SVUDL Visited Law Foundation of Silicon Valley for a glimpse into different forms of innovative legal advocacy as tools for social change.. Thanks to our friends at the Law Foundation for hosting us!

On Monday, May 13th, SVUDL students visited the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley for a look into the world of law.

Guided by Elizabeth Wells, a Senior Attorney at the Law Foundation, students learned about potential applications for the skills they have acquired throughout school and debate life. The Law Foundation uses the law as a tool for change in matters dealing with housing, children and youth, or physical and mental health, to ensure everyone has access to opportunities regardless of their circumstances.

During the visit, students also traveled to downtown San Jose’s Family Justice Center Courthouse to meet with one of the judges: Jose S. Franco. Once inside students engaged in a question and answer discussion with Judge Franco, learning about his journey from law school to his acquisition of judge status for the Family Justice Center.

After the courthouse visit concluded, students returned to the Law Foundation’s office to complete the day. For the remainder of the time students networked with other members of the Law Foundation team, discussing topics including law, careers, and debate.

 
SVUDL students and staff enjoying the visit to Judge Franco’s classroom.

SVUDL students and staff enjoying the visit to Judge Franco’s classroom.

 
 
Judge Franco shares some of his past experiences and stories with SVUDL student and staff.

Judge Franco shares some of his past experiences and stories with SVUDL student and staff.

 
 
A SVUDL student dresses in Judge Francos’ black robes and sits from his bench. During the visit to the courthouse, SVUDL members were able to learn more about the inner workings of a courthouse and the world of judges.

A SVUDL student dresses in Judge Francos’ black robes and sits from his bench. During the visit to the courthouse, SVUDL members were able to learn more about the inner workings of a courthouse and the world of judges.

 
 
Students learn about the Law Foundation’s mission and work in the community pertaining to issues around housing, mental health, and education issues in Silicon Valley.

Students learn about the Law Foundation’s mission and work in the community pertaining to issues around housing, mental health, and education issues in Silicon Valley.

 
 
A student networking with Law Foundation staff following the visit to the courthouse.

A student networking with Law Foundation staff following the visit to the courthouse.