University of La Verne College of Law students took part in a national dialogue on access to justice as part of President Barack Obama’s “Champions of Change” campaign, a weekly online conversation from the White House designed to encourage individuals to make positive change in their communities.
The conversation, held Oct. 13, was led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who introduced 16 individuals with inspiring stories of how they promoted equal access to the justice system through public service. Holder said the idea behind Champions of Change is to encourage others to do the same.
“From coast to coast, these people have devoted their time and expertise to provide much-needed legal services to people who cannot afford them,” Holder said. “They are helping to fill our nation’s founding promise of justice for all.”
Peter Boyles, a third-year law student at La Verne Law, volunteers his time at a mediation clinic in Riverside County, which helps people to resolve a variety of conflicts – from landlord disputes to small claims – before filing a lawsuit.
“I believe in helping people solve their problems before going to court,” Boyles said following the event.
Second-year students Tiffany Garrick and Jason Gueltzow said the dialogue got them thinking about getting involved in public service.
“It’s a reminder to us as law students that there is a pressing need for lawyers where it’s not clearly visible,” Gueltzow said.
As a participant in the program, La Verne Law will be featured on the White House website, along with links to the law school’s website, detailing its commitment to public service.
For more information on Champions of Change, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.