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Pitt Law Alumni Association (UPLAA) Scholarship Recipients

Katherine Andrews (JD '22) Is a first-generation college student who received her B.A. in Political Science. Katherine is a 3L pursuing a certification in health law to supplement her Juris Doctorate. In 2020–2021, Katherine held the title of President of the Black Law Students Association and 2L Representative for the Student Bar Association. As a 2L Representative Katherine chaired the SBA Wellness Committee during which time she created and cosponsored events aimed at improving the mental health of the student body during the COVID-19 pandemic. During her law school career, Katherine has focused on Health law and the rights of underserved communities as they relate to health law. Upon graduation, Katherine aspires to practice Health law and obtain a position in the area of health law compliance or health law regulation. Previously, Katherine served as a Legal intern and extern for UPMC. Since the spring of 2021, Katherine has interned for Neighborhood Legal Services’ Social Security Department.

Cristin Micera Mitchell (JD ’22) received her B.S. in Community and Economic Development from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to law school, she served on the Ferguson Township Planning Commission, and she held a Site Coordinator position with the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program after volunteering for the program for several years. Currently, she proudly holds the title of President of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation (“PLISF”). PLISF is a student-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports Pitt Law students pursuing public interest careers by fundraising and awarding scholarships each year. Ms. Mitchell is also the President of the Pitt Law chapter of the Mindfulness in Law Society, an organization that supports Pitt Law students’ mental and emotional health by sharing meditation, yoga, and other resilience practices informed by the specific traumas that law students and lawyers experience. Interning at both the Public Defender’s Office of Allegheny County and Southwestern PA Legal Services, Ms. Mitchell is unwavering in her commitment to a career which is in service of others. She enjoys volunteering with Re-Imagine Food Systems and is a Phipps Master Gardener.

Valeria Negron Diaz (JD ’22) received her BA in Political Science with a minor in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. Her interests include family law, bankruptcy law, and employment law. Ms. Negron Diaz is an Online Editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. She is a member and served on the board of If/When/How, a reproductive rights association, and OutLaw. She served as a writer and editor for JURIST, the world's only online legal news website run by law students. She is currently a law clerk at the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee in the Western District of PA. She is a Presidential Management Fellows Program Finalist, and she is hoping on working for the federal government after graduation.