Pathways to Law Series with FALA-DC

The Filipino Young Professionals of DC and the Filipino American Lawyers Association of DC will be collaborating for an exciting event as part of their professional development series.

Many folks think about going to law school, especially in DC, but many are unsure of this career option. FALA & FYP will be hosting a panel to talk about law school as an option with FALA members sharing why they decided to go into law school and at different stages in their career. Hear from folks who went right after undergrad, after receiving a masters, or even after working for several years. We want attendees to realize there are many paths to law school and it is accessible to everyone no matter how old you are or at what point you are in your professional development.

Location: Whiteford Taylor Preston | 1800 M Street, NW Suite 450N, Washington, DC 20036
Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Doors open/Networking (appetizers will be served)
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM: Panel of Lawyers & Q&A
7:30 PM: Optional Networking Session at Vapiano’s next door

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We are very excited for our panelists! Check out their bios below:

Mark Franco

Mark assists Associations, Nonprofit Organizations and small businesses on corporate legal matters including Formation, Tax, Contracts, Compliance, Employment, Fundraising, Intellectual Property and Governance. Mark also provides counsel to professional credentialing programs on matters such Discipline, Accommodations, Copyright Registration, Eligibility and Accreditation. Mark has over 13 years of experience working with nonprofit and credentialing organizations. Mark received his BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and his JD from the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.

Michael Santos 

Michael Santos is an attorney at the Law Center whose work focuses on advocating for homeless children and youth and their families access to education through public education, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.

Prior to joining the Law Center, Michael Santos has had a long history of working on the rights of low-income and underrepresented communities through the Department of Health and Human Services and various non-profit organizations. Most recently, he was a fellow at the Clinton Foundation where he worked on an initiative to decrease the upward trend of childhood obesity in the United States.

Michael graduated from Brown University with a double concentration in Biomedical Engineering and Ethnic Studies. He received his JD from University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Gage D. Javier

Garylene D. Javier is a Regulatory Attorney in the Washington, DC office of Buckley Sandler LLP where she assists financial services clients in a variety of federal and state regulatory compliance matters.

Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Ms. Javier provided litigation support in private practice and managed commercial and government contracts. During law school, she served as a law clerk in the Office of General Counsel for INTERPOL Washington as well as in the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

An active member of the firm’s pro bono program, Ms. Javier provides legal counsel related to economic development, small business initiatives, and domestic violence. She is also the At-Large Representative of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of the District of Columbia and is the Co-chair of the D.C. Women’s Bar Association’s Career Development Committee.

Ms. Javier received her M.B.A. from Cornell University, her LL.M. from American University, her J.D. from the Appalachian School of Law, and her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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