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CWSL Alum Finds Niche in Dispute Resolution

Camila Moreno

“I went to law school to help people solve problems, not just argue them.”

In just one sentence Camila Moreno ’17 sums up why she went to California Western. As a mediator for the state of Utah at the Utah Labor Commission Moreno is doing precisely that — every day.

As an undergrad at San Diego State, Moreno participated in the California Western AIM for Law program. The free program focuses on preparing undergraduate students for the law school application process and the first year of law school.

“While law school was always the plan, during my time in AIM, I saw first-hand how much the faculty and staff at Cal Western truly care about their students,” recalls Moreno.  “When it came time to apply to schools and commit, CWSL was an easy decision.”

Moreno works in the Antidiscrimination & Labor Division which investigates and resolves employment and housing discrimination complaints and enforces Utah's minimum wage, wage payment requirements, and laws which protect youth in employment. A majority of her work consists of mediating those employment discrimination claims, in addition to Fair Housing complaints and wage and hour claims.

As Moreno explains, California Western was instrumental in her choice of career. “My decision to attend CWSL was not only an easy one, but it was also one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

Moreno credits the support and attention she received from faculty and administration as instrumental in building the foundations for her legal career. “I had fantastic externship opportunities thanks to Career Services, was active with the incredible Moot Court Honors Board programs, and worked as an Honors Instructor for first-year Legal Skills students,” she says.

During her final trimester, Moreno participated in California Western’s Mediation Clinic. The Clinic enabled her to work closely with legal professionals in the community and resolve real disputes with real people. “As I participated in that Clinic everything just clicked,” says Moreno. “Mediating became the natural outlet for my law degree,” she adds.

After graduating, Moreno felt the need to spread her wings and start her legal career in a new city. “I had goals and plans that were no longer feasible for a young person in San Diego,” says Moreno. “While I miss my burritos and the bay more than anything, I have grown so much here in Salt Lake City both personally and professionally,” she adds.

However, San Diego and California Western are never very far away for Moreno. “Now, even 1,000 miles away, California Western’s Alumni Engagement and Career Services are so helpful and supportive,” she says.

“I cannot thank my alma mater enough for everything the school continues to do to see its students thrive,” adds Moreno.