Santa Clara University School of Law alumna and Alexander Law Prize winner Jessica Jackson JD ’11 was chosen as one of 121 stellar leaders from around the world under age 40 to be among the World Economic Forum’s 2021 Class of Young Global Leaders. Read more.
Lydia de la Torre LLM ’14, a privacy law attorney and lecturer in privacy law at Santa Clara University School of Law, has been chosen to be among the five members of California’s inaugural privacy-law implementation and enforcement agency, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA). Read more.
Stephanie Wildman, professor emerita at Santa Clara Law, is celebrating the release of two books. First, NYU Press is reissuing Wildman’s book, Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America, as part of their “classics” series, with a substantive, updated preface and a new chapter, entitled “Moving Forward: From Colorblindness to Color Insight,” co-written with Margalynne Armstrong, associate professor at Santa Clara Law.
On February 4, Santa Clara Law community gathered virtually for the 16th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Celebration, which highlights the accomplishments of individuals and organizations committed to promoting a diverse profession. The event also raises funds for the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship.
On January 5-9, The American Association of Law Schools (AALS) held its annual gathering of law school deans, faculty, and administrators to discuss innovation in legal education. The theme for the virtual event was “The Power of Words,” and it attracted attendees from across the United States, and featured a broad spectrum of topics and speakers. Several Santa Clara Law faculty members were among the speakers and moderators. “I am proud that so many Santa Clara Law faculty members served as active contributors to scholarship and analysis at this year’s event,” said Interim Dean Anna Han. “I thank them for their time and dedication to the advancement of our field.”
Santa Clara Law awards thousands of dollars in scholarships every year to enable students to pursue their dreams of becoming a lawyer. “We know scholarships are a powerful tool for increasing diversity, attracting and retaining high achieving students, and generally addressing issues of access and affordability,” says Interim Dean Anna Han.
Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office recently honored two Santa Clara Law Alumni with special awards: Kelley Paul Kulick JD ’98, an adjunct professor at Santa Clara Law, received the Public Defender of the Year award; and Meghan Piano BS ’04, JD ’07, an alum who also worked at NCIP and has helped teach the expungement clinic, received the Heart of the Office Award.
In early December, the Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) held its 65th annual Gala. A nonprofit composed of lawyers, judges, and law students throughout northern California, the CHBA is named in honor of the legendary civil rights practitioner Charles Hamilton Houston (1895-1950). CHBA continues his legacy by working to address the unique challenges facing the African American community, and the organization supports the next generation of lawyers in many ways, including interviewing and resume workshops, mentoring, and access to and guidance from established Bay Area practitioners.
This month, I want to highlight a critical component of our External Relations work: Marketing and Communications. This team advances the vision for Santa Clara Law and enhances the reputation of our school through written and visual content that captures the attention of prospective students, maintains strong bonds with alumni and donors, builds relationships with the legal profession and related fields, and showcases the academic contributions of our faculty. Most of Santa Clara Law’s publications, messages, social media posts, and website are the product of our Marketing & Communications team. Here I want to highlight two of our team members and their important contributions to our marketing and communications efforts. Michelle Waters and Beth Kelley Gillogly BA ’93 have each served Santa Clara Law for more than 10 years, and their work has played an instrumental role in the Law School’s success.
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.