18th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat

BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY

March 5 – 6, 2016

UNLV Boyd School of Law 

 Saturday, March 5
Welcome and Remembering Trina Grillo

Improving Police and Community Relations

Immigration Reform’s Impact on our Communities

Career Strategy Groups

Children and the Law

Sunday, March 6

Social Justice and Private Practice

Hot Topics Groups

More information and online registration

Grillo Consortium

Trina Grillo Bio

Trina Grillo
1948-1996

About the Trina Grillo Retreat

nullFor many years the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) has co-sponsored the Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat with a consortium of law schools. SALT established the Retreat to honor the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-1996), a former professor at USF School of Law and Santa Clara Law who was a dedicated social activist and justice advocate.  The retreat embodies the aspirations of Trina’s work against injustice, in its many forms, and toward diversity and equality.

The Trina Grillo Retreat – What is it and why should I attend?

  • The Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, staff and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities and formulate strategies for social justice.
  • The Retreat offers public-interest minded law school students an opportunity to break the isolation by meeting and networking with other students from around the country.
  • The Retreat not only provides students with a network while in school, but also provides the foundation for a professional network to support their public interest ambitions as their careers develop.
  • The Retreat can spawn creative ways to approach social change using the law as an instrument.

Links to past retreats:

2015 Grillo Retreat
2014 Grillo Retreat
2013 Grillo Retreat
2012 Grillo Retreat
2011 Grillo Retreat
2010 Grillo Retreat
2009 Grillo Retreat
2008 Grillo Retreat
2007 Grillo Retreat
2006 Grillo Retreat
2005 Grillo Retreat
2003 Grillo Retreat
2002 Grillo Retreat
2001 Grillo Retreat


17th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat
Friday March 20 & Saturday March 21, 2015

RE-IMAGINING SOCIAL JUSTICE LAWYERING:
THE NEXT GENERATION

The Center for Social Justice and Public Service, along with Consortium Law Schools, will host the next Trina Grillo Retreat. The Retreat provides a unique opportunity for law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities, and formulate creative strategies for social justice.

EVENT DETAILS FOR 17TH ANNUAL TRINA GRILLO RETREAT

 

Retreat Highlights:

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
Law Student Community Service Project 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Opening Event and Retreat Reception, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Welcome and Remembering Trina Grillo
Social Justice Advocates Describe Their Approach to Practice
Launch Your Practice with Pro Bono and Experiential Learning
Social Justice Entrepreneurialism
Dean’s Roundtable – Social Justice and Legal Education
Career Strategies Groups
Using Technology and Social Media to Change the World
And more!

To learn more and to register contact Deborah Moss-West, dmosswest@scu.edu

Consortium Law Schools:
Golden Gate University School of Law
Santa Clara University School of Law
Society of American Law Teachers
Southwestern Law School
Stanford Law School
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
University of Washington Law School


Trina Grillo Retreat 2014
  Mobilizing & Utilizing Law Students in Times of Crisis

Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22

Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles)

The Center for Social Justice will sponsor a few Santa Clara law students who’d like to attend the Trina Grillo Retreat. The Retreat provides a unique opportunity for law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities, and formulate creative strategies for social justice. The Retreat is co-sponsored by SALT and a consortium of law schools including Santa Clara Law. To learn more, please contact Sandra Vega (svega@scu.edu) as soon as possible, and view the retreat flyer. Thank you.

For more information: www.swlaw.edu/studentservices/studentlife/publicinterest/trinagrillo


Friday, March 22 & Saturday, March 23

Trina Grillo Retreat 2013
  Social Justice Lawyering:
Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship

Opening Speaker
Judge Mary Yu
King County Superior Court
“Bringing Your Whole Self to Your Social Justice Work”

For more information: law.washington.edu/calendar/EventDetails.aspx


14th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest & Social Justice Law Retreat

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13th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest & Social Justice Law Retreat

Human Rights at Home and Abroad

March 25 & 26, 2011

USF School of Law

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12th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat

Globalization, Economic Justice, and Climate Change

March 6-7, 2010
University of Oregon School of Law

Co-Sponsors
Santa Clara University School of Law, Center for Social Justice and Public Service
Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Boyd)
University of Oregon School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
Seattle University School of Law
Stanford University School of Law

On March 6 and 7, 2010, the University of Oregon School of Law will host the Trina Grillo Retreat, an annual event that is co-sponsored by a consortium of eleven western law schools and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). The purpose of the Retreat is to bring together law students, faculty members, career counselors, administrators, activist lawyers, and other interested persons to explore current issues of legal and social justice, discuss opportunities to engage in public-interest projects or careers, and exchange information and share experiences with each other.

