SANTA CLARA LAW CELEBRATES FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS

First Gen Day Cake

In recognition of National First Generation Student Day on November 8, students, faculty, and staff gathered for cake and cider in the Mabie Grand Atrium on November 6. “Being a first-gen student means pushing the boundaries of what people think is possible,” said 3L student Ozzy Hidalgo Otamendi. “Every experience is new, and every success for you is a success for your community.”

ALUMNI FUND STUDENT TRIP TO 2019 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CONFERENCE IN YOSEMITE

From left to right; Corey Langer, Elias Rodriguez, Elia Kazemi, William Schmelter, Wesley Clark (all 2Ls) at the 2019 Environmental Law Conference in Yosemite.

Several members of the Environmental Law Society attended the 2019 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite thanks to generous donations from Santa Clara Law alumni John Cruden JD ’74 and David Sandino JD ’84. The weekend was spent attending educational sessions based on specific areas of environmental law from NEPA and CEQA updates to the latest developments in the U.S. Supreme Court. It was a unique chance for students to learn about the field of environmental law outside of the classroom and discover career possibilities in the field. Lectures and panels were filled with prominent environmental law practitioners who students were able to build professional relationships with. The students received honest and practical career advice and were also able to connect with law students from other schools in attendance.

SUPPORTING FIRST-GEN LAW STUDENTS

This August, the Santa Clara Law Office of Academic & Bar Success launched a new Pre-Orientation Academic Skills Workshop for incoming first-generation students. The goal of the program is to support the students, give them tools for success, and provide them with a preview of the 1L experience—from being assigned cases, to reading and briefing cases, to the doctrinal classroom experience, to outlining and writing a practice exam.

COMMITTED TO WELLNESS

ABA Well-Being Pledge Logo

Santa Clara Law is committed to supporting the wellness of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community. We are proud to be the first law school in the nation to take the ABA Well-Being Pledge, joining more than 70 national law firms committed to taking concrete steps to improve health and well-being in the legal profession. The pledge has seven core actions, including providing enhanced and robust education, as well as reducing the expectation of alcohol at events.