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The law school's relationship with its students continues long after graduation. Our alumni tell us that their USF education provided them with the skills and perspective that launched successful careers as legal professionals.

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Office of Development and Alumni Relations
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The friendships formed during law school last a lifetime. We want all of our alumni to also have a life-long relationship with the law school.

At USF, we have a continuing commitment to our alumni and greatly value their involvement in the life of the law school. We are proud of the active participation of so many alumni as financial contributors, advisors to the dean and faculty, and as mentors to current students. In addition, we are privileged to have the support of philanthropists and many prominent members of the legal community who, although they did not attend the law school, embrace our mission and value our local and global initiatives.

The USF School of Law Office of Development and Alumni Relations is led by Director of Development and Alumni Relations Robin Keating; Associate Director Erica Levison; Associate Director Caroline Knowles; and Program Assistant Erin Flannery.

Michael Hennessey '73, Former Sheriff, San Francisco

Michael Hennessey

Hennessey was the longest serving sheriff in the history of San Francisco and the longest tenured sheriff in California. He began his career as legal counsel to Sheriff Richard Hongisto and, in 1975, founded the San Francisco Jail Project, a legal assistance program for inmates with civil legal problems. During his 32 year tenure as sheriff, Hennessey pioneered numerous rehabilitation programs for inmates, including RSVP (Resolve to Stop the Violence Project, an in-custody treatment program) and the Five Keys Charter High School. The school is named after what Hennessey sees as the five most important factors for inmates leaving jail: education, employment, recovery, family, and community. Hennessey is proud of the diversity of the department's staff and the development opportunities they are afforded. Representation of African Americans and Asian Americans soared while Hennessey was in office, with more than 70 percent of women and minorities serving as deputies. "The thought process you learn in law school is invaluable. Plus, it instills a reverence for the Constitution that gives you a road map for your work and life," Hennessey noted. In accepting the award of USF School of Law Alumnus of the Year in 2007, Hennessey quoted Albert Einstein: "'The only life worth living is a life lived for others.' USF reinforced that for me," he said.

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