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Alumna Mariel Colon Miro ’17, Defense Attorney, Profiled for ‘New York’ Magazine’s Intelligencer

Photo of Hofstra Law alumna Mariel Colon Miro '17 on a rooftop in Manhattan, NY

Hofstra Law alumna Mariel Colón Miró ’17 is profiled in the Aug. 29 article “The 26-Year-Old Defense Attorney Whose First Two Clients Were El Chapo and Jeffrey Epstein” on New York magazine’s Intelligencer website.

The article describes the meteoric arc of Colón Miró’s career from recent law school graduate awaiting her bar exam results to paralegal for the firm representing Joaquín “El Chapo” Archivaldo Guzmán Loera to junior attorney on Guzmán’s trial team to trial attorney on his defense team to member of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s legal team before he died by suicide.

The article also includes a quote from Hofstra Law Professor Elizabeth M. Nevins, attorney-in-charge of the Criminal Justice Clinic, who supervised Colón Miró when she was a student in the clinic.

The 26-Year-Old Defense Attorney Whose First Two Clients Were El Chapo and Jeffrey Epstein
By James D. Walsh
Intelligencer, New York Magazine
Aug. 29, 2019

Three days before Epstein committed suicide, Colón Miró visited him at the [Metropolitan Correctional Center] and served as a witness to his will. When Bloomberg reported on the will, including Colón Miró’s signature, people began sending her Facebook messages and leaving voicemails. She’d gotten similar messages throughout El Chapo’s trial. They always seemed to end up asking the same question: “How do you sleep at night?”

“I sleep with a clear conscience,” she told me. “If you have a moral dilemma with that, then this profession is not for you. It’s easy to lose that human perspective in this profession. You think that detaching makes it easier to do your job, but it makes it harder for your client. You can’t ever lose that perspective, that empathy, that caring for them. I don’t ever want to lose it. I think that’s what distinguishes me.”

Read the full article on the New York magazine’s Intelligencer website.

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