Alumni Spotlight: Pedro Villalobos
Pedro became an HSC scholar in the Fall of 2013. After graduating from college, he pursued a Law Degree at the University of Texas School of Law, where he received his JD in 2016 and passed the Texas Bar just a few months after. He is now practicing his degree as an Assistant County Attorney for the Travis County Attorney's Office in Austin, Texas, where he works in the Family Violence Division.
Pedro hopes to have a positive impact in his community, and he is doing so by serving as a public servant as a prosecutor. During his scarce free time, he also serves as a member of the City of Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs as Austin Mayor Steve Adler's appointee. Ultimately, his goal is to make Austin "a diverse, welcoming, and open city."
Pedro looks back on his days as an HSC scholar with gratitude:
"HSC provided the support I needed to receive my graduate degree. Without HSC, law school would have been more hard financially. HSC provided me with the resources needed to be a good member of the community."
As a scholar, Pedro volunteered at the Travis County District Attorney's Office in August where he helped the Assistant District Attorney. Luckily after graduation, Pedro continued to work there! His scholarship was sponsored by the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin (HBAA), an organization of Latino lawyers with the goal of bettering the situations of the Hispanic community in Austin.
Pedro's biggest advice for success is two fold First, he recommends that everyone give back to the organizations, people, and community that helped them achieve success--to always pay it forward. Second, he firmly believes that being nice is key to making connections, as well as to keep them.
We look forward to seeing what Pedro continues to accomplish!