Please register for this event by contacting Jenn Kepka at jkepka@uoregon.edu. The registration fee is $50.00 per person and covers participation in all sessions of the Retreat, Saturday’s reception and dinner, and Sunday’s breakfast and lunch.

ANYONE IN NEED OF LODGING WHILE ATTENDING THE 2010 TRINA GRILLO RETREAT at the University of Oregon School of Law is entitled to a special low rate at either the Best Western Greentree Inn or the Best Western New Oregon Motel, which are separated by a single building and are less than a five-minute walk from the School of Law. This special rate — for a room with two queen-size beds — is just $89.99 per night regardless of whether one, two, three, or four people occupy the room. A total of 40 rooms — 20 each in the “Inn” and the “Motel” — will be held for us at this price UNTIL FEBRUARY 7. Some rooms, but fewer than 40, will be held UNTIL FEBRUARY 14. In any case, you should MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS SOON, especially if you would like a room with a creek-side balcony. If you prefer such a room, you should so advise the clerk when you make your reservation. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER YOU SHOULD CALL TO RESERVE A ROOM IS 541-683-3669.

2010 Conference Information and Schedule

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11th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat

Global Social Justice Lawyering

February 20-21, 2009
Stanford University Law School

Co-Sponsors

Santa Clara University School of Law, Center for Social Justice and Public Service
Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Boyd)
University of Oregon School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
Seattle University School of Law
Stanford University School of Law

The Trina Grillo Law Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities, and formulate strategies for social justice.

The Trina Grillo Retreat, co-sponsored by SALT and a consortium of West Coast law schools, honors the memory of Trina Grillo, a dedicated social activist and justice advocate. The Retreat offers public-interest minded law school students an opportunity to interact with lawyers, legal academics, and other professionals and to spawn creative ways of using the law to make social change.

This year’s Retreat, “Global Social Justice Lawyering,” will promote an informative exchange among practitioners, students and academics about a broad range of themes including: the intersection of international human rights law and environmental law; the application of international human rights law to civil legal services; international criminal justice work. The program will include plenary sessions on international human rights careers and emerging models of international pro bono as well as a training on Freeing Political Prisoners.

For more information please visit the Stanford Law School 2009 Grillo Retreat information page.

Global Social Justice Lawyering Poster.

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10th ANNUAL TRINA GRILLO PUBLIC INTEREST AND SOCIAL JUSTICE LAW RETREAT

COMMUNITIES BUILDING SOCIAL JUSTICE

March 7-8, 2008

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Las Vegas, Nevada

Co-Sponsors
Santa Clara University School of Law, Center for Social Justice and Public Service
Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Boyd)
University of Oregon School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
Seattle University School of Law
Stanford University School of Law

The Trina Grillo Law Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities, and formulate strategies for social justice.

The retreat honors the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-96), who was a source of inspiration to many law students, professors, and public interest and social justice lawyers. Brandt Goldstein will serve as the keynote speaker on Friday evening. Mr. Goldstein is the author of Storming the Court (Scribner 2005), a true story of the law students and human rights advocates who filed suit against the first Bush and Clinton administrations to free HIV-positive Haitian refugees detained at Guantanamo Bay during the 1990s.

The 10th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat will be held at the Boyd School of Law, UNLV on Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th. The title of this year’s retreat is Communities Building Social Justice. This year’s retreat will focus on how to create and strengthen institutions promoting social justice in cities, towns, and regions where the social justice infrastructure is less developed. The retreat will also be useful for anyone interested in building the skills and vision to start new projects, promote social justice in private practice, or improve existing social justice organizations at any point in their careers.

Conference Information and Schedule (PDF)

Registration will be $50 for law students and $125 for all others interested in attending the conference. Registration includes a reception on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; and limited shuttle service between the hotel and the law school.

Registration form (PDF) must be submitted to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law by March 3, 2008.

Hotel Information
Clarion Hotel & Suites – Emerald Springs
The hotel is located two miles from the airport, one mile from the law school (walkable, but a long walk), and a few blocks to the Strip. It does not have a casino, but it is convenient to casinos and nice restaurants.

Rates
Rooms reserved at $129.00 per night (plus 9% room tax) for March 6-9. If you reserve a room for the other nights, the hotel will honor the conference rate.

