Erika Cervantes joins the DRLC as a Loyola Public Interest Law Fellow. Her fellowship seeks to develop the Disability Justice Project, a project which aims to address the challenging intersection of policing and disability by using litigation, policy, and public education strategies. She is a 2021 graduate of Loyola Law School. While in law school, Ms. Cervantes participated in Loyola’s Project for the Innocent (LPI). Ms. Cervantes served as the Attorney General for the National Latina/o Law Student Association. She is also the 2019 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association scholarship.
During her time in law school, Ms. Cervantes has worked with the Law Office of Carol A. Sobel, the California Attorney General, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Apart from being a fellow, Ms. Cervantes volunteers her time with the American Bar Association, serving as Vice-Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, Civil Rights and Social Justice Section.
Prior to law school, Ms. Cervantes worked at the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C where she served as a policy intern for Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46). Moreover, Ms. Cervantes began her career in public service through her work in Americorps where she provided direct disaster relief services to people across the South. Ms. Cervantes is a 2016 honors graduate of California State University Long Beach. Ms. Cervantes is not yet admitted to the bar. She is supervised by members of the California bar.