We’re proud of the perseverance and hard work that each of the 2020 LEAP Fellows put in on their way to law school. This kind of determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles is especially resonant in Ruben’s story. Read more below about his remarkable journey from wrongfully convicted prisoner to studying to become a lawyer.
Ruben currently attends Pomona College, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. But years ago, he was sentenced to 60 years to life for a crime he did not commit. During that time, he endured the agonizing isolation of solitary confinement for more than 10 years. While in solitary confinement, Ruben began to study law. He represented himself from prison and was exonerated of his charges.