Lindbergh Porter ’81 Honored as Alumnus of the Year

Lindbergh Porter ’81 was bestowed the 2011 Alumnus of the Year Award at the USF School of Law’s Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 1. Dean Jeffrey Brand said that Porter “embodies the best of all that we have been, the best of all that we are, and stands as a beacon of hope for all that we can become.” More »

Study: USF Top Producer of Big Firm Partners

In a new study examining where partners at the largest U.S. law firms went to school, the University of San Francisco School of Law is ranked fourth for the San Francisco region. More »

Rivera Earns Aranda Award

Hon. Maria P. Rivera ’74 has earned the 2011 Aranda Access to Justice Award. The award honors a trial judge or an appellate justice committed to improving access to justice. More »

Alum Shares Knowledge on IP Investment Field

Ron Laurie ’68 participated in the Nov. 9 event “Got Patents? The Strategic Use of Patents to Increase Market Share,” moderated by Professor David Franklyn. More»

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, Jan. 5 | 7 p.m.

Dean’s Reception in Washington, D.C.

Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road N.W., Park Tower, Suite 8211, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, Feb. 9

McCarthy Institute Trademark and Microsoft Corporation Symposium: Trademark Law and its Challenges

10 on the Park, Time Warner Center, 58th Street Entrance, New York City

Thursday, Feb. 9 | 6 p.m.

Dean’s Reception in New York City

Hudson Hotel, Hudson Room, 356 West 58th Street, New York City

Friday, Feb. 24

Law Review Symposium: Big Brother in the 21st Century?

University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco

Saturday, March 17
10 a.m. MCLE program,
1:05 p.m. Oakland A’s and SF Giants game

Scottsdale Spring Training Event and MCLE Program

FireSky Resort, 4925 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. (MCLE program)
Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. (spring training)

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Faculty Focus

Professor Bill Ong Hing was awarded the Keith Aoki Asian Pacific American Jurisprudence Award. Center for Law and Global Justice Assistant Director for Haiti Programs Nicole Phillips co-authored “A Rights-Based Approach to Lawyering: Legal Empowerment as an Alternative to Legal Aid in Post-Disaster Haiti.” Professor Emeritus William Bassett published an article in Conscience and Liberty. Professor Susan Freiwald authored an amicus brief cited by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Professor Connie de la Vega co-authored an amicus brief submitted to the California Supreme Court. Professor Dolores Donovan presented at the East China University of Law and Politics.

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Press Clippings

“Creative Financing Deals May Cost City $68 Million”
Featuring Marshall P. Madison Professor of Law Jesse W. Markham Jr.
Bay Citizen, New York Times

“Barry Bonds Likely to Avoid Jail Time at Friday Sentencing”
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
USA Today

“Haiti’s Earthquake Recovery Marred by Forced Evictions, Cholera”
Featuring Center for Law and Global Justice Assistant Director for Haiti Programs Nicole Phillips
Chicago Public Media, WBEZ 91.5 (affiliate of NPR)

Broadcast on issue of Prop. 8 standing
Featuring Professor Julie Nice
KRON 4 Evening News

“In Their Own Words: Eight Lives Changed by the Iraq War”

Featuring Eric Sofge 2L

“Practical Tips for Academic Employers”
Featuring Dorraine Zief Library Director Ronald Wheeler
AALL Spectrum

“Canines Help Dog-Tired Students Through Exams”
Featuring Dorraine Zief Library Director Ronald Wheeler
Daily Journal

“Therapy Dogs Provide Stress (and Comic) Relief”
By Reference Librarian Suzanne Mawhinney
AALL Spectrum

“College Libraries Checkout Therapy Dogs”
Featuring the University of San Francisco School of Law
Global Animal

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Dean's Corner


Our community gathered recently for a holiday luncheon to honor Alumnus of the Year Lindbergh Porter, a partner at Littler Mendelson P.C. and one of the most successful employment law attorneys in the country. The inspiration we draw from Lindbergh is about more than his success and recognition as a lawyer, which of course reflect wonderfully on the law school. It is about his values and his life journey from rural Mississippi to California’s courtrooms that remind us of the essence of who we are as a law school. These are tough times and affordable legal education is an endangered species. Yet this holiday season is a fitting time to redouble our efforts to ensure that the USF School of Law is true to its storied tradition, true to our shared vision, and prepared for the challenges we face in our second century. Thank you for being a part of the USF School of Law family. Wishing you the best of the holiday season!


Jeffrey S. Brand



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On the Job

Cavan Hardy ’51 was featured in the Monterey County Herald. Ross Madden ’79 led a 40-hour advanced mediation training for mediators and trainers in Nepal. Bobbie Stein ’83 will be one of two honorees at the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter National Lawyers Guild Testimonial Dinner. Kandis Westmore ’97 has been selected to become a United States magistrate judge in Oakland. John Gherini ’02 and Nicholas Boos ’04 have been promoted to partner at the San Francisco office of Sedgwick LLP. Matt A. Sullivan ’06 has opened an office in San Francisco. Felicia Espinosa ’09 served as co-counsel for migrant farm workers in a settlement of nearly $1 million.

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Giving Back

Rita F. Gilmore Class of 1979 Memorial Award

Members of the Class of 1979 are creating an annual memorial scholarship to honor classmate Rita Gilmore, friend to many, who before her untimely death represented the best both personally and professionally of the class. The Memorial Award Committee has been so overwhelmed with the generosity of Rita’s classmates and friends, it has decided to increase the amount of the scholarship to at least $50,000. If more funds are raised we will be able to endow the scholarship and give larger grants. This newly established scholarship award will help provide financial support to a USF law student in need and who is well suited to reflect the values of Rita and the law school. Please contact Director of Development and Alumni Relations Robin Keating at rrkeating@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2251, if you have questions or would like to participate.


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