California Western School of Law — Class of 2014

On July 30, LACLJ summer law clerk Alexander Perez was officially sworn in as an attorney by Administrative Law Judge José Tello at LACLJ’s office. Alexander graduated from California Western School of Law in December and volunteered for 10 weeks in our Access to Justice program. He supported attorneys to conduct client interviews, draft motions and declarations, and provide court accompaniment.

What surprised you most about working here?
I was surprised that LACLJ offers so many different services to assist clients through multiple legal issues related to family and immigration law and domestic violence. Also, with the assistance of Community Care Advocates [who provide safety planning and social service referrals], LACLJ helps clients beyond the courtroom in a way that has lasting effects.

What did you find most challenging about your work?
There are so many issues I would like to help clients with, but the reality is that there are limited resources that can be offered to each client. Coming to terms with my limitations has been difficult, and I sometimes feel I am not doing enough.

What kind of work do you want to pursue after LACLJ?
I hope to continue building my skills in the world of family law. I thoroughly enjoyed working with LACLJ’s clients and am now even more determined to make a positive impact on the lives of many clients and their families in the future.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I worked in the medical field for almost 10 years before going to law school. I have experience in the Emergency Medical Department, ambulance services, respiratory therapy, hemo-oncology, and HIV care.

What is your favorite quote?
“Find what you love, and let it kill you.” —Charles Bukowski. I am a big fan of Bukowski when I’m not reading legal literature.