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Claudia A. Quiroz '07

Claudia Quiroz

“I feel well equipped for success
in my work as a clerk and a lawyer.”

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Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico & Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Education: B.S., Marquette University (Speech Pathology, French)
Employment: K&L Gates LLP, San Francisco
Law School Activities:

  • Article Editor, Symposium Editor, and Diversity Chair of the Wisconsin Law Review
  • 2007 Wisconsin Law Review Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Wisconsin Law Review
  • UW Law School Moot Court Board
  • Outstanding Coach of 2007, Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Executive Board Member of the Latina/o Law Student Association (LLSA)
  • LLSA Outstanding First Year Leader Award
  • Fluent in Spanish; proficient in French

Claudia Quiroz, a litigation associate in the in San Francisco
office of K&L Gates LLP, began her legal career as a judicial law clerk
for Judge Micaela Alvarez in the United States District Court for the
Southern District of Texas. Claudia's experience as a law clerk helped
her bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law and
provided an insider's view of the litigation process, a view that is
helping her better represent her clients.

Claudia also brings a world view and an international background to her
clients.Claudia grew up in Mexico City, where she lived until her early
teenage years. When she was fourteen, her family packed their bags and
cultural identities and moved to Milwaukee because of her physcian
father's work. It was challenging for Claudia to overcome language and
cultural barriers as a young teenager and assimilate to a new culture
while preserving her identity in the process. This expereince also gave
Claudia an awareness of the social and legal implications of being a
Latina immigrant in this country, an experience that subsequently
sparked her interest in the law.

After college, Claudia’s interest in the law and her desire to use her multilingual and bicultural skills led her to the Jesuit Volunteers Corps, a group that places volunteers in organizations serving under-represented clients. Claudia was assigned to La Raza Centro Legal, Inc., a community-based legal organization in San Francisco, where she counseled and represented low-income Spanish-speaking employees about their rights in the workplace. Following her year as a volunteer, Claudia remained at La Raza as the senior law legal assistant and subsequently as marketing and development coordinator.

As a law student, Claudia took an active role in the student community. She served on the executive boards of several student organizations and was a competitor and coach for the Jessup International Moot Court team. But it was her work on the Wisconsin Law Review’s Symposium in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Loving v. Virginia (the U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down U.S. antimiscegenation laws) for which she and her co-symposium editor received special recognition from the Wisconsin Law Review’s Alumni Association.

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