Rodolfo Orozco Beas
"Being part of the HSH Academy (back when it had both a legal and medical emphasis) was a big reason why I decided to pursue a career in law. I remember joining the HSH Academy because I wanted to learn more about career paths in the medical and legal professions even though I thought neither would be feasible for me to pursue. I recall the exposure I obtained from several of the programs the HSH Academy organized for students – from the Pegasus program where students would assist medical professionals at a nearby Kaiser Permanente hospital to the Mock Trial program where students worked hard to develop cases and compete against other schools. Both of those programs were great learning experiences for me, but I knew after being involved in Mock Trial that I wanted to pursue a career in law.
I remember working through lunches and after school in order to work through direct and cross examinations. I recall first stepping into the courthouse and feeling nervous and excited at the same time. The feeling I got when I stepped into the court room is a feeling I will never forget. I remember putting on a show with what seemed like all of the confidence in the world. I laugh about the experience now not because of the “solid” case we put on but because it is one of those fond memories that I will always carry with me. Although we ultimately did not win, I recall receiving an 'Honorable Mention' from one of the judges I competed in front of and I was very proud of that and the case we put on as a team. That experience shaped my goals moving forward.
After graduating from Richmond High School, I went on to attend and graduate from Stanford University, becoming the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. I went on to work as a Practice Assistant for the Securities Litigation Practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP before deciding to pursue a JD at UC Davis School of Law. Being less than a year from graduating and then taking the bar exam, I am excited for what lies ahead. Upon graduation and completion of the bar exam, I hope to pursue a career in litigation.
In closing, I just want to thank every teacher, friend, and family member who saw something in me even though at times I did not. Many teachers, especially those involved with HSH, had a hand in getting me focused and encouraging me to live up to my potential. Sometimes as students it is hard for us to look at the bigger picture, but sometimes we just need to believe in ourselves, believe that we can achieve great things, and great things will follow. We as a society need to do more to encourage more students of color to pursue a college education, to pursue careers in the law, in medicine as we are certainly lacking diversity in those profession and many others. I once thought it would be impossible to be where I am today, but thanks to programs like the HSH Academy, the impossible became a little more possible. Always remember gente: ¡Sí Se Puede! / Yes We Can!"
Below is a list of impressive awards that Rudy has won:
The James W. Lyons Award for Service, which is awarded to students of the Stanford community who have showcased leadership, mentorship and dedication to their communities throughout their undergraduate careers.
The Jerry I. Porras Award for Visionary Leadership, which is given to a member of the Latino community for visionary leadership, innovative thinking, outstanding team-building skills, and willingness to involve or mentor others.
Cecilia and Tony Burciaga Community Development Award, • which is awarded to a graduating member of the Latino community that best exemplified leadership throughout his/her undergraduate career, as well as the promise for continued leadership.
Winner of the 2015 Frances Carr Mock Trial Competition
2015 Outstanding Oral Advocate Award
- Mirella Orozco
- Francisco Ramirez