Making a Difference

Seattle University School of Law, along with former Judge Donald Horowitz and Adjunct Professor John McKay, will present a four-part symposia to encourage students and attorneys to find a place for public interest work in their lives.

“Making a Difference: Using Your Law Degree to Make the World a Better Place No Matter Where You Go in Your Career – and Life,” will run throughout the academic year. The first session, “An Introduction to Lawyering in the Public Interest Without Necessarily Being a ‘Public Interest Lawyer,’” is Monday, October 1, 2007. The program runs from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room C6 of Sullivan Hall. A reception will follow in the second floor gallery.

In the first session, Horowitz and McKay will describe the great and ongoing need to work for equal and quality justice for all and explore ways for both new and mature lawyers to serve throughout their careers and beyond. They will present personal stories, film clips, headlines and case references of moments in which lawyers or judges seized – or created – opportunities to weave public service, passion, perseverance, inspiration, and courage into the fabric of their careers.

Throughout the series, Horowitz and McKay will challenge and assist law students, lawyers and others to think about how public service can take many forms. Through interactive lectures and discussions with Horowitz, McKay and engaging guest speakers, students will be introduced to outstanding, inspiring and instructive stories of service and leadership in the law and the justice system.

Particular emphasis will be given to excellence and continued development and enhancement of legal skills, and practical steps to prepare for a career and life in which service is an integral part, whether in a traditional law firm setting, the government, public defense, corporate counsel, legal aid, academics, or any other career in or associated with the law and the justice system.

Save the dates for the rest of the four-part series (more details to follow):

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008

This symposia is co-sponsored by the Center for Professional Development and the Access to Justice Institute. For more information or questions, please contact Diana Singleton, director of the Access to Justice Institute, at (206) 398.4168 or