SCU Law Dean Anna Han
Dean's Letter

Letter from the Dean — March 2021

Dear Friends,

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well.

As spring arrives, more and more people in our country are receiving vaccines and, as educators, most of the counties in California have included us. I am ever more hopeful as more and more of my colleagues at the law school are being vaccinated. This is a welcome trend foreshadowing our move towards returning to the classroom in the Fall.

These last few weeks, Santa Clara Law is eagerly engaging our admitted students for the incoming class of 2022, and we are grateful to our alumni and friends who are hosting online receptions and panel discussions for them. I recently attended a session of our admitted students with faculty and current students. It was a very interactive event with a lot of excellent questions from the admitted students. These personal connections with our community make a huge difference for our admitted students and help set Santa Clara Law apart, and I truly appreciate everyone’s participation.

As part of our ongoing commitment to increase diversity at SCU Law,  we are continuing our diligent efforts to create a diverse student community with increased recruiting at HBCUs and tabling at Society of Black Engineer events. We continue to explore other ways to improve our commitment to racial equity.

I was part of a group of law school deans and other advocates who successfully lobbied the California Supreme Court to approve provisional licensing for those who took the bar exam from July 2015 on, and scored 1390 or higher but did not have a passing score at the time. Those individuals can now be licensed to practice with 300 hours of supervised work by a licensed attorney. This is good news for these new lawyers as well as for our broader community. If anyone wishes to supervise one of our grads, please do contact our Office of Career Management.

I am looking forward to the virtual award ceremony on March 24 in honor of our 2021 Alexander Law Prize recipient, Jackie Gonzalez, policy director and co-founder of Immigration Defense Advocates. Her work is inspiring and important, and I hope you will join me for this event. Registration details here.

Finally, on March 25, I will be a panelist for an event, Women in Venture Capital (VC), held by the Asian Pacific APABA Silicon Valley Venture Capital Committee, which is dedicated to connecting venture capital attorneys in Silicon Valley while also providing career growth opportunities. Other panelists will include Catharina Min, partner at Covington & Burling LLP and Angela Kwok, General Counsel of  Leszath Pharma Inc. Class of 2002  and our moderator will be Santa Clara Law 3L Sarina Jwo. I hope you will join us. You can find additional details here.

Wishing you a safe celebration of Easter and Passover!

Anna Han
Interim Dean
Santa Clara Law