The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley hosted SVUDL students in an informative and inspiring afternoon of networking and learning on April 16, 2018.
The foundation, which helps low-income families facing life-changing legal issues, introduced our students to the ways their attorneys, social workers and staff help advance the rights of under-represented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. LFSV attorneys and staff shared their experiences in advocating for underrepresented populations in Silicon Valley and engaged SVUDL youth in Q&A and networking sessions. Our students are very interested in learning more about what a nonprofit legal career looks like and were inspired to view the legal profession from the social justice and nonprofit perspective.
Students also visited the Santa Clara County Superior Court Family Justice Center Courthouse to meet with a Superior Court Judge, the Hon. Patrick E. Tondreau. He shared what it is like to serve as a judge representing families and children. Our youth had the opportunity to visit his courtroom and take a peek inside his chambers, which was a huge treat! Afterward, Judge Tondreau answered questions and talked with students about their goals. “Education is the doorway to the future,” he told them.