Diversity Gala Recap
November 09, 2010 at 3:51 PM
The seventh annual Diversity Gala was held last Wednesday at Santa Clara University. Over 100 students, alumni, and faculty packed into the Adobe Lodge to celebrate diversity in the legal profession. The event was hosted by Santa Clara Law and the Law Career Services Office. Several law firms and businesses sponsored the event including Townsend & Townsend & Crew LLP, Intel Corporation, and title sponsor Cooley LLP.
Dean of Santa Clara Law, Donald Polden, gave the opening introduction to the event. Dean Polden talked about the law school’s commitment to enhancing diversity at Santa Clara Law as well as within the legal profession. Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Cooley LLP, Mark Pitchford, also addressed the attendees. Mr. Pitchford acknowledged that recruiting and developing a diverse team was essential to a large, successful law practice.
Diversity Gala Committee Chairman, David Tsai, introduced a video that was shown to audience. The video was a history of diversity at Santa Clara Law told by faculty and alumni. Participants included Professor Uelmen, Professor Armstrong, Rolanda Pierre-Dixon, and David Tsai. The video has been embedded below.
Several awards were handed out during the event. The Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Awards were given to two bay area attorneys in recognition for their contributions to the legal profession in furthering the interests of minority groups. The recipients of the awards were Santa Clara Superior Court judge Edward Davila and Oracle’s General Counsel Dorian Daley. The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarships were also awarded during the event. The scholarship was created to honor and encourage first-year law students who have a commitment to eliminating discrimination based on ethnic or gender factors. The recipients of the scholarship were Eugene Lee, Antonio Raymo, and Hieu M. Tran.
*If you have trouble viewing the video, please click here