Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Trina Grillo Retreat

About the Trina Grillo Retreat

nullFor the past several years, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) has co-sponsored the Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat with a consortium of law schools. SALT established the Retreat to honor the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-1996), who was a source of inspiration to many law students, professors, and public interest and social justice lawyers, and serves as a forum for practitioners, students, and academics to discuss today's challenges to social justice lawyering.

The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) established the Retreat to honor the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-1996), a former professor at USF School of Law and Santa Clara Law School who was a dedicated social activist and justice advocate.

The retreat embodies the aspirations of Trina's work against injustice, in its many forms, and toward diversity and equality.

The Trina Grillo Retreat - What is it and why should I attend?

  • The Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, staff and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities and formulate strategies for social justice.
  • The Retreat offers public-interest minded law school students an opportunity to break the isolation by meeting and networking with other students from around the country.
  • The Retreat not only provides students with a network while in school, but also provides the foundation for a professional network to support their public interest ambitions as their careers develop.
  • The Retreat can spawn creative ways to approach social change using the law as an instrument.

"When I first entered law school, I knew what I wanted to practice. I had the very specific goal of becoming a juvenile delinquency public defender. Every time I told someone I knew what I wanted to do I got looks and assurances that I couldn’t possibly know and my mind would change. The Trina Grillo Retreat changed that for me. After sitting through two days of panels and discussions I realized that I could in fact turn my “cause” into a career. I was able to listen to the experiences of different professionals impacting a variety of social issues in a multitude of ways. It was reassuring as a law student to be able to learn about the different areas that lawyers can effect changed, as well as the different routes to pursue to help the causes now instead of waiting. The professionals involved were quick to provide information, anecdotes and answers to the students. The retreat was very fulfilling, inspiring, but most importantly reassuring that good can be done without it costing your happiness!" 

- Heather Nicholson '17

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