By Samantha Morales 2L
Lawyers Club of San Diego held its first annual International Women of Color Day Celebration on Friday, March 1, with several students from Thomas Jefferson School of Law joining in the festivities.
The event was co-sponsored by San Diego specialty bar associations, including the American Constitution Society, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego, Iranian American Bar Association, Korean American Bar Association, Pan Asian Lawyers, Run Women Run, Chinese Attorneys Association, San Diego County Bar Association, La Raza Lawyers Association, South Asian Bar Association, Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of California, Tom Homann Law Association and Women of Color in the Law.
The reception at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP's provided the TJSL students with the opportunity to network with local attorneys and judges while enjoying wine and hors d'oeuvres complemented by views of the beautiful San Diego skyline.
Judge Terrie Roberts, the first African American Woman appointed as a San Diego Superior Court Commissioner, delivered the keynote address.
"Embrace your identity as a woman of color because people may underestimate you. Use that to your advantage," encouraged Judge Roberts. "Don't change who you are to make others feel comfortable. Embrace your intellect. Look back and reach out to other women because when you uplift women, you uplift their communities."