Maripau Paz, a first-generation student and immigrant, has a passion for representing those without a voice and inspiring others to break the boundaries set before them. She hopes to become a litigator as she previously worked in various law firms including the National Center for Youth Law and the Stanley Mosk Courthouse assisting self-representing litigants. She aspires to devote her future to work at the intersections of law, public interest, human rights, and immigrant and refugee politics. The law should be something that immigrant communities do not shy away from, but instead utilize as a resource – the way their native-born counterparts always have. She hopes to achieve her goals by remembering that it is not about what she is doing, but why she is doing it. Her “why” is driven by the desire to create a future where one day, the complex identities that create us do not limit us, but empower us. Maripau is a 1L at UC Berkeley School of Law.