Latino College Preparatory Academy: SCU Law Restorative Justice Course
Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) has been given the opportunity to collaborate with Santa Clara University School of Law. Santa Clara University Law students from Santa Clara School of Law have been teaching LCPA students material that focuses on topics that consist of law, peace and conflict resolution and restorative justice practices. The course covers basic conflict resolution ideas and skills, from "active listening" to negotiation, mediation, restorative justice and mock trial scenarios. The course was created to give Santa Clara University School of Law students a chance to practice their skills in Peace and Conflict Resolution by teaching the subject to high school students. The Law students helped to create the curriculum for the course. Professors from Santa Clara Law gave their students the topics and a sample framework, but the Law students had to structure the material to be more interesting and useful for the high school students. The course materials that the Law students created to engage high school students consisted of handouts, a film reflecting students' responses and games. The Law students will teach most of the sessions with guidance from Santa Clara University Law Professors.
The School of Law is also interested in developing a long-term partnership with The Foundation for Hispanic Education (TFHE) and the students it serves. Santa Clara Law Professor, Lisa Kloppenberg had this to say about the need for Latinx in the Law field, “To make our justice system more fair for all people, we need to involve persons from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Latinx population is a growing and important sector of our region and state and country. Legal education will help produce many Latinx judges, lawyers, business, non-profit and civic leaders and we hope we can create a successful pipeline between TFHE (its student population) and Santa Clara University School of Law. Our graduate Ed Alvarez is President of the Foundation and he inspired me to create this course”.