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USF Law February 2010 E-Newsletter
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The USF School of Law's first group of Dean's Circle Scholars was recognized for achievements and contributions to the law school at a dinner on Jan. 14. The dinner honored nine professors as 2010 Dean's Circle Scholars as well as members of the Dean's Circle whose contributions to the USF School of Law help support the professors' scholarly work. More »
Judicial Council Honors USF Alumni
Hon. Ming Chin BA ’64, JD ’67, and James Fox BA ’66, JD ’69, received 2009 Distinguished Service Awards from the Judicial Council of California in recognition of their leadership and significant contributions to the administration of justice in California. More »
Remembering Dean’s Circle Member Daniel Furniss
To those who knew him, Daniel Furniss was gregarious and compassionate with an infectious energy. Furniss died Feb. 5 at age 58. More »
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Students Help Beautify Family House
USF students and staff recently volunteered at Family House, a local nonprofit established in 1981 to serve families with children receiving treatments at UC San Francisco. More »
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Events
Law Review Symposium: The Future of Same-Sex Marriage
The University of San Francisco Law Review will host a full-day symposium featuring prominent scholars and practitioners who will consider the future of same-sex marriage from legal, political, and cultural perspectives.
Panels will examine the material consequences of denying or recognizing same-sex marriage, federal constitutional challenges to state bans of same-sex marriage, how competing social movements shape marriage, the emerging focus on same-sex parenting, and the role of religion. Therese Stewart, chief deputy city attorney of San Francisco, will deliver the keynote address.
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 registration is $50 or $75 with six MCLE credits. USF law alumni admission is $40. Pre-registered USF law students, faculty, and staff may attend at no charge. Admission for students from other universities is $15.
The Sixth Anniversary of the Jack Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice
This year’s Pemberton Lecture will feature Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp. Bisom-Rapp is a widely cited expert on employment discrimination and international and comparative workplace law who writes and lectures internationally. Her presentation will be followed by a reception. Students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners are encouraged to attend.
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit | 95 Seventh Street, San Francisco
To RSVP, please email lawfsoevents@usfca.edu
2010 Alumni Graduates Dinner
The USF Law Society is hosting the annual Alumni Graduates Dinner in May to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2010.
Date: Wednesday, May 19
Time: 6 p.m., no-host cocktails | 7 p.m., dinner
Location: InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco
Cost is $75 for alumni who graduated in the past three years and $150 for all other alumni. Free for graduating students. Additional guests may attend for $75. RSVP by contacting Anita Ayers at (415) 422-5457 or lawalumni@usfca.edu.
Creative Justice Art Show: Yearning to Breathe Free
The USF School of Law Equal Justice Society's sixth annual Creative Justice Art Show seeks to raise awareness about domestic violence. The exhibit will focus on the challenges faced by immigrant victims of domestic violence who face language and cultural barriers, fears of authority and deportation, and hurdles in navigating immigration systems.
Date: Friday, Feb. 19, 2010
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Kendrick Hall, USF School of Law
Donations will benefit La Casa de las Madres, a local domestic violence shelter. For information, email usfejs@gmail.com.
2010 USF School of Law Diversity Reception
Meet our diverse student body and catch up with faculty, staff, and alumni at this reception sponsored by Gordon & Rees LLP. The reception will introduce a series of student-coordinated panels and events to take place this semester titled "Forging a Seamless Diversity Pipeline: Pre-Law to Practice."
Date: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Gordon & Rees LLP | 275 Battery Street, Suite 2000
RSVP required. To attend, contact Assistant Director for Employer Relations Marina Sarmiento Feehan at (415) 422-6757 or msfeehan@usfca.edu.
Vulnerable Populations and Economic Realities: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Law Teaching
Professor Sharon Meadows is as an organizer of this two-day poverty law conference co-sponsored by the Society of American Law Teachers. Academics, practitioners, and advocates will share new data and theories about our most vulnerable populations and explore critical issues facing these groups in an interdisciplinary context for use in law teaching.
Date: Friday, March 19 and Sat. March 20, 2010
Time: 8:30 a.m. continental breakfast | 9 a.m. conference (both days)
Location: Golden Gate University | 536 Mission Street
MCLE credit available. To register, click here.
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Press Clippings
"Recession Spurs Interest in Graduate, Law Schools"
Featuring Dean Jeffrey Brand
The New York Times
"SF Affordable Housing May be in Jeopardy"
Featuring Professor Tim Iglesias
ABC 7 News
Radio broadcast regarding Federal Fair Housing Act case in Memphis
Featuring Professor Tim Iglesias
KCBS Radio
"Proposition 8 Trial at a Crossroads"
Featuring Professor Julie Nice
San Jose Mercury News
Broadcast on cell site tracking
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
The Pacifica Evening News
"Justice Department Wants Phone Locales Without Warrant"
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
Published in several media outlets including The New York Times, Business Week, and The Huffington Post
"Stateless Pawns in the Global Game of the Superpowers"
By Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg
The Huffington Post
"Murkowski Proposal Shutters the Only Game in Town: The Clean Air Act"
By Professor Alice Kaswan
CPRBlog
"Judge Denies Request by Matt Baker's Attorney to Let Them Withdraw From Case"
By Professor Alice Kaswan
CPRBlog
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Faculty Focus
Professor Connie de la Vega’s article "International Legal Accountability Over Non-State Actors: An Analysis of the Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary General," authored with Amol Mehra ’09, was published in the German journal Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte (Journal for Human Rights). Professor Susan Freiwald is the author of "A Comment on James Grimmelmann’s Saving Facebook" in the Iowa Law Review Bulletin. Professor Bill Hing’s article "Institutional Racism, ICE Raids, and Immigration Reform" was recently published in the USF Law Review. Professor Jack Garvey authored "To Fix the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime-Avoid State Classification," published in the Florida Journal of International Law.
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On the Job
Ronald I. Toff ’73 was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Jill Sperber ’83 co-authored the article "Mandatory Fee Arbitration Survives Schatz’ Shots" published in the State Bar of California’s fall 2009 California Litigation. James G. Butler ’87 and Christopher Viadro ’92 have opened the law firm Butler Viadro, LLP in downtown Oakland. Todd Toral ’98 has been named deputy leader of the commercial litigation practice at Nixon Peabody. Britt K. Strottman ’00 has joined the San Francisco office of Van Prooyen Greenfield LLP as vice president and account director.
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Deans Corner

