Marcelo Triana ’12 knew from an early age that he was passionate about politics. Last fall, Triana took “Introduction to American Politics” with Paul Passavant, associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department. The course inspired him to pursue a career in the field and declare political science as his major. Then, after taking the course “Crime and Punishment,” with Professor of Philosophy Scott Brophy, Triana additionally became interested in philosophy and law.
This summer, Triana put his two passions to use at an internship with the New York State Attorney General’s office in New York City. The internship was coordinated through William Smith alumna Ignacia “Evelyn” Baez ’92,an assistant attorney general for the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau.
Triana worked on a case for the Auto Insurance Fraud Division of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. While working for the AIFU, Triana helped lawyers prepare for cases to be taken to the grand jury. “I gained access to confidential wiretaps, and transcribed them for the grand jury,” said Triana, who also prepared and organized trial exhibits.
In another case, he was asked to research months of trial transcripts and exhibits for information pertinent to the crime. Once compiled, he developed an extensive fact summary sheet for the lawyers to refer to for the case.
The experience was invaluable, he said. “I broadened my understanding of the law.”
Triana’s good work was recognized. “Marcelo is unique in that he is only a sophomore in college and yet he has demonstrated a natural talent for absorbing complex legal material and using that knowledge to dissect multiple complex legal tasks,” Baez said.
On campus, Triana participates in the Latin American Organization, Hobart Student Government and HWS Debate Team, and has also been inducted into the Orange Key Society.