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- B.A., Harvard College, 2015
- J.D., Yale Law School, 2019
Valeria M. Pelet del Toro is a Law Clerk at Kaplan Hecker & Fink.
Valeria is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she was a speechwriter for Dean Heather K. Gerken, an Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. She was also a research assistant to Professors Monica C. Bell and James Forman Jr., a clinic member of the Ethics Bureau at Yale, and a member of the Latinx Law Students Association. At Yale, Valeria was a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law.
Valeria’s writing has been published in the Yale Law Journal (“Beyond the Critique of Rights: The Puerto Rico Legal Project and Civil Rights Litigation in America’s Colony,” 128 Yale L.J. 792 (2019)), The Federal Lawyer magazine (“Trial by Google: Juror Misconduct in the Age of Social Media,” Fed. Law., Jan./Feb. 2018 (with the Hon. Gustavo A. Gelpí, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico)), and other popular media outlets. Her Yale Law Journal Note on the history of civil rights litigation in Puerto Rico was also reprinted in the 35th Volume of the Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (Steven Saltzman ed., 2019).
Prior to law school, Valeria worked as an Editorial Producer and Freelance Writer at The Atlantic magazine and interned at the ACLU of Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 2015 with a B.A. in History and Literature, a minor in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and a citation in French. Valeria is a native Spanish speaker and speaks basic French.