USF Launches New LLM in Taxation at Downtown Campus 
Applications are now being accepted for the new program, which will provide students with a firm grounding in the major areas of taxation and prepare them to launch or advance careers in tax law. The LLM program is among several new programs the School of Law has added in recent months in response to a changing legal market.

Dean's Corner

Dean John TrasviñaAs we embark on the New Year, I want to share with you what it meant to me when I recently—in the past month—witnessed women on two separate occasions who were driven to tears by their experiences with our law school. One was a grandmother who traveled from Southern California to see her grandson be sworn in to the California bar at our ceremony at St. Ignatius Church. He is the first lawyer in the family and the path over generations was not easy. The other was a small businesswoman who contacted one of our clinics for help to fight off a large company whose legal actions threatened to shut down her dream before it got off the ground. We provided both the legal expertise and the personal understanding that enabled her to persevere and prevail. 

Both women were grateful for what the law school meant to themselves, their families, and their futures. Seeing and hearing them epitomized for me what we are all about at the USF School of Law. We have responsibilities to train the next generation of lawyers, to advance legal principles at the forefront of a more just society, and to ensure that constitutional and other protections are available to the many, not the few. Our terrain starts in Hayes Valley to Silicon Valley to the San Joaquin Valley, crosses oceans, and enters cyberspace.

I look forward to the year ahead, as my colleagues and I work diligently with our eyes on the larger purposes that brought us to USF in the first place. Our new LLM in Taxation is the latest of our new initiatives we’re developing in response to the changing legal field. We look forward to sharing news of more developments with you in the coming months.

I wish you and yours a wonderful 2014, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Dean John Trasviña 


Gov. Brown Appoints Two Alumni to Superior Courts 
On Dec. 27, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed two USF School of Law alumni to the bench: Ursula Jones Dickson ’98 to the Alameda County Superior Court, and Stephen P. Acquisto ’94 to the Sacramento County Superior Court. They join the ranks of approximately 300 other alumni—from the Class of 1916 to today—who are or have been distinguished members of the judiciary across the nation.

Register Today: Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner to Speak at USF
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and lexicographer Bryan A. Garner will discuss their book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts, and will keynote the 2014 USF Law Review Symposium, “Legal Ethics in the 21st Century: Technology, Speech, and Money,” on January 31 at USF. Space is limited, register for both events today.

In the News

Court grants law license to man in U.S. illegally 
Featuring Prof. Bill Hing 
San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Associated Press, and more than 700 others

Still Battling
Featuring Prof. David Franklyn 
The Economist

Switzerland won’t save you, either: Why e-mail might still be safer in US 
Featuring Prof. Susan Freiwald 
Ars Technica Addendum 

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January 15
Moot Court Reunion and Mixer

January 31

Law Review Symposium: Legal Ethics in the 21st Century: Technology, Speech, & Money

January 31
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner’s Reading Law: An Interpretation of Legal Texts

March 27
10th Annual Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice

May 14
Alumni Graduates Dinner

Class Notes

Marjorie Scardino ’75was elected by Twitter's Board of Directors to serve as the board’s first female director. Vanessa Hierbaum ’96, partner at Kaye-Moser-Hierbaum LLP, was elected to serve as the Queen’s Bench Bar Association President. Dale Brodsky ’77, partner at Beeson, Tayer & Bodine in Oakland, was recently appointed to the Fair Employment and Housing Council. James A. Kowalski Jr. ’98 was named executive director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, an organization providing legal aid to low-income individuals. Harry DeCourcy ’03 has been elevated to shareholder status in Littler Mendelson P.C.’s Walnut Creek office. Leslie Keil ’04has been promoted to partner at Hanson Bridgett. Bryan L.P. Saalfeld ’05 and Kimberly A. Shields ’06 were promoted to directors at Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney’s San Francisco office. Saalfeld was also recently admitted as an English solicitor. 

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Faculty Spotlight

Professor Maria Ontiveros focuses her scholarly work on employment law with an emphasis on immigrant workers’ rights. This fall she moderated “Safe at Work: Reducing Workplace Harassment and Violence for Low-Income and Immigrant Women” hosted by the Equity Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. She also presented “Understanding Title VII as a Remedial Statute to Ensure Equality: Implications for the Tortification Debate” at Ohio State University’s Symposium on Torts and Civil Rights Law: Migration and Conflict. She is contributing “Migrant Labor in the United States: Working Beneath the Floor for Free Labor?” to Costello and Freedland’s Migrants at Work–An Edited Collection, to be published next year by Oxford University Press.

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Law Blogs

Illuminating “Hybridity”
Associate Prof. Shalanda Baker shares her research that proposes we should see fracking as “hybridity,” a term she created to describe an approach to development that is not easily regulated, engages a public good, and creates systemic risk. 

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