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USF Law December 2008 E-Newsletter
Thomas Tang Team Advances to International Finals
At the Dec. 5 swearing-in ceremony, the USF School of Law honored 188 graduates who recently passed the California bar examination. More than 87 percent of first-time takers from USF passed the bar in July 2008. More »
Crew Named 2008 Alumnus of the Year
The USF School of Law and Bay Area legal communities gathered Dec. 5 at the San Francisco Ritz-Carlton to honor Eugene Crew '63 as the law school's 2008 Alumnus of the Year. More »
Professor Leo’s New Book Explores False Confessions
In their new book, The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four, Associate Professor Richard Leo and Tom Wells tell the story of four men wrongfully convicted of murder and rape. More »
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Events
The Evolving Definition of the Immigrant Worker: The Intersection Between Employment, Labor, and Human Rights
This USF Law Review symposium will focus on the current legal structure and its impact on how society views, treats, and defines immigrant workers.
Date: Friday, Feb. 27, 2009
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Fromm Hall Conference Center, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco
Fifth Annual Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice
Professor Juan Perea of the University of Florida School of Law will speak at this year’s Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice; William Tamayo of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will provide commentary. Alumni, students, faculty, and practitioners are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by the USF Law Review and Employment Law Students Association.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco
Estate Planning Reception
Open to the USF law community and estate planning practitioners, this event is hosted by Christina Gallagher Nelson ’88 and Visiting Professor John Osborn. Nelson represents both individuals and trust departments of large and small financial institutions involved in trust and estate administration and also develops and implements estate plans for individuals.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP, Four Embarcadero Center, 40th Floor, San Francisco
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Press Clippings
"The Future of the Fillmore District: Rights and Wrongs of Redevelopment"
Featuring Professor Rhonda Magee
KALW 91.7 City Visions Radio
"Anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights"
Featuring Connie de la Vega
KALW 91.7 Your Call
"Courting Marriage Equality"
Op-ed by Visiting Professor Julie Nice
Bay Area Reporter
"Psychologist Had Dual Role in Confessions of Beatrice 6"
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
Omaha World-Herald
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On the Job
Douglas Aikins ’77, formerly with GCA Law Partners, is a partner at Rutan & Tucker. Christopher Bakes ’81 has joined the Sacramento office of Bullivant Houser Bailey PC as of counsel. Lisa Pooley ’93, a member of Hanson Bridgett LLP’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, has been promoted to partnership at the firm. Thomas Braun LLM ’97 has been named director, president, and CEO of Skyrota Wind Energy Corp. Peter E. Kunkel ’00 became acting assistant secretary of the Army (financial management and comptroller) in July 2008. Erin Bennett ’08 and Caroline Burnett Bradenburger ’08 have joined Hanson Bridgett LLP as first-year associates.
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Deans Corner

Dean Jeffrey Brand

When nearly 190 members of the Class of 2008 gathered in St. Ignatius Church Dec. 5 to be sworn in as members of the California Bar, I told them they made a terrific choice to pursue a career in law, a profession that is capable of doing enormous good. As they took the oath that day, I urged them to think about why they chose to pursue law in the first place, and the great benefit that nurturing the rule of law with justice can have for us all. Earlier in the day, I had the distinct pleasure of presenting the law school’s Alumnus of the Year award to Eugene Crew ’63, a prime example of the kind of lawyers we hope our students will become. A tenacious and tireless advocate for his clients, he displays the unswerving commitment to justice that is at the heart of this law school. Together, the day’s events underscored the value of USF’s distinctive brand of legal education. It was a wonderful way to end the year. Happy Holidays!

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

Meet the Dean's Circle
Daniel Furniss

In the first in a series of interviews with members of the USF School of Law Dean's Circle, Daniel Furniss talks about the value he sees in USF's distinctive brand of legal education. Furniss is the partner-in-charge of the Litigation Practice Group in the Palo Alto office of Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP. Along with partners Gene Crew '63 and Richard Grossman, he was co-lead counsel and principal courtroom advocate for the plaintiff class in Lingo v. Microsoft. The landmark case resulted in a $1.1 billion settlement, one of the largest ever in a monopoly overcharge case. Although Furniss is not a USF alumnus, he is among the school's strongest supporters. Read the interview here

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