Boxer & Gerson LLP’s longtime involvement with nonprofit legal aid, support and advocacy organization Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland has this summer included hosting a student intern for the seventh consecutive year.
David Ruvalcaba is a 2016 Lighthouse Community Charter School graduate who returned home for the prized internship after completing his freshman year at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has spent this summer under the wing of Boxer & Gerson Partner Maria Sager, who has included him in a wide range of activities typical of her workers’ compensation practice.
Ruvalcaba’s main academic interests are in physics and law, and he has been considering whether those might be combined in the legal profession. He is currently undecided on his academic major.
The summer internship program is part of Centro Legal’s Youth Law Academy, a multi-year program that supports young people of color in pursuing academic excellence and career opportunities in the legal field. The photo above shows the 2016 Academy members, under the direction of Raymundo Jacquez (back row, right). Sager works closely with Jacquez in planning Boxer & Gerson’s annual participation in the program.
In addition to her hosting of a Centro Legal de las Raza intern every summer, Sager also chairs the organization’s Board of Directors. She has been a member of the board for seven years. In that capacity, she has helped deepen ties between Centro Legal and Boxer & Gerson, which next month will include the firm’s sponsorship of Centro Legal’s 48th Anniversary Gala. The event will take place at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland on September 14. See centrolegal.org/gala for more information.