Advocates for Children and Education (ACE)

ACE seeks to promote the welfare and education of children. Our main objective is to provide interested students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to connect with and positively impact children in the local community. We have volunteer opportunities available in the areas of juvenile delinquency, special education, and general mentoring and advocacy. We also provide resources and information about careers in child advocacy and education law.

Crawford High School Academy of Law Visit

We have partnered up with Law Student Affairs to help aspiring high school students, from Crawford Academy of the Law, get a small taste of what it is like to be a law school student. During this event, you will have the opportunity to discuss with the students what it is like to be a law student, what steps you took to get to law school, and what advice you wish you had while you were in high school. Additionally, you will help the students think like actual lawyers by putting on a small interactive presentation. Afterwards, lunch will be provided where you can mingle with the students. This is followed by a tour of the beautiful USD campus.

Pro Bono hours are rewarded for your time which includes the training video that you are required to watch. This should amount to about 6-7 hours of pro bono hours for just one event! There is potential to earn even more pro bono hours if you help organize and plan the presentation for the students.

If you are interested in being a part of the Crawford Academy event feel free to contact:

Jacob Yang:

Education Liaison Program

The Education Liaison Program collaborates with the San Diego Public Defender's Office to pair law students with juvenile offenders who need support in school. ACE members receive training in education law and work directly with students and parents to help children improve school performance. All cases are referred by public defenders. ACE advocates send periodic updates to the PD's office and, when appropriate, appear at juvenile court hearings to support parents and students. 

If you are interested in being a part of the Education Liaison Program event feel free to contact:

Curtis Davis: 

Education Rights Holder Program

Local judges appoint ACE volunteers to hold education rights for students in foster care, until social workers find someone to permanently hold education rights. As temporary education rights holders, volunteers are the main educational advocates for their students and have the legal authority to make all education-related decisions. Usually, holders come in when parental rights have been terminated or when the court deems that the minor’s parents can't make decisions for their child anymore. The program works directly with the Public Defender’s office. Our case load requires us to review school documents, interview the minors, make plans for their success and to attend court hearings for the minor.

If you are interested in being a part of the Education Rights Holder Program feel free to contact:

Kathleen Gadalla:

SMART Program

 The SMART program occurs once each semester. The program is designed to help teens that have committed a misdemeanor offense and participate in the Youth Court Diversion Program to remove charges off their record. Law students volunteer to facilitate and work one-on-one with these teen offenders from the community. The program covers and focuses on various topics, including healthy relationships, the criminal justice system, seeking appropriate role models, decision-making, and setting goals. The goal of the program is to help prevent the teens in attendance from a cyclical life of crime through hands-on activities and group discussion.

If you are interested in being a part of the SMART Program event feel free to contact:

Morgan Small:

Mitzi Miranda:

Organization Contact


Kendra Tovey


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