Steve O'Brien
External Relations Update

External Relations Update – October 2020

Three months into my tenure as the new Senior Assistant Dean for External Relations for the Santa Clara University School of Law, and the Santa Clara Law difference is coming into clear view. Complemented by a team of talented colleagues, an institution steeped in the Catholic Jesuit tradition and a law school committed to preparing today’s students to be leaders in tomorrow’s ever-changing world, I am excited to start articulating the case for “Why Santa Clara Law?” As a hub of diverse scholarship and experiential learning opportunities for prospective students, a lifelong home for our alumni and a trustworthy partner within the Silicon Valley business and legal communities, Santa Clara Law is well positioned to distinguish itself from peer institutions when it harnesses the full potential of its own vibrant network of constituents. And that is where the External Relations team comes into the equation.  

Our External Relations team is well equipped to play a lead role in communicating the Law School’s many strengths to internal and external audiences, and to harness the full potential of the Santa Clara Law network. Focused on the essential elements of broad-based alumni engagement, we are led by Director of External Relations, Kendra Livingston, herself a Santa Clara Law graduate from the Class of 2015. Forging new relationships and strengthening existing ones, the Law School’s comprehensive fundraising activities are led by Director of Development, Ash Farrington, who recently returned to Santa Clara after spending a few years at another institution. In the area of marketing and communications, although not led by a single individual, the work is vital to supporting and promoting all aspects of the Law School, its Centers and Clinics and the impressive work of our faculty, staff, students and graduates. Finally, outside of the External Relations office, we are partners with the Office of Career Management and Assistant Dean, Rupa Bhandari, in the common goal of improving employment outcomes for our graduates. Collectively, this overview illustrates the breadth of the Law School’s External Relations activities.

In the coming months, I look forward to sharing more about the framework we are developing for external relations and the specific initiatives that will enable Santa Clara Law to achieve its objectives, aspirational goals and full institutional potential. Throughout this endeavor, we invite you to join in this process while forging a deeper, more meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship with Santa Clara Law. If you have questions or ideas about any of the work that we are undertaking in external relations, I encourage you to contact me or one of my colleagues, as we strive to be a resource for all members of the Santa Clara Law Family. 

Steve O’Brien
Senior Assistant Dean of External Relations