Thank you to our partners for your generous support and commitment to our mission.
University of Denver Sturm
College of Law
University of Colorado
College of Law
Thank you for your financial support that will help Law School Yes We Can grow.
Judge Christina Arguello | Richard Baer | Paula Black | Blake Gansborg | Anna Halaburda | Rufina Hernandez | Ed Hopkins | Jennifer Jaskolka | Dermot Lynch | Kevin McAdam | Victoria Ortega | Eliseo Puig | Roberto Ramirez
Lorenzo Trujillo | Mark Yonkman | LaLonnie Gray | Cynthia York | Jennifer Weddle | A. Susie Velasquez | Andrew Volin
Patricia Jazkolska | Mary & Peter Baker | Sam Walker | Michel Lucero
Peyton Family Foundation | Latino Community Foundation of Colorado | City and County of Denver | Colorado Bar Foundation | Colorado’s Pledge to Diversity
Firms & Organizations
Thank you for your scholarships that will support our fellows in doing well on the LSAT.
Andrew Volin Memorial Fund
In memory of our friend and colleague who was a LSYWC mentor for years, this fund will support Fellows in small and big ways, as Andy would have wanted. Thank you to all who donate.
Contributions By Category
Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s 2015 Community Service Award: Presented to a nonprofit organization or individual committed to providing services benefiting the Hispanic community.
City and County of Denver Mayor’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Award: Presented to a nonprofit organization or individual whose activities are viewed as “Igniting through Inspiration, Innovation and Integration for Impact.”
7 Ways You Can Contribute
1) Sponsor a fundraiser: Make it possible for LSYWC to grow and help more students.
2) Donate Your Facility for Meetings and Seminars: Show our fellows what it’s like to attend meetings in a law firm environment.
3) Become a LSAT Scholarship Donor: Help fellows prepare for the LSAT.
4) Become a Firm Sponsor: Make a donation to be used for our many programs.
5) Provide a Summer Internship: Share your firm experience with our fellows.
6) Become a Mentor: Give of your time and wisdom.
7) Become a Monthly “Lunch” Contributor: Skip lunch once a month and set up an automatic monthly donation of $10.
The Denver City Attorneys Office, Local Law and Accounting Firms and JLT Specialty USA, Legal Department
Building a Pipeline of Diversity in the Legal Profession Begins with Law School
“LAW SCHOOL… Yes We Can” focuses on a powerful mission: to increase the diversity of the legal profession by mentoring minority, first generation and low-income students through college, helping them prepare for law school and entry into the legal practice.
Akerman is a proud sponsor and partner of LSYWC, an organization that shares our philanthropic focus on education and youth development, and complements our commitment to diversity.
At Akerman, diversity means more than dignity, respect, inclusion, and opportunity — it is a core value we live by, within both the firm and the legal community at-large. We embrace the differencesin genders and the unique value diversity brings to our firm and the work we do for clients. Because we value the development of a professional community in which all individuals can reach their full potential, Akerman has partnered with LSYWC to make a difference at the earliest stages: encouraging and mentoring college students who aspire to join our profession.
Driven by the leadership of our Denver office, Akerman has made a commitment to LSYWC in three important areas: volunteerism, pro bono legal services, and charitable contributions. Several Akerman lawyers are currentlyvolunteering as LSYWC mentors in Denver, making afour-year-plus commitment to support a diverse or first-generation student through college and the law school application process.“My relationship with my LSYWC fellow has been oneof the most powerful service experiences of my life,” said Shelley Mixon, a partner in Akerman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. “The entire mentoring team has grown so close in the years since our relationship began, celebrating her achievements and collaborating to provide guidance and support as she reaches towards her dreams. Her successes are her own, and I’m just honored to be able to watch her grow from a dedicated student to a promising lawyer.”
In addition to volunteering as mentors for LSYWC participants, Akerman lawyers have provided significant pro bono legal services to the not-for-profit organization as it
hasexpanded from an initial class of twelve Fellows to a total of 38 Fellows in 2016. Akerman’s pro bono legal team has helped LSYWC since the beginning, ensuring the organization’s ability to serve aspiring lawyers for decades tocome. We are proud of our firm’s work with LSYWC to make a positive difference in the greater communities we serve.
