Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner to Speak at USF 
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and lexicographer Bryan A. Garner will discuss their bookReading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, and will keynote the 2014 USF Law Review Symposium, “Legal Ethics in the 21st Century: Technology, Speech, and Money,” on January 31 at USF. 

Dean's Corner

Dean John TrasviñaWith our rapidly changing profession, we are implementing change here at USF, and we’re pleased to share important progress about our California Bar Examination pass results and announce two new dual degree programs.

Our California Bar Examination pass rate for first-time takers increased from 70 percent in July 2012 to 75 percent in July 2013. This continues the upward trend in bar results and hiring for USF School of Law graduates, with the percentage of our students with long-term jobs requiring a JD at graduation has doubled over two years ago. Most of all, this achievement is a testament to teamwork. The accomplishments of our students are advanced by the dedication of our faculty and staff.

In partnership with the USF College of Arts and Sciences Leo T. McCarthy Center of Public Service and the Common Good, the new JD/Master of Public Affairs (MoPA) and JD/Master of Urban Affairs (MUA) programs offer students an education that is greater than the sum of its parts, as well as time and cost savings. Several other new initiatives are in the works, and we look forward to sharing more news soon.

Our alumni came together for a celebratory evening at our Annual Reunion last month, and this is just one way we encourage you to connect with your fellow alums, recent grads, and current students. We hope you’ll join us at the Holiday Lunch on Dec. 4, when we honor Alum of the Year Stephen Hamill ’78, and when U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia comes to USF in January. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Dean John Trasviña  




USF Increases Bar Pass Rate 
The USF School of Law’s California Bar Examination pass rate for first-time takers increased from 70 percent in July 2012 to 75 percent in July 2013. USF’s pass rate nearly equaled this year’s statewide average of 76 percent for first-time takers from law schools accredited by the American Bar Association. 

USF to Offer New Dual Degree Programs
Beginning in fall 2014, the USF School of Law will offer two new dual degree programs—a JD/Master of Public Affairs (MoPA) and a JD/Master of Urban Affairs (MUA). The programs will allow students to earn both a master’s degree and a law degree in four years rather than five.

New Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society Launches
The USF School of Law has launched the Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society (ELSAS) to bring together alumni, students, and faculty interested in environmental, energy, and natural resources law. Law school alumni are a key resource for connecting students with the practice of environment law.

Alums Reconnect and Reminisce at Reunion 2013
More than 250 alumni celebrated at the USF School of Law annual reunion Oct. 26 at the Hotel Intercontinental in San Francisco, reconnecting with law school friends and faculty and catching up on one another’s professional and personal lives.  



December 4, 2013
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December 4
2013 Holiday Luncheon and Alum of the Year Award honoring Stephen Hamill ’78

December 6
Swearing-in Ceremony

January 15
Moot Court Reunion

January 31
Law Review Symposium: Legal Ethics in the 21st Century: Technology, Speech, & Money

January 31
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner’s Reading Law: An Interpretation of Legal Texts

March 27
10th Annual Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice

Class Notes

Amer Moorhead ’93was appointed senior vice president at software company SAP, where he will oversee legal support of the company’s European, Asian, and South American operations.Marshall Berol ’60 was interviewed forThe Gold Report article “Gissen and Berol’s Gold Stock Tricks and Treats,” for his optimistic analysis of the gold market. Mit Winter ’05 has been promoted as a shareholder at the national law firm Polsinelli. Laren Schwartz ’06 recently joined Dunn & Panagotacos LLP as senior counsel.Phillip Babich ’09 scored a victory for clients Coast Dairies & Land Co. and The Trust for Public Land in the Save Our Agricultural Land v. the County of Santa Cruz case.

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Faculty Spotlight

Professor Rhonda Magee, interim co-director of the USF Center for Teaching Excellence, focuses on race law and policy as well as on humanizing legal education and the practice of law. She recently moderated “Social Class in Academia” at USF’s And We Still Rise: Building from the Intersections of Race, Class & Gender/Sexuality in Academia in October. Also last month, she presented on “Mindful Leadership” at USF’s Graduate School of Management Leadership for the Common Good, MOPA 641, “Mindfulness and Inclusivity in Effective Conflict Management” and “Mindfulness and Professional Responsibility” at Effective Lawyering: The Meditative Perspective, and “Mindfulness and the Pedagogy of Race and Social Justice” at the Introduction to Contemplative Practices in Higher Education.

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Law Blogs

EPA’s New Source Proposal: The “Category” Question
Prof. Alice Kaswan analyzes the EPA’s proposed new source performance standards for greenhouse gas emissions for new power plants.

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