Francina Genao

KIPP NYC Public Schools Alumna

Francina Genao is a bi-lingual Bronx native and daughter to Dominican immigrants. She attended KIPP Academy Middle School and KIPP NYC College Prep High School. Following KIPP, she attended the City College of New York, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with a concentration in Culture and Communication. While in college, Francina knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the legal field and joined the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at her school. In this program, she completed four semester-long model law school seminars and engaged in intensive research and writing assignments on various areas of the law. Immediately after completing her undergraduate degree, she enrolled in the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Now in her second year of law school, Francina is the President of the Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA). In this role, she works closely with the rest of the LALSA executive board to develop programming that ultimately helps minority law students achieve their academic and professional ambitions. During her time at Cardozo, she received the opportunity to participate in the Sonia and Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program as a judicial intern, where she explored her interest in the New York State judiciary and juvenile justice. She has also explored her passion for education law as a clinical intern for Bronx Legal Services- Special Education Unit. Francina is dedicated to developing the knowledge, skills, and language necessary to generate meaningful fundamental changes in our judicial and education systems to ensure that all children are treated justly and protected. In her spare time, Francina enjoys travelling and exploring New York City’s multi-national and cultural community through dining experiences.

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