Professor Linsey Krolik, alumna Sharine Xuan, and associate dean Laura Norris at the Women of Influence Awards 2024

Professor Linsey Krolik, alumna Sharine Xuan, and associate dean Laura Norris celebrate at the Women of Influence Awards 2024

In the bustling heart of Silicon Valley, Linsey Krolik, Assistant Director of the Santa Clara Law Tech Edge J.D. program and Clinical Professor, stands at the forefront of innovation and legal education. Her journey to prominence is marked by a steadfast commitment to privacy and technology law, reshaping the landscape of legal practice and academia alike.

Recognized as one of the 100 Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence for 2024 honorees from across the entire Silicon Valley, Krolik’s leadership and vision have garnered admiration across the legal community. Her pioneering efforts include overseeing our award-winning Privacy Law certificate and co-supervising the Tech Edge J.D. program, which equips students with essential skills for navigating the intersection of law and technology.

Beyond her role as an educator, Krolik’s impact reverberates through her involvement in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic and B.E.A.C.H. advisory service, where she mentors students and provides pro bono legal services to startups. She has applied this same innovative spirit and student-centered approach to developing free textbooks for students and organizing networking courses, reflecting her dedication to fostering inclusive learning environments and practical legal skills.

Dean Kaufman and associate dean Norris Represent Santa Clara Law at the Women of Influence Awards 2024

Dean Kaufman and associate dean Norris represent Santa Clara Law at the Women of Influence Awards 2024

Krolik’s influence extends beyond the classroom, shaping policy through her roles on the California State Bar committee for Privacy Law specialization and the California Lawyers Association Privacy Law Section. Her advocacy promotes ethical legal practices and the advancement of privacy rights within California and nationally.

Joining Krolik in this prestigious recognition is Santa Clara Law alumna Sharine Xuan, Founder and Executive Director of Elevate Community Center. Xuan’s dedication to providing legal aid and support for marginalized individuals and small businesses underscores her commitment to justice and empowerment. Through Elevate, she offers critical legal services in the areas of criminal law, domestic violence and family law, real property and landlord/tenant law, and low and pro bono legal services for small businesses. For example, common criminal records services offered by Elevate include criminal record-sealing and expungement that, when applied, enable individuals to rebuild their lives and pursue new opportunities.

Xuan’s inclusion among the Women of Influence highlights her transformative impact within Silicon Valley. Her compassion and dedication to breaking barriers resonate profoundly, embodying the values of inclusivity and resilience that define this esteemed accolade.

Together, Linsey Krolik and Sharine Xuan exemplify the transformative power of leadership and compassion in shaping a more equitable future. Their recognition as Women of Influence not only honors their achievements but also celebrates their ongoing commitment to empowering communities and advancing justice.