As 2012 quickly comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on FPOC’s achievements this past year.
As in the past, our core programs of law school admissions, bar examination, and judicial clerkship workshops have been well received by attendees. FPOC is fortunate to have a strong following, which is evidenced by all of our events reaching capacity.
Furthermore, we continued to review personal statements of prospective law school applicants of color this past summer. Our consultants, who formerly served on admissions committees, provided each applicant with invaluable insight into how best to present her or his story. FPOC provides this key service at no cost. (Private consulting services charge hundreds if not thousands of dollars for similar services.)
We were also blessed with several opportunities to take-on an advocacy role on behalf of our members. In particular, we filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court in an effort to protect our members’ private information. Furthermore, we joined several prominent civil rights organizations in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, in Fisher v. Texas, in hopes of preserving the last vestiges of Affirmative Action.
Furthermore, key stakeholders continue to elicit our support in advertising their diversity programs to our membership (e.g., pre-law programs, law firms, foundations, scholarship programs, etc.).
Finally, we continued to fully support DREAM Act students. We advocated in favor of the California DREAM Act and will continue to do everything in our power to see that the Obama administration keeps its promise to support these students. We recently partnered with the DREAM Bar Association to support their first press conference where they announced a 50-state campaign to seek legislation in every state allowing Dreamers, who successfully attended law school and passed the bar examination, to practice law.
I am glad to report that FPOC is doing exceedingly well. We have a stable source of funding (i.e., you), which allows us to do our work without being beholden to any interests except those of our students and supporters.
We recently launched a new endeavor and created a $1000 club dubbed “The Family Membership.” Each “Family Member” commits to donating at least $1000–in quarterly or monthly installments–to FPOC during 2013. In return, that Member will be acknowledged at all of our events and on our web page. More importantly, the Member will join an exclusive group of individuals who are fully committed to ensuring FPOC’s future success and growth.
Please e-mail me directly if you are interested in this program. (Membership is also available at a reduced rate for those who work for nonprofits, government, and academia.)
I must emphasize, however, that we welcome and fully appreciate any level of support.
Finally, I wish you and your family the very best during the holiday season and New Year.
With warmest regards,
Anthony Solana, Jr.
For People of Color, Inc.
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 150
Los Angeles, California 90024