Sister Ann Durst (L’82)

Ann Durst

Founder, Casa Cornelia Law Center

After serving as an educator for almost 25 years, Sister Ann Durst felt called to the legal profession and attended Georgetown Law. In 1991, Durst, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, conducted research on behalf of the order that found that San Diego was the community in greatest need of immigrant legal services in the U.S. Southwest. Two years later, she founded Casa Cornelia Law Center, which provides pro bono legal services to people fleeing persecution in their homelands, children in federal custody and undocumented victims of domestic violence. Durst said she thinks of it “as a beacon of hope in a sea of pain and suffering. There are so many needs, and these folks are so vulnerable.”