Dear Alumni and Friends:

At a recent student forum, I gave an update on the state of the school. By traditional and ordinary indicators, I told the students, the state of the law school is very good. Rankings are up and look promising for next year, the bar pass rate exceeded 80 percent for the third year in a row, faculty appointments continue to inspire with the four most recent hires all being well-known scholars from law schools around the country, student opportunities in support of our mission abound, and fundraising-even in these difficult times-is keeping pace. Yet at the same time students are facing enormous debt, and jobs are scarcer than they have been in years as the legal profession confronts staggering change and critical challenges. In response, the law school is working overtime to support students, increasing loan repayment assistance and PILF grants, expanding international internship opportunities, and boosting financial aid. We have also established the Transitional Employment Program, designed to create part-time employment for recent graduates in the private and public sectors and here at the law school. We hope the program will provide recent graduates with some financial relief and help maintain their spirits as they navigate these difficult times. The bottom line is this: the law school and the legal profession will emerge from these challenging times better and stronger, as long as we keep our heads above water and don't lose our connection with the passion and vision that drive our work.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

Law Firm Challenge
This month, the USF School of Law kicked off the second annual Law Firm Challenge, a friendly competition that encourages alumni firms to donate to the Law Assembly. In addition to supporting a host of student programs, increasing the number of Law Assembly donors is critical to obtaining foundation and corporate funding and enhancing the law school’s reputation. Any firm with two or more alumni is eligible to participate in the challenge. For information or to register, click here or contact Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations Mynor Aragon at (415) 422-4450 or mdaragon@usfca.edu.

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