The mission of LAW SCHOOL…Yes We Can is to increase diversity in the legal profession in Colorado and to develop tomorrow's diverse leaders in their professional careers.
Our history is both soil & seed. The soil was Arguello Dream Catchers, a group of lawyers led by USDC Judge Arguello that interacted with hundreds of Colorado young people to spark their interest in the legal profession. The seed was a discussion that occurred after a 2013 legal diversity conference. One of Judge Arguello's law clerks noted that, despite conferences, the diversity gauge was not moving much. Judge Arguello agreed that legal diversity required sustained effort, and the organization has been drilling its own legal diversity pipeline ever since.
Being a first-generation, low-income, student of color at Stanford University has been one of the biggest challenges I have faced. Trying to navigate an institution that was not created for people like me, I continuously questioned my ability to thrive here or even my sense of belonging. My mentors were always available to listen to me talk about my struggles and to uplift me and give me the encouragement I needed. No matter the situation, my mentors have always been available and ready to give me advice. . . . I truly appreciate LSYWC for giving me the opportunity to meet such incredible people.
Adamari Alamillo, LSYWC Class of 2017
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