Political Participation: A Vehicle for Social Justice

Political Participation: A Vehicle for Social Justice

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.




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Event Overview

The Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) of the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law together with Career Services presents the annual Fall Speaker Panel and Women in the Law Reception. This year’s forum, Political Participation: A Vehicle for Social Justice, brings together students, professors, attorneys and elected officials to celebrate the achievements of women and social justice through political involvement. From grassroots efforts, to city government and congressional representation, political participation serves as a vehicle for influencing law and policy to meet the needs of women and the greater community.

The Speaker Panel is open to all USD Law students, and local attorneys and community leaders are also welcome to attend. The WLC is honored to host three remarkable leaders at this year’s panel.


  • Hon. Lynn Schenk, '70, the first Congresswoman from San Diego and USD Law Alumna
  • Casey Gwinn, President of the National Family Justice Center Alliance and former City Attorney of San Diego
  • Pat Libby, author of The Lobbying Strategy Handbook: 10 Steps to Advancing Any Cause Effectively

Immediately following the Speaker Panel, the Women in the Law Reception will provide an opportunity for students and San Diego community members to continue the discussion over beverages and hors d'oeuvres. The reception is traditionally well-attended by students who appreciate the opportunity to host outside attorneys and network in an intimate environment. The WLC thanks all attending attorneys in advance for supporting the next generation of female attorneys.


Fall Speaker Panel – 5:30 p.m.
Room 2B, Warren Hall

Women in the Law Reception – 6:30 p.m.
Faculty Reading Room, Warren Hall


The event is free, but advanced reservations are required to attend.

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The campus is located at 5998 Alcalá Park. Please enter the campus through the East Entrance/Main Driveway from Linda Vista Road. Reserved parking spaces are available in the parking structure closest to the law school. Stop at the visitor kiosk and ask the attendant for a free reserved visitor parking permit which should be placed on your dashboard. Let the attendant know that you are here for the "Political Participation: A Vehicle for Social Justice" event. Straight ahead and on the right hand side of the road will be a large parking structure. Turn right into the structure and the reserved spots will be on the top level. You should find a reserved parking space with a sign that displays a permit number that matches the number on the visitor permit.

The law school is about a five-minute walk from the parking structure. The attendant can direct you. If you notify the attendant, motorized transport from your car to Warren Hall is available.

Once on foot, leave the structure through the same location you entered it. Head uphill onto the main street through campus, Torero Way. On your left, you will first pass the Degheri Alumni Center, then Pardee Legal Research Center, and the third building you will encounter on your left is Warren Hall. Please proceed to the main floor of Warren Hall. The Speaker Panel will be held in Warren Hall, room 2B on the main floor. The Student-Attorney Reception will be held on the main floor of Warren Hall in the Faculty Reading Room.

About Hon. Lynn Schenk '70

Hon. Lynn Schenk, '70, has been active in state and national politics throughout her legal career. In 1972, Ms. Schenk co-founded the Lawyers Club of San Diego, which worked for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and on other women's rights issues. California Governor Jerry Brown appointed her deputy secretary, and later secretary, of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1977-1988. Later, she served in the House of Representatives as the first Congresswoman from San Diego from 1993-1995. After serving in Congress, Ms. Schenk served in various positions in the California state government under Governor Gray Davis, including Chief of Staff. She remains active in California and national politics.

About Casey Gwinn

Mr. Casey Gwinn currently serves as President of the National Family Justice Center Alliance and has been named one of the top 45 public lawyers in America by the American Lawyer. Mr. Gwinn served as City Attorney from 1996-2004. Prior to entering office, he founded the City Attorney’s Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Unit. Following his term in office, Mr. Gwinn partnered with San Diego Police Chief David Bejarano and current Chief Bill Lansdowne to open the nationally acclaimed San Diego Family Justice Center, a "one-stop shop" for victims of family violence.

About Pat Libby

Ms. Pat Libby is creator and Director of the Institute for Non-Profit Education and Research at the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Sciences. She is currently a clinical professor at the Institute, leading students in courses such as Advocacy Skills and Strategies. In 2004, Ms. Libby received the Inspiration Award from USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences Graduate Student Association. Her most recent accomplishments include authoring of The Lobbying Strategy Handbook: 10 Steps for Advancing any Cause Effectively.


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