Spotlight on 2012 Grantee, Becca Dames

Becca Dames is originally from Visalia, California. She attended the University of California, San Diego (Earl Warren College) as an undergraduate. This summer she is working at Tulare County Counsel.


Why did you choose law school, and why USF in particular?

I came to law school seeking to use my talents to help improve the lives of others and increase access to opportunity for those denied it.  Prior to law school my work focused on broad immigration policy issues, and it inspired me to attain a skill set that allows me to have greater impact on policy and through direct service and pro bono opportunities. I chose USF based upon its unparalleled commitment to social justice and public service.


What kind of work did you do this summer or what type of projects did you work on?

I am working most closely with the Labor and Employment Team but am gaining insight into county administrative law more broadly. I respond to California Public Records Act requests and research legal issues for the Board of Supervisors and other county clients.  Beyond legal research and writing, I have attended administrative hearings, observed federal and superior court, and will observe Planning Commission meetings and more.


What do you find most inspiring about the work you are doing or the organization you are working for?

County government serves the public and exists to solve problems.  It affects the lives of residents on a daily basis.  The decisions made by the Board of Supervisors and County agencies contribute to the health, safety, and opportunities available to individual constituents.  My work at theCountyCounselhelps County agencies perform these vital functions and to do so within the boundaries of the law.  Yet what inspires me the most is to know that I am giving back to my hometown, a rural region that sees many of its educated young people move away to urban areas.


What would you like to do following law school?

I want to continue working in the public interest field. While I am still exploring different areas of law, I am intrigued by the legal issues that local governments encounter and by the unique role of theCountyCounsel.

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