Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

Inaugural Immigration Law Clinic Fellow Selected August 26, 2010
Inaugural Immigration Law Clinic Fellow Selected

Julia Vázquez has been selected to serve as the first Immigration Law Clinic Fellow at Southwestern. During this two-year position, she will assist in the representation of clients, the supervision of students and the development of course curricula. She will also participate in teaching the clinic seminars and receive support for research and professional development. As a clinic fellow, Ms. Vázquez will work closely with the Clinic's director, Professor Andrea Ramos.

"Julia has dedicated her law school career to serving vulnerable women and children who need help with immigration matters," Professor Ramos said. "Combined with her professional teaching experience in urban communities and working with first-year law students as a Writing Advisor, Julia is the ideal candidate for the fellowship."

Ms. Vázquez is a 2010 graduate of UCLA School of Law where she was a Public Interest Law Program, Immigration Law Clinic, and Critical Race Studies student. Active in student life, she served as president of the Immigration Law Society, co-chair of La Raza Law Students Association and Writing Advisor in the First-Year Lawyering Skills Course. She volunteered with Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project's UCLA Detention Center Clinic and with UCLA's Migrant Summer Leadership Program.

Prior to entering law school, Ms. Vázquez earned a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on critical pedagogy and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and History, both at UCLA. She worked for several years as a teacher and parent educator in an urban community. She eventually left teaching to pursue a legal career with a focus in immigration and public interest law.
"I am honored to join Southwestern Law School as the inaugural Immigration Law Clinic Fellow," Ms. Vázquez said. "This position directly mirrors my dedication to both education and immigrant rights, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute my experience in curriculum development and immigrant legal advocacy. As a clinical fellow, I look forward to challenging students to reach their full potential as future practitioners while providing mentorship throughout their journey. I am excited to be a part of the growth of the Immigration Law Clinic in representing the most disenfranchised immigrants in our community. Additionally, I look forward to contributing academic scholarship highlighting the pedagogical strength and importance of clinical coursework in legal education."

Southwestern established the Immigration Law Clinic and Children's Rights Clinic Fellowships to provide a unique opportunity for young lawyers or recent law school graduates to gain experience in both clinical teaching and litigation in these areas. The new fellowships are being funded with the help of a generous donation facilitated by Randall Renick '95, a partner in the law firm of Hadsell, Stormer, Keeny, Richardson & Renick, who served as Plaintiffs' Counsel in the Smokeless Tobacco Antitrust Litigation, which resulted in a significant cy-prés award to Southwestern's clinics.