The Santa Clara Jesuit Community has provided a $25,000 matching grant to the Center for Social Justice to fund law student summer work. The grant honors Fr. Paul Goda and the memory of Mary Emery, offering law students the opportunity to serve community needs for social justice while studying law. During summer 2013 the Center funded 22 grant recipients who provided over 8,800 hours of free legal service for low-income communities and families. With this significant Jesuit Community gift, the Center will be able to maintain or hopefully to increase this service to the community.
The grants offer a life changing experience to the student recipients as well. As Diego Aviles ’15, who worked at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, said:
“Being able to work with individuals from my community while learning practical experience in my desired field – was fantastic. I was able to assist low-income individuals with their immigration needs and make connections with experienced attorneys dedicated to their clients.
Read more testimonials from recent grant recipients. To support summer grants at Santa Clara Law, click here and select Social Justice Summer Grant Fund.