Class of 2012 Grads Sworn In as Lawyers

Nearly 100 members of the USF School of Law class of 2012 gathered in St. Ignatius Church Dec. 4 to be sworn in as attorneys. More »

Alumna Elected to Illinois Supreme Court

Hon. Mary Jane Theis, a 1974 graduate of the USF School of Law, was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court Nov. 6 with more than 75 percent of the vote. More »

As part of the Centennial Faculty Scholarship Workshop Series, University of Texas School of Law Professor Gerald Torres presented research on citizenship and human rights to USF law professors on Nov. 7. More »

Dean Brand Delivers Inaugural USF Faculty Lecture

Dean Jeffrey S. Brand delivered the inaugural USF University Ministry Faculty Lecture titled "The Outskirts of Hope" in December. More »

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Feb. 5

California Supreme Court Session
McLaren Center, University of San Francisco

Thursday, Feb. 7 | 6 p.m.

Centennial Gala
San Francisco City Hall, 1 Polk Street, San Francisco

Friday, Feb. 8 | 5:30 p.m.

Alumni Judges Reception
Kendrick Hall, USF School of Law, San Francisco


Saturday, Feb. 9

Centennial Day of Service
San Francisco Bay Area Locations

Friday, Feb. 22 | 8:30 a.m.

Law Review Symposium: “The Future of Affirmative Action after Fisher”
Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco

Thursday, Feb. 28 | 8 a.m.

McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium: "Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2013"
20th Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles 

Press Clippings

"A Man and His Papers Claims Two in Carpool Dispute"
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
NBC Bay Area News

"What is Comprehensive Immigration Reform?"
By Professor Bill Ong Hing
The Huffington Post

"Privacy Law Can't Keep Up with Digital Age"
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
San Francisco Chronicle

"It’s a Political Firefight on Haitian Radio"
Featuring the University of San Francisco School of Law
The Miami Herald

"Isolated Inside the Administration"
By Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg 
The American Constitutional Society for Law and Policy

"Feinstein: Guantanamo Detainees Can Be Moved To U.S."
Featuring Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg
CBS 5 Eyewitness News

"For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars"
Featuring the Center for Law and Global Justice Criminal Sentencing Project
The New York Times

"McAfee 'Not Out of the Woods' Legally"
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
San Francisco Chronicle

Broadcast on the foreclosure rate in America
Featuring Professor Tim Iglesias
KCBS Radio

"Hundreds of Federal Prisoners Could be Freed"
Featuring Professor Richard Leo
USA Today

"’80 Murder Confession Raises Calls to Require Police to Record Interrogations"
Featuring Professor Richard Leo
The New York Times

"ConsumerWatch: What Are Your Rights For Service Call No-Shows?"
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
CBS Eyewitness News

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Faculty Focus

Read the Faculty Blog:

Professor Alice Kaswan published "Domestic Climate Change Adaptation and Equity” in Environmental Law Reporter News & Analysis. Professor Connie De la Vega submitted a report to the U.N. Human Rights Committee on behalf of USF and Human Rights Advocates. Herbst Foundation Professor of Law Julie Nice published "Whither the Canaries?: On the Exclusion of Poor People from Equal Constitutional Protection" in Drake Law Review. Professor Emeritus Jay Folberg co-authored "Principles for Designing Negotiation Instruction" in the Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy.

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Dean's Corner

Jeff Brand

Dear Friends,

We are less than a month away from what promises to be an historic week for the USF School of Law. The centerpiece of our year-long centennial celebration will take place the week of Feb. 4, with a series of exciting events for the entire community. On Tuesday, Feb. 5 we will host a day-long session of the California Supreme Court here on the USF campus, with several provocative cases on the docket. Two days later, on Thursday, Feb. 7, we will gather with hundreds of alumni and friends for our Centennial Gala at San Francisco City Hall featuring several guest speakers including bestselling author Scott Turow. (The event is nearly sold out so register today to reserve your seat.) The Gala will be followed by a special reception for our alumni judges on Friday and we will close the week with a community-wide day of service throughout the Bay Area on Saturday, Feb 9. We are proud of the incredible transformation of this law school during its first 100 years. I hope you will join us at one or more of these events as we begin our second century and recommit ourselves to USF’s enduring mission of educating skilled, ethical professionals committed to justice.


Jeffrey S. Brand


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Centennial Events

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On the Job

Elizabeth Helfrich ’58, was awarded the 2012 Lady Justice Award from the Monterey County Bar Association. Allan Anderson ’87, partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley, has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Scott Patton ’90, deputy district attorney of Alameda County, was appointed to a judgeship on the Alameda County Superior Court. Michael McQuinn ’12, has been appointed assistant to the general counsel at the California Department of Corporations.

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