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.
“We cause attackers to feel the consequences, both technically and legally, of their actions,” says the web site at [redacted], a global cybersecurity company where Tina Doshi JD ’05 serves as chief of staff. “We do this work because we know it’s the right thing to do. We do it because nobody else is willing or able to do it.”
“Expose. Confront. Change.” That is the tagline for Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for consumers and taking on politicians and the special interests that fund them in order to expose, confront, and change corporate and political injustice.
On Feb. 9, Santa Clara Law hosted the 18th annual Bay Area Asian Pacific American Law Student Association Conference (BAAPALSA). This regional gathering of chapters of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association attracts more than 200 attendees and is the largest West Coast forum for Asian American law students and practitioners. The event was co-directed by Iris Chiu and Kaushik Nagaraj, who are third-year law students at Santa Clara Law and board members of APALSA, the campus group that hosted the event.
More than a third of students at Santa Clara Law identify as the first in their family to attend college, or first-generation. Such students face special challenges to connect and thrive as students and later as lawyers, notes Thiadora Pina, associate clinical professor and director of the Externship Program at Santa Clara Law.