Reservations
Guests must make their own reservations by calling 702-732-9100 and let them know that is for the “Trina Grillo Retreat” (Boyd School of Law) event. The reservation must be guaranteed with the individual’s credit card by February 1, 2008, to ensure the group rate. Any reservations made after that date will be given the group rate based upon availability.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 noon.

Transportation
The hotel has complimentary transportation service from and to the airport for individual arrivals. The hotel will offer some transportation to the law school (once in the morning to the law school and one pick up from the law school to the hotel).

For more information please visit the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law 2008 Grillo Retreat information page.

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9th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat

JUSTICE ACROSS BORDERS

March 9-10, 2007

Seattle University School of Law
Seattle, Washington

Co-Sponsors:
Santa Clara University School of Law,Center for Social Justice and Public Service
Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Boyd)
University of Oregon School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
Seattle University School of Law
Stanford University School of Law

The Trina Grillo Law Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities, and formulate strategies for social justice.

The retreat honors the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-96), who was a source of inspiration to many law students, professions, and public interest and social justice lawyers. Brandt Goldstein will serve as the keynote speaker on Friday evening. Mr. Goldstein is the author of Storming the Court (Scribner 2005), a true story of the law students and human rights advocates who filed suit against the first Bush and Clinton administrations to free HIV-positive Haitian refugees detained at Guantanamo Bay during the 1990s.

Registration forms (PDF) must be submitted to the Access to Justice Institute at Seattle University School of Law by March 5, 2007.

Hotel information (PDF) is provided by Silver Cloud Hotel – Broadway in Seattle, Washington at a rate of $125.00 per room.

Reservations must be made by Friday, February 9, 2007.

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8th ANNUAL TRINA GRILLO PUBLIC INTEREST AND SOCIAL JUSTICE LAW RETREAT

SOCIAL JUSTICE IN A TRANSACTIONAL WORLD

March 11-12, 2006
The Coast Santa Cruz Hotel
Santa Cruz, California

Co-Sponsors:
Santa Clara University School of Law,
Center for Social Justice and Public Service
Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)
University of California,Los Angeles School of Law
Golden Gate University School of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Boyd)
University of Oregon School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
Seattle University School of Law
Stanford University School of Law

The Trina Grillo Law Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities, and formulate strategies for social justice.

The retreat honors the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-96), who was a source of inspiration to many law students, professions, and public interest and social justice lawyers, and includes the Ralph Abascal Memorial Address, delivered this year by James Head (San Francisco Foundation) and the After Dinner Address will be given by Bernida Reagan (Port of Oakland).

For a detailed program, please see 2006 Grillo Program.

Liza-Jane Capatos, Juan Calzetta, III, and Kimberly Love, ’08

Don’t Let the Transactional World Get You Down

Teaching Scholar Ida Bostian

Grillo Retreat: Daunting Challenges, Worthy Examples

MCLE Credit Information

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of six hours. Santa Clara University School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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7th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat

SOCIAL JUSTICE LAWYERING: STILL REBELLIOUS?

March 12-13, 2005
Clarion Hotel San Jose Airport
San Jose, California

Co-Sponsors:
Santa Clara University School of Law,
Center for Social Justice and Public Service
Society of American Law Teachers (SALT)
University of San Francisco School of Law

“Everyone who enters the fight for social change must contend with the idea of the lawyer for the subordinated that reigns over the contemporary practice of trying to change the world. … If you struggle to change the world, you decide in small ways every day whether (like most) to acquiesce in the idea’s reign, or whether … to elaborate a different idea of practice.” [Gerald P. Lopez, “Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice” 23 (1992)]

The 7th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat will be held March 12 (9 a.m. through dinner) and March 13, 2005 (9 a.m. through 12:45 p.m.) at the Clarion Hotel in San Jose, California.

Click Here for 2005 Registration Form

The retreat honors the memory of Trina Grillo, 1948-96, who was a source of inspiration to many law students, professors, and public interest and social justice lawyers and includes the Ralph Santiago Abascal lecture delivered this year by Professor Gerald P. Lopez (NYU).

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of seven hours. Santa Clara University School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

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Click Here for a Report of the 2003 Retreat

Santa Clara University School of Law  Center for Social Justice and Public Service;
Society of American Law Teachers (SALT);
Santa Clara University School of Law;
University of San Francisco School of Law; and the
Boalt Hall Center for Social Justice announce:

5th Annual
TRINA GRILLO
PUBLIC INTEREST & SOCIAL JUSTICE LAW RETREAT
MARCH 15-16, 2003
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

Poverty, Wealth, Status & Inequality: Social Justice Lawyering in Theory and in Practice

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of eight hours. Santa Clara University School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

The Fifth Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat will be held March 15 (8:30am through Dinner) and March 16, 2003 (8:30am through 12:30pm) at the WestCoast Santa Cruz Hotel in Santa Cruz, California. The Trina Grillo Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities and formulating strategies for social justice.

