Trina Grillo 2017


What is the Trina Grillo Retreat, and why should I attend?

The Trina Grillo Retreat is a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to forge an alliance by exchanging viewpoints, exploring career opportunities, and formulating strategies for social justice.

This year’s theme, Standing Together, recognizes that in these times, we must collaborate, build coalitions, and show up for each other in order address the targeting of our marginalized communities and the needs of our planet.

Learn more about the history of the Trina Grillo Retreat.

Consortium Sponsors

// Berkeley Law

// Golden Gate University School of Law

// Santa Clara University School of Law

// Southwestern Law

// Stanford Law School

// UCLA School of Law

// UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law

// University of San Francisco School of Law

// University of Washington School of Law

Featured Sponsor

For many years the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) has co-sponsored the Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat with a consortium of law schools. SALT established the Retreat to honor the memory of Trina Grillo (1948-1996), a former professor at USF School of Law and Santa Clara Law who was a dedicated social activist and justice advocate.  The retreat embodies the aspirations of Trina’s work against injustice, in its many forms, and toward diversity and equality.


Saturday, March 4

11:30 am – 8:30 pm

// Registration and Lunch

// Defending Our Targeted Immigrant, Religious, and LGBTQ Communities

// Disability Justice

// Climate and Environmental Justice

// Career Strategy Breakouts (Fellowships, Clerkships, & more)

// Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Sunday, March 5

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

// Breakfast

// Expanding Access to Justice

// Tools for Social Justice Lawyers Breakouts (Community Organizing, Fortifying Yourself, Storytelling & Communications Skills)

Accommodations & FAQs

Q: How Do I Register?

A: To register, you must be a student at a confirmed consortium school. You can register with your school’s contact person:

Berkeley Law Ariana Ceja
Golden Gate University School of Law Corey Allen Farris
Southwestern Law Laura Dym Cohen
Santa Clara University School of Law Deborah Moss-West
Stanford Law School Mike Winn
UCLA School of Law Silvana Naguib
UNLV Boyd School of Law Nikki Harris
University of San Francisco School of Law Grace Hum
University of Washington Aline Carton-Listfjeld


Q: Where Do I Go?

A: The retreat will take place at Berkeley Law (directions). Check-in for attendees will be outside classroom 105, on the first floor of the law school building. There will be signs posted on the day of the event.

Q: What If I Need Assistance/ADA Accommodations?

A: If you are hearing- or vision-impaired or require any disability-related assistance, please email Melanie Rowen before February 24, 2017.

Q: Are There Special Rates for Hotel Accommodations?

A: Berkeley Law has reserved a block of rooms at the Women’s Faculty Club, a hotel on campus. To reserve a room, call the hotel at (510) 642-4175 before January 23, 2017. Other hotel options are listed here. Please be aware that Model UN is taking place on the Berkeley Campus the same weekend as the retreat, and it may be difficult to find other nearby hotel accommodations as the conference date approaches.