Before attending law school, Medina worked as a Market Research Specialist for the International Trade Center, a specialty Small Business Development Center. After completing his undergraduate studies in business, Medina held the positions of General Manager and Marketing Coordinator for an international fitness center franchise. Biography
In 2012, he decided to pursue his professional and graduate degrees at St. Mary's University and began his studies in the Fall of 2013. During his first year of law school, Medina became interested in immigration law after volunteering with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program at the Center for Legal and Social Justice. The following year, he participated in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) where he represented clients as a Student Attorney in both removal defense and non-removal cases.
Prior to joining the IHRC as a Clinical Fellow, Medina clerked at De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz, LLP in San Antonio where he further developed his knowledge and skills in immigration law. In the summer of 2015, he also had the privilege of serving as law clerk for the Trial Division of The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.
Medina's extracurricular activities in law school included serving as President of the LGBT law student group, OUTLaw, and co-founding the Immigration Law Association. In addition, his clinical experience led him to start the Backpacks for Kids project, a fundraising campaign to benefit the women and children recently released from immigration detention.
His clerkship in indigent criminal defense and interest in LGBT legal issues inspired Medina's work as Staff Writer for The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice. His article highlights the challenges faced by immigrant transgender women who are charged with crimes related to prostitution, and is currently pending publication.
Honors and Awards
Pro Bono and Public Service Award, St. Mary's University School of Law, 2016
Staff Writer Excellence Award, The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race and Social Justice, 2016
Francisco Leos Award for Excellence in Clinical Studies, St. Mary's University School of Law, 2014-2015
Scholarship awarded in recognition of commitment to LGBT legal issues, The Austin Bar Foundation and Austin LGBT Bar Association, 2016
Dean's Scholarship, St. Mary's University School of Law, 2013-2016
Karen Ellert Peña Minority Law Student Endowment Recipient, 2014
Judge H.F. "Hippo" Garcia Memorial Scholarship, 2014
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, 2007
Edward E. Whitacre Free Trade Alliance Scholarship, 2007
Articles in a Periodical
Immigrating While Trans: The Disproportionate Impact of the Prostitution Ground of Inadmissibility and Other Provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act on Trans Women, 19 Scholar __ (2017)