Ariana Ceja Sotelo

I was born in Mexico but mostly raised in North Carolina. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chape Hill. I took a couple years off between my undergraduate studies and law school, which initially led me to Legal Aid of North Carolina. I worked with LANC for two years with the immigration and family law units, where it became clear that I wanted to continue my path, so I left LANC to attend the University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law. I am now back with LANC for the summer, hoping to build my immigration knowledge. I like to spend my time with my son, reading fiction, and building minis or legos.

Intern, IMMPAV Project

What inspired you to pursue a career in law or social justice?

I grew up seeing a lot of disparities in the tools and resources that different people had access to and I wanted to be able to help people.

Why did you choose to intern with Legal Aid of North Carolina?

Having worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina before, I knew the people here have an unmatched amount of passion and dedication for doing what they do and I thought that would be the perfect learning environment having wrapped up my first year of law school.

What do you hope to gain from your experience at LANC?

I hope to improve my writing skills, continue to build my community in Charlotte, and build my confidence in my work.

What are your long-term career goals, and how do you envision your experience at LANC contributing to them?

The services that LANC provides to the community will be helpful to me because, I plan to prioritize work that furthers social justice. I pursued law so that I could be a resource to my community and that is what I want to do long term.