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USF Law April 2009 E-Newsletter
USF School of Law students served local and global communities during spring break, participating in the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in New York City, the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, and Rural Education and Access to the Law events in Bakersfield and Watsonville. More »
Estate Planning Reception Explores Career Choices
USF law students with an interest in estate planning joined alumni and estate planning practitioners in January for a networking reception hosted by Christina Gallagher Nelson ’88, partner at Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP; Visiting Professor John Osborn; and the USF Estate Planning Society. More »
WLC Career Panel Offers Advice to Legal Practitioners
On March 19, the USF School of Law Women Lawyers Committee presented "Managing Your Career in a Challenging and Rapidly Changing Economy." The panel fostered ideas for lawyers to navigate their careers in the present economy. More »
USF Bestowed National Community Service Honor
The University of San Francisco earned placement on the 2008 Corporation for National and Community Service President’s Honor Roll, with distinction, in part due to law school centers and programs. More »
Alumni Graduates Dinner
Alumni are invited by the USF Law Society to join the Class of 2009 at the Alumni Graduates Dinner. This annual tradition celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class.
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Time: 6 p.m., no-host cocktails | 7 p.m., dinner
Location: Mark Hopkins Hotel, One Nob Hill, San Francisco
The USF Law Society gratefully acknowledges the support of event benefactors Miller, Sabino & Lee, Inc. Legal Placement Services and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery; event patrons Hanson Bridgett and Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy; and event sponsors Liuzzi, Murphy & Solomon, LLP and Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney, P.C.
Class of 1964 45th Reunion
Class of 1964 alumni are invited to celebrate the 45th anniversary of their graduation from the USF School of Law. The event is free of charge.
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2009
Time: 6 p.m., cocktails | 7 p.m., dinner
Location: USF School of Law, Kendrick Hall Rotunda, 2199 Fulton Street, San Francisco (valet parking is available at the Kendrick Hall parking garage)
For information on the Class of 1964 45th Reunion, including how to join your class committee, contact the Office of Development at lawalumni@usfca.edu or (415) 422-5457.
Press Clippings
"Amid Downturn, Law Students Give Aggrieved Investors a Day in Court"
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot, Dean Jeffrey Brand, and Cru Ulrich
The Chronicle of Higher Education
"The Scariest Monster of All Sues for Trademark Infringement"
Featuring Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy
The Wall Street Journal
"The Economy’s Effect on Law School and Students"
Featuring Dean Jeffrey Brand and Director of Career Planning Bryan Hinkle
San Francisco Bar Association’s San Francisco Attorney
Newscast on Melissa Huckaby Case
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
KRON 4 Morning News
"Waxman-Markey: Renewables, Transportation, and EPA and State Regulation"
By Professor Alice Kaswan
CPR Blog
Legal Challenges to Prop. 8
Featuring Professor Julie Nice
KFOG’s Beat of the Bay
U.S. Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentences
Featuring Professor Connie de la Vega
KPFA’s Flashpoints
Faculty Focus
Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy participated in the panel "An IP Year in Review: Patent Law, Trademark Law and Right of Publicity, and Copyright Law" at the USC Gould School of Law 2009 Intellectual Property Institute in March. Professor Alice Kaswan published "Climate Change, Consumption, and Cities" in the Fordham Urban Law Journal. Marshall P. Madison Professor of Law Jesse Markham has been appointed to serve on the Continuing Education of the Bar Advisory Committee. Associate Professor Deborah Hussey Freeland was an invited participant to the Third Annual Critical Race Symposium at the UCLA School of Law. Assistant Professor Grace Hum presented "From Case Briefing to Complex Case Synthesis: How to Get from Here to There in Three Easy Classes" at the 2009 Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference Spring Training in March
On the Job
James P. Fox BA ’66, JD ’69, who was recently featured in The Recorder and the San Francisco Examiner, will retire at the end of his term as San Mateo District Attorney. Alan J. Wilhelmy ’85 has joined the firm of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell as of counsel and a member of the construction law practice group. Andrew E. Sweet ’92 has been appointed a Marin County Superior Court judge by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Emily Compagno ’06 was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle article that discussed the balance of her criminal defense practice and role as an Oakland Raider’s cheerleader.
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Deans Corner

We are in the home stretch of an incredible year filled with hope and change in lockstep with concern about the country’s economic situation. One remarkable feature in this year of uncertainty has been the student response: organizing important symposia on undocumented workers, raising nearly $50,000 for PILF and internship placements, and planning summer work around the globe, from India and China to Buenos Aires and the American South. Perhaps most remarkably, despite student debt, the 2009 graduating class has already pledged nearly $50,000 to endow a scholarship for future generations of law students. Within weeks we will toast the Class of 2009 at the Annual Alumni Graduates Dinner, scheduled for May 20 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, and we invite all alumni to join the celebration. A few days later will bring graduation, with civil rights icon and child advocate Dr. Marion Wright Edelman receiving an honorary degree and delivering the commencement address. It promises to be a fitting end to a challenging and inspiring year at the USF School of Law.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

The USF School of Law website now features a new and improved section with information for alumni and friends. The new section features class notes, alumni profiles, tools to update your address and other information, detailed descriptions of giving opportunities, an Honor Roll of Donors, photo galleries from past events, and more. Check it out at www.law.usfca.edu/alumni.


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