Julian Manrique

Farmworker Unit

Campbell University

The most memorable part of my summer was…

Going out on outreach with the Farmworkers Unit (FWU). This outreach consists of the team going out the visit H-2A and non-H-2A farmworkers at their place of residence. These farmworkers travel far from their home countries to provide for their families back at home – they are backbone of the agricultural industry here in the United States. With their primary language being Spanish and their limited knowledge of U.S. law it is all too easy for an employer to violate their rights. For these reasons, it is imperative that we continue to educate these workers by driving out to them, informing them of their rights, and answering any legal questions that they may have. This hands on experience greatly impacted my perspective on the agricultural industry.

What did this summer experience teach you about yourself or the role you want to play as a lawyer?

This summer experience was truly a great reminder of why I chose to begin my legal journey. As a law student, I feel that it is too easy to get caught up in classes and other opportunities that do not necessarily align with our motivations and morals. However, this experience has further solidified my main goal as a lawyer which is to help the under-privileged and minority communities gain equal access to the legal system. I am filled with gratitude and appreciation for the energy and efforts that LANC spends on continuing to help these communities.