Southwestern Faculty Share their Expertise in Social Justice
Southwestern was well represented at the Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat held at the University of San Francisco Law School in late March. As a new participant, Southwestern made a notable debut with six attendees, including two featured panelists: Professor Julie Waterstone, Director of the Children's Rights Clinic; Jennifer Rodriguez-Fee, Children's Rights Clinic Fellow; and Julia I. Vázquez, Immigration Law Clinic Fellow, as well as students Karla Cortez, Chris Treiber and Vanessa Rodriguez. The Social Justice Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities and formulate strategies for social justice.
Professor Waterstone and Julia Vázquez both presented and served as panelists on this year's theme of Human Rights Here and Abroad. Professor Waterstone presented her expertise on children's rights on The U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the U.S. panel. Vázquez presented her forthcoming research "Undocumented Student Organizing: A Call to the Law Student Ally" on The Battlefield for Immigration Reform panel.
"The Trina Grillo Retreat was an important and memorable experience for Southwestern students interested in public interest," according to Julia Vázquez. Attendees were able to engage in a day-long retreat which ranged from substantive areas of practice in public interest and social justice, inspirational advice from current social justice practitioners, and insight into the need for students and practitioners to be advocates for social change. Since the retreat's close, the student attendees all referenced the empowering and inspiring speakers who "reminded them of why they chose to go to law school in the first place."