My name is Vanessa Thomson (formerly Alvarez) and I am running for a position on the 2021-2022 YLS Board of Directors. I graduated from Nova Southeastern University (“NSU”) Shepard Broad College of Law in May 2019. As a student, I was president of the Tort Law Society and treasurer for the NSU Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and NSU’s Hispanic Student Bar Association. As a first-generation attorney, the first event I attended in any legal capacity was for a BCBA YLD networking event. The connections I made helped me get where I am today. It would be an honor to serve and give back to fellow young lawyers and to law students in the same way this organization has provided amazing opportunities for me as a law student and as a young attorney.