Linda Bassett Puertas '01

Linda Bassett Puertas

Location: California
Major(s) and Minor(s): History
Thesis title and/or topic/description: “‘We the People?’: Representations of National identity in Federal Citizenship History Textbooks”

What have you done since graduation?

Americorps Public Allies fellow from 2001-2002; Graduated from UCLA Law School in 2006.

Legal work: Clerk for federal district court judge in the Central District of California; Associate at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; Director of Academic Support and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law at USC Law; Director of Academic Skills and Lecturer in Law at UCI Law School (current); appellate attorney in dependency cases, appointed by the State of California through Appellate Defenders, Inc. (current).

I am also married with two kids - a four-year-old boy and almost two-year-old girl.

How do you think majoring in history or taking history classes has mattered to you?

Majoring in history helped me develop the analytical, research, and writing skills required to be a successful attorney. Additionally, studying American history gave me a deeper understanding of American Constitutional Law and continues to influence how I think about the law, its purposes and its effectiveness is solving inequalities.

Do you have any particular memories of faculty or classes that you can share?

As a transfer student to Scripps College from the University of Michigan, I was amazed when professors knew my name in class and cared about my career path. I remember feeling terrified to ask a professor to supervise my thesis, but Professors Julia Liss and Rita Roberts didn’t hesitate to do so. Former Dean of Students Debbie Woods is wholly responsible for encouraging me - and giving me the confidence - to go to law school.

Please contact Julie Liss if you would like to connect with this alumna.

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