For more than two years, Max Discher JD ’16 has served as staff attorney at Homebase, a 30-year-old non-profit whose mission is “to build community capacity to end homelessness and reduce poverty, and to foster thriving, inclusive communities.” In his role, Discher provides technical and legal support to the San Francisco and Napa communities, ensuring compliance with HUD funding requirements, guiding best practices among organizational partners, and steering local policies to best coordinate homelessness response systems. Before joining Homebase, he studied public interest and social justice, seizing every available opportunity to assist underserved populations, working for asylum seekers in Australia, systematically oppressed populations in the Dominican Republic, and indigent criminal defendants at home. He earned a BA from Morehouse College, and a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, with a certificate in Public International Law.
This year, Santa Clara Law Professor David Yosifon was appointed to a five-year term as the Peter Canisius SJ Professorship at Santa Clara University. This endowed chair position includes an annual grant to support Yosifon’s research.
In July, Facebook’s Head of Legal Operations and Santa Clara Law adjunct professor Akshay Verma JD ’06 collaborated with a team from Facebook and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP to launch the Facebook Legal Scholars Program, a 2-day program for diverse incoming law students at Santa Clara Law, USF School of Law, and UC Hastings College of the Law.
On June 2, Santa Clara Law Interim Dean Anna Han, Santa Clara University President Kevin O’Brien, S.J., and Provost Lisa Kloppenberg hosted a recorded virtual conferring of degrees to the 2020 Santa Clara Law graduates who earned LLMs, JDs, and MLS. “We believe it may be the first time in SCU history that 3 lawyers conferred degrees to the law graduates,” said Interim Dean Han. “I know it is the first to be done virtually.”
It was likely not what Professor Gary Neustadter had imagined, but after 45 years of teaching at Santa Clara Law, he taught his final class on Zoom. However, several faculty members “zoomed in” to help honor him and celebrate, including longtime Santa Clara Law colleague Professor Emeritus Kenneth Manaster.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 27, 2020 – This past fall, the Knight Foundation announced $3.5M in grants to 22 universities, think tanks, and advocacy organizations to support new, independent research into issues at the forefront of national tech policy debates. Among the grantees is Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Eric Goldman, who received $150,000 to continue his work on legal issues raised by online content, Section230, and content moderation. Professor Goldman’s grant is a part of a $50 million commitment by the Knight Foundation to support research on the ways in which technology transforms our democracy.