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The law school's relationship with its students continues long after graduation. Our alumni tell us that their USF education provided them with the skills and perspective that launched successful careers as legal professionals.

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The friendships formed during law school last a lifetime. We want all of our alumni to also have a life-long relationship with the law school.

At USF, we have a continuing commitment to our alumni and greatly value their involvement in the life of the law school. We are proud of the active participation of so many alumni as financial contributors, advisors to the dean and faculty, and as mentors to current students. In addition, we are privileged to have the support of philanthropists and many prominent members of the legal community who, although they did not attend the law school, embrace our mission and value our local and global initiatives.

The USF School of Law Office of Development and Alumni Relations is led by Director of Development and Alumni Relations Robin Keating; Associate Director Erica Levison; Associate Director Caroline Knowles; and Program Assistant Erin Flannery.

Donald Specter '78, Director, Prison Law Office

Donald Specter

When Specter joined the Prison Law Office in 1980, it was a two-attorney office, handling cases for individual inmates. Today, the nonprofit public interest law firm, located just outside the gates of San Quentin, employs 14 lawyers who lead class action cases that have improved conditions for the nearly 170,000 inmates in the state's prisons and juvenile facilities. "I'm proud of our growth and impact," Specter says, citing as examples successful litigation for improved living conditions and a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to prisons. "USF gave us all the opportunity to try new things and to make mistakes without doing any real harm. It let me experiment, to take a sort of 'taste test' approach to finding which area of the law was right for me," Specter said.

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