtaining legal aid by TRLA or by providing other resources that can
help them get legal advice, âshe said. âThe scholarship is important to me due to the current economic situation of my family due to Covid.
As a Latin American law student, it is inspiring to know that other Hispanics are committed to protecting our community and upholding our laws. The more we support diversity in our institutions, the better off our society will be in the future. “
In addition to financially supporting law students, New Bedford Police provide mentoring and networking opportunities to fellows in the many agencies that make up the criminal justice system.
âI am grateful to the officers for their service to our community and their contributions to my
education. I hope that in the future I will make them proud, âadded Caballero.
This story originally appeared in UMass Law written by Debra Hazian.