Sofía Moquete LLM ’22 Named 2022 Roux Institute Legal Fellow


09.08.22 — The Roux Institute at Northeastern University has named Sofía Moquete LLM ’22 its 2022 Roux Institute Legal Fellow. The fellowship is a collaboration between Northeastern University School of Law and the Roux Institute to support start-ups and entrepreneurs affiliated with the Roux Institute by providing guidance on a variety of business formation and related matters. Founded in 2020, the Portland-based Roux Institute is designed to spur innovation, build talent and drive economic growth in Portland, the state of Maine and northern New England. Pierce Atwood, one of Maine’s top law firms, has partnered with the Roux Institute to provide supervision and mentorship to Moquete.

“I am looking forward to joining the Roux Institute and to supporting the region’s start-ups. There is so much talent in Maine and I am eager to collaborate with a wide range of innovators,” said Moquete, who attended Northeastern Law as a Fulbright Scholar. A native of the Dominican Republic where she earned her JD as valedictorian, Moquete launched her legal career at Ernst & Young in Santo Domingo specializing in international tax and transactional services. During her time at Northeastern Law, Moquete concentrated in international business law and used her bilingual skills to the benefit the community by serving as a translator for law school clinics and for the university’s Latino Cultural Center in cases related to immigration law and the advocacy of Afro-Latino culture. Moquete spent her co-op  in the legal department of Keolis North America, the world’s largest light rail operator.

The Roux Institute Legal Fellowship is open to recent Northeastern Law graduates committed to using their JD in an innovative, entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary environment. It is a one-year position with the opportunity to extend to a second-year term either at the Roux Institute or with one of the Institute’s strategic partners.

As part of the fellowship program, Moquete will collaborate with and receive mentorship from the directors of the law school’s Intellectual Property Law Clinic and Community Business Clinic.

“The Legal Fellow program is a shining example of successful cross-college/campus collaboration at Northeastern University,” said Rhonda Rittenberg, director of the law school’s Office of New Markets, who will serve as a resource and liaison to the Greater Portland legal community that works in and supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem. “I am proud of the exceptional Northeastern Law talent we’ve brought into the fellowship role and gratified by how the program has become integral to the Roux Institute’s entrepreneurial mission of supporting founders from underrepresented groups, namely BIPOC, women, veterans and rural communities.”

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country. Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences through its signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. More than 1,000 employers worldwide in a wide range of legal, government, nonprofit and business organizations participate in the program. With a focus on social justice and innovation, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experiences to successfully practice law.

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