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Ricardo Santiago



Class of: 2022

Ricardo Santiago is a first-generation law student from Mexico. He first arrived in the United States in the year 2000 and is a proud graduate of the Chicago Public Schools’ education system. Ricardo received an Associate of Fine Arts degree from Wilbur Wright College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media, and Theater from Northeastern Illinois University.

Prior to entering the legal industry, Ricardo worked as a guitarist, musician, director, and educator. He maintained a studio of individual students, performed with local theater companies, and performed as a chamber musician and soloist, including performances with the Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a featured soloist.

Within the legal industry, Ricardo has worked in consumer bankruptcy, plaintiff’s and defendant’s personal injury, and immigration law. He has also volunteered with the Orleans Public Defenders Office, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and The Resurrection Project.

Ricardo is thrilled to be part of the First-Generation executive board and help provide opportunities to similarly situated law students.