2018 APABA SILICON VALLEY / BALIF JOINT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Neil Bautista is a rising 2L at UC Hastings College of the Law. A proud anteater, he received his B.A. in English from UC Irvine. He completed an undergraduate honors thesis regarding the rhetorical confinement of the Third Gender (bakla) community in the Philippines. Additionally, he chartered and founded a multicultural Greek organization gay, bisexual, and progressive men, and directed the activities of about 70 interns as one of the five executive cabinet members of the associated students. He worked as a Faculty Support Associate at Southwestern Law School for four years before finally deciding to go to law school.
As a law student, Neil hopes to continue expanding his advocacy efforts for the queer, API community. He is currently one of the Co-Presidents of Pilipino American Law Society, and plans to focus his efforts on the retention and outreach to the Pilipino-American youth. Additionally, he is a 2L Representative for Kaplan Bar Review. After law school, Neil intends to pursue a career in civil rights lawyering, impact litigation, or plaintiff-side employment discrimination law, with a focus on LGBTQ rights and racial justice.