Student Profile: Rebeca E. Echevarria (’14)

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Rebeca Echevarria ('14)

Rebeca E. Echevarria (’14) is president of the Student Bar Association, the Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association, and the Women in Law Society. She is among the editorial staff of the law school’s Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law and served as the Stanley Moot Court Competition Chair during her third year of law school.

Q&A with Rebeca E. Echevarria (’14)

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate school and major: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.  Majors: Politics, Biomedical Ethics, and International Relations.

Why I chose Wake Forest School of Law: I had to apply to law school while I was living in South Korea as an English teacher following graduation, so I could not physically visit any schools.  I based my decision instead on the academic programs available and students’ rankings of student life.  I loved that Wake Forest offered a dual JD/MA in Bioethics degree program—one of the few schools to do so—but it was not until I read student descriptions of the Wake Law community that I was certain I wanted to come to Wake Forest.  Additionally, I knew the incredibly small faculty/student ratio Wake Forest boasted offered a uniquely personal learning experience that would help me succeed in a difficult career.  I have never regretted my choice.

Leadership positions: 
Student Bar Association, President; Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association, President; Women in Law Society, President; Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Treasurer.

Clinics or pro bono work: Legal Aid of North Carolina, Spanish Translator

1L summer experience:

My first summer, I wanted a bioethics work experience. As a research assistant studying Type 2 Diabetes research models, I drafted proposed changes to the National Institute of Health’s grant procedures.

2L summer experience:

I spent the first half of my 2L summer with Gallivan, White & Boyd, PA, Charlotte, NC.  I spent the second half of my summer with The Honorable Judge Jimmie V. Reyna, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.

Memorable moment from law school: I can think of moments in which I was proud of an academic achievement or had the privilege of meeting a Supreme Court Justice, but my most memorable moment was a much more personal one.  This past summer, I got engaged to my classmate, Craig Harasimowicz (’14). When we walked into class at the start of the year, our professor immediately spotted my ring.  She jumped up and down, hugged us both, announced our engagement to the rest of the class (as though they did not all already know), and wished us happiness in every way. I love that Wake Forest is the kind of place where professors genuinely glean joy from both their students’ successes and happiness. Professors here care not only about the jobs you get and networks you develop, but also about the things in our lives that will ultimately bring us joy. And that is something I will never forget.

What I plan to do after graduation: I am interested in doing either Intellectual Property Litigation or Technology Transactional law in Charlotte, NC.  I would also like to clerk after practicing law for a year or two.