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Student Honored for Outstanding Pro Bono Efforts

Third year day program student Alexander Gamez was selected as a second-round finalist and awarded a Merit Distinction amongst a very competitive field for the Annual NALP PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award. The purpose of the Publico Award is to recognize the significant contributions that law students make to underserved populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono work. ...

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Maria Palomares ’09 Earns Prestigious Award from Western Center on Law & Poverty

On June 25, Southwestern alumna Maria Palomares '09 was honored as the 2014 Fair Shake Rock Star by the Western Center on Law & Poverty for her work as a civil rights advocate. Palomares is a Housing and Consumer Law Attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. In her position, she works to preserve affordable housing, and fight housing discrimination based on race, language barriers ...

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Student Lauren Plunkett Featured/Profiled by OneJustice

OneJustice featured full-time¬†student Lauren Plunkett this month as another example of how ‚ÄúIt Takes a Network‚ÄĚ to achieve access to justice for Californians in need. Click here¬†to read more about her path from undergrad to the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology to Southwestern, where she's has participated in the Public Service Program, Public Interest Law Committee, and of course, OneJus ...

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Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat a Success at Southwestern

On March 21 and 22, Southwestern hosted the 16th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat. This two-day event served as a forum for practitioners, students and academics to discuss today's challenges to social justice lawyering. Professor Laura Cohen, Director of Southwestern's Street Law Clinic and Community Outreach, said it was an honor to host and plan the retreat. "This year, our ...

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Diversity Week: Public Counsel Panel Discusses “Pathways to Justice”

A panel of attorneys from Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono law firm, helped kick off Southwestern's annual Diversity Week this past week with "Pathways to Justice: Changing Lives Through Public Interest Lawyering." The attorneys discussed how they attained their public interest positions, the impact their work has on helping the indigent, and how law students can get involved through summer cle ...

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From One Week to All Year – The Public Interest Law Committee Raises Funds and Awareness to Benefit Students

Every year, the Public Interest Law Committee (PILC) puts together a week of events to raise money for the Public Interest Law Fund, which supports Summer Public Interest Law Grants and other related opportunities for students and new graduates. In addition, these events are intended to promote the benefits of public interest work in the legal field and encourage students to take advantage of the numerous o ...

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Southwestern Launches the Amicus Project

Everyone needs friends, perhaps even more so in court. Launching in the Fall of 2013, the Amicus Project at Southwestern is a first-of-its-kind pro bono outreach program that will enable law students to gain practical experience by preparing amicus - or "friend of the court" - briefs for cases in which an amicus brief is needed. An amicus brief allows a person or entity that is not part of a case, but has a ...

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Southwestern Student Wins National Scholarship for Fighting Hunger in LA

Remy Krumpak has been awarded a 2013 Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship. A fourth-year student in the JD/MBA program, Krumpak was selected for this honor based on his work with Public Counsel fighting hunger in Los Angeles. He was formally recognized on June 6 at the 14th Annual Sodexo Foundation Dinner in Washington, D.C. (pictured above), where he received a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 matching ...

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