SALT Santa Clara Law Center for Social Justice and Public Service

“Opening Doors to the Legal Profession by Strengthening the Diversity Pipeline”

Hosted by Santa Clara University School of Law & the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), with support from Microsoft and

Friday, March 15, 2013
8:45 am – 7:00 pm


A Program for Prospective Law Students, Pre-Law Advisors,
Counselors and Law School Admission Officers


  • State of the Profession: Why Educational Pipelines Matter
  • Legal Education: Managing Costs
  • The Impact of the U.S. News and World Report Rankings on
    the Admissions Process
  • LSAT Study and Personal Statement Tips
  • How Diverse Students Succeed
  • Next Steps: Strategies to Open the Pipeline

For more info, contact Jackie Gardina at


Conference Schedule

8:15 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Welcome and Introduction to Morning Plenary Session
  • Dean Donald Polden, Santa Clara Law
  • Professor Jackie Gardina, Co-President of SALT and Visiting Professor, Santa Clara Law
  • Deborah Moss-West, Assistant Director, Center for Social Justice and Public Service, Santa Clara Law
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Keynote: Why Educational Pipelines Matter

The keynote speaker will address why diversity matters in law school and in the profession and the necessity of educational pipelines to achieve diversity.

  • The Honorable Edward J. Davila, United States District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).
9:45 to 11:00 AM: Plenary: Beyond the LSAT, Beyond the Rankings

This panel will discuss research on the LSAT and will identify alternative assessments. Panelists will address the broad range of skills and qualities necessary for success in law school and  the legal profession. This panel will also explore the impact of US News & World Report rankings on diversity and the admissions process.

  • Lani Cossette, Esq., Microsoft
  • Kristen L. Holmquist, Director of Academic Support Programs/Associate Director of Professional Skills, Berkeley Law
  • Holly Nguyen, Esq., Senior Patent Attorney, Microsoft Corporation
  • Hazel Weiser, Consultant, ERASE Racism NY
11:00 AM: Break / Refreshments
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM: Morning Concurrent Discussion Sessions (Choose one):

Prospective Law Students: This session focuses on how to identify and acquire the skills and attributes to become a successful lawyer.

  • Fabian Renteria, For People of Color, Inc. and Equal Justice Society
  • David Tsai, Esq., Perkins Coie LLP

Professionals: This session focuses on the role of undergraduate advising and mentoring in helping students succeed in the law school admissions process and beyond. Discussion will focus on skills and values that matter in law school, hiring, and practice..

  • Hazel Weiser, Consultant, ERASE Racism NY
12:15 – 1:15 PM: Enjoy lunch with other program participants; lunch provided.
(Campus tours will be available.)
1:15 to 2:15 PM: Plenary: Legal Education – Managing Cost, Managing Debt

This panel will discuss how scholarships, financial aid and loan forgiveness programs can make law school affordable for all students and how students can approach and manage their overall debt from student loans to credit cards.

  • Jeffrey Hanson, Jeffrey Hanson Financial Services
  • Bryan Hinkle, Assistant Dean, Law Enrollment Services, Santa Clara Law
2:15 PM: Break
2:30 to 3:30 PM: Afternoon Concurrent Discussion Sessions (Choose One):

Prospective Law Students: Introducing LSAT Study & Personal Statement Tips
This panel will provide tips on how to tackle two of the most challenging aspects of applying to law school: the LSAT and the personal statement.

  • Rodney Fong, Assistant Dean for Bar Exam Services, Golden Gate University School of Law
  • Bryan Hinkle, Assistant Dean, Law Enrollment Services, Santa Clara Law
  • Jeanette Leach, Assistant Dean Diversity Programs, Santa Clara Law

Professionals: What Works? What Doesn’t
This panel will discuss successful programs and techniques in helping underrepresented groups prepare for law and other professions.

  • Teri Cannon, Educational Consultant
  • Leigh Allen, Mentoring & Development Director, CLEO (Council on Legal Education Opportunity)
3:30 PM: Break
3:45 to 4:45 PM: Afternoon Concurrent Discussion Sessions (Choose One):

Prospective Law Students: How Diverse Students Succeed – Student Perspectives
Roundtable format: Students are invited to join this discussion on preparing for law school; the existence of implicit bias and stereotype threat; how to overcome obstacles; and what types of support are the most fruitful.

  • Professor Shahabudeen Khan,Shephard Broad Law Center, NOVA Southeastern University
  • Fabian Renteria, For People of Color; Equal Justice Society
  • Malia Vella, District Director, Office of Assemblymember Bill Quirk

Professionals:  Roundtable Discussion
Pre-law advisors, admissions staff, mentors and others are invited to share ideas and identify next steps in pipeline development for the next generation of lawyers.

  • Lynda Cevallos, Pre-Law Coordinator, CLEO
4:45 to 5:00 PM: Transition to Law School Fair and Reception
5:00 – 7:00 PM: Law School Fair and Reception

Program participants are invited to meet and enjoy refreshments with representatives of various law schools and programs.

(Note: Schools and programs that wish to have a table at the fair must register in advance and notify by 2/28/13.)


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