The retreat honors the memory of Trina Grillo and includes the Ralph Abascal Memorial Address. The keynote speaker will be Melvin L. Oliver, Vice President of the Asset Building and Community Development (Assets) Program at the Ford Foundation.

The Retreat will be held at the WestCoast Santa Cruz Hotel, “Twelve Winds” Conference Room, which features a panoramic view of Santa Cruz Beach. You can take a short walk to the beach or the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Wharf with fellow students, law faculty, and social justice practitioners.

The $100.00 Retreat Registration Fee includes three meals on Saturday, March 15 and breakfast on Sunday, March 16. A sliding scale for retreat registration is available. Hotel accommodations are not included in this registration fee.

The special Grillo Retreat rate for a double room at the WestCoast Santa Cruz Hotel is $130.00 (plus tax) ($65.00 per person). Rooms at the Hotel have been reserved for both Saturday night, March 15 and for Friday night, March 14, should you wish to arrive early in Santa Cruz. The special group rate will only be available until February 17, 2003. To make hotel reservations, please contact the WestCoast Santa Cruz Hotel directly at (831) 426-4330 and request the group rate for the Trina Grillo Retreat.

NOTE: Retreat registration is separate from hotel arrangements. Registration does not guarantee hotel space.

Saturday, March 15, 2003

8:30 a.m. Registration and Buffet Breakfast
9 a.m. Remembering Trina Grillo:
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Stephanie M. Wildman, Santa Clara University School of Law
Dean Mack Player, Santa Clara University School of Law
John a. powell, University of Minnesota Law School
9:15 – 10:45 a.m. Plenary I:
New Strategies for Economic Equity and Self-Sufficiency
Gary Blasi, UCLA School of Law
James Head, The National Economic Development & Law Center
Bernida Reagan, Port of Oakland
Moderator:  Kellye Testy, Seattle University School of Law
10:45 – 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Ralph Abascal Memorial Address
Melvin Oliver, Vice President of the Asset Building and Community Development (Assets) Program at Ford Foundation
Moderator:  Margalynne Armstrong, Santa Clara University School of Law
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Career Strategy Lunch Groups
Join a practitioner for lunch to discuss public interest and social justice practice.
Moderator:  Nancy Wright, Santa Clara University School of Law
David Ackerly, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles – Legal Services
Chris Daley, National Center for Lesbian Rights –Transgender Law Project
Gail K. Hillebrand, Consumers Union – Consumer Rights
Victor Hwang, API Legal Outreach – Asian & Pacific Islander Legal Advocacy
Danielle R. Jones, Housing Rights Center – Housing Rights
Sonia Mercado, Mercado and Associates – Private Practice, Civil Rights
Samuel Paz, Law Offices of R. Samuel Paz – Civil Rights & Police Misconduct
Bernida Reagan, Port of Oakland – Social Responsibility
1:45 – 4 p.m. Equal Justice Society Roundtable
Plenary II:
Structural Racism: Examining the Intersection of Race and Poverty
Beverly Moran, Vanderbilt University School of Law
Michael Omi, UC Berkeley
Manuel Pastor, UC Santa Cruz
john a. powell, University of Minnesota Law School
Moderator:  Margaret Russell, Santa Clara University School of Law  
Moderator: Susan Serrano, Equal Justice Society
5:30 p.m. No Host-Reception
6 p.m. Dinner
After Dinner Address
Samuel Paz, Law Offices of R. Samuel Paz
Sonia Mercado, Mercado and Associates
Moderator:  Dean Jeffrey Brand, USF School of Law

Sunday, March 16, 2003

8:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
9 – 10:15 a.m. Plenary III:
Reflections on Social Justice Lawyering
John O. Calmore, University of North Carolina School of Law
Eric Wright, Santa Clara University School of Law  
Moderator:  Stephanie M. Wildman, Santa Clara University School of Law
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon Plenary IV:
Approaches to Funding Social Justice Practice
James Gilliam, Loyola University School of Law
Gail Hillebrand, Consumers Union
Melvin Oliver, Ford Foundation
Moderator: Angela Riley, Teaching Scholar, Santa Clara University School of Law, Center  for Social Justice & Public Service
Noon – 12:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks
Catharine Wells, Boston College School of Law

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Coalition Building in Public Interest and Social Justice Practice

MARCH 16-17, 2002

The Trina Grillo Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice. The retreat honors the memory of Trina Grillo and includes the Ralph Abascal Memorial Lecture.

