Rene Ugarte was born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado and a graduate of Denver North High School. She attended Stephens College, a small private women’s college in Columbia, Missouri. There she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with an emphasis in jewelry design and printmaking. To support her jewelry design, Rene initially worked in retail, restaurant, and marketing.
Eventually, Rene decided to put her analytical skills to work in the legal industry and attended the University of Kansas School of Law. There she learned to put her passion for helping under-served individuals and communities to good use. She interned at Legal Aid of Western Missouri and the Missouri State Public Defender (MSPD) Appellate office in Kansas City, Missouri.
In addition, Rene was a staff editor for the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy. She also participated in the Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies. As part of that program, Rene drafted a criminal appeal that was granted by the Kansas Supreme Court in 2013. She continued to pursue criminal work after graduation, eventually landing a position in a trial office at MSPD.
In 2016, Rene returned to Colorado to be closer to her family and friends, as well as, to pursue a different area of law. Her current Social Security practice allows her to engage with clients and assist them with obtaining government benefits. Her background in criminal law makes her a compassionate advocate and advisor. She also enjoys legal writing and won an additional civil appeal in 2014 in the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Rene lives in Lakewood with her significant other and their cat. She enjoys animals, art, film, food, and Jayhawk basketball.