USD School of Law Student Groups Speak Out in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement

USD School of Law Student Groups Speak Out in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement

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SAN DIEGO (June 18, 2020) – Twenty student organizations at University of San Diego (USD) School of Law issued statements expressing solidarity with the Black community and expressing their support for the Black Lives Matter Movement.  According to Student Bar Association President, Robert Ponce, ’21 (JD)  USD School of Law students have marched, been tear-gassed and hit with rubber bullets during demonstrations.  Students have also spearheaded first-aid kit and supply collection campaigns for protests throughout California and published resource guides that enable other students to take action for racial progress. 

“Over the next year and beyond, our law student body is committed to the arduous goal of crafting a more equitable society together. Our new normal must be centered around uncomfortable conversations related to the racism and injustice that pervade our institutions, the criminal legal system, and our society at large,”  said Ponce, “It is our responsibility as future attorneys and privileged members of our communities to be brave, interrogate our surroundings, and amplify the voices of those who are silenced. Racial indifference and colorblindness are not sufficient to confront the fierce urgency of now. Black Lives Matter at USD Law, and we must utilize every tool at our disposal to demonstrate an institutional commitment to racial progress.”

In welcoming new students each year at Orientation, Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo has spoken about the responsibility of lawyers to ensure equal access to justice and the rule of law.  In a communication to students addressing recent events, Dean Ferruolo reminded students of that responsibility and the importance of confronting racial injustice.

Please click the links below to read letters from the 20 organizations and Dean Ferruolo.

Dean Ferruolo’s Letter


La Raza 


Christian Legal Society






Pride Law










Criminal Law Society

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 22nd 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.


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