Students Excel in Advocacy Competitions

More than 50 students took part in advocacy competitions in the 2011–2012 academic year, with many earning awards for their performance and four students advancing to national semi-finals. More »

USF Law Students Earn Scholarships

Multiple USF School of Law students have received writing, diversity, and public interest scholarships in 2012. More »

Students Inspire Young Immigrants

Professor John Adler and USF students met this spring with middle and high school students at Canal Alliance, a program that assists immigrants in Marin County. More »

Scholarship Produced by Emeriti Faculty

USF School of Law senior and emeriti faculty members are producing scholarship at an impressive rate and in a broad array of fields. More»

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sept. 19 | 5 to 6 p.m.

Centennial Convocation Featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco

Thursday, Oct. 4 | 6 p.m.

Fifth Annual Diversity Reception Featuring Justice Maria P. Rivera ’74
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, 405 Howard Street, San Francisco

Friday, Oct. 12 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dean’s Reception at the California Bar Association Annual Meeting
Monterey Marriott, Los Angeles Room, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey

Saturday, Nov. 3 | 6:30 p.m.

Annual Reunion Celebration
Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Press Clippings

“Justices Bar Mandatory Life Terms for Juveniles”
Featuring Professor Connie de la Vega
New York Times

“ConsumerWatch: Taking On Big Companies In Small Claims Court”
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
CBS Los Angeles, CBS New York

“Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Arizona Law”
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
CBS News

“Arizona's Immigration Ruling Sends Mixed Signals to Other States and Police”
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times

“U.S. Argues to Preserve GPS Tracking”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
Wall Street Journal

“Legal Battle Over Twitter Subpoena Heats Up”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
Reuters, CNBC, ABS-CBN News, and other outlets

“Suits Allege Cell Phone Tracking Software Violates Federal Wiretap Act”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
The National Law Journal, Law Technology News

“Decision Thursday on Perjury Allegations”
Featuring Professor Richard Leo
San Francisco Chronicle

“Angelica Swartout’s Infanticide Confession Discounted by Expert Witness”
Featuring Professor Richard Leo
The Register-Guard

“When Food is Sold Twice”
Featuring Professor Tim Iglesias
Los Angeles Times

“San Francisco-Based Wells Fargo To Pay Millions In Discrimination Settlement”
Featuring Professor Tim Iglesias
KCBS radio

“Cambodia’s Overdue Land Reforms"
By Professor Dolores Donovan
East Asia Forum

“The Price of Minimalism: Same-Sex Marriage and Judicial Confusion”
By Herbst Foundation Professor of Law Julie Nice

“Magnalight Responds to Mag Instrument’s Lawsuit”
Featuring Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy
Virtual-Strategy Magazine

“Perverting Informed Consent: The South Dakota Court Decision”
By Professor Maya Manian
RH Reality Check

“Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights”
Featuring Human Rights in Criminal Sentencing Project
Blog of Rights (American Civil Rights Union)

“Cruel and Unusual: U.S. Sentencing Practices vs. Everybody Else”
Featuring Human Rights in Criminal Sentencing Project
Witness LA

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Giving Back

Support the Centennial Gala

One of the high points of the coming year will be the Centennial Gala, a black tie celebration at historic San Francisco City Hall, on Feb. 7. You will receive your invitation this fall, but it is not too early to call your friends, colleagues, and classmates and encourage them to attend. If you would like to contribute, there are several Centennial Gala sponsorship opportunities for you and/or your law firm to consider, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. We are especially grateful to our first group of table sponsors: Trombadore Gonden Law Group, LLP, Miller Sabino & Lee, Inc., Molly Lane and Chris Denten. Please contact Director of Development and Alumni Relations Robin Keating at or (415) 422-2551 for sponsorship opportunities or click here.


Dean's Corner

Jeff Brand

Happy 100th birthday to our beloved law school! The return of students and faculty this week marks the official start of our centennial celebration and rededication to our mission of Educating for Justice and Changing the World from Here. Throughout this centennial year we will reflect on our storied history and anticipate the challenges and opportunities our second century presents. A host of dynamic events are planned, beginning with a Sept. 19 convocation featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and a February week of events featuring a session of the California Supreme Court on campus and a gala dinner at San Francisco City Hall. But the planned events, and there are many more, do not explain what the fuss is really about. Our centennial is about far more than longevity; it’s about a century of USF-trained lawyers who have made a difference in the lives of countless people in a sometimes troubled world. Through it all, the USF tradition has been forged: smart, skilled, engaged, ethical lawyering. Every member of the USF School of Law community—alumni, students, faculty, and staff—has much to be proud of as we mark our centennial. We hope you will join us as we celebrate throughout the year.


Jeffrey S. Brand


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On the Job

Francis J. Kelly BA ’48, JD ’51, recently celebrated 60 years of law practice. William Staples ’75, Sarah Lea Tobocman ’79, Darrick T. Chase ’90, Barbara Moser ’90, and Vanessa Hierbaum ’96 have been recognized as Super Lawyers. Elizabeth Berke-Dreyfuss ’84 has been named co-chair of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California Bench-Bar Liaison Committee. Kevin K. Frank ’97 is a partner at Wood & Lamping LLP. Chris Honigsberg ’05 has been appointed to the State Bar Criminal Law Section Executive Committee.

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Featured Video

USF School of Law: Developing Legal Skills

The USF School of Law helps students develop their legal skills through clinics, research and writing, advocacy, and externship programs.

Faculty Focus

Associate Professor Shalanda Baker published an article in the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law. Professor Richard Leo co-authored a journal article focusing on failures to detect false confessions. Professor Michelle Travis authored the article “Impairment as Protected Status: A New Universality for Disability Rights.” Marshall P. Madison Professor of Law Jesse Markham Jr. published an article in the Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law. Adjunct Professor Robert Brownstone published “Privacy Litigation” in Data Security and Privacy Law. Adjunct Professor Donald Carroll authored an article in the University of San Francisco Law Review.

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Join The USF School of Law Linkedin Mentor Program

The USF School of Law LinkedIn Mentor Program connects students, alumni, faculty, and USF-affiliated legal professionals seeking information on a wide range of topics, from areas of practice to job search advice to navigating a career transition. The program is a valuable resource to network with alumni in your practice area or geographic region, expand your professional contacts, and provide support to the next generation of USF legal professionals. Click here to join.

Navigating Career Decisions and Transitions CLE Series

The Office of Career Planning is offering a CLE series designed to support alumni and graduating students as they navigate the challenging legal employment market. The next event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23 and focus on finding freelance legal work. On Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. join Thomas Trombadore ’88 as he discusses solo practices. The series takes place in the Terrace Room of the Dorraine Zief Law Library. Call (415) 422-6757 or email with questions.

Call for Judges: 2012 Advocate of the Year Competition

The Moot Court Board of the USF School of Law invites alumni to serve as judges in the 2012 Advocate of the Year Competition. The competition will be held in the law school’s Kendrick Hall on select days in September and October. Each judge will be asked to hear three or four successive arguments for a total of three to four hours. To register as a volunteer, sign up here by Sept. 7. Please contact the Moot Court Board office at (415) 422-5118 or by email with questions.


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