Civil rights issues stem from intolerance. Intolerance divides us and breaks apart society. The legal system has the power to promote and protect tolerance — it can bring us together to prosper as a whole.
Larissa was raised in a family committed to tolerance and helping neighbors. People were never labeled as “illegal” or turned away because of their life circumstances. Instead, generosity and authentic exchanges with strangers were the greatest gifts you could give yourself and your community. Larissa pursued a career in civil rights law because fighting for justice and systemic reform allows her to live the values and practices instilled by her family. When someone calls Larissa “idealistic,” she smiles and nods in agreement. That’s her gift, that’s what fights cynicism. In Larissa’s words:
“Civil Rights Movements are born when people have the courage to step up, speak up, propel a group forward. This is the work I want to do. This isn’t a theoretical situation, this has true impact on people’s lives.”
Prior to Kennedy, Kennedy & Ives Larissa worked as a Law Clerk at Pegasus Legal Services for Children, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center; and as a legal assistant at El Centro Hispano Paraguayo in Madrid, Spain.
Larissa graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law where she was an editor on the New Mexico Law Review. Her academic achievements include the Dean’s List, Honor Roll, a State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Summer Fellowship, and a New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association Book Scholarship. In the Fall of 2015, Larissa was chosen to act as a Non-Governmental Observer in Guantanamo Bay and witnessed the trials of the alleged perpetrators of the 911 World Trade Center Attack.
Larissa enjoys International Travel and photographing the people she meets. She loves documenting how, given the same twenty-four hours, we all choose to spend it differently. Larissa prides herself in baking complex pastries, like the Apple Rose Tart, that combine her Type A obsession for details with her creative side. She has dinner with her parents every Sunday night.