Diversity Reception Strengthens Alumni-Student Connections

Posted Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:53

USF School of Law hosted its annual Diversity Reception on Sept. 26 at Nixon Peabody in San Francisco. The event brought together diverse student organizations and alumni from bar associations to celebrate and strengthen the pipeline between the two.

More than 50 people participated, including alumni, students, faculty, staff, and members of the larger legal community. Dean John Trasviña welcomed attendees, and On Lu '05, partner at Nixon Peabody, served as host and presented on the importance of diversity and inclusion for his own career and for the legal profession as a whole.

“This extraordinary event demonstrated USF’s prominence in the local bar and the tremendously involved support of our graduates to our students,” said Dean John Trasviña. “We are training the next generation of lawyers and, at USF, they look like the companies, clients, and juries of our communities across California.”

Several students presented on behalf of their organizations, including the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), La Raza Law Students Association and Pride Law Association, Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association (MENALSA), and Pilipino American Law Society (PALS).

Also in attendance on behalf of their bar associations were Claire Choo ’07, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA); Stan Sarkisov ’12, BALIF, An LGBT Bar Association; Christine Start ’10, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC); John Hong ’07, Korean American Bar Association of Northern California (KABANC); and Catherine Tran ’14, Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California (VABANC). Judge Benjamin T. Reyes II '92 and Jennifer Sta.Ana ’15 also attended on behalf of FBANC.