Bentley & More’s newest intern Gardenia Montero joins the Team!
Gardenia Montero graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015 earning her Bachelor Degree in International Development Studies and Anthropology with a Minor in Workplace Studies. She is now in her third year of law school in Western State College of Law. During her time in UCLA, Ms. Montero was involved with social justice projects like Latinas Guiding Latinas, Proyecto de Jornaleros, and North American Integration and Development (NAID). She also interned with Community Lawyers, Inc., JusticCorps, and California Pacific Neighborhood Immigration Clinic. She then went to intern for Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez and for the Governor’s Office and Planning Research in Sacramento.
During her first year of law school, Ms. Montero joined Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic as a Spanish translator. In her first summer, Ms. Montero was awarded the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award when she participated in Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program and interned with Central American Resource Center (CARECEN). While interning at CARECEN, she worked with the VAWA/U-visa Team and Unaccompanied children team assisting individuals seeking immigration relief. Last summer, Ms. Montero was a judicial clerk for Judge Joe Perez at North Court Justice Center. As a clerk, she researched Prop. 63-Fire Arm Relinquishment proceeding, AB 1810 Mental Diversion program and Pre-Trial Diversion programs. This summer, Ms. Montero is participating in the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) Fellowship.
Ms. Montero has a strong interest in Immigration and Employment law. She aspires to one day open her own non- profit and provide affordable legal services for low-income families.
Welcome to the team Gardenia. We’re so glad you’re here!