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Eduation credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of seven hours. Santa Clara University School of Law certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.

The Retreat will be held at the WestCoast Santa Cruz Hotel. All events will be held in the “Twelve Winds” Conference Room, which features a panoramic view of Santa Cruz Beach.

Conference Schedule

Saturday, March 16, 2002

8:30 am

Registration and Buffet Breakfast

9 am

Remembering Trina Grillo: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Stephanie M. Wildman, Santa Clara University School of Law

9:15 – 10:45 am

Plenary I: Coalition Building in Working for Basic Human Needs

Moderator: Grace Hum, Santa Clara University School of Law
Karen Czapanskiy, University of Maryland School of Law Danielle Jones, Fair Housing Council of San Gabriel Valley
Connie de la Vega, University of San Francisco School of Law
Anamaria Loya, La Raza Centro Legal

10:45 – 11 am

Break

11 am – Noon

Ralph Abascal Memorial Lecture
Moderator: Joan Howarth, UNLV Boyd School of Law Luke Cole, CLRA Foundation

Noon – 1:15 pm

Career Strategy Lunch (Small Groups)

1:30 – 4 pm

Plenary II: Equal Justice Society Roundtable Public Interest and Social Justice Coalitions: Future Strategies
Moderator: Margaret Russell, Santa Clara University School of Law
Moderator: Margalynne Armstrong, Santa Clara University School of Law
Eva Paterson, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
Julie Su, Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Alegria de la Cruz, Boalt Hall La Raza

5:30 pm

No-Host Reception

6 pm

Dinner
After Dinner Address
Moderator: Michael Rooke-Ley, Society of American Law Teachers Co-President
Honorable Cruz Reynoso, UC Davis King Hall School of Law

Sunday, March 17, 2002

8:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

9 am

Plenary III: Reflections on Coalition Building One of the obstacles to coalition building is the unconscious use of words that wound. What are these words and why do they wound? How can we make our communities more welcoming by better understanding our own exclusionary practices?
Catharine Wells, Boston College School of Law

10 – 10:15 am

Break

10:15 am – Noon

Plenary IV: Coalition Building Across Issues Moderator: Mary Louise Frampton, UC Berkeley Boalt Hall Center for Social Justice
Gary Blasi, UCLA School of Law
Joan Graff, Employment Law Center
Sam Paz, Law Offices of R. Samuel Paz
Chris Daley, Transgender Project, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Victor Hwang, Nihonmachi Legal Services

Noon – 12:15 pm

Concluding Remarks
Eric Wright, Santa Clara University School of Law
Nancy Wright, Santa Clara University School of Law

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Cutting the Edge of Public Interest Law

March 24-25, 2001
Santa Cruz, California

Santa Clara University’s Center for Law and Public Service, the Society of American Law Teachers, the University of San Francisco, and Boalt Hall’s Center for Social Justice is pleased to invite you to the Third Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest Retreat. The Retreat will be held on March 24-25, 2001 at the WestCoast Santa Cruz Hotel, a hotel that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is located in the heart of Santa Cruz.

The Grillo Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest law students, faculty and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice.

The Retreat, entitled “Cutting the Edge of Public Interest Law,” will focus on the many ways students and lawyers can join together to pursue their commitment to work for social justice in the new millennium.  Santa Clara Law Professors and Center for Law and Public Service Co-Directors Eric Wright and Nancy Wright, are planning a full schedule of panels and workshops dealing with the challenges and potential solutions to “hot” issues such as the following:

  • obtaining the release of wrongfully convicted criminal defendants through modern technology by establishing an Innocence Project;
  • dealing with police brutality through litigation like the Ramparts cases in Los Angeles;
  • counteracting the diminution in private law firm’s pro bono activities by providing civil legal services to indigents through an Access to Justice Project;
  • conserving our threatened environment both locally and globally through Environmental Justice Projects and international programs to protect the ecologies of countries throughout the world; and
  • giving voice to the special concerns of groups, such as children, battered women, the elderly and gays and lesbians, by forming legal organizations focusing on their interests.

The Retreat’s informal setting will also provide ample opportunities outside of the scheduled agenda for casual meetings and quiet walks along the beach with fellow students, law faculty or public interest practitioners.

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