1L Loida Guajardo Has a Passion for Law and Science
With a bachelor’s in Biology, Health and Medical Sciences from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Loida Guajardo, 1L, wants to put her STEM background to work in the dynamic field of intellectual property law. While she considers herself generally reserved, she volunteered to speak at her commencement because she felt she had an important message to deliver.
Welcome to the Minnesota Law class of 2022! You were the commencement speaker at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). Could you discuss that experience a bit?
Submitting my name was a last-minute decision! People are surprised I enjoy public speaking; I’m a reserved person. However, I cannot stay silent when something is weighing on me. I wanted the university and student body to know how they influenced my development of MSUM’s mission—grit, humility, and heart.
Who or what inspired you to go to law school (and how or why?)
The professor of my medical ethics class pushed me to explore where healthcare, health science, and the law overlapped. I have always been interested in healthcare innovation. Earning a J.D. allows me to be a cog in that process in a way I cannot achieve with my STEM background alone.
Minnesota Law is also a place known for putting an emphasis on leadership. What does leadership mean to you?
A leader’s actions match what she verbally professes to believe. Reliability and genuineness speak volumes louder than verbal intimidation or domineering behavior. Leadership can also be demonstrated in supporting roles by taking initiative, providing guidance, motivating others, listening, sharing common and different ideas, and encouraging others to participate.
What do you hope to do with your legal education?
I want to join a firm in the Twin Cities area with a strong IP presence. Most of all, I hope to one day be in a position that will allow me to give back to my community and teach or mentor aspiring lawyers.
What three words describe you best?
Persistent, courageous, and idealistic
Any hobbies/interests that you would like to share?
History, true crime, creative writing, cooking/baking, visiting museums, watching documentaries, dance fitness, and playing piano
What else would you like to share with the Minnesota Law community about yourself and/or your aspirations?
Since 2017, I’ve worked as a phlebotomist and a temporary receptionist for a travel agency, food production company, and an agricultural nonprofit. I learned I was capable in new situations and opened my eyes to the concerns of people I would probably not have met in my intended career path.