Southwestern alumni have always been a force to be reckoned with. The law school's first graduate was Betty Trier Berry, who completed her legal studies in 1915 and became the first woman lawyer in the United States to serve in a public defender's office. The next year, among Southwestern graduates was B. Rey Schauer who went on to serve as a distinguished member of the California Supreme Court, setting the path to be followed by other Southwestern alumni such as Justice Stanley Mosk who was the longest serving justice in the Court's history, and Justice Paul Peek who also served as California Secretary of State and Speaker of the Assembly. In the many decades since, Southwestern alumni have continued that tradition of leadership, distinguishing themselves as independent thinkers, legal pioneers and professional heavyweights.
But Southwestern alumni are much more than a historical footnote. With more than 15,000 Southwestern graduates who are members of the legal profession throughout the United States and abroad, they are an integral part of the ongoing success of the school. They serve as mentors, sponsors, advisors, and the source of a far-reaching network opening doors for current students and graduates. They pave the way in a wide range of law and law-related professions, and they demonstrate - in board rooms and court rooms, in front of television cameras and behind the scenes - the real strength of a Southwestern education.
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