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The USF School of Law has welcomed a new class of 246 Juris Doctor students, including 57 part-time students, and 17 Master of Law students.

Students participated in a number of orientation activities last week, including a Law In Motion event attended by U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. More »


Student Exchange Program Enriches Educational Experience

Alum Grad Dinner Celebrates

The USF School of Law welcomes the first international students attending USF through the new Student Exchange program. More »


Students Travel the Globe for Summer Programs

Alum Grad Dinner Celebrates

More than 70 USF law students spanned the globe this summer to participate in externships, study abroad programs, and an immersion course. More»


USF Fellowship Focuses on Criminal Sentencing Reform

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The Center for Law and Global Justice recently received a Ford Foundation grant for reforming criminal sentencing in the United States. More »


University Unveils New Logo, Tagline

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The University of San Francisco has unveiled a new logo and tagline designed to capture the exchange of knowledge and learning in action that is the university’s hallmark. More »


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Upcoming Events

Friday, Aug. 26—Saturday, Aug. 27

2011 Western Regional Legal Research & Writing Conference – “How to Hit the Ground Writing: Meeting the Expectations of the Changing Legal Market”

USF School of Law, 2199 Fulton Street, San Francisco


Wednesday, Sept. 21 | 6:30 p.m.

USF Inn of Court 2011–2012 Meet and Greet

USF School of Law, Zief Library Terrace Room, 2199 Fulton Street, San Francisco


Tuesday, Sept. 27 | 11:30 a.m.

Dean’s Luncheon in Marin

Il Fornaio, 223 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera
Saturday, Oct. 22 | 6 p.m.

2011 Reunion Gala Dinner Dance

InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco


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Faculty Focus

Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy Steven Shatz published Criminal Law: Cases and Problems. Professor Reza Dibadj authored “Citizens United as Corporate Law Narrative.” Professor Emeritus Jay Folberg received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. E.L. Wiegand Distinguished Professor of Tax Daniel Lathrope published Alternative Minimum Tax. Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg’s Witness to Guantanamo project was awarded a grant from the Roddick Foundation. Professor Connie de la Vega co-authored a report on holding businesses accountable for human rights violations. Director of the Dorraine Zief Law Library Ronald Wheeler authored “Leadership as a Product of Hard Work and Passion,” published in the AALL Spectrum. Read More »

Press Clippings

“New Jersey Tent City Houses 70 Homeless People Who Draw Community Scorn”
Featuring Professor Tim Iglesias
ABC World News

“Taking Stock: Digital Danger”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
Bloomberg TV

“Amnesty, Double Jeopardy on Agenda for Tribunal Hearing”
Featuring Dean Jeffrey Brand
VOA News

“Atif Rafay, Sebastian Burns Appeal Heard 17 Years After Triple Murder in U.S.”
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
Vancouver Sun

“Surprising Discovery in the Charred Rectory”
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
Philadelphia Inquirer

“PG&E Seeks to Clarify Legal Position in San Bruno Pipeline Case”
Featuring Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Joshua Davis
San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and other papers

“Administration's Acknowledgement of Severe Flaws in S-Comm Highlights Need for Moratorium and TRUST Act”
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
San Francisco Sentinel

“Control the Border: Invest in Mexico”
By Professor Bill Ong Hing
The Huffington Post

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Dean’s Corner

_ Jeffrey S. Brand

This week, we welcomed a ‘signature’ USF first year class of 250 students— smart, incredibly diverse (42 percent students of color), and a group committed to their education and the common good, a commitment they expressed so eloquently in their applications. During their orientation last week, I spent a day with more than 80 first-years, fanning out all over San Francisco serving meals, cleaning homeless shelters, and working in the Presidio and at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. The experience drove home to me once again that these students appreciate the opportunity they have and understand their responsibility as they go forward as future lawyers. In this sense, these students are no different from our returning second- and third-year students who spent exciting summers in law firms, in clerkships, and in inspiring placements from Jackson, Mississippi, to Phnom Penh to Hanoi to Port au Prince. They worked on projects that hone their skills and help create a more humane and just world—work that I know makes us all proud. You will read more about all of this in this issue of the e-newsletter.

The academic year also began with the university’s launch of an inspiring new logo and tagline, which proclaims “Change the World from Here.” The complementary messaging builds on the university’s underlying Jesuit values of academic excellence and service to others, and derives from three attributes that distinguish USF and our law school: Our location in San Francisco, reminding us of our vast alumni network who can help support our graduates and of the responsibility we have to engage the community through clinics and other programs; our commitment to maintain a higher standard of academic excellence, reminding us that we are dedicated to training ethical and highly skilled lawyers with a global perspective; our promise to ignite students’ passion for social justice, reminding us of the correctness of our course as we nurture and grow our vast array of justice initiatives here and around the globe. Our students and their dreams, aspirations, and hard work inspire us as legal educators—particularly in these turbulent times. Just one year shy of our centennial year (stay tuned for more on that in the coming months), I have never been more proud of the good work of our students, our faculty and staff, and support of our alumni community. We’re looking forward to a terrific year and to staying in close touch with you.


Jeffrey S. Brand


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On the Job

Donald H. Specter ’78 successfully argued that California prison conditions amount to cruel and unusual punishment before the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Plata. Michael J. Crowley ’81 and his co-counsel in the case Lavender v. Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. were selected as 2011 Trial Lawyers of the Year by the Public Justice Foundation. Hon. Rosa M. Moran ’86 was appointed administrative director of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. Terrence J. Coleman ’94 has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer. Thomas D. Hicks ’05 authored an article in the Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Peter D. Volz ’10 has joined Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP as an associate.

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Giving Back

Luncheon Series for Estate Planning Practitioners

The School of Law has organized a series of luncheons for estate planning practioners in the Bay Area. The first session features a presentation by Jeffrey Brand and will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the City Club of San Francisco.

Upcoming lunches will feature continuing education presentations and will provide attendees with an opportunity to network and keep informed about recent developments at the School of Law and the University of San Francisco.

If you are interested in attending the lunch on Sept. 22, contact Vanessa Barriga at (415) 422-2872 or register online here.


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