On January 28, 2014 students from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law along with other law schools in the area attended the Orange County Diversity Task Force (OCDTF) Diversity Mixer. The event was held at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and brought over 90 students together with representatives of 23 of the largest law firms in California. The mixer was organized to gather a diverse group of students to meet attorneys and learn about life and practicing law in Orange County.
Laurie Ellen Park, Assistant Director of Career Services at Fowler School of Law, coordinated with OCDTF to organize the event. She also worked to bring students from Fowler School of Law to the mixer. This was the first time Fowler students have attended and there was overwhelmingly positive feedback. Fowler student Jonathan Shin (JD ’16) said it was “a great opportunity to…personally meet attorneys who were practicing in large firms.” Meeting so many professionals in an informal setting can be quite beneficial for a law student.
The program was highlighted in the Daily Journal Community News Section on Friday, February 7, 2014.
The Orange County Diversity Task Force is a collaborative group of professionals from leading Orange County law firms and businesses committed to achieving cultural diversity in recruiting and retaining law students and attorneys in Orange County. OCDTF began in 2004 with partners and office administrators from several major Orange County firms joining forces with goals of diversity and pro bono efforts through their other project, Lawyers for Humanity.