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Law School wins award for commitment to ethnic and racial diversity

Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- June 12, 2001 - Santa Clara University School of Law has been recognized for the second time for its efforts at recruiting minority law school applicants and minority law faculty.

The law school is the recipient of the 2001 Law School Racial and Ethnic Diversity Award, "in recognition of the outstanding commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in legal education," from the California Minority Counsel Program.

"Santa Clara sets an outstanding example for other law schools in California," according to the program's award citation, presented at the minority counsel program's annual meeting last month. SCU's "record of recruitment and retention of diverse students and faculty of color is commendable," the citation said. Minority enrollment at the SCU law school reached 42 percent of last fall's first-year class. Seven of the 37-member full-time faculty members are persons of color.

The award was sponsored by LEXIS-NEXIS, which donated $1,000 to the law school to benefit SCU law students of color. SCU also won the award in 1994. The program's award this year recognized efforts by SCU law school to ensure diversity:

  • The Summer High School Minority Law Program, which brings 25-30 students from underrepresented groups to live on campus and attend law classes.
  • Its 2001 Minority Law Day program for high school students and prospective applicants.
  • The Russell W. Galloway Jr. Scholarship Fund, in memory of a law professor committed to diversity.
  • The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund established by students and alumni members of the SCU Black Law Students Association.

The SCU law school earlier this year was recognized as one of the 10 most racially and ethnically diverse in the country, by U.S. News and World Report.

The title of law school admissions director Jeanette Leach this year was expanded to include director of "diversity services." In addition to directing the school's overall admissions operations, Leach counsels and advises minority students and assists minority student groups and organizations in developing their programs, with a special focus on minority students and minority alumni.

The SCU law school's admissions policy "recognizes the national need for representation in the legal profession of those groups that traditionally have been underrepresented, including, but, not limited to, members of ethnic minority groups."

The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Its 930 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law or public interest law.

Santa Clara University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Silicon Valley, with 7,350 students. The University celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-2001 academic year.

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For more information about the SCU law school, see www.scu.edu/law. For information about Santa Clara University, call Barry Holtzclaw, 408-554-5126, email news@scu.edu. or see www.scu.edu.

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