Yineth Sanchez is a dual admissions student at Nova Southeastern University, which meant that she would be reserved a spot for the 2013 entering NSU Shepard Broad Law Center Class while an undergraduate at Nova Southeastern University's main campus, specifically, the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. Even still, Yineth applied to other law schools in Florida, but ultimately, she went with her gut and chose NSU Law. "I want to practice in Broward County. I love the great reputation that NSU Law alumni carry with them. I knew this was the place for me."
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Yineth and her family suffered many hardships at the hands of the paramilitary group FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) before they were able to migrate to the United States. Yineth has known since she came to the U.S. that she wants to use the opportunities afforded to her, as well as her J.D. degree, to become an advocate for immigrants, just like her. The dual admissions program at NSU was perfect for her since it allowed her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies and Philosophy, and simultaneously reserved admission into NSU Law. "I want to be in the courtroom playing an active role in holding people accountable for their actions, and giving victims a strong voice on which they can seek justice."
As an undergraduate at NSU, Yineth received numerous honors, from Dean's List, to Student of the Year. She interned with a U.S. congressman as part of the Washington Center's Diversity Leadership program, was Captain of the Mock Trial Team, and organized a flood relief drive for her native Colombia that collected more than 2,000 items. Currently, as a law student, she competes in Moot Court, and trial advocacy competitions as part of the Nova Trial Association (NTA). She is also a Torts teaching assistant with Professor Joel Mintz, works as a research assistant with Professor Michelle Struffolino, participates in the Inter-American Center for Human Rights, and has earned an award for excellence in legal writing and research in her Lawyering Skills and Values Workshop. She is a student member with the Stephen R. Booher American Inns of Court, "an association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals who share a passion for professional excellence," which she says has been "an incredible networking opportunity." She is also a Public Interest Fellow, which provides funding to students who serve community needs by working in a legal position, and will be recognized at graduation as being a member of the Pro Bono Honors Program which honors students who have volunteered at least 50 hours of pro bono service while in law school; Yineth has logged over 200 hours. Yineth volunteers her time to teach legal studies and civics lessons in Spanish to ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students in Miami-Dade County. Her passion for law is truly evident in everything she does.
Yineth is also a published scholar. Her article, "Help Me, I Can't Go Home - Alternative Remedies for Colombian Victims of Violence That Do Not Qualify for Political Asylum in the United States," has been published by the ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law, and is one of the only articles written by a student that will be translated into Spanish for the upcoming publication. "Words cannot describe the honor it is to be able to give my family a piece of my work that they can read."
This summer, Yineth landed the internship of her dreams with the Broward County State Attorney's Office for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. "I turned down a few paying jobs to be at the Broward County State Attorney's Office," she confesses, "I've had to plan ahead to be able to make sacrifices now that would allow me to realize my dreams later." She was re-invited to work for the Broward County State Attorney's Office in the upcoming summer semester, and hopes to obtain full employment there following her Bar passage in 2016.