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Marco Lamas-Ruiz

Class of 2018

Hometown: Reno, Nevada
Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Reno
Major: Criminal Justice


Marco was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He and his two sisters are the first people his family to attend college, and Marco is the only one to pursue a professional degree. Marco was raised by a single-mother and was the only male in a household of three other women. The women in his life have made him into responsible, empathetic, and positive person he is today.

"Ever since I was a kid, I was interested in becoming a lawyer or working in law enforcement. As time progressed, I also wanted to help people in acquiring proper documentation to continue to reside within the U.S. since I grew up around many people who were in desperate need of this kind of help and there was little to no help in my area."  

Because McGeorge has a significant influence in Northern Nevada, as well as a respectable reputation there in the legal community, Marco chose to move to California and pursue his legal career. For Marco, "the faculty and students are one of the best things about Mcgeorge. We are all really close and it feels like I have another family."  

Marco is the Vice President of the Spanish Club, as well as a member of the Latino Law Student Association. He is able to speak several languages, including Spanish, French, and is proficient in German and Italian. "I use to work in a probation department in Reno prior to coming to law school."  

After graduation, Marco will move back to Nevada. Ideally, he would like to return to his hometown and work as a District Attorney. Marco hopes to someday work for a government agency, such as the FBI, as legal counsel or in a position where he can apply both his legal education and his interest in law enforcement.

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