[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
64°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
May 22
1865 - Discoverer Ramon Perea and partner sell Pico Canyon oil claim to Edward Beale & Robert Baker for $300 [story]
grave marker


Officials from Southwestern Law School and California State University, Northridge today “cut the ribbon” for the first CSUN Student Legal Support Clinic.

The one-year pilot project will provide CSUN students — citizens and noncitizens — with pro bono assistance on legal issues.

The project is the result of a survey conducted by CSUN student government, Associated Students, that indicated student interest in having access to free legal assistance to address a host of concerns, including those surrounding immigration.

Leveraging an academic partnership that already exists between CSUN and Southwestern Law School, AS spearheaded an effort that led to the creation of the first CSUN Student Legal Support Clinic.

Under the supervision of attorney and Southwestern Law School faculty member Julia Vazquez, Southwestern law students will assist CSUN students with a variety of immigration-based legal services, including adjustment of status, special immigrant juvenile status, and naturalization needs, among others. While the clinic’s focus is on immigration, its student volunteers will refer clients to free or low-cost attorneys or agencies for other legal matters.

“The lack of access to legal services spurred an onslaught of predatory ‘businesses’ that take advantage of immigrants,” said Vazquez, a recipient of the 2016-2017 Matadors United Award. “People need to know their actual rights and legal options. This clinic will empower immigrants with knowledge and hope.”

William Watkins, CSUN’s vice president for student affairs, called today’s ribbon cutting “a proud moment for CSUN and an important building block in our relationship with Southwestern.”

“Most important is the positive impact this clinic will have on students who are often vulnerable because of a lack of access to adequate legal resources,” Watkins said.

The clinic is jointly funded by Southwestern Law School and CSUN’s Associated Students. The space for the clinic on the third floor of Oviatt library is the university’s only in-kind contribution to the pilot project. If the pilot is successful, additional funding will be renegotiated between Southwestern Law School and AS, if continuation of the initiative is recommended.

The clinic is offered as a public service to CSUN students, but does not constitute solicitation or provision of legal advice by CSUN. Any legal information or advice provided is provided solely by Southwestern Law School.

About Associated Students
As the official seat of student governance for the campus, AS is the primary advocate for students at California State University, Northridge and provides excellent, meaningful programs and services designed to enhance and create a spirited learning-focused campus environment. The Student Government division represents the student body, advocates for its needs and defends its interests in dealings with faculty, campus administrators and government officials.

About Southwestern Law School
Founded in 1911, Southwestern Law School is the only ABA-approved law school to offer four J.D. programs differing in scheduling and instructional approach including its two-year accelerated program (SCALE). Southwestern also offers concurrent J.D./M.B.A. and Executive M.B.A. programs and customizable LL.M. programs. Its landmark urban campus is located along Los Angeles’ public interest corridor and is home to more than half a dozen clinics where students gain practical lawyering skills while providing quality legal representation to under-represented individuals and organizations. Southwestern graduates are well-rounded, entrepreneurial, community-minded, and prepared for practice. One of the most diverse law schools in the country, Southwestern has a 100+ year legacy of producing trailblazers in public service and the judiciary.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. Patrick says:

    What’s a noncitizen? Virtually everyone is a citizen of somewhere. Do you mean foreigner (alien) or non-U.S. citizen? Let’s be precise with words.

Leave a Comment


HIGHER EDUCATION LINKS
LOCAL COLLEGE HEADLINES
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
As part of ongoing efforts to provide the public and university stakeholders with additional access to financial information, the California State University has launched a new financial transparency portal.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
To honor California State University, Northridge alumna Virginia Orndorff and her passion of the arts, her husband Chris Orndorff donated $218,000 to create an endowment for art student scholarships.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
There are only a handful of therapists in Los Angeles who specialized in working with individuals with autism.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) presents the West Coast solo debut of James Benning: Quilts, Cigarettes & Dirt (Portraits of America), which runs from Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, July 14
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
College of the Canyons held its annual "Shine A Light" event Tuesday to pay respect to the students across the nation who died by suicide in the prior year.
Keep Up With Our Facebook

