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USF Law August 2009 E-Newsletter
Around the World in a Summer
Internship, volunteer, and study opportunities brought more than 120 USF School of Law students around the world this summer. More »
Leo Wins 2009 Herbert Jacob Book Prize
Associate Professor Richard Leo received the prestigious 2009 Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law and Society Association at the organization’s annual meeting in May. More »
Associate Professor Richard Leo
USF Students Excel in Advocacy Competitions
During the spring semester, USF School of Law students competed in numerous regional, national, and international moot court competitions, with many earning first-place finishes. More »
USF Students Excel in Advocacy Competitions
Public Interest Internships Enrich Students
Law In Motion Service Program participants worked beside first lady Michelle Obama and first lady of California Maria Shriver to build a new playground at a San Francisco elementary school. More »
Michelle Obama
Legal Employment Symposium
As the global recession sends shockwaves through the legal sector, altering operating procedures for law firms and the expectations of law students and lawyers alike, the USF School of Law presents the "Legal Employment Symposium: How to Navigate the Changing Legal Landscape from the Ground Up." The symposium will feature four panels with prominent legal commentators and practitioners, including those who have pursued alternative careers.
Date: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: McClaren Conference Complex, University of San Francisco
Lawyers, Drugs, and Money: A Prescription for Antitrust Enforcement in the Pharmaceutical Industry
This symposium, sponsored by the USF School of Law Center for Law and Ethics, will include five panels addressing cutting-edge issues relevant to the enforcement of antitrust laws in the pharmaceutical industry.
Date: Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Fromm Conference Center, University of San Francisco
California State Bar Annual Meeting Reception
USF alumni and friends attending the California State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego are invited to gather for a reception at the Indigo Grill. The event is hosted by Dean Jeffrey Brand and honorary co-hosts Alvin Pak ’78 and Gordon Levinson ’96.
Date: Friday, Sept. 11, 2009
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Indigo Grill | 1536 India Street, San Diego
2009 Reunion Gala
The law school’s annual fall reunion will bring together members of all classes ending in ’4 and ’9. The celebration will feature dinner, live music, and dancing at the Westin San Francisco.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m., Cocktails | 7:30 p.m., Dinner
Location: Westin San Francisco | 50 Third Street (at Market), San Francisco
Press Clippings
"Richard Leo and the Norfolk Four"
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
The New Yorker
"Gascon Urges More Creative Ideas"
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
San Francisco Examiner
"Serving on the High Court"
Featuring Professor Maria Ontiveros
KCBS 106.9 FM, 740 AM
"Study: Incarcerating Youths in Adult Prisons Leads to Abuse, Higher Costs"
Featuring Center for Law and Global Justice JLWOP Project
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Incorporating Environmental Justice into Greenhouse Cap-and-Trade Programs"
By Professor Alice Kaswan
Center for Progressive Reform
Faculty Focus
Associate Professor Richard Leo published "What Do Potential Jurors Know About Police Interrogation and False Confessions?" (with Brittany Liu) in the May/June issue of Behavioral Sciences & the Law. Professor Alice Kaswan's "Justice in a Warming World" was the featured cover story of the Environmental Forum (2009). Professor Michelle Travis and Professor Maria Ontiveros presented a review of labor and employment cases at a Bar Association of San Francisco event. Professor Emeritus Jay Folberg presented "Mediator Qualification: Public Protection or a Conspiracy Against the Public?" at the Japan Association of the Law Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Waseda University in Tokyo.
On the Job
Frank J. DeMarco ’67 received the James B. Lindholm, Jr. Legacy Award from the California County Counsel Association. Gary F. Bendinger ’75 authored the Impact of Evolving Case Law on Litigation Strategy for Securities Litigation and the Economic Crisis. Patricia Shiu ’82 joins the U.S. Department of Labor as director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Scott Reynolds ’90 has joined Jenkins Insurance Group, a Leavitt Group-affiliated agency, as a vice president. Jason E. Fellner ’06 co-authored the article "Lawyers are Hungry-Too Hungry, Perhaps," published in the June 15 issue of The National Law Journal.
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Deans Corner

Dear Alumni and Friends

Where did the summer go? The USF School of Law is gearing up for what promises to be another dynamic year. With any luck it will be less tumultuous than the past year, which witnessed the severe economic downturn affecting us all. I am proud to report that the law school and university have come through it all with values, vision, energy, and our economic stability intact. Indeed, an 87.3 percent bar pass rate, a rise in the rankings, the hire of four great new faculty, 4,000+ applications for 250 seats, a very smart group of first-year students arriving this week, and student engagement around the world make it a memorable time for the law school despite the difficulties. In fact, in a stunning demonstration of commitment, 100 percent of the 2009 graduating class together contributed more than $100,000 toward a class gift to endow a scholarship for future generations.

We welcome an impressive new class of students this week and look forward to a number of symposia this fall, including a day-long seminar on navigating the current legal employment landscape and two antitrust conferences featuring leading scholars and practitioners. We are also planning a USF alumni reception in San Diego during the California State Bar annual meeting, as well as a reunion in October. Look for details in this edition of @USFLaw and we hope to see you at one of our events or at the law school soon.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

A key part of the 2009 reunion, which will take place Oct. 17 at the Westin San Francisco Market Street, is the tradition of contributing to a class gift as a "thank you" for the education you received. The Class of 1969, led by reunion committee co-chairs James M. Rockett and Patrick J. McGaraghan, are at the forefront of this effort. The Class of 1969 has set a goal of raising at least $50,000 to create an endowed scholarship. With students facing increasing debt loads, endowed scholarships are critical to helping students manage the financial burden that law school presents. The Class of 1969 is following in the footsteps of the Class of 2009, which created their own scholarship endowment when they graduated in May. Other classes are making gifts to the Law Assembly, which supports student financial aid, internships, and other law school programs.

Alumni Survey
The USF School of Law has developed a brief online survey to more effectively communicate and engage with alumni and friends. Please take five minutes to share your thoughts about the law school by completing the survey online here.

Loan Repayment Program Assists Alumni
The USF School of Law's Keta Taylor Colby Public Interest Program, also referred to as the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), has funds available to individuals who received their JD degrees between December 2004 and May 2009 and are working in the public interest field. If eligible, the program assists with law school and undergraduate loan payments. The LRAP guidelines and application are available here. The deadline to apply for the program is Oct. 1.


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