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USF School of Law February 2008 E-Newsletter
USF Law Clinic Provides Preventive Counseling to Borrowers
As many as 2 million households will be affected by the subprime mortgage crisis: their homes foreclosed on, their equity lost, and their credit histories tarnished. How much of that could have been averted if those mostly low-income mortgage applicants had received better advice before signing on the dotted line? House Counsel, a new undertaking of the law school’s Predatory Lending Clinic, is providing just that sort of preventive counseling.
Intellectual Property Law Bulletin Holds Inaugural Symposium
Lawyers, technologists, professors, economists, and students gathered at the University of San Francisco Jan. 26 for a day-long symposium examining the legal and political debate over net neutrality.
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Hinkle Headhareer Planning
With new leadership, including Director Bryan Hinkle, new offices, and new systems in place, the USF School of Law’s Office of Career Planning has undergone a transformation aimed at enhancing services to students, alumni, and employers.
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Events
Confronting the Crisis: Current State Initiatives and Lasting Solutions to California's Prison Conditions
Law Review Spring Symposium
California’s correctional system suffers from severe prison overcrowding and ineffective inmate rehabilitation policies. In response, Gov. Schwarzenegger signed AB 900, the Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation Services Act of 2007, to combat the prisons crisis. The symposium, which includes a keynote address by the Hon. Thelton Henderson, will review the effectiveness of AB 900 and provide a forum for evaluating other reforms necessary to fix California's correctional system.
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2008
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus
Moot Court Competition
Alumni Volunteers Needed to Serve as Judges
Alumni volunteers are needed to support the annual Moot Court Competition by sitting on appellate panels comprised of fellow alumni, listening to arguments, questioning student advocates, deliberating and providing feedback. As part of the competition, first-year students are assigned a topic (typically covering first-year subject areas such as contracts, criminal law, or torts) and are assisted by an individual case counsel throughout the brief writing and oral advocacy process. Participants are assigned to argue for either “petitioner” or “respondent” within their respective topics. Alumni support is crucial to the success of this event.
Date: April 5 and 6
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus
For information or to volunteer, email usfmootcourt@hotmail.com or call (415) 422-5118
The Effective Lawyer: a View from Corporation and Courtroom Women Lawyers Committee Spring Panel and Fundraiser
(CLE Eligible)
Date: Tuesday, April 29
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Academy of Art University Cost: General admission is $75, and $25 for students.
For information, email lawdevelopment@usfca.edu or call (415) 422-5457
USF Law Society 2008 Alumni Graduates Dinner
Date: Tuesday, May 13
Time: 6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner
Location: Mark Hopkins Hotel
For information, email lawalumni@usfca.edu or call (415) 422-2611
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Net Neutrality Guru to Speak at USF
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California Bill Bans Life Terms Without Parole for Minors
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On the Job
Hon. Martin Jenkins ’80 has been selected by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace retiring Associate Justice Joanne Parrilli ’74 on the California appellate bench. Robert Thornton ’76, a partner with the Orange County office of Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP, was recently selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer. Marianne Dickson ’06 has joined the McNutt Law Group. Dickson, who previously served as a judicial extern to Judge Arthur Weissbrodt of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern California Division, focuses on commercial bankruptcy.
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Deans Corner

Dean Jeffrey Brand

The USF School of Law is a dynamic institution, always adapting to changes in society and seeking to make good on the university’s promise to “educate minds and hearts to change the world.” We also know that the best way to achieve that goal is to remain true to our inspiring roots. This is a propitious time to consider how to balance change and tradition. In March, the ABA will visit the law school for its seven-year “annual” visit. When the visitors arrive they will find a law school that is financially sound, academically rigorous, and focused on educating for justice in communities as close as the Tenderloin and as far away as Dharamsala, India. This issue of @USFLaw will give you a glimpse of the exciting things happening at the law school. I look forward to your thoughts as we work together to train generations of lawyers that truly can help create a more humane and just world. I can’t think of any work that could be more rewarding and exciting.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Faculty Focus

Richard Leo

Professor Richard Leo
In his new book titled Police Interrogation and American Justice, Professor Richard Leo sheds light on how crime units have developed sophisticated interrogation methods that rely on persuasion, manipulation, and deception to move a subject from denial to admission. Leo’s extensive research reveals how these tactics often lead to false confession and wrongful conviction.

Giving Back

With nearly two dozen USF School of Law alumni populating the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees LLP, the firm has one of the highest concentrations of USF graduates among law firms in the city. And that's no accident. "We love USF graduates," said Michael Laurenson, a 1997 USF School of Law graduate and partner with the firm. "We know that USF prepares students to be skilled and ethical trial attorneys. The kinds of skills that USF students have are the skills we are looking for." Now, Gordon & Rees has extended its support for the USF School of Law by joining the "Law Firm Challenge," a fundraising program that tracks alumni giving by law firm.

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