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Santiago Duarte

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born and raised in Ecuador—immigrated to the U.S. when I was 10 years old without knowing any English.
Started out taking ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in school, but I wanted to become more proficient in English, so I quit and started taking the regular classes instead.
Attended a community college for over seven years, balancing taking classes when I could and working full-time.
Eventually, I was able to transfer to Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where I received my bachelor’s degree in international business.
While at LMU, I was involved in a lot of minority student associations, and was one of the founding fathers and the first vice president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity for minority students.
Worked as a corporate recruiter for Verizon Wireless for over seven years.
Decided to pursue my interest in becoming a lawyer and attended Whittier Law School, where I received my Juris Doctor degree in law in 2010.
In 2013, I opened my own practice, Duarte Law Group, where I focus the majority of my casework on immigration and criminal defense.
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Career

Attorney

I am an attorney that specializes in immigration and criminal defense cases.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Law
Business
Accomplishing Goals

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

You have to focus on where you want to end up in life. Having that vision as your endpoint makes getting through things that are thrown at you much easier. You have to focus on the end goal.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I can't do this. I can't be a lawyer."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
Learning Issues
Racial Discrimination

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