Akerman invites our colleagues in the legal profession to join us in collaboration with judges and lawyers to continue developing this significant network of give-back. Volunteer mentorship, pro bono service, and charitable giving in partnership with LSYWC are some ways that law firms can make a huge impact in the lives of young people and in the continued diversity and success of our profession.
Shelley Mixon is a partner in Akerman’s Intellectual Property Practice Group; Whitney Untiedt is a partner and Director of the firm’s Pro Bono Initiatives.
Investment in our Legal Community is Good Business
Board Member Jennifer Weddle and Mentor Antonio Gallegos are thrilled that their law firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP, has become a financial supporter of LAW SCHOOL… Yes We Can, with the GT Foundation making a $2500 donation in August 2016. The recent donation is part of the “Great Minds Great Hearts” corporate philanthropy program of the Denver office of Greenberg Traurig. The program was designed in 2010 to help celebrate the firm’s
10th anniversary doing business in Denver. The Great Minds Great Hearts program extends the rich history of community investment for which Greenberg Traurig is known by establishing significant yearly grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, diversity, education, leadership and people in need. In addition to these core grants, GT offers other financial, in-kind and volunteer support throughout the community.
This initiative, in part, was undertaken to raise the awareness of the firm in the Denver metro area. “With only 30% of Denver office clients having a Colorado presence, building our local reputation as a firm, rather than as individual lawyers, was a challenge,” Weddle said. “Even though we were actively engaged in numerous organizations, in purchasing tables and sponsoring events, none of these activities had any long-lasting
effects,” she added. “The GMGH program, however, has multiple layers of communication to the public and we have been successful with every grant in tying the grant support to the volunteer work of GT Denver attorneys.”
Weddle and Gallegos are proud to give their time to LSYWC as they believe that increasing the diversity of the law school pipeline and the inclusiveness of the legal profession are critical goals. “It is critical that
institutions of higher education reflect the diversity of our nation and ensure a richer and intellectually diverse experience for all students,” Weddle said.
Weddle is the current president of the National Native American Bar Association and past president of the Colorado Indian Bar Association and works to cross-pollinate NNABA pipeline initiatives aimed at Native American high school and college students with LSYWC’s programming. Gallegos is a longtime Colorado Hispanic Bar Association leader and similarly works to coordinate LSYWC and CHBA efforts.
Both Weddle and Gallegos give their time to LSYWC because they believe that the program has discovered the “secret sauce” to support students of diverse backgrounds in pursuing legal careers and developing their abilities to give back to their respective communities. “The pipeline to a diverse and inclusive legal profession is rife with barriers and while there have been significant strides toward developing a diverse educational pipeline and legal profession, I have not seen any program that is as effective as LSYWC,” Gallegos said.
Both GT’s monetary support and GT attorneys’ volunteer time reflect that diversity is a core value of the firm. GT believes that diversity in higher education is a compelling national interest and has long supported the advancement of diversity and inclusion in higher education and the legal profession. Weddle summed it up: “The benefits of diversity are numerous and range from enhanced performance and retention in both higher education and the legal profession, to an intellectually-rich student body and profession and a universally valuable experience. Supporting LSYWC helps us support that larger mission. We couldn’t be prouder to be part of LSYWC’s amazing effort.”
Jennifer Weddle is a partner with the firm of Greenberg Traurig where she is the Co-Chair of the firm’s national American Indian Law Practice. She currently serves as President of the National Native American Bar Association. She obtained her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Antonio Gallegos is Of Counsel in Greenberg Traurig’s Health & FDA Practice. He also serves on the board of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and law degree from the University of Denver.
“Sí, Se Puede” is a phrase born of farmworkers, who, under the leadership of the UFW, César Chávez, and Dolores Huerta, fought valiantly for equal protection under the law. As a result of the efforts of the UFW, “Sí, Se Puede” has become well known as a call that engenders hope and inspiration in those who face similar battles. We thank the UFW, whom we acknowledge to be the sole and exclusive owner of the Trademark SI SE PUEDE, for granting us a limited license to use“Sí, Se Puede” in connection with our efforts to recruit, in Colorado, students of Hispanic or Latino descent for our law school pipeline program. For more information about the programs offered by the UFW, please see UFW’s webpage (www.ufw.org); UFW Foundation’s webpage (www.ufwfoundation.org); and UFWF’s immigration services webpage (www.sisepuede.org)