Law Clerk Sissi Lopez Diaz Jensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Originally from Havana, Cuba, her family immigrated to Denmark after having been granted asylum in the 1990s. Eventually immigrating once more to the United States, Sissi's family relocated to South Miami-Dade where she graduated from Miami Southridge Senior High.
Sissi thereafter attended Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Southwest Florida in pursuit of her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While working as a student assistant with FGCU's Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development and Lutgert College of Business, she simultaneously participated and contributed to several grassroots organizing initiatives relating to racial, social, and immigration justice. In partnership with the FGCU Honors College, Sissi was also selected to assist with gathering on-site archival and qualitative research in Trinidad and Tobago relating to carnival arts and the history of colonization of the Caribbean.
Sissi was thereafter granted a fully funded internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington D.C., where she successfully completed an internship with a Florida congressional representative on Capitol Hill in Summer of 2018. During this time, she conducted legislative research on a variety of policy areas for the Congressperson and their staff, particularly relating to policy issues crucial to the Latino and Cuban community.
After graduating from FGCU in December of 2018, she then served as legal assistant in the areas of personal injury protection, product liability, premise liability, and medical malpractice defense. Here, she developed essential legal skills while supporting associates and senior partners in complex litigation projects. Coupled with Sissi's passion for advocating for marginalized communities, her professional experience in the legal field sparked her interest in pursuing a career as an attorney. She then began her legal education at the University of Miami School of Law in August of 2021 and has since joined organizations such as the First-Generation Law Student Association, and Cuban American Bar Association.
As the daughter of an immigrant Cuban single mother to three children, Sissi has always been aware of the very difficult sacrifices that parents are often forced to make in the process of raising their children. She originally sought out to gain experience in the practice area of family law to honor her mother and family who raised her the best way they could, with the little they often had. As a rising second-year law student, she later began working as a law clerk with Segarra & Associates, P.A. She has had the fortunate and unique experience to be mentored by two incredible practicing attorneys since joining the firm – Attorneys Manuel “Manny” A. Segarra, III and Irech M. Colón.
In her position as a law clerk, Sissi uses her global lived experience and cultural competency in her work to assist our clients through some of their most difficult moments. She feels incredibly privileged to be able to make a direct impact in the lives of everyday people, which she aspires to continue to do for the remainder of her career.
In her spare time, she enjoys an insightful book, spending time with family and friends, and watching a good novela.