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CPIL Fellmeth Scholar Kayla Watson ’19 (JD) Featured in USD Magazine

CPIL Fellmeth Scholar Kayla Watson ’19 (JD) Featured in USD Magazine

SAN DIEGO (August 21, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), 2018 Fellmeth Scholar Kayla Watson, '19 (JD) discusses her law school experience in a feature article in USD Magazine entitled, "Lifelong Lessons: Law School Clinic Serves Up Vital Experience."

According to the article, Watson was able to learn real-world certainty before leaving USD with her law degree in hand.  She credits CPIL and its Executive Director Bridget Gramme with helping her navigate the complexities of, and learn how to make, positive change in the real world.  She was the first recipient of the Julianne D. Fellmeth Public Interest Law Scholarship which enabled her to work on a project at CPIL to try and help consumers make informed decisions when it comes to choosing a doctor.

As a law student, Watson worked on researching online reviews and drafting proposals to legislature to improve consumers’ access to the information available in the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ online licensing and discipline system, BreEZe

According to the article, Watson feels her upbringing planted the seed to want to help people.  Her experience at USD helped that seed to grow in areas she could never have anticipated.

To read the full article by Kelly Knufken in USD Magazine click here.

About Center for Public Interest Law

Founded in 1980, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) serves as an academic center of research and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL focuses its efforts on the study of an extremely powerful, yet often overlooked, level of government: state regulatory agencies. Under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys and advocates, CPIL law student interns study California agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades.

CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of over 12 major California regulatory agencies.

In addition to its academic program, CPIL has an advocacy component. Center faculty, professional staff, and interns represent the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies. CPIL attempts to make the regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity. The Center has been particularly active in reforming the state’s professional discipline systems for attorneys and physicians, and in advocating public interest reforms to the state’s open meetings and public records statutes.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

USD Law School Alumni and CPIL Fellmeth Scholar Kayla Watson ’19 (JD)USD Law School Alumni and CPIL Fellmeth Scholar Kayla Watson ’19 (JD)

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