After being on the verge of closing, PCL up and running and stronger than ever! Our wonderful new Dean, Ira Spiro (who taught at Southwestern) was instrumental in saving our school and continues to work non-stop to bring the school into compliance. The school has implemented the Academic Excellence Program as part of First Year Legal Writing course.
PCL Alumni and supporters have returned to help out. Sandino Navarro (PCL Alumnus Pete Navarro’s son) and Working People’s Law Center’s Art Goldberg will co-teach Criminal Law. David Fertig is the unpaid Registrar and is co-teaching Torts with Christine Siegel. Sharon Kyle puts in long hours as the Chair, she teaches Contracts, and she facilitates the First Year Legal Writing course. PCL Alumnus and Disability Rights Advocate Gloria Perez-Stewart is our Vice Chair. PCL Alumnus Anna Hawkins is our Treasurer. And I am PCL’s Secretary and work on the Admissions-Recruitment Committee. The entire Board and student body is very energized to keep the school going.
In April, after a fire at a neighboring building burned part of PCL’s roof, we came together as a community. Other progressive organizations in area, including The Working People’s Law Center and Asian Americans Advancing Justice, provided us with space to hold classes.
The committees are working beautifully – most of the chairs are students. The Building Committee has done an amazing job managing the building repairs needed after the fire. PCL Student Kenny Goni, (of Tom’s Discount Glass and Mirror in Highland Park), has donated lots of materials and labor to PCL! Lots of students have helped.
It is safe to return to PCL. The signature my outgoing e-mails now says: It is a New Era at PCL!
And I mean that.
On July 27, 2017, the PCL Board approved the Application for Community Membership, which you can download, complete and return to me to present to the Board for approval. I need your contact information to send you notices, minutes, invitations, a ballot, and of course, requests for donations.
On August 15, 2017, the PCL Board voted to hold our Annual Meeting of the PCL Community on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The location is pending.
If you have not turned in your Application for Membership, you still can. And of course you can come to the Annual Meeting – I will hold the door open for you. Like our last Community Meeting, a videographer will be available to document YOUR story as a Peoples’ Lawyer/Advocate – no bar card required.
Finally, I have been in contact with Hank Di Suvero in Australia . He wrote a beautiful e-mail, which I will share later.
Magda Madrigal – PCL ‘06
It is a New Era at PCL
Magda Madrigal graduated from Peoples College of Law in 2006 and currently serves Secretary of its Board of Directors. She is a staff attorney at Basta, Inc.