Law school celebrates commitment to access and 25th anniversary of the Academic Resource Center

Seattle University School of Law will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Academic Resource Center, a life-changing program that exemplifies the law school's commitment to educating leaders for justice and its goal of increasing access to and diversity in the legal profession, in fall 2011. This program, one of the few remaining true access programs in the country, is literally changing the face of the legal profession. Register now.

The anniversary celebration, Sept. 9 and 10, recognizes the law school's uninterrupted commitment to access and diversity in the legal profession through the ARC Access Admissions Program and its Early-entry predecessor and honors the more than 700 alumni who have enhanced the profession with their service.

The Access Admission Program considers an applicant's life experience and promise in addition to traditional admission criteria, and ARC provides the support necessary for their success. All alumni and members of the legal community are invited to a CLE on access and diversity and a reception featuring prominent members of the legal community on Friday, Sept. 9. ARCies will be invited to a reunion with fellow ARC graduates and Professors David Boerner and Paula Lustbader Sept. 10.  

Given access to legal education, ARC alums enrich the law school and the profession. Although they comprise only 10 percent of the student population, ARC students are disproportionately overrepresented as faculty scholars, Student Bar Association presidents and graduation speakers. They go on to be leaders in the legal profession, bar associations and their communities. They continue to serve the law school long after they graduate.

ARC alumni are thriving in all forms of practice in King County and beyond. They are state and federal court clerks; partners and associates; prosecutors and defense attorneys; public interest lawyers; attorneys for nonprofit organizations; educators; corporate counsel and judges.

Events surrounding the anniversary celebration:

Friday, September 9

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
CLE on Access and Diversity in the Legal Profession

One of the greatest challenges facing the legal profession is the lack of access for and retention of members from historically underrepresented communities. In this interactive seminar, we will review the current landscape of and efforts by the law school and the profession to meet this challenge, followed by a "think-tank" conversation to generate recommendations. Presenters include 2000 ARC graduate James Armstrong of Armstrong Law Offices; Steve Crossland, WSBA President-elect; Chach Duarte White, WSBA Diversity Program Manager and 2000 ARC graduate, The Honorable Mary Yu, King County Superior Court; Dean Mark C. Niles and Professors and ARC co-founders David Boerner and Paula Lustbader.

 5:30 - 7  p.m.
Reception with brief remarks from 2008 ARC graduate Alexis Oliver '08,  policy advisor for Gov. Chris Gregoire; Dean Mark C. Niles, SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.; and Chach Duarte White, WSBA Diversity Program Manager, ARC alumna '00. The reception is open to the public and entire legal profession, but registration is required.

Saturday, September 10

Reunion dinner for ARC alumni.
6- 9 p.m.
Campion Hall, Seattle University
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Sponsorship provided by:

Marler Clark LLP, P.S.

 K & L Gates LLP 
Davis Wright Tremaine

Summit Law Group
Wong Fleming