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.
Working with a team of students and faculty advisors, Sharine Xuan JD ‘21, vice president of the Criminal Law Society and organizer of the Expungement Clinic at SCU, created a bill to help seal arrest or related records of a dismissed conviction under California law. In February, after a few months of dedicated work, the bill was introduced to the California legislature as SB 1045. If enacted, SB 1045 will allow Californians to seal arrest and related records of dismissed convictions.
When he was just 19, Antonio Reza found himself behind bars after being convicted of a felony–second-degree armed robbery. In 2012, he was released from jail with a strike, but he was determined to not become a statistic. Seeing his newfound freedom as a second opportunity, he enrolled at Ohlone College in 2013 and went on to earn three associate degrees before transferring to the University of San Francisco. In 2018, he graduated from USF as valedictorian with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, minoring in legal studies and sociology. In his TEDx Talk, From Felonies to 4.0s, Reza shares his story and how he’s using his experiences to not only better his own life but to inspire others around him.