Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan earned his MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University in 2014 and his BA in Spanish and History from the University of Virginia in 2012. Prior to joining Joseph Law Firm, P.C. in 2015, he explored the Latin American region through a number of lenses. As an intern in the office of Peruvian Congressman Victor Isla Rojas, he assisted officials investigating a 2009 clash between indigenous protestors and police in Bagua, Peru. As an interpreter and researcher for the UVA-Guatemala initiative, he explored the efficacy of development initiatives in the Lake Atitlán basin of Guatemala. As a Program Director for Migrant and Latino Aid, he led volunteers in offering ESL services to migrant workers and their families in rural Virginia. At New York University, he co-curated a national exhibition on the history and current use of the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay and facilitated public dialogue programs to discuss contemporary issues related to that history, such as national security. Recently, he gained immigration law experience as an Immigrant Rights Intern with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of VA, where he advocated tuition equity for undocumented students in VA and conducted research regarding the use of ICE detainers by local law enforcement.

Mr. Jordan has received a number of accolades, including the Marie M. Giuliano award—given to one graduating senior by the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at UVA for academic excellence. He has also published research papers in English and Spanish on topics ranging from Islamic Architecture in Spanish Iberia to the Feasibility of Potable Water Development Initiatives in Guatemala.

Mr. Jordan was born in Virginia and moved to Colorado in 2015. He enjoys volunteering, playing soccer, hiking, and fishing.

Education:

  • New York University, Latin American and Caribbean Studies-M.A.
  • University of Virginia, Spanish and History-B.A. with Distinction

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors & Awards:

  • Professional User Certification, LawLogix Case Management Software, 10/16/2015
  • 2013, Grant Recipient, Dean’s Travel Grant, New York University
  • 2013, Grant Recipient, Wasserman Unpaid Internship Grant, New York University
  • 2012, MacCracken Graduate Student Fellowship Recipient, New York University
  • 2012, Marie M. Giuliano Award Recipient, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia
  • 2010, Best Student, UVA in Peru Study Abroad Program, University of Virginia
  • 2009, Inductee, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • 2008, Eagle Scout Recipient, Boy Scouts of America
  • 2008, Valedictorian, Gloucester High School
  • 2008, Michael Haury Humanitarian Award Recipient, Gloucester High School
  • 2008, Scholarship Recipient, Fary Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • 2008, Scholarship Recipient, Guinea Heritage Fund
  • 2008, Scholarship Recipient, Daffodil Festival Scholarship
  • 2007, Duke of the Year, Gloucester High School

Publications:

  • “La Arquitectura Religiosa del Islam: de Jerusalén a Nueva York,” The Oculus: Foreign Language Edition, Summer 2011, Volume 1, Issue 1 (Undergraduate Research Journal)
  • Co-Authored with Colby Cashen; Lacey Willaims, Carolyn Pelnik, and Jennifer Bergner; “An Assessment of the Availability of Locally Sourced Aggregate for Use in HydrAid Biosand Filters around Lake Atitlán, Guatemala,” Jefferson Public Citizens: 2012, Fall 2012, pp.33-39 (Undergraduate Research Journal)

Speaking Engagements:

  • 2014, XXXIV Annual ILASSA Student Conference, Latin American Studies at the Edge: Challenging Regional Margins, Panel: Approaches to Memory, “Public Dialogue and GTMO: A Struggle for New Historical Discourse and Civic Responsibility” (Invited speaker and panelist).