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USF Law February 2009 E-Newsletter
Thomas Tang Team Advances to International Finals
For the first time in school history, a USF School of Law Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition team advanced to the international finals, which took place Nov. 22 in Seattle. The team, comprised of Alan Law 3L and Erin Park 2L, won the Pacific region finals and best regional brief. More »
Panel Highlights Importance of Civility in Law
At a recent USF School of Law presentation, a panel of practicing attorneys and a judge urged students to be mindful of the importance of maintaining civility in their careers as legal professionals. More »
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Students Assist Rural Communities
USF law students helped more than 40 clients complete court paperwork for divorce, child custody, child visitation, guardianship, child support, and unlawful detainer cases during the Rural Education and Access to Law winter break trip. More »
Creative Justice Art Show
The USF School of Law chapter of the Equal Justice Society is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Creative Justice Art Show to raise awareness of poverty and those ignored by the political process, especially women and children in developing countries. More »
Creative Justice Art Show
The Evolving Definition of the Immigrant Worker
This USF Law Review symposium will focus on how contemporary society views, treats, and defines immigrant workers and the impact of current legal structures. Panels will consider legal methods that can be used to address immigrant worker rights, the parallels between slavery and present-day U.S. immigration policy, and the treatment of female immigrant workers in the context of slavery, trafficking, and migrant farming. Breakout sessions will evaluate the implications of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids and review the role of high-skilled immigrant employees in the U.S. workforce.
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
Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice
This year’s Pemberton lecture, sponsored by the USF Law Review and the Employment Law Students Association, will feature Professor Juan Perea of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Perea, editor and contributor to Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States, teaches courses on employment law and race relations. William Tamayo of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will provide commentary. Students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners are encouraged to attend.
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
Women Lawyers Committee Spring Panel and Fundraiser
The USF School of Law Women Lawyers Committee invites practicing attorneys and students to its spring panel and fundraiser featuring Dean Jeffrey Brand. Brand will moderate a discussion on managing legal careers in this challenging economy; panelists will include Michael R. Gotham, director of attorney recruiting and retention at Perkins Coie, Ann Gray Miller ’70, a partner at Nixon Peabody, and Meg Catzen-Brown, a lobbyist for Nossaman. Proceeds will benefit the USF School of Law Women Lawyers Committee's Scholarship for Transitional Students. Attendees are eligible for one MCLE credit.
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Time: 5:30 p.m., registration | 6 p.m., panel | 7 p.m., reception
Location: Academy of Art University, 79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco
Law Community Basketball Tournament
The student-run USF Sports and Entertainment Law Association invites law students and alumni to a community basketball tournament. T-shirts, refreshments, and snacks will be provided.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: USF War Memorial Gym, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco
Press Clippings
"BART Shooting Update"
Featuring Professor Bob Talbot
KQED’s Forum
"Recessions Boost Grad Schools—Or Maybe Not"
Featuring Dean Jeffrey Brand
San Francisco Business Times
"Establishing a Truth Commission for Guantanamo"
By Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg
The Huffington Post
"OPD Homicide Detectives Focus on Interrogation, Sometimes at Expense of Other Investigation"
Featuring Professor Richard Leo
Contra Costa Times
Faculty Focus
Professor Joshua Davis and attorney Eric Cramer presented “Judicial Resolution of Contested Facts in Antitrust Cases” at the Future of Private Antitrust Enforcement American Antitrust Institute Symposium in Washington, D.C. Professor Reza Dibadj’s article “Panglossian Transnationalism” was published in the summer 2008 Stanford Journal of International Law. Professor Susan Freiwald, with Patricia L. Bellia, authored “Fourth Amendment Protection for Stored Email” in volume 2008 of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. Professor David Franklyn presented on intellectual property issues from an academic perspective at the 26th Annual National CLE Conference on Intellectual Property in Vail, Colo.
On the Job
James P. Fox ’66, San Mateo County district attorney, will speak on the California death penalty at an upcoming Bar Association of San Francisco meeting. Betsy Kimball ’75, a partner at Boyd & Kimball, LLP in Sacramento, is serving as chairperson of the Sacramento Child Advocates Board of Directors. Florence Di Benedetto ’81 has been appointed Sutter Health’s new senior vice president and general counsel. James Kowalski Jr. ’89 is the recipient of the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award for the Fourth Judicial Circuit and the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award. Keith Gillette ’97 has been promoted to partner at Archer Norris. Joshua R. Drexler ’08 has joined Ford & Harrison LLP as an associate.
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Deans Corner

Dean Jeffrey Brand

This edition of @USFLaw features a new section called "Faculty Focus" highlighting recent faculty scholarship, such as articles, lectures, and presentations. USF professors are both talented teachers and noted scholars, and we encourage scholarly production with the belief that it can be a catalyst for better teaching. As you’ll see, our faculty are writing books, publishing in top law journals, and presenting at national and international legal conferences.

Speaking of academic conferences, the USF Law Review symposium on Feb. 27 will bring together many of the country’s top immigration law scholars, policymakers, and practitioners for a day-long event examining the evolving definition of the immigrant worker in the United States. The president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund will deliver a keynote address on what may be in store for national immigration policy under the Obama administration. This conference promises to be an engaging event and reflects the intellectual vibrancy that is a hallmark of the USF School of Law.

I hope this finds you well in these difficult yet exciting times.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

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Stacy Miller Azcarate

In the second in a series of interviews with members of the USF School of Law Dean’s Circle, Stacy Miller Azcarate says USF distinguishes itself from other law schools in its commitment to the greater good. She is founder and president of the legal placement firm of Miller, Sabino & Lee. Read the interview here

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St. Thomas More Society Call for Members
Law students, paralegals, lawyers, and judges of all faiths are invited to join St. Thomas More Society in its pursuit of its namesakes vision of legal service—to be able, accurate, and honest in the practice of law. The St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco, founded in 1937, is named for the 16th century lawyer, judge, and diplomat. Approximately one-third of St. Thomas More Society members graduated from the USF School of Law, including Treasurer Adrian G. Driscoll ’80 and past President Terrence J. Coleman ’94. Members benefit from informational and inspirational events, including monthly luncheon speakers, the annual eighth grade essay contest, October Red Mass, and social activities, such as Giants games and after-work events. For information on membership, contact President Greg Schopf at gschopf@nixonpeabody.com or click here.

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