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Gift from former Santa Clara law school dean and wife will benefit community law center
Katharine Alexander practiced law for 25 years as a public defender for
“Their generosity will provide enduring support for one of the law school’s most important community-based programs—a program that teaches SCU law students essential lawyer’s skills,” said Donald Polden, dean of SCU law school. “Renaming the center honors Katharine and George Alexander and their commitment to social justice,” he said.
Under the supervision of trained clinical faculty, students at the center provide legal advice and representation. The center was founded in 1993 by a group of SCU law students as the
The Alexanders issued a written statement which said in part: “It is our belief that in the same way that a person in a criminal case has a right to be represented by a competent attorney, so also a person with a civil problem who cannot afford legal assistance should have the opportunity to go to a competent attorney. The Community Law Center of SCU Law School not only serves our community with such assistance, but also broadens the perceptions of the law students who handle the cases under the guidance of experienced attorneys and professors. We hope this gift to this very talented program will continue and strengthen this service, enhance community and student understanding of its need and correct legal inequities that might otherwise go unchallenged.”
Cynthia Mertens, law professor at SCU law school and director of the law center said: “The Alexanders have supported numerous social justice causes throughout their careers and are dedicated to improving access to legal services in
The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Its students work in criminal and civil community law clinics and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law or public interest law, and LL.M. degrees in intellectual property law and international law. For more information, visit www.scu.edu/law.
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,047 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all