The visiting practitioner program brings prominent attorneys to campus to counsel students on pursuing public interest and social justice careers and to share their work.
Spring 2013 Social Justice Visiting Practitioner
Dori Rose Inda (Executive Director, Attorney Watsonville Law Center)
“Turning Vision into Mission as an Accidental Leader”
Thursday, January 31, 2013 from noon to 1 p.m. in Bannan 135.
Food will be provided.
Please RSVP - Wine and cheese reception in Strong Commons,
Bergin Hall at 5:30 p.m.
Dori Rose Inda is the founder and Executive Director of the Watsonville Law Center (WLC). Prior to becoming an attorney, Dori worked as a social worker with homeless men and women and foster families for more than ten years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in social science at the University of California, Berkeley in 1988 and earned a J.D. at Santa Clara University School of Law in 2000. While a law student, Dori assisted on a case in which many of the victims were from the Watsonville area. These clients were unable to obtain legal representation locally and this brought to light the critical gap in legal services in the Watsonville area. Dori then dedicated herself to establishing WLC in Watsonville. After graduation, Dori worked as a staff attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance and in 2002 founded the Watsonville Law Center. Since that time she, with WLC’s team of staff, board and partners, developed the five projects that make up WLC’s services to the community: Economic Justice Partnership, Agricultural Workers’ Access to Health Project, Barriers to Employment, Consumer Protection and Language Access to the Court.p
For her work, Dori has been recognized by:
- The Santa Clara University Ignatian Award – Living the SCU ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion through exceptional service to humanity, 2012
- The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award - Leadership in implementing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues in California, 2011
- The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) - David Carliner Public Interest Award - Expanding access to legal services and advancing the rights of workers, 2011
- The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust Phil Rather Award - Leadership in Health Care, 2011
- The State of California Division of Workers’ Compensation Carrie Nevans Community Award - Bringing medical, law enforcement, and workers’ compensation together to improve access to medical resources for injured workers, 2011
- The California Wellness Foundation Leadership and Sabbatical Award - Valuable leadership during challenging times, 2011