Rodrigo Estrada

Rodrigo Estrada is pursuing a JD at Harvard Law School with an interest in law and economics. He is also a Truman Scholar recipient and Sidley Prelaw Scholar. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Relations with honors. He was a member of the Maroon Key Society and recipient of the President’s Award for Volunteer Service. In addition, he was Class Day speaker for his graduating class. 

Growing up five miles from the United States-Mexico border in one of the poorest towns in Texas, Rodrigo witnessed firsthand the interconnected struggle for social and economic justice. His humble roots motivated his interest in the intersection of law and economics as it relates to community empowerment and development.  

Rodrigo’s greatest academic achievement is being the first in his family to graduate from college. He is also proud of the ways that he has given back to his community by spearheading several successful community-based initiatives during his time in public service after college. 

Rodrigo intends to leverage his background and legal training to ensure that the lack of access to legal services does not impede a community’s ability to participate or have a voice in its own development. He plans to return to the borderland to provide legal assistance to minority entrepreneurs and homeowners in low-income communities like mine. 

He enjoys running, playing the saxophone, and traveling to Mexico with friends and family.