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Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Law practitioners, educators discuss strategies to encourage, support and empower students
By Leslie Ridgeway
|USC Gould hosted the California LAW Pathways Summit Feb. 10-11 (Photo by Andrew Svistunov)|
Notable leaders in politics and the legal profession took part in the event, including U.S. Congressman Lou Correa from California’s 46th Congressional District, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Tani Cantil-Sakauye (Ret.), American Bar Association President-Elect Mary Smith and California Attorney General Rob Bonta. Their presence underscored the importance of creating pathways to law school for underrepresented or economically challenged prospective students.
|Congressman Lou Correa delivers a keynote talk (Photo by Andrew Svistunov)|
“I just want to emphasize to you, it doesn’t matter where you start,” he said. “Remember you live in the greatest country in the world and never give up … and every time people say you can’t do it, prove them wrong.”
|Gould Dean Andrew T. Guzman (Photo by Andrew Svistunov)|
“The only way to diversify the legal profession is to diversify the people in law schools,” he said. “The idea of making the legal profession look like the community it serves can’t be achieved [otherwise].”
|Ruthe Ashley, Chair, California LAW (Photo by Andrew Svistunov)|
“Students were very interested in hearing about strategies they can adopt to make themselves the strongest candidates for law school,” he said. “They also showed an eagerness to build relationships with individuals at all steps in legal education, from the admissions officials who make applicant decisions, to practicing attorneys who have dedicated their lives to making the world a more just place.”
|Emily Quinlan, California LAW (Photo by Andrew Svistunov)|
“We are proud of being one of the original six law schools supporting the California LAW Pathway since its creation,” said USC Gould Associate Director of Admissions Brenda Cortez-Martin, who served as a panelist and summit organizer. “It was meaningful to host the summit here at Gould. USC plays a critical role in the Southern California community and beyond, so it was great to welcome so many students, educators and leaders to campus.
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