Oct
25
Sat
Katharine & George Alexander Law Center 20th Anniversary Celebration @ Hotel Valencia
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate twenty years of education, service and success.

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Twenty years of education, service and success

Twenty years ago, when Santa Clara law students decided to use their legal skills to help their community, they could not anticipate the tremendous success of their efforts. Their vision, represented today bythe Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, known then as the  East San José Community Law Center, touches the lives of thousands of clients in the Valley who could not otherwise obtain legal representation. At the same time, the Law Center continues to be a practical training ground for the law students who serve the Center’s clients under the supervision of expert attorneys.

Through its unique student-attorney model, the Alexander Community Law Center is able to provide about $1.5 million of legal services every year – without charging its clients one penny.  Today, the Community Law Center serves more than 1,000 clients per year in the areas of consumer law, immigration law, employment law and tax matters.


The Celebration will take place in the sophisticated Hotel Valencia, in Santana Row, San Jose

The hotel’s courtyard will provide a cozy setting for the event’s reception, while an adjacent event room will host a three-course meal and the event’s program.

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About Luis J. Rodriguez, Keynote Speaker

Luis RodriguezOn Oct. 12, 2013, Luis J. Rodriguez was sworn in as the 89th President of the State Bar of California. Luis is the first Latino, the first active Public Defender and the first Santa Clara Law School alum to serve as President of the State Bar.

Luis attended Santa Clara University as an undergraduate. While at SCU, Luis’ commitment to social justice blossomed when he joined a coalition of student groups to urge the school’s administration to divest from South Africa’s then apartheid government; he fought for an expansion of the Ethnic Studies curriculum, and participated in student politics. Upon graduation, Luis was honored with the Nobili Award. The Nobili Award, named after SCU founder John Nobili, S.J., is given by the faculty and the provost to the male graduate deemed outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University.

Luis went on to Santa Clara Law School, where he was active with the La Raza Law Students, and he continued his commitment to diversity and access to justice. In 1994, Luis joined the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office where he has worked for the last 19 years to fight for the rights of indigent adults and children charged with criminal offenses.

In his role as Special Counsel to then Public Defender, Michael P. Judge, Luis was also key to advancing Mr. Judge’s commitment to the diversity of the attorneys in the Office. Luis was instrumental in assuring that not only attorneys were representative of the diverse population in L.A. County but that law clerks were similarly representative of L.A. County’s rich and diverse community.

Luis has taken leadership roles throughout the years as President of the L.A. County Mexican American Bar Association, President of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, President of the Latino Public Defender Association, member of the California State Board of Education and Chair of the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness (COAF). The mission of COAF is to advise the State Bar Board of Trustees on appropriate strategies consistent with State Bar policies and procedures that enhance opportunities and advancement in the legal profession for diverse populations, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented.

The commitment to social justice can be traced back to Luis’ family and childhood struggles. Both of his parents were Mexican immigrants. Neither parent had an education past high school, so Luis was the first in his family to attend college and law school.  Although Luis was born in Los Angeles, at the age of two, his parents moved back to Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. He lived in Juarez until the fifth grade, when the family returned to Los Angeles.

In the period from living in Mexico through high school in the U.S., Luis experienced xenophobia first-hand. He and his family were often told to “go back to Mexico” or asked to show “your papers”. In addition to fighting to overcome obstacles faced by many poor and immigrants, his family faced personal struggles. His father battled substance abuse for many years.  Yet, his father’s struggle was ultimately successful.  This battle taught Luis about redemption, forgiveness and compassion.

Because of the obstacles he faced and the support that he received from many, Luis forever committed himself to being the voice for those who have no voice. Luis is happily married. He and his wife are raising two young, socially conscious and loving girls who will become strong, independent and compassionate women.

As President of the State Bar of California, one can be assured that what has driven Luis for most of his life will continue to be the motivation to serve the community in a broader scale.

Oct
27
Mon
Pathways to Impact Investing @ Santa Clara University
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – Oct 29 @ 5:30 pm

 

Santa Clara University Executive Education

“Pathways to Impact Investing”

 

Program Description

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Overview:

There is a growing interest to combine personal investment choices with meaningful social and environmental impact. Coined in 2007, Impact Investing now encompasses a broad array of investment choices. Pathways to Impact Investing will help you understand the sector landscape, plan your impact strategy, and learn from other impact investors how they make direct and indirect investments. This case-led 3 day course is hosted by Santa Clara University in collaboration with Toniic, SV2 and TPW – The Philanthropy Workshop – and presents a practical guide for investors. It is oriented toward asset owners and advisors who are serious about including impact in their investment choices. Participants will come away with a better understanding of investment choices and impact measures, techniques for assembling a portfolio, and a personalized action plan for making impact investments.

The Impact Sector:

Explore the ‘theory of change’ that drives the sector and its work to use money and market building to affect positive social and environmental outcomes both domestically and abroad. Learn about the people and organizations that have built the sector to date and examine the results earned so far. Gain an understanding of terms used by investors in the field and resources available to sector participants.

Portfolio Assembly:

Take a deep look at examples and results from active portfolios in the impact sector. Learn about the broad asset choices that are now available to investors – from passive placement of funding to very active direct investments. An understanding of impact metrics will also be included. Filled with personal and professional examples, the course leaders will take you through how they have made investments and the tools they use to consider and ultimately choose an investment. This lively interaction will look at finding and screening investment opportunities, understanding terms of investments and structures used, and convey anecdotes on post-investment experience.

Taking Action:

Impact investing is deeply rooted in a values-centered approach. During Pathways to Impact Investing, you will have a chance to form your own impact strategy and work on aligning your interests with your actions. Pathways to Impact Investing will also provide you materials to help structure your impact investing plan, create a personalized investment policies statement, and identify the ‘next steps’ surfaced during the course.

Join us for an immersive, values-centric 3 day session on impact investing.

Dates & Fees

Dates: October 27 to 29, 2014
Duration: 3 full days (9:00am to 5:30pm)

Fees

General Registration  US $2990.00
Partner Members US $2490.00
SCU Board and Alumni $2490.00

For program information, please contact Joerg Geier, jgeier@scu.edu, 1-408-551-6043.

For questions concerning program logistics and reservation, please contact Dorice Kunis, dkunis@scu.edu, 1-408-551-1868.

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Nov
12
Wed
Speed Networking @ Mission Room - Lower Benson
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Speed Networking is one of the most popular activities hosted by the Office of Career Management. Approximately 30 alumni turn out for the evening to speak to students in structured short conversations. Students will have the chance to speak to one or more graduates. Speed Networking is a fun way to meet alumni, build relationships, and explore career pathways.

Nov
15
Sat
Law School Open House @ Bannan 127
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for our Santa Clara Law Open House. This event is for prospective law students who are interested in learning more about Santa Clara Law and our admissions process. The day will include a discussion with faculty, a mock class and presentations from our centers of excellence.

Feb
12
Thu
11th Annual Diversity Gala @ Triton Museum
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celebrating the accomplishments of individuals and organizations committed to promoting a diverse profession. Presenting the Diversity Gala Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeanette Leach, Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs. Hors d’oeuvres, music, networking, and more hosted by the Diversity Gala Committee. Online Registration coming soon!