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USF Law May/June 2009 E-Newsletter
232 Receive Degrees at May 23 Commencement
The university welcomed 203 JD students and 29 LLM students into the ranks of USF School of Law alumni at the commencement ceremony held May 23 in St. Ignatius Church. More »
Alumni Graduates Dinner Salutes Class of 2009
More than 300 USF School of Law students, alumni, faculty, and administrators gathered at San Francisco’s Mark Hopkins Hotel May 20 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2009. More »
Alumni Graduates
Honigsberg’s Book Explores War on Terror
In his new book, Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg recounts in vivid detail the stories of detainees in Guantanamo Bay and other prisons who have endured torturous interrogations and inhumane conditions. More »
Our Nation Unhinged
Four Accomplished Scholars Join USF Faculty
The USF School of Law announced the lateral faculty appointments of four accomplished legal scholars and award-winning teachers, including Julie Nice, Bill Hing, Daniel Lathrope, and Tristin Green. More »
Julie Nice
Shatz Presented Sarlo Prize
At the 33rd Annual Service and Merit Awards of the University of San Francisco on May 13, Professor Steven Shatz received the Sarlo Prize for teaching excellence, promoting the common good, and furthering the university’s vision, mission, and values. More »
Professor Steven Shatz
USF Maritime Law Journal Symposium
The University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, in conjunction with the Longshore Institute, will sponsor a one-day seminar that will provide a detailed explanation of the Longshore Act and its extensions. The event is open to attorneys, insurance professionals, and law students. Six CLE credits are available to participants.
Date: Friday, July 17, 2009
Time: 8 a.m., registration | 9 a.m., seminar
Location: USF School of Law, Kendrick Hall, Room 101
Sacramento Dean’s Luncheon
Christopher J. Bakes ’81, Adam C. Brown ’92, and Karen M. Goodman ’84 invite all USF law alumni to join Dean Jeffrey Brand for lunch.
Date: Monday, June 22, 2009
Time: 11:30 a.m., no-host cocktails | 12 p.m., lunch
Location: Zinfandel Grille, 2384 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Sacramento
Help Build A Playground With Law In Motion
USF alumni and friends attending the California State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego are invited to gather for a reception at the Indigo Grill. The event is hosted by Dean Jeffrey Brand and honorary co-hosts Alvin Pak ’78 and Gordon Levinson ’96.
Date: Monday, June 22, 2009
Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Bret Harte Elementary School, 1035 Gilman Avenue, San Francisco
Press Clippings
Newscast on Guantanamo Bay and the book Our Nation Unhinged: The Human Consequences of the War on Terror
Featuring Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg
KTVU’s Mornings on 2
"Cheers, Anger, and Tears in Response to Decision on Gay Marriage"
Featuring Professor Julie Nice
Los Angeles Times
"Nation’s Eyes on State After Prop. 8 Ruling"
Featuring Professor Julie Nice
San Francisco Chronicle
"Demographic Shift Shows In Sotomayor Pick"
Featuring Professor Maria Ontiveros
San Francisco Chronicle
Newscast on Sandru Cantu Case
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
KRON 4 Morning News
"Book Reviews: The Wrong Guys Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four"
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
California Lawyer
"Summer ’10 Looks Cooler Already"
Featuring Director of Career Planning Bryan Hinkle
The Recorder
Faculty Focus
Professor Julie Nice authored "Forty Years of Welfare Policy Experi­mentation: No Acres, No Mule, No Politics, No Rights," published in the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. Associate Professor Richard Leo’s North Carolina Law Review ar­ticle, "The Problem of False Confessions in the Post-DNA World" (2004), with Steve Drizin, was cited in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Corley v. United States. Professor Joshua Davis presented "Judicial Activism and Judicial Resolution of Contested Facts in Antitrust Cases" at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Ninth Annual Antitrust Colloquium. Professor Susan Freiwald spoke on the legitimacy of and recent devel­opments relating to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act at a recent Bar Association of San Francisco seminar.
On the Job
John L. Burton ’60 was elected chairman of the California Democratic Party. Hon. Peggy Fulton Hora (Ret.) ’78 received the California Women Lawyers’ Rose Bird Memorial Award. Elona Baum ’89 has joined the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine as general counsel. Christopher Krueger ’94 was appointed chief deputy legal affairs secretary in April by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Cecily O’Regan ’01 has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Silicon Valley office as of counsel in the intellectual property practice group.
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Deans Corner

In this edition of @USFLaw, you’ll see we have much to celebrate: the graduation of the impressive Class of 2009 and their presentation of a historic class gift, an inspirational commencement address by civil rights icon and children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, awards and noteworthy scholarship by professors, and extraordinary new additions to our faculty. This summer, our students and faculty are fanning out across the country and around the world as part of the law school’s robust summer courses and internship offerings. I have the pleasure of assisting students in two of these programs, in Cambodia and Vietnam, for the next two weeks. I invite you to come along for the ride via my new blog and follow me on Twitter. (Fair warning: blogs and "tweets" are new to me but it should be fun!) Enjoy your summer and join me in congratulating the Class of 2009!

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

Nelson Receives Meehan Award
The USF School of Law presented Christina Gallagher Nelson ’88 with the John J. Meehan Alumni Fellow Award in recognition of her service to the law school. More »

Class of ’09 Completes Historic Class Gift Campaign
The Class of 2009 achieved 100 percent participation in its class gift campaign, which raised $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for future generations of USF law students. More »

NITA Offers USF Alumni Discount
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy is offering a 15 percent discount to USF School of Law alumni for the upcoming Western Regional Trial Advocacy Program. The program, Building Trial Skills, will be held at the law school from June 13 through June 24. For information or to register, click here. To obtain the discount, enter USF as the promotion code.


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