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13th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat

“Human Rights: At Home and Abroad”

On March 25 and 26, 2011, the University of San Francisco School of Law hosted the Trina Grillo Retreat, an annual event that is co-sponsored by a consortium of 12 western law schools, including USF, and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). SALT established the retreat to honor the memory of Trina Grillo (1948–1996), a former professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law who was a dedicated social activist and justice advocate.

The retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty members, career counselors, administrators, activist lawyers, and other interested persons to exchange viewpoints, explore current issues of legal and social justice, discuss opportunities to engage in public-interest projects or careers, and exchange information and share experiences with each other.

The retreat embodies the aspirations of Trina’s work against injustice in its many forms and toward diversity and equality. Trina spent most of her life in Oakland, Calif. The daughter of an Italian mother and a Black Cuban American father, she started her teaching career in 1977 at UC Hastings and taught later at USF law school, in the subject areas of constitutional law, torts, and mediation, while also directing the academic support program. Her published writings encompass themes of women, women of color, multiracialism, mediation, and inequality. For more information about Trina Grillo, please click here.


University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall
2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94117

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MCLE Credit (seven units)

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of seven credit hours. The University of San Francisco School of Law is an approved provider of MCLE and certifies that these activities conform to the standards approved for educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing Minimum Continuing Legal Education.

Registration Information

All attendees are asked to register in advance for the conference. Those who will be serving as panelists, speakers, or moderators, or consortium law school students (who have been chosen by their law school to attend), will not be charged a registration fee; all other attendees must pay a fee (details on fees by registration type listed below). Registration fees help defray the cost of the retreat, and the fees include breakfast and lunch on Saturday as well as a reception both Friday and Saturday night.

Contributions from participating, consortium co-sponsor law schools has made it possible for up to 15 students currently enrolled in those schools to attend the entire retreat without paying any registration fee.

  • Consortium law school students (up to 15/school) – FREE (must register with contact from your law school, please see below for this information)
  • USF law students - FREE (must register with Jillian Fish at jefish@usfca.edu no later than March 11th)
  • Non-consortium law school students – $25
  • USF law alumni and general registration with CLE – $50

For non-consortium law school students, USF Law alums and general registration with CLE, please submit a check to the University of San Francisco, School of Law, c/o Jillian Fish, Dean's Office, 2199 Fulton Street, San Francisco CA 94117, no later than March 11th. Checks can be made payable to USF School of Law with "Trina Grillo Retreat" in the memo line.

To register, please contact Jillian Fish at jefish@usfca.edu or (415) 422-6304.

Registration Consortium Co-Sponsors and Contacts

William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Contacts: Ngai Pindell; Ann Cammett
Emails: ngai.pindell@unlv.edu; ann.cammett@unlv.edu

Golden Gate University School of Law
Contact: Leeor Neta
Email Lneta@ggu.edu

Santa Clara University School of Law
Contact: Deborah Moss-West
Email: dmosswest@scu.edu

Seattle University School of Law
Contact: Diana Singleton
Email: singletd@seattleu.edu

Southwestern Law School
Contacts: Laura Cohen; Nyree Gray
Emails: lcohen@swlaw.edu; ngray@swlaw.edu

Stanford Law School
Contact: Diane Chin
Email: dchin@law.stanford.edu

UC Los Angeles School of Law
Contact: Catherine Mayorkas
Email: mayorkas@law.ucla.edu

University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Contact: Lindsey Webb
Email: lwebb@law.du.edu

University of Oregon School of Law
Contacts: Barbara Aldave; Steve Bender
Emails: balaw98@aol.com; sbender@law.uoregon.edu

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
Contact: Raquel Aldana
Email: raldana@pacific.edu

University of San Francisco School of Law
Contact: Erin E. Dolly
Email: eedolly@usfca.edu

University of Washington School of Law
Contact: Michele E. Storms
Email: mestorms@uw.edu