Cape Verdean American Lawyers Association

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We advocate the interests of law students and lawyers of Cape Verdean descent as well as the Cape Verdean community in the United States.

The Cape Verdean American Lawyers Association (CVALA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support Cape Verdean descendant students, particularly from low-income families, in pursuing legal education; to advance the general and professional wellbeing and employment opportunities of attorneys and law graduates of Cape Verdean ancestry in the legal profession; to promote the general welfare and legal rights of the Cape Verdean community by providing:

The Cape Verdean community would benefit tremendously by having more lawyers and other legal professionals working collaboratively to advocate for and to protect the civil, legal and political rights of the minority communities.

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Carlos Costa-Rodrigues, CVALA President

Welcome to the Cape Verdean American Lawyers Association (CVALA), whose mission it is to advance the interests of law students and lawyers of Cape Verdean descent as well as the Cape Verdean community in the United States. The Cape Verdean diaspora in the United States rivals the islands’ current population of approximately 600,000. Cape Verdean immigration to the United States began in the 19th century aboard New England whaling vessels that often stopped in Cabo Verde to pick up crewmen…read more.

Officers

It is our hope that the CVALA will inspire younger members of the Cabo Verdean community as well as honor distinguished Cape Verdean pioneers.

Carlos Costa-Rodrigues

President & Board Of Director

Carlos is an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Security Exchange Commission’s office.

Duci Goncalves

Vice President & Board Of Director

Duci is attorney in Charge of the Quincy Office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Sania Santos

Treasurer & Board Of Director

Sania is a partner at Alves|Santos, PC and concentrates her practice on litigation and real estate.

Starlene Alves

Secretary & Board Of Director

Starlene is a partner at Alves|Santos, PC and she has over a decade of legal experience as an attorney.

My experience growing up in working class communities has made me very conscious of the differing needs of our first-generation students.

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