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
More than two dozen people had the opportunity Tuesday to tour the proposed Sand Canyon Resort project site, with the majority voicing concerns over open-space preservation.
Visitors to Proposed Sand Canyon Resort Site Voice Concern Over Open Space
The city of Santa Clarita is now accepting names to be included as part of the 2019 additions to the Youth Grove in Central Park, with a due date of June 30 for nominations.
June 30: Central Park Youth Grove Nominations Due
From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Sheriff’s Deputies to Kick Off Summer with Holiday DUI Enforcement
COBRA detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station reported Tuesday night that an estranged husband who allegedly kidnapped his wife from a Canyon Country location on April 9 is now in custody.
LAPD Arrests Canyon Country Kidnapping Suspect in SFV
The California Senate has approved Senate Bill 387, which would streamline how SCV Water Agency Board of Directors vacancies are to be handled, and the legislation will now go to the state Assembly for consideration.
Wilk SCV Water Board Bill Passes Senate, Heads to Assembly
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation in the city of Santa Clarita on Monday, May 27, between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.
May 27: ‘Heads Up’ Bike, Pedestrian Safety Push in SCV
A body tasked with oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday that it may subpoena Sheriff Alex Villanueva for documents regarding his decision to halt investigations into officer misconduct.
Watchdog May Subpoena LA Sheriff Over Closed Officer Probes
1865 - Discoverer Ramon Perea and partner sell Pico Canyon oil claim to Edward Beale & Robert Baker for $300 [story]
grave marker
SAN MATEO — Freshman thrower Jordan Palmer finished runner-up in the shot put and Delon Buncio placed fourth in the long jump as College of the Canyons track & field closed out its season by competing at CCCAA State Championship meet hosted by the College of San Mateo May 17-18.
COC Freshman Thrower Finishes Runner-Up at State Championships
NORTHRIDGE - With the programs' most qualifiers since 2017, the CSUN men's and women's track and field teams are getting ready to compete in the 2019 NCAA Division I West Regional this weekend at Sacramento State.
Matadors Track Team Heads to Sacramento for West Regionals
As part of ongoing efforts to provide the public and university stakeholders with additional access to financial information, the California State University has launched a new financial transparency portal.
CSU Launches Transparency Portal to Provide Additional Financial Access
On April 24, millions of people across the world celebrated Denim Day and wore denim to show their support for education and awareness about all forms of sexual violence.
Art Piece Inspired by Denim Day on Display at City Hall
Hart High School’s Regiment Band will be holding its annual Spring Concert Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hart High School Auditorium.
May 21: Hart High School’s Annual Spring Concert
U.S. Air Force Airman Matthew G. Hernandez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
Cornerstone Christian Alum Graduates from Air Force Basic Training
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, announced Tuesday that Senate Bill 202 (SB 202) unanimously passed the Senate. SB 202 allows for the commercial use of animal blood from community-sourced donors.
Wilk’s Doggie Donor Bill Would Allow Community Animals to Donate Blood
Since Medicare pays for a significant amount of prescription opioids, we strive to ensure appropriate stewardship of these medications that can provide a medical benefit but also pose risks.
Medicare Helps Seniors Use Opioids Safely | Commentary by Greg Dill
To honor California State University, Northridge alumna Virginia Orndorff and her passion of the arts, her husband Chris Orndorff donated $218,000 to create an endowment for art student scholarships.
CSUN Gifted with $218K to Create Endowment for Art Scholarships
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies are on scene at Sierra Vista Junior High investigating a report of an attack by a student, according to officials.
Deputies Respond to Report of Attack at Sierra Vista Junior High
The College of the Canyons men's and women’s soccer programs are inviting boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade to participate in the 2019 Youth Summer Soccer Camp, with two sessions running this summer.
Registration for COC Youth Summer Soccer Camps Now Open
SACRAMENTO – With summer around the corner, Memorial Day weekend traffic will likely increase on California roadways.
CHP Focusing on Seat Belt Usage Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend
Waste Management’s service for residential trash, recycling, and green waste pick-up, as well as commercial service will be delayed by one day throughout the week of May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.
Waste Management Delays Services by 1 Day in Observance of Memorial Day
Santa Clarita Valley Safe Rides hosted a reunion on Sunday for the volunteers who have served our community for the last 32 years.
Former Safe Rides Volunteers Share 32 Years of Memories
On Monday night, deputies detained a male juvenile from La Mesa Junior High on charges of criminal threats, after he allegedly made statements threatening violence against the school.
Student Detained on Alleged Criminal Threats Against La Mesa Junior High
SACRAMENTO — Caltrans has awarded $40.5 million to local agencies for transportation projects statewide. The grant money will be used for planning on projects that will reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.
Caltrans Awards $40.5M to Local Agencies for Statewide Transportation Projects
1978 - St. Francis Dam site becomes a State Landmark [story]
state landmark dedication
The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce has expressed its support for the proposed Jobs Creation Overlay Zone to be considered by the Santa Clarita Planning Commission at City Hall on Tuesday, May 21.
SCV Chamber Supports City’s Proposed Jobs Creation Overlay Zone
The Saugus Band and Color Guard will stage a fundraising event at Chipotle in Valencia on Tuesday, May 21 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
May 21: Saugus Band, Color Guard Fundraiser at Chipotle
The Lancaster JetHawks played a season-high 14 innings but went hitless during the extra frames in a 4-3 loss to the Visalia Rawhide on Friday night at Recreation Ballpark.
JetHawks Opener Goes Season-High 14, Ends in Loss to Rawhide
Often what the retailer is most concerned about is location in the mall and how much the rent is. Some do not bother to read the 100-page or longer leases before signing them. Later they get some very unpleasant surprises.
Read Your Mall Lease, Or You’ll Be Sorry | Commentary by Carl Kanowsky, Esq.
The city of Santa Clarita, in partnership with Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Frontier Toyota and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will proudly sponsor the 2019 White Ribbon Campaign in the Santa Clarita Valley from Monday, May 27 through Friday, June 7.
May 27-June 7: White Ribbon Campaign to Promote Safe Student Driving
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva released a statement Friday night regarding the reinstatement of deputies who had been fired, a source of conflict with the county Board of Supervisors.
LA Sheriff Villanueva Defends Deputy Reinstatements
For the second year in a row, CalArts President Ravi S. Rajan has been recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 LA500, LABJ’s annual list of LA County’s 500 most influential business leaders.
CalArts President Ravi S. Rajan Named to LA Business Journal’s 2019 LA500
California Insitute of the Arts in Valencia and California State University, Northridge in the San Fernando Valley are among the top U.S. film schools listed in Variety's "Best Film Schools for 2019" report.
CalArts, CSUN on Variety’s List of Best Film Schools for 2019
The College of the Canyons swim & dive program invites swimmers ages 8 to 18 to participate in the 2019 COC Swim Camp with two sessions running this summer in mid-June and late June.
Registration Now Open for COC Summer Swim Camp
Santa Clarita native Colton Herta is looking to add his name to the record books once again, this time at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
Herta to Start 5th at Indy 500 on May 26
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deputies are looking for a man who allegedly exposed himself to a woman at a park in Towsley Canyon on Thursday, station officials reported Monday.
SCV Deputies Seek Man Suspected of Indecent Exposure