Judge Harry Pregerson Boot Camp

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About the Judge Harry Pregerson Boot Camp and the Pregerson Programs at Southwestern Law School

These programs are made possible by a generous grant from the Rodan Family Foundation in honor of Judge Harry Pregerson. 

The Judge Harry Pregerson Public Service Boot Camp series, or “Harry’s Boot Camp,” is designed and named in honor of the esteemed 9th Circuit judge, whose work exemplified the highest values of service in the public interest.

In addition to Harry’s Boot Camp, Southwestern also offers the Judge Harry Pregerson Public Service Fellowships, our premiere summer fellowships offered to select students who plan to dedicate their legal careers to working on behalf of underserved communities and causes. And, in 2021, Southwestern will host the inaugural Judge Harry Pregerson Award Dinner to honor a recent graduate’s dedication and success in the fields of public service / public interest practice.

Together, these programs aim to cultivate and celebrate the late Judge Harry Pregerson, and his values, determination, and impact on life in Southern California by encouraging successive generations of students to approach their professional lives as an opportunity to serve their communities and to help those in need.

*See below for the schedule

Friday, January 8, 2021

1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. 


 

1:30 P.M.

Opening and Welcome Messages

 


2:00 P.M.

The Call to Service in the Public Interest

 

Introduction by Julie Waterstone, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, Director of the Children's Rights Clinic

Speaker: Jahmy Graham ’14, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP; Member, Southwestern Board of Trustees

To help set context for Friday’s and Saturday’s sessions, our special guest, Jahmy Graham ‘14, will share inspirations and challenges encountered in setting out to pursue – and sustain – a legal career while remaining dedicated to the values and commitment to service in the public interest.


 2:30 P.M.

Program Break

 


2:35 P.M.

“Myth-Busting” Public Service Pursuits: Deepen Your Understanding of Southwestern’s Student Resources and Programs

 

Presenters:

Julie Waterstone, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, Director of the Children's Rights Clinic
Julia Vazquez, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic and Public Interest Concentration
Michelle Takagishi-Almeida, Director, Public Service Program
Mitzie Vitela, Senior Associate Director, Externship Program
Lucia Rodriguez, Assistant Director, Externship Program
Megan Evanich, Assistant Director, Career Services Office

Through a round-robin format, student attendees will receive a deeper understanding of academic programs and campus resources to be utilizing in working towards a public service career as well as dispelling oft-repeated myths and notions in considering professional lives in public service.

By the end of this session, students will be able to identify the faculty and staff departments available to support students in meeting academic and professional development goals as well as developing job search strategies and applications tailored to public sector recruitment.


3:45 P.M.

Day One Regroup & Close

 

Presenters:

Julia Vazquez, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic and Public Interest Concentration
Michelle Takagishi-Almeida, Director, Public Service Program

Take time to set intentions in turning big-picture ideas into individual actions. In Friday’s closing, we will come together to review and reflect on how you will seek out the resources and like-minded community members who are committed to your success and pursuits in public service.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.


10:00 A.M.

Southwestern’s Tapestry for Public Service

 

Presenters:

Julia Vazquez, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic and Public Interest Concentration
Brendan E. Nafarrate, Judge Harry Pregerson Public Service Fellow, 2020-21

Professor Vazquez and Brendan Nafarrate, Pregerson Public Service Fellow, will highlight the importance of integrating curriculum, experiential programs, and professional development to bolster a future in public service.  Brendan will share about his Southwestern experience and how his plan secured his post-graduation placement as a future leader in public service. Students will gain an understanding of academic programs and department resources as tools for their future in public service.  Students will receive a pre-session framework to develop a plan tailored with academic and experiential goals, as well as career strategies.

By the end of this session, students will have identified specific goals in attending Saturday’s program as well as the individualized assistance required by utilizing a self-designed development tool to map out academic, experiential and professional development needs in working towards a career in public service.


 

10:40 A.M.

Program Break

 


10:45 A.M.

Careers in Public Service: All the Many Possibilities

 

Through small, moderated group discussions, this session will take students into deeper dives of issue-specific practice areas in the broad spectrum of public sector practice while facilitating and assisting students with cultivating the mentorships critical to student development by employing faculty, peer, and alumni networks in the field of public service.

By the end of this session, students will have learned directly from practitioners about the rewards and challenges of issue-specific practice in public service careers as well as having tested discussion and dialogue skills in a safe space amongst faculty and alumni who will make up their initial mentor networks.  

 

Breakout Room 1: Hot Topics in Family & Children’s Rights

Moderated by: Jenny Rodriguez-Fee, Clinical Professor of Law, Children's Rights Clinic

Breakout Room 2: Hot Topics in Immigrant Rights

Moderated by: Andrea Ramos, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of Immigration Law Clinic

Breakout Room 3: Hot Topics in Employment & Workers’ Rights

Moderated by: Christopher David Ruiz Cameron, Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law

Breakout Room 4: Hot Topics in Intersectional Civil Rights

Moderated by: Isabelle Gunning, Professor of Law

 


 

11:50 A.M.

40-MINUTE LUNCH BREAK

 


12:30 P.M.

Getting Ready to Fund Your Future in Public Service

 

Presenter:

Julia Vazquez, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic and Public Interest Concentration

In this interactive session, be ready to explore who you are, where you are from, and what you bring to public interest work. Be ready to use your heart and hands to shape and define your narrative, an essential tool in the pursuit of public service careers and social justice goals. The personal statement is also a practical student tool to seek out funding resources from summer fellowship, grant, and scholarship programs that can support law students in the pursuit of a public service career.

By the end of this working session, students will have constructed a personal statement for use in applications to summer fellowships, grant, and scholarship programs – all forms of financial support that can alleviate the financial deterrence students have in working in full-time, summer clerk programs that are often unpaid in the public sector. 


1:35 P.M.

Regroup and Close

 

Presenters:

Julia Vazquez, Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Community Lawyering Clinic
Michelle Takagishi-Almeida, Director, Public Service Program

In an age when public interest and social justice lawyers are clamoring for a renewed dedication from the wider legal community in confronting economic and racial inequities through service in the public interest, what are our takeaways and commitments as individuals, as students, as practitioners, and as a law school?

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