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.


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.


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.

Dedicating the Goda Gardens

On a bright Sunday morning, Santa Clara Law welcomed over 100 guests to celebrate the dedication of the Goda Gardens, in honor of Paul J. Goda, SJ, to mark his golden anniversary of dedicated service to the Law School.  Santa Clara University leadership joined project donors as well as members of the Jesuit community, to acknowledge Goda’s impact on alumni, family and friends for the past 50 years.  Check out photos from the day and read more about the event.

Supreme Court Alumni Swearing-In

On May 28, 2019, in Washington, D.C., 24 Santa Clara Law alumni were admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Retired Justice Edward A. Panelli BS ’53, JD ’55 was the movant who presented the group, by individual names, for admission to the court to Chief Justice John Roberts. Another justice present on Monday’s bench observing alumni admissions was Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

B.T. Collins Law Scholarship Gathering

A sunny July afternoon at the newly re-opened SCU neighborhood landmark, The Hut, was the setting for a gathering to honor B.T. Collins BA ’70 JD ’73 and celebrate the memorial law scholarship in his name. Among the crowd were scholarship committee members, faculty, friends, and many past scholarship recipients, including awardees from 2018 to as far back as 1993, which was the first year that the scholarship was awarded, shortly after Collins’ passing. As those gathered shared memories of Collins, there was a common thread among this diverse group: a sense of awe at his legacy of leadership and public service, as well as the loyalty he has inspired.