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Gustavo Cardona L’20

Gustavo Cardona is a currently pursuing his J.D. degree. Gustavo was born in Cartago, a city within the department of Valle Del Cauca in Colombia. Gustavo immigrated to the U.S. at the age of seven, and was raised in Stamford, Connecticut. After high school, Gustavo relocated to Miami, Florida, and then to Alabama where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from Tuskegee University. While at Tuskegee, Gustavo was elected Senator of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society, admitted to the President’s Men and Women Leadership Program, and recognized as an Imminent Scholar. Gustavo will be the first in his family to obtain a graduate degree.

Gustavo dropped out of college after completing his first year, and continued to work as a subcontractor, golf coach, and bank teller. As a subcontractor, Gustavo collaborated with contractors and real estate owners to beautify new and maintain existing constructions. In golf, Gustavo worked alongside PGA Professionals and helped increase access to the sport through volunteer coaching.

While at Penn Law, Gustavo has been committed to learning and public service. As a student, Gustavo used his bilingual skills and offered translation services to the Child Advocacy Clinic. During his 1L and 2L spring break, Gustavo worked for the Mississippi Center for Justice and Ceiba, involving himself in issues of criminal disenfranchisement and affordable housing, respectively. As a 3L, Gustavo participated in the Civil Practice Clinic representing low-income individuals in SSI, contract, and wage disputes. Gustavo now serves as a certified legal intern for the Federal Re-Entry Court program which aims to facilitate integration for newly released persons.