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1976

GRD Law '76
Pichon, Risë
On Jan. 1, Risë Jones Pichon '73, J.D. '76 became Santa Clara County’s first minority presiding Superior Court judge.
 
Pichon, 62, said she got to the top of her legal career by taking chances outside her comfort zone and learning how to deal with obstacles tied to her race. Today she brings to her new position a lifelong understanding of race relations.
 
“Having lived when I lived gives a person a great understanding of how people feel, how they feel when there’s only one of them in a group,” said Pichon.
“The fact that they can feel powerless and some can abuse their power. … It’s given me the courage at this point of my life to make sure people are treated fairly. I can’t say it’s best to treat everyone the same because that’s no longer true. Justice is not blind.”
 
As an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, she felt marginalized and dismissed by some of her professors who, she said, had low expectations of her as a math major. But that all changed when she went to law school at the same university. Out of 260 classmates, only eight were African-American. And, she says, they were treated equally.
 
Pichon will also manage the court’s budget and deal with state cuts that already have shut down courtrooms from Morgan Hill to Palo Alto. And there’s pressure to deal with the disproportionate number of African-American and Latino kids in juvenile hall.
 
 
Read more at KQED.org.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 3:00P
UGRD Leavey Business '76
Duhe, Phillip

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Phillip Duhe ’74, MBA ’76 writes, "I can't believe it has been 40 years since graduation in the Mission Gardens. My wife Janet and I have resided in American Canyon, Calif. since 1989 and celebrated 35 years of marriage this June.  We've put two kids through UC Berkeley where they played in the Cal Marching Band (sorry SCU, but no football team). I work as an Analytics Consultant with Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. Our daughter, Jessica, is a resident physician in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Hospital-SF and son Justin, a Briefing Manager at Oracle Corp. As my spouse will be in the UK in October, I will be attending the SCU Class of '74 Reunion solo and visiting my niece who is a member of the SCU Class of 2017. SCU Memories: Panty raid in Freshman Orientation Week; Dorm room fire on my floor in Graham; Friday nights at the pool hall and bowling alley in Benson."

submitted Aug. 16, 2014 1:34P

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