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USF School of Law May 2008 E-Newsletter
Commencement Celebrates Inspires Graduates
On May 17, an estimated 243 students graduated from the USF School of Law, including 227 students who received Juris Doctor degrees and 16 students who received Master of Law degrees.
Alumni Graduate Dinner Features Awards and Salute to Class of 2008
More than 325 USF students, alumni, faculty, and administrators gathered at San Francisco’s Mark Hopkins Hotel May 13 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2008.
Alumni Graduate Dinner
Three Distinguished Professors Retire
The retirement this month of Professors William Bassett, Paul McKaskle, and Delos Putz marks the end of three long and distinguished teaching careers.
Professors William Bassett, Paul McKaskle, and Delos Putz
Students Attend U.N. Meetings on Human Rights
USF’s innovative International Human Rights Clinic brought Professor Connie de la Vega and 10 students to recent meetings of the United Nations human rights bodies.
Students Attend U.N. Meetings
National Institute for Trial Advocacy Workshop
Learn the Challenging Art of Trial Advocacy and Persuasion
Learn the challenging art of trial advocacy and persuasion in this unique, hands-on, continuing legal education program. Using NITA’s learning-by-doing method, participants engage in a courtroom simulation, witness trial demonstrations, and attend lectures on advocacy from NITA’s experienced faculty of trial lawyers, judges, and advocacy teachers.
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2008, to Sunday, June 22, 2008
Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Kendrick Hall and Zief Law Library, USF School of Law KN 100-104, 200, 240, 301; Zief 10
For information, contact the advocacy programs office at (415) 422-5924 or visit the National Institute for Trial Advocacy website.
Seattle Get Together for Alumni
Join Alumni for a Summer Happy Hour
Date: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Location: TBD
For more information, call (415) 422-5457.
Alumni Reception in NYC
Save the Date for Alumni Event
Save the date for the alumni "meet and greet" with the dean and classmates during the American Bar Association Annual Meeting.
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008
Location: TBD
For more information, call (415) 422-5457.
Press Clippings
"Special 7 On Your Side report: Download Lawsuits"
Featuring Professor Bob Talbot and the Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Project
ABC 7 News at 11 p.m., KGO San Francisco
"Juvenile Justice Reform"
Featuring Patricia Fitzsimmons, director of the Child Advocacy Clinic
KQED Radio News, 88.5 San Francisco
Hans Reiser case: murder conviction with no body and no murder weapon
Featuring Professor Bob Talbot
Fox News at 10 p.m., KTVU San Francisco
"Utilities Adding to Summer Programs"
Featuring Diana Leon 2L
The Recorder
On the Job
Tony K. Heider ’73, chief assistant public defender in Kern County is running for Kern County Superior Court judge. Robert D. Becker ’92 was recently recognized as one of the top 50 IP attorneys under age 45 by IP Law and Business. Julie L. Fieber ’99 has joined the firm Stein & Lubin LLP in San Francisco. Jody M. Taliaferro ’07 is an associate at the firm Cox, Wootton, Griffin, Hansen & Poulos, LLP.
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Deans Corner

Dean Jeffrey Brand

As the academic year drew to a close and graduation approached, I asked the Class of 2008 to share with me their reflections on law school. My email inbox was flooded with moving responses. I was touched by their expressions of gratitude for all the law school gave them: "a sense of confidence and heightened self-esteem," "a chance to live the law school’s mission of educating minds and hearts to change the world," "a solid set of values to take into the working world." And this extraordinary story: "I’ve learned to be a better person by fighting for those who cannot fend for themselves," said one graduate whose family walked 600 miles out of the Cambodian jungle fleeing the Khmer Rouge, which surely explains her returning to Cambodia last summer to study war crimes and caring for six orphans she found living in a garbage dump in Phnom Penh. But what most moves and inspires are the graduates’ instincts about the essence of lawyering and their clarion call for action. Like those who came before them, the newest members of the USF Law Society understand that a law degree comes with a duty to act courageously and with integrity in the promotion of justice. I, for one, am encouraged to welcome these 240 men and women as partners and colleagues in the pursuit of justice.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

Graduates Say 'Thanks' With Class Gift
In a resounding show of appreciation for the legal education they received, the USF School of Law Class of 2008 presented a class gift of $32,419 to Dean Jeff Brand in May. The class gift included contributions from 74 percent of the graduating class. “The law school is deeply grateful to the class of 2008 for not just their wonderful generosity, but for the message this gift sends about their pride in the USF law degrees they have earned,” Brand said. To join students in making a gift to the law school, go to www.usfca.edu/giving. Gifts received by May 31 will be included in the forthcoming Honor Roll of Donors.


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