October 2012

Law School Celebrates Ninth Annual Diversity Gala Oct. 30

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 26, 2012—On Oct. 30, Santa Clara University School of Law will honor two outstanding alumni and one corporate "organization of the year" at its ninth annual Diversity Gala: A Celebration of Diversity in the Legal Profession.

The Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Awards will be given to The Honorable Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton ’76 and Andrew A. Vu ’93 in honor of their work for equality and human rights during their careers. At the event, Santa Clara University School of Law will also honor Google as the Santa Clara University Diversity Gala Organization of the Year. 

This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Adobe Lodge, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

In 2005, alumni founded the Diversity Gala in order to address the issue of diversity and to foster an atmosphere of inclusion for future young minority lawyers.  As one of the ten most diverse law schools in the country, Santa Clara Law has continued to host an annual Diversity Gala to provide an opportunity for lawyers to form relationships that develop into mentorships, to be assured by representatives from participating organizations that diversity is highly valued, and to recognize the contributions that prominent members of the legal profession have made to further the interest of minority groups. 

From a small event attended by students, alumni, and staff, this event is now attended by approximately 300 students, attorneys, judges and business leaders to honor the award recipients.  Additionally, the Diversity Gala is the Law School's primary means to raise funds for the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship, which awards students who are committed to promoting social justice for the most disadvantaged members of our society.  As a result of generous sponsor support of the 9th Annual Diversity Gala, we were able to raise more than $10,000 to support the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Scholarship Fund. 

For biographies and information about this year's recipients, please go to law.scu.edu/careers/diversity-gala-2012-awardees.cfm#Hamilton.

About Santa Clara University School of Law
Founded in 1911 on the site of California’s oldest operating higher-education institution, Santa Clara Law is dedicated to educating lawyers who lead, with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice. One of the nation’s most diverse law schools, Santa Clara Law offers its 975 students an academically rigorous program, including graduate degrees in international law and intellectual property law; a combined J.D./MBA degree; a combined J.D./MSIS degree; and certificates in high-technology law, international law, and public interest and social justice law. Santa Clara Law is located in the world-class business center of Silicon Valley, and is distinguished nationally for its top-ranked program in intellectual property. For more information, see law.scu.edu.


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