SAN JOSE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — A Centennial celebration will be held September 12, 2019 at the Capital Club in San Jose to commemorate Lincoln Law School of San Jose’s 100 years providing affordable legal education to working adults.

Rod Diridon, Sr., Sheriff Laurie Smith, and other local leaders will be present to celebrate the historic milestones of San Jose’s only law school. The many contributions of Lincoln alumni to San Jose and its surrounding communities will also be highlighted, including Dave Cortese (Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors), Linda LaZotte (San Jose City Council and Santa Clara Valley Water District Board), Hon. Teresa Guerrero-Daley (deceased), Christopher Moore (San Jose Police Chief and Presidential Fellow under the Obama Administration); and Patricia Castorena (Immigration Correspondent for Noticiero Telemundo).

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Maya Harris, MSNBC correspondent and campaign manager for Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, has noted that Lincoln Law School of San Jose made her the youngest law school dean in the country at age 29.

Lincoln was founded 100 years ago on the extraordinary premise that ordinary people of ordinary means could improve their lives and the lives of the people they served by learning and practicing law at an affordable price. As a result, Lincoln offers a law education at a cost of less than half of a bachelor’s degree.

With its evening curriculum, Lincoln students can continue to work while they raise their standard of living. It is the perfect, and sometimes only, solution for adult students looking to change careers, or children of immigrants who do not have the means, or the credit, to afford the more traditional path to a profession.

With a student body that is 70% non-white, Lincoln provides a practical, affordable pipeline for diversity in a profession that daily requires a cultural perspective. Because Lincoln students graduate with very little debt, they can afford to serve the underserved in our community, often in their native languages, and at hourly rates that make it possible for persons of modest means to find the legal assistance they so desperately need.

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Lincoln boasts Northern California’s only United States Patent and Trademark Office approved Patent and Trademark Clinic, where Lincoln students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) backgrounds assist local entrepreneurs with securing their ideas and inventions without charge.

The current Dean of Lincoln Law School of San Jose, Laura Palazzolo, is a San Jose native and a graduate of both San Jose State University and Lincoln Law School of San Jose. She spent most of her two-decade career as a civil litigator at San Jose law firm Berliner Cohen. Dean Palazzolo taught Real Property at Lincoln for ten years. She began her legal studies when her three children were all under age 5.

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