THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCACY INITIATIVE
Upon graduation, every Southwestern Law School student becomes a member of the Southwestern Law School Alumni Association. The Alumni Association's mission is to support students during and after their time at Southwestern Law School by providing mentoring programs, legal training, and networking opportunities. The Alumni Association Board of Directors is made up of Southwestern graduates who are attorneys and judges with expertise in virtually every area of law, including criminal, civil, family, entertainment, probate, immigration, and appellate. The Alumni Association's diverse Board of Directors is made up of men and women from communities throughout the region. The Board of Directors maintains connections with Southwestern Law School alumni everywhere, from down the street to across the globe!
In 2015, the Southwestern Law School Alumni Association created the Domestic Violence Advocacy Initiative (DVAI). Each year, DVAI fellowships are awarded to recent Southwestern graduates who, in partnership with the Levitt and Quinn Family Law Center, provide high-quality legal services to the victims and survivors of domestic violence. Since its creation, the DVAI has provided legal assistance and representation to hundreds of domestic violence survivors who otherwise would have had none. Through the DVAI and its many other programs, the Southwestern Law School Alumni Association is honored to support both Southwestern alumni and the community at large.
The Southwestern Law School Alumni Association invites all Southwestern Law School alumni to get involved! Click here to learn more about the Alumni Association and how you can host an event, join a committee, or mentor a current Southwestern Law School student.
about levitt & quinn
Thirty-six years ago, federal budget cuts decimated legal services programs throughout the nation, including here in Los Angeles. In 1981, three retired grandmothers, one of whom is a Southwestern alumna, stepped up to keep over 400 families from losing access to the critical legal help they were counting on. From humble beginnings operating out of a small Silver Lake storefront, with borrowed furniture and no real budget, Levitt & Quinn has since grown into a million-dollar nonprofit whose staff has expertise in many areas of family and adoption law.