August 2015 Bar Bulletin
SU Law School Welcomes New ARC Director
By Claudine Benmar
This is Jeff Minneti's dream job.
Professor Minneti is the new faculty director of Seattle University School of Law's Academic Resource Center, a nationally renowned program that aims to increase access to the legal profession by helping under-represented students achieve academic success. And for Minneti, that effort is vital to the health of the legal industry.
"I look at lawyers as being social architects. They help create the rules and laws by which we govern ourselves," he said. "And those folks have to be representative of the people being governed. We've got to do more to bring diverse voices and experiences into the law."
Before joining the law school as an associate professor of law, Minneti directed the Academic Success Program at Stetson University College of Law in Florida. In addition to directing the ARC program, he will also teach Criminal Law and Trusts and Estates.
He steps into the formidable shoes of professors Paula Lustbader and David Boerner, who directed and taught in the ARC program for nearly 30 years. He is well aware of the proud legacy they leave behind.
"It's an honor for me," he said. "I know ARCies are a family, and I'm thrilled I get to be a part of it."
He's already inspired by his students. "They come to us with a real interest in public service. They come with such a passion," he said. "It's rewarding to see that they feel such a sense of community here, because these are students who could feel very disconnected in a typical law school classroom."
One of Minneti's goals for Seattle University is to better coordinate the Bar Studies Program with the ARC.
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