Steven Arango is an officer in the United States Marine Corps, a lawyer, and a dedicated public servant.
Currently, he is a Federal Law Clerk for U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez, Jr. in the Southern District of Texas. Arango conducts research and drafts opinions on various issues dealing with immigration, constitutional, and administrative law. He also manages and drafts all orders related to land cases, mainly dealing with Southern Border issues.
Before his clerkship, Arango worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, specifically for Representative Jeff Duncan (SC), and for the Department of Defense in the Office of General Counsel, International Affairs. He has been fortunate to work in all three branches of government at an early age, and learn how the federal government operates.
Following his clerkship, he will return to active duty as a Judge Advocate. His first duty station will be Quantico, VA where he will attend The Basic School (TBS). TBS trains and educates all Marine officers to prepare them for duty as company grade officers in the operating forces, with emphasis on skills required of a rifle platoon commander.
Arango holds a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law, and a BS in Business Administration, with a minor in Spanish, from Newberry College. At Alabama, Arango was a Moot Court National Champion, a Duke LENS Scholar, and served as a Research Assistant to Professor Geoffrey Corn (South Texas College of Law), a leading scholar in international law.
While in law school, he also spearheaded two large scale veteran advocacy projects. One such instance led to the construction of the first-ever Purple Heart parking space at the University of Alabama. His other project focused on honoring Capt Alexi Whitney, USMC (KIA) by commissioning a bronze memorial bust in his honor. Arango raised over $9,000 for this project and brought national attention to Capt Whitney’s sacrifice. Because of the generous donations, Arango fully funded the project and donated over $1,000 to The Travis Mills Foundation. The bust now proudly stands at TBS.
Because of his military and legal training, Arango has always pushed himself to develop professionally. As a result, he has published numerous articles ranging from foreign policy and international affairs to legal questions surrounding 21st century technology. Two of his articles were recently featured in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes.
Without incredible mentors, Arango would not be where he is today. Guided by this awareness, he mentors as many young professionals and students as possible. He currently serves as an ambassador to Service to School’s Undergraduate and Law programs, and continually seeks opportunities to mentor others.
Arango was born and raised in Tampa, FL, and in his spare time you will find him at the beach, fishing, reading, watching the New York Yankees, or doing something outside.