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USF Law December 2009 E-Newsletter
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Renowned trial attorneys Robert S. Arns ’75 and Thomas J. Brandi ’72 were named USF School of Law Alumni of the Year for 2009 during the annual Holiday Luncheon Dec. 2. More than 250 people, including law school alumni, faculty, staff, and students and friends, family, and colleagues of the honorees, attended the event at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco. More »
Class of ’09 Posts 81.3 Percent Bar Pass Rate
The USF School of Law Class of 2009 achieved an 81.3 percent pass rate on the July 2009 California Bar Examination, exceeding 80 percent for the third straight year. More »
PILF Auction Raises Record-Breaking Total
This year’s Sixth Annual USF Public Interest Law Foundation Gala Auction and Award Ceremony raised enough money to provide 27 summer grants for public interest internships in 2010. More »
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Graduate Earns White House Internship
This fall, Jennifer Baker ’09 interned in the Office of the Counsel to Vice President Joe Biden, working with Counsel Cynthia Hogan and two deputy attorneys. More »
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End Life Without Parole for Juveniles
The efforts of Professor Connie de la Vega and Director of Human Rights Programs Michelle Leighton to abolish juvenile life without parole sentences in the United States have been rewarded with a $140,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. More »
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Events
California Water Law Symposium
The history of California water governance is a story of politics and power. The upcoming symposium "Who Controls the Water? Reforming California Water Law Governance in an Age of Scarcity" explores California water legislation and its impact on governance. California Assembly Member Jared Huffman will deliver the keynote address.
Date: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco
General admission is $40 or $125 with MCLE credit. Admission for students is free. For information or to register, visit www.waterlawsymposium.com.
Law Review Symposium: The Future of Same-Sex Marriage
At the University of San Francisco Law Review’s spring symposium, prominent scholars and practitioners will examine the future of same-sex marriage from legal, political, and cultural perspectives. Panelists will discuss the material consequences of denying or recognizing same-sex marriage, federal constitutional challenges to state bans of same-sex marriage, opposing social movements in shaping marriage, questions about parenting children and securing families, and the role of religion.
Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
Time: 8 a.m., registration and continental breakfast | 9 a.m., symposium
Location: Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco
General admission is $50 or $75 with CLE credit. USF law alumni admission with CLE credit is $40. Pre-registered USF law students, faculty, and staff with valid ID may attend at no charge. Admission for students from other universities is $15. Registration will be available here in January. To inquire about financial assistance, email lawfsoevents@usfca.edu.
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Press Clippings
"More than a Lawyer"
Featuring USF law students
National Jurist
"Drug Makers Quicker to Embrace Settlements to Delay Low-Cost Generics"
Featuring Professor Joshua Davis
San Francisco Business Times
"Police Interrogation and American Justice"
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
San Francisco Chronicle
"Supreme Court to Hear Case on Tampa Police's Use of Miranda Warning"
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
The Miami Herald
"Fortuitous Furlough"
Featuring Jennifer Baker ’09
Daily Journal
"Book Sense"
Featuring Senior Reference Librarian Lee Ryan
Daily Journal
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Faculty Focus
Professor Maria Ontiveros authored "Labor Union Coalition Challenges to Governmental Actions: Defending the Civil Rights of Low Wage Workers," published in the University of Chicago Legal Forum. Director of Human Rights Programs Michelle Leighton authored the chapter "Migration and Slow Onset Disasters: Desertification and Drought," published by the International Organization for Migration in Migration, Environment, and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence. Associate Professor Richard Leo co-authored "Studying Wrongful Convictions: Learning from Social Science" in The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. Professor Dolores Donovan delivered a lecture on American legal education at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai. Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg presented on the Witness to Guantanamo Project to law and graduate students at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.
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On the Job
Hon. Timothy W. O’Brien ’48 (retired) was profiled in the Willits News story "County Judge Muses on Life in Mendocino County." Lindbergh Porter Jr. ’81 has been inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers organization. Tamara Lawson ’95 authored "Before the Verdict and Beyond the Verdict: The CSI Infection Within Modern Criminal Jury Trials." Ioana Mondescu ’00 has joined the Walnut Creek office of Archer Norris. Lidka Dorota Sykisz LLM ’07 will be awarded the 2010 Commitment to Justice Award in February by inMotion. Sophia Aslami ’08 has joined the firm of Mary Alexander & Associates P.C. as an associate.
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Deans Corner

Dear Alumni and Friends:

As 2009 draws to a close, the USF School of Law has much to celebrate: This year students studied and interned in more than a dozen countries, addressed the United Nations, passed the bar in impressive numbers, and secured jobs at law firms, corporations, and public interest organizations across the country. Faculty were recognized with national awards, published in top scholarly journals, and cited in pivotal court decisions. Our work is attracting national media attention and our rankings are on the rise. Support from alumni and friends like you is critical to our success, and we thank you for being a part of our vibrant community. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of the USF School of Law, I wish you happy holidays and health and happiness in the New Year!

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

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