Leo’s New Book Explores Interrogation Practices

In their new book, Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2012), Professor Richard A. Leo and co-author George Thomas III examine how interrogation practices have shifted throughout history—at periods utilizing and at other times avoiding extreme force. More »

Art Show Raises Money for SF Food Bank

The USF School of Law Equal Justice Society’s Eighth Annual Creative Justice Art Show “Hunger Pains” raised more than $1,200 for the San Francisco Food Bank. More »

3L Wins Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Elizabeth Aleman 3L has been selected for a highly competitive Equal Justice Works fellowship. More »

ACS Hosts Visit to Ninth Circuit

First-year law students visited the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco in March. More»

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3 | 6 p.m.
Dean’s Reception in Seattle
Purple Café and Wine Bar, 1225 4th Avenue, Seattle, Wash.

Wednesday, May 16 | 6 p.m.
USF Law Society’s 2012 Alumni Graduates Dinner
The InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco

Thursday, April 26 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
USF Women Lawyers Committee Pure Networking Lunch
Offices of the Marcled Foundation, 435 Pacific Avenue, Suite 200, San Francisco

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Press Clippings

Broadcast on immigration issues surrounding murder suspect
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
CBS 5 Eyewitness News

Broadcast on deportation proceedings of immigrant criminals
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
KGO Morning News

Broadcast on Vietnam’s refusal to accept immigrant criminal
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
KCBS radio

“Understanding California's Domestic Workers Rights Bill”
Featuring Professor Maria Ontiveros
City Visions Radio

“Police: Wounded Foster City Intruder May Have Been Lost”
Featuring Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy Steven Shatz
Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, San Mateo County Times, and other papers

“CSU Whistle-Blower Loses Job; Accused Teaches On”
Featuring Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Joshua Davis
San Francisco Chronicle

“Two Tied to False Confessions Now Instruct Cops on Investigating”
Featuring Professor Richard Leo
Chicago Tribune

“U.S. Police Track Cellphones without Warrants”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
Al Jazeera

“How California Cops Grab Phone Data from Apple, Google, Carriers”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
The Tech Chronicles (San Francisco Chronicle blog)

“Attempting to Preserve Equal Protection for Gays and Lesbians”
By Herbst Foundation Professor of Law Julie Nice

“Greenhouse Gas Standards for New Power Plants: Glass Half-Full and Half-Empty”
By Professor Alice Kaswan

“Too Young for Life Without Parole”
Featuring the University of San Francisco School of Law, Professor Connie de la Vega
Los Angeles Times

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Dean's Corner

Jeff Brand

We are in the home stretch of an academic year filled with dynamic events, important faculty scholarly achievements, and student projects that demonstrate a deep commitment to the rule of law with justice in the midst of challenging economic times. From a forum on diversity and the law spurred by the sad death of Trayvon Martin to an ecumenical Passover Seder sponsored by Jewish and Catholic law students to an art show that benefited a local food bank to a 3L who won an Equal Justice Works fellowship, I am proud of the way in which our students—and the entire law school community—maintain an unwavering commitment to our mission, expressed by the university’s mantra, “Change the World from Here.” Soon we will toast the Class of 2012 and all they have and will achieve at our annual Alumni Graduates Dinner, scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 at the InterContinental San Francisco. We invite all alumni to join in the celebration as we bring this year to a close and look forward to kicking off the USF School of Law’s centennial celebration with the 2012–2013 year. A busy, fulfilling time with so much to look forward to!


Jeffrey S. Brand


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On the Job

Marjorie M. Scardino ’75 is chair of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Board of Directors. Hon. Lynn Duryee ’79 co-authored Mastering Mediation: 50 Essential Tools for the Advanced Practitioner. Lawrence M. Cirelli ’84 has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Sheryl L. Bratton ’89 was appointed chair of the State Bar of California Public Law Section Executive Committee. James Kowalski ’89 received a 2012 Pro Bono Service Award from the Florida Bar. Garrett R. Wynne ’98 was promoted to shareholder at Keesal, Young & Logan. Suzy Loftus ’05 has been appointed to the San Francisco Police Commission.

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Featured Video

Meet Professor Joshua Davis, associate dean for faculty scholarship, who focuses his scholarly research on complex litigation, ethics, antitrust, and free speech law.

Faculty Focus

Professor Tristin Green published “The Future of Systemic Disparate Treatment Law” in the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. Professor Joshua Rosenberg and Adjunct Professor Dominic Daher co-authored Practical Guide to Corporate Taxation. Professor Reza Dibadj authored the USF Law Review article “Expressive Rights for Shareholders After Citizens United?” Professor Richard Leo co-authored “Interrogation-Regulatory Decline: Ego Depletion, Failures of Self-Regulation and the Decision to Confess.” Professor Tim Iglesias authored “Exclusionary Zoning Enforcement: Passé or Alive and Kicking” for State and Local Law News, a publication of the ABA’s Section of State and Local Government Law.

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Join the 2012 Alumni Reunion Gala Committee to make your reunion a fun and successful event. Open to those alumni whose class years end in ‘2 or ‘7, committee members participate in a brief monthly conference call, attend the Nov. 3 reunion, and encourage 10–15 other alumni to attend. Email Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations Mynor Aragon or call (415) 422-4450 for information.


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