Tony Mendez

Home State: Colorado

Undergraduate: Colorado Mountain College

VLS Program: JD

VLS Involvement: Latin American Law Student Association, Student Bar Association

Career Goals: To move back to Colorado and take the Bar Exam. Using JD degree to advocate for people and to litigate in both the state and federal level.

I am a first-generation American and I am the first in my family to go to and graduate from college. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. From a young age I knew that I was interested in leadership and leadership development. I was a student ambassador in middle school, I participated in student government in high school, and during college I became involved in various organizations within my community. I have been a mentor to first generation high school students, a coach for professional development, and the President of a local Rotary Club. During my time in Rotary, we raised and granted over $100,000 in scholarships for local high school and college students. Going to law school was a logical step for me to continue advocating for people at a higher capacity.

I ended up at Vermont Law School after one of my mentors, who went to Middlebury for undergrad, recommended that I apply here. Having spent most of my life in Colorado, I was unsure what to expect in Vermont. I’m glad I ended up here. I have learned skills necessary to be a great attorney, made friends, and developed a network of peers because of VLS. While at VLS, I have focused my energy towards advocating for students through the Latin American Law Student Association and the Student Bar Association. I also coordinated the 39th and 40th Annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, where we had 200 players from five different states come to Quechee, Vermont for a fun day of Ultimate.