MoniqueMonique Chavez’s passion for drug policy reform was ignited at the young age of fourteen when she attended her first rave. At the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she will graduate in May 2016, Monique serves as the Vice President of SSDP, Co-President of LAMBDA, and Board Member/Next Generation Leader of the American Constitution Society. She re-chartered the SSDP chapter at the law school and sheparded it to become an impactful organization on campus.

Prior to law school, Monique served with AmeriCorps for three years, where she worked with the Cesar Chavez Foundation, coordinating and supervising learning centers with after-school and summer programming for low-income children. In addition to these tasks, she also learned grant-writing skills, which led to her placement on several grant-review committees, including AmeriCorps and OneStar Foundation.

Monique stays active in the medical cannabis community, advocating at various hearings and lobbying local legislators. She has also led efforts to organize local community groups to represent the most effective messages of the community. Additionally, Monique is interested in complete drug policy reform, originating from her experience with the electronic music scene. As such, she is heavily involved with New Mexico nightlife, speaking with producers and pushing for the inclusion of harm reduction.

Monique participated in the Williams Institute Moot Court, the nation’s only moot court that focuses on gender identity issues, as well as serving as the Citations Editor for the Tribal Law Journal at the UNM School of Law. She has also held internships with 4Front Ventures and the Drug Policy Alliance. Monique plans on forming New Mexico’s first comprehensive cannabis law firm following graduation.

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