Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Trina Grillo Retreat

Trina Grillo Retreat 2014
Mobilizing & Utilizing Law Students in Times of Crisis

Friday, March 21 & Saturday, March 22

Southwestern Law School

About the Trina Grillo Retreat

nullFor the past several years, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) has co-sponsored the Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat with a consortium of law schools. SALT established the Retreat to honor the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-1996), who was a source of inspiration to many law students, professors, and public interest and social justice lawyers, and serves as a forum for practitioners, students, and academics to discuss today's challenges to social justice lawyering.

The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) established the Retreat to honor the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-1996), a former professor at USF School of Law and Santa Clara Law School who was a dedicated social activist and justice advocate.

The retreat embodies the aspirations of Trina's work against injustice, in its many forms, and toward diversity and equality.

The Trina Grillo Retreat - What is it and why should I attend?

  • The Retreat provides a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, staff and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities and formulate strategies for social justice.
  • The Retreat offers public-interest minded law school students an opportunity to break the isolation by meeting and networking with other students from around the country.
  • The Retreat not only provides students with a network while in school, but also provides the foundation for a professional network to support their public interest ambitions as their careers develop.
  • The Retreat can spawn creative ways to approach social change using the law as an instrument.

"The retreat was truly empowering because it really opened my eyes to the abilities that we each have. I came away feeling more confident in myself and my legal skills, and gained knowledge regarding the various topics discussed." 

- Katie Wu '13

Film Screening

gdog.jpgFriday, March 21 will feature the film "G-DOG: Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job" by Academy Award Winner Freida Lee Mock, and a special presentation afterward including leadership from Collective Voices and Homeboy Industries.

This is the story of a remarkable odd couple. There's Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest who's spent some 25 years in the toughest part of East LA, and then there's the tough, street-smart, and amazingly sweet young people - all former gang members - whom G-Dog loves and helps, and who love him in turn. For Father Greg's remedy for what he calls "a global sense of failure" for kids at-risk is radical and simple: boundless, restorative love. His unstoppable compassion has turned around the lives of thousands of Latino, Asian and African American gang members. Click here to read more.

2014 Consortium Schools

Loyola Law School
Santa Clara University School of Law
Southwestern Law School
Stanford Law School
UC Irvine School of Law
UCLA School of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
University of Washington Law School
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 

For more information, please contact Professor Laura Cohen at