Jose Ignacio is a second-year law student at the University of Michigan Law School, where he serves as notes editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law. He is a member of the Michigan Law Latino Law Students Association, the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, and student member of the American Bar Association.
Prior to pursuing a Juris Doctor degree, he briefly practiced as a litigation attorney at law firm De Castro & Robles, located in Panama City, Panama. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws (Summa Cum Laude, 2014) at Santa Maria La Antigua Catholic University, and pursued Justice, Law, and Society Studies at American University, as a United States Department of State Scholar (2012). Jose Ignacio has been involved in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition for many years. In 2014 and 2015, he represented Panama in the international rounds in Washington, D.C., and in 2017 he was a memorial judge in the Philippine national rounds.
Jose Ignacio is fluent in English, Spanish, and has basic proficiency in Portuguese.
During the summer of 2016, he interned with the Honorable Saliann Scarpulla at the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court.