The great work Good Counsel Services does would not be possible without our team of interns, fellows, and volunteers from around the world, with each person bringing new expertise and experience to the team. In our staff spotlight features, we introduce and highlight members of our wonderful team. This week we interviewed Blanca Manovel Mariño, a Legal Fellow from Madrid, Spain.
BLANCA MANOVEL MARIÑO
Blanca works as a legal fellow from Madrid, Spain. After graduating from law school in Spain, she moved to New York to complete her law degree in the United States at Brooklyn Law School. Blanca has been working in cases of political asylum, as well as litigation cases and real estate matters at Good Counsel. While studying at Brooklyn Law School, she worked as an interpreter and translator in their immigration clinic. Before coming to the U.S., she worked at Ejaso ETL Global, a mid-size law firm in Madrid. Sadly, her time is coming to an end soon as she just took a job with Hausfeld, a law firm that specializes in antitrust litigation, at their London office!
What helped to develop your interest in law? What about the law most interests you?
I have always wanted to be a lawyer since I was a child. My grandfather was a lawyer, and I have always had him as a role model. I think law is the most useful tool to change the systemic problems of the world and to create a more fair environment.
What made you want to study law in the United States?
I studied abroad for one year in Scotland, and since that moment, I started to be interested in comparative law and how the civil law and the common law systems interact. I decided to study in the U.S. to learn more about the differences and similarities between both systems, thinking that having a broader and more international knowledge would probably help me reach my professional goals.
What do you think the most significant differences are between law in Spain and the U.S.?
The main differences reside in the system itself, not in the law. Like most European countries, Spain has a civil law system; the U.S. as well as the United Kingdom and other commonwealth countries have a common law system. The main distinction between the two systems is that common law systems are case-centered, meaning that judges are allowed to have more discretion, and the law is created on a case-by-case basis. While civil law systems are more rigid, they are usually based on a codified body of principles, which are applied by the judges. Changing the law is usually harder because it means a legislative process. So, I would say, personally, I find the role of judges and their power to be the main difference.
What is your favorite part about your work?
The main reason I wanted to be part of Good Counsel is because the organization helps people while allowing you to gain experience in different areas of law. Learning about different areas and being able to follow the paths I find interesting on the way is definitely my favourite part. Of course, making a social impact while doing it, makes it better.
What do you hope to do with your law degrees?
I would like to be able to work in international or cross-border cases, hopefully helping people and creating a better world. I still believe that is the whole meaning of law.
How was your overall experience as an intern for Good Counsel?
My experience has been great and I am learning a lot. I have been collaborating in different cases, which has given me the option to learn from other people and other areas of law. I find it interesting that the cases I am working on are in different moments, so I can prioritize ones over the other each week. I think the team is great and I love having last-minute things to solve or new cases coming.