Student body here is very diverse. People of all backgrounds, races, families, cultures, frame of references-- It's definitely opened my eyes to help people view the law in general, and then entertainment law specifically.
For me, it encourages me in the sense that we have these different nationalities and cultures, actually learning the law and then becoming future attorneys and future policymakers. I think we need more of that-- Different voices and different cultures out there representing America and creating policy. Because that's what America is. It's a mosaic of all these different nationalities and Southwestern really embodies that.
Southwestern is routinely ranked is one of the top 10 schools in the United States for diversity. And, you know, Southwestern has been a diverse institution since the day it opened in 1911. Our very first graduate was a woman who became the first woman public defender in the United States. And we have so many trailblazers.
We boast the first black woman judge in California, the first black woman appellate justice in the United States, the first Latina trial judge in the United States, the first Native American judge in the state of California, the first Chinese American judge in the continental United States. And Tom Bradley, the five-term mayor of Los Angeles is our alum. So we've been living this legacy, and I'm determined to build on that legacy.
It is a highly competitive environment law school in general, but here it was. It was very friendly, very, very uplifting and encouraging which was great to see.