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August 2011 Bar Bulletin

SU's Academic Resource Center To Celebrate 25 Years

By Mark C. Niles


Among the things I most love about Seattle University School of Law are its diverse faculty and student body and its commitment to equal justice. One of the pillars of that commitment is our life-changing Academic Resource Center and Access Admission Program.

This fall we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Academic Resource Center, which exemplifies the law school's mission to educate leaders for justice and our goal of increasing access to and diversity in the legal profession. To provide access for people from populations underrepresented in the legal profession, the program considers an applicant's life experience and promise in addition to traditional admission criteria.

ARC provides the support necessary for their success. This program, one of the few remaining true access programs in the country, is literally changing the face of the legal profession.

ARCies, as graduates of this beloved program call themselves, will no doubt turn out in force for the celebration to reconnect with other alumni and the indefatigable and inspirational ARC founders, professors David Boerner and Paula Lustbader.

But the anniversary is not a celebration just for the ARCies. It is a cause for all of us to recognize the law school's uninterrupted commitment to access and diversity in the legal profession through the ARC Access Admissions Program and its early-entry predecessor, and to honor the more than 700 alumni who have enhanced the profession with their service.

To mark this occasion, the law school is inviting the greater legal community to a reception featuring prominent members of the legal community at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. It will be my great honor to welcome members of the King County Bar Association to the law school for our celebration. We know many of you have benefited from the experience of these exceptional graduates in your firms, agencies and organizations.

Given access to legal education, ARC alums enrich the law school and the profession. Although they comprise only 10% of the student population, ARC students are disproportionately overrepresented as faculty scholars, Student Bar Association presidents and graduation speakers. They go on to be leaders in the legal profession, bar associations and their communities. They continue to serve the law school long after they graduate.

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