3 Interesting Facts About His Law School

No matter where in the world you live, it’s hard to miss the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial, which has been making headlines around the world for months. Depp’s libel lawsuit against ex-wife Heard has sparked numerous memes and TikToks, but another figure in the lawsuit has unexpectedly become the topic of discussion among the public. This person is Camille Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer.

Vasquez was one of several members of Depp’s legal team. She took on the role of interviewing several witnesses and backing up Ben Chew – another lawyer for Depp – and other members of the team.

She garnered attention and praise after showing her thought-provoking and intense cross-examination of Heard and opposing countless statements and arguments from Heard’s lawyers. She displayed skills, glamor and confidence that impressed those watching the trial.

After the trial, Vasquez continued to receive an outpouring of public support. She was also promoted from associate to partner in his firm, Brown Rudnick.

Johnny Depp’s attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez (center) speak before the jury announces a split verdict in favor of Depp and Heard on their claim and counterclaim in the civil libel trial Depp v. Heard at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia on June 1, 2022. Credit: Evelyn Hockstein/Pool/AFP

Where did Camille Vasquez study?

There is no denying that Law is one of the most sought after programs in the world. Even celebrities such as Rebel Wilson and Gemma Chan did law before their acting careers. Wilson pursued a dual degree in law and arts from UNSW Sydney, while Chan studied law at the famous Oxford University.

Vasquez, on the other hand, graduated “magna cum laude from the University of Southern California (USC) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Political Science in 2006. Fun Fact: Did you know that “Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-Hyuk studied at USC ?

In 2010, Vasquez earned a Juris Doctor qualification from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, admitting him to the California bar.

Vasquez won extensive experience in litigation and arbitration, employment claims, sports and entertainment, crisis management litigation and government response throughout his legal career. According Spanish peopleprior to Depp, Vasquez represented numerous Hollywood A-listers in lawsuits, such as Ben Affleck, Leonardo Dicaprio and Jennifer Lopez.

According to his LinkedIn profile, before joining Brown Rudnick in 2018, Vasquez worked as lawyer at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

The 38-year-old has undoubtedly come a long way since the Depp-Heard trial. While her legal background certainly contributed to her success, her law school also played an important role in making her the highly respected lawyer she is today.

So what do we know about Southwestern Law School, the school that created Vasquez? Here are some quick and interesting facts about it:

Camille Vasquez

This law school has the highest representation of African American students and the second highest number of Latino/Hispanic students among California law schools. Source: Southwestern Law School/Facebook

Southwestern Law School: 3 interesting facts about Camille Vasquez’s alma mater

He is over 100 years old

Southwestern Law School – formerly known as Southwestern College of Law – began in the fall of 1911.

John J. Schumacher – the founder – intended to non-profit law school providing legal education opportunities to qualified and deserving students who cannot afford to pursue an education.

It was the second law school to open in Los Angeles and has since become one of the most established law schools in the United States.

It has a strong representation of women and minorities

Southwestern welcomes graduate students from more than 200 undergraduate institutions. They come from every US state and more than a dozen countries. According to the school, 53% of its most recently joined students are women, while 49% are minorities.

Southwestern also has the highest representation of African American students and the second highest number of Latino/Hispanic students among California law schools.

It is the first law school to establish an Entertainment and Media Law Center

Southwestern has strong ties to the legal, business, civic, and entertainment and media industries. Its Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute is the nation’s premier center for entertainment and media law and is closely tied to the entertainment industry in Hollywood and beyond.

The institute helps prepare students for the practice of law in the creative industries – one of the areas in which Vasquez excels.

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