August – October 2014

Aug 28 Thu
August Application Workshop @ Bannan 241
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Application Workshops are coordinated to give prospective students an opportunity to learn more about the application process here at Santa Clara. Admissions counselors will give a description of the admissions timeline and application process, talk about paying for law school and leave time for general Q&A.


Sep 6 Sat
Law Reunion Weekend 2014 @ Various events and locations on campus
Sep 6 – Sep 7 all-day

Return to campus to reminisce with your classmates and reconnect with Faculty and Staff.  Law Reunion Classes:  1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.

Sep 11 Thu
Fifth Annual Sports Law and Ethics Symposium
8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Benson Memorial Center
Santa Clara University

Earlybird registration is available until August 8, 2014

For more info contact Nancy Diaz:; 408.554.4451.

The symposium qualifies for 5.5 hours California Bar CLE general credit.

The Brave New World of College Athletics
Bullying and a Culture of Performance
Trending Topics
Match Fixing – the New Danger to U.S. Sports


Keynote Speaker

Paraag Marathe

Paraag Marathe
President, San Francisco 49ers

Featured Lunchtime Speaker

Travis Tygert

Travis Tygart
CEO United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

Brave New World of College Athletics

Marisa BrutocoModerator: Marisa Brutoco
Corporate Counsel,

Ilan Ben-HananjpgIlan Ben-Hanan
VP Programming and Acquisitions,

Missy ConboyMissy Conboy
Sr. Deputy Athletic Director,
University of Notre Dame

Marisa BrutocoTom Farrey
Aspen Institute Sports & Society ESPN Correspondent

Bernard MuirBernard Muir
The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics, Stanford University

Jamie ZaninovichJamie Zaninovich
Deputy Commissioner and COO,
Pac-12 Conference

Bullying and a Culture of Performance

Jim Thompson

Gary Namie

Jim Thompson
CEO & Founder,
Positive Coaching Alliance

Dr. Gary Namie
Founder, Workplace Bullying Institute

Trending Topics

Hannah GordonModerator: Hannah Gordon
Director of Legal Affairs,
San Francisco 49ers

Rich BrandRich Brand
Chair, Sports Practice Group,
Arent Fox

Patrick DunkleyPatrick Dunkley
Senior University Counsel; Deputy Director of Athletics, HR and Legal Affairs,
Stanford University

William Gould IV
Professor Emeritus, Stanford Law School
and former NLRB Chairman

Ryan NeceRyan Nece
former NFL Player, Entrepreneur, Football Analyst and Philanthropist

Match-Fixing –
the New Danger to U.S. Sports

Patricia Ernstrom

Declan Hill

Patricia Ernstrom
Executive Director,
San Jose Sports Authority

Dr. Declan Hill
Investigative Journalist
Author, Academic

Afternoon Discussion –
A Big Picture View of Ethics in Sport

Jack Bowen

Jack Bowen
Philosopher, Ethicist, Author, Coach

Gold Sponsors:



San Jose Sharks

Silver Sponsors:

Law Seminars International
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP

Hotel Information

Best Western Airport Plaza
2118 The Alameda
San Jose, California, 95126-1140
Fax: (408) 243-5478

Beverly Heritage Hotel
1820 Barber Lane
Milpitas, California 95035
Click on the link to make reservations or call (408) 432-8617 and ask for Reservations.


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

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





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.


View the Save the Date postcard and feel free to share with your friends.

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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.