Pepperdine Caruso Law Students Attend Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat
First year law students Ashley Amell, Anita Marks, Hannah Savase, and second-year Karin Lang traveled to Sacramento this past weekend to represent Pepperdine Caruso Law at the 22nd Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat.
The Trina Grillo Social Justice Retreat is named in honor of USF Law Professor Trina Grillo who died in 1996 from Hodgkin's Disease days before her 48th birthday. She created a learning community where students who differed from other law students could thrive. The retreat embodies the aspirations of Trina's work against injustice, in its many forms, and toward diversity and equality.
The retreat kicked off on Friday with a tour of the Capitol Building and a closed session with state legislature staffers. It continued on Saturday with informational sessions the the various careers in social justice work including non-profits, legislative work, advocacy, education, equity, policy, voter suppression, and election protection. Other topics included coalition building in politics, combating sexual harassment, and finding a balance and well-being in the government.
Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing Tiffany Williams was also on hand to deliver a plenary speech on creating a legacy of social justice.
Pepperdine Caruso was among the sponsors of this year's retreat and has been tapped to host the retreat next year.