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USF Law May 2010 E-Newsletter
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St. Ignatius Church filled with family and friends May 22 to honor this year’s graduating class at the University of San Francisco School of Law commencement ceremony. The Class of 2010 includes 166 graduates who received Juris Doctor degrees, three graduates who received Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees, and 16 graduates who received Master of Laws degrees. More »
Class of 2010 Honored at Alumni Graduates Dinner
More than 300 students, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered at San Francisco's InterContinental Hotel May 19 to welcome the Class of 2010 into the USF School of Law alumni ranks. Several faculty and student awards were also presented.
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Class 2010 Honored at Alumni Graduate Dinner
U.S. Supreme Court Cites de la Vega and Leighton's Research
Citing Professor Connie de la Vega and Director of Human Rights Programs Michelle Leighton's research in the Graham v. Florida decision reached May 17, the U.S. Supreme Court held that JLWOP sentences are unconstitutional for non-homicide crimes. More »
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USF Among Top 100 Law Schools According to U.S. News Rankings
The USF School of Law ranks among the top 100 law schools in the United States, according to the 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings of law schools released April 16. More »
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Hing Examines Mexican Migration and U.S. Immigration Policy in New Book
In his new book, Ethical Borders: NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration, Professor Bill Ong Hing examines why undocumented immigrants from Mexico continue to enter the United States and proposes a policy for U.S. investment in Mexico. More »
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Law School Participates in International Proceedings
The USF School of Law participated in international human rights proceedings in March, including a consultation with the U.S. Department of State and meetings of the United Nations Human Rights Council and Commission on the Status of Women.
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Featuring law school faculty and students, the University of San Francisco hosted a teach-in in April that drew attention to the recovery and rebuilding taking place in Haiti following January's devastating earthquake. More »
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Director of Human Rights Programs Michelle Leighton has received a Fulbright scholarship. Marshall Madison Professor of Law Jesse Markham published "The Supreme Court’s New Implied Repeal Doctrine: Expanding Judicial Power to Rewrite Legislation Under the Ballooning Conception of ‘Plain Repugnancy’" in the Gonzaga Law Review. Professor Maya Manian authored the response "Hein and the Goldilocks Principle." Senior Reference Librarian Lee Ryan received the Fr. William Dunne Award at the University of San Francisco Merit Awards Ceremony. Professor Bill Hing presented at the UC Santa Cruz conference "Labor and Immigration: Past and Present."
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Michael McCabe ’61 was profiled in The Recorder. Robert Thornton ’76 has been named one of the top 10 environmental attorneys for the fifth consecutive year by United States Lawyer Rankings. Dean E. Barbieri ’80 was named dean of John F. Kennedy School of Law. Lisa Chapman ’84 has joined the labor and employment practice of the Royse Law Firm, PC. Noah Lebowitz ’96 has joined the board of the California Employment Lawyers Association. Travis Barrick ’02 is running for attorney general of Nevada. Raj Virk ’08 has won the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India.
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Deans Corner

Dear Alumni and Friends:

As the law school celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2010 on Saturday, we drew inspiration from our commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient, Dale Minami, who led the legal team (which included three USF alumni) that overturned the conviction of Fred Korematsu, the ironic namesake of the infamous Korematsu v. United States Supreme Court decision. I told our graduates that the team's work is a powerful reminder of what the law can do to change the course of a life and of history if we have the courage, creativity, intelligence, savvy, and stamina to take the road that appears impossible but leads in the right direction. Dale and his team demonstrated the simple truth that ordinary souls are capable of doing extraordinary things, and that an injustice, no matter how long it may fester, is worth fighting. The Class of 2010 has demonstrated the energy, passion and drive to follow that path, and we are proud to welcome them into the ranks of USF School of Law alumni. Please join me in congratulating our graduates!

This summer our current students will be fanning out around the Bay Area, the country, and the world to engage in the good work that motivates their legal studies. They will be working on projects ranging from assisting death row inmates throughout the South to working on war crimes issues in Cambodia to representing migrants right here at home. Many are going to blog about their experiences and I urge you to follow their efforts here. Also, I will be traveling with some of them in Cambodia and Vietnam and tweeting and blogging as well.

Have a great summer. We'll stay in touch.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

The Class of 2010 raised nearly $70,000 for an endowed student scholarship. Ninety-three percent of the graduates contributed to the class gift, which was presented to Dean Jeffrey Brand by Graduation Committee Chair Ellie Stone at the Alumni Graduates Dinner.

"I’m thrilled at the amount of the check of course, and that nearly 100 percent of students contributed," Brand said. "This check is yet another statement of what the Class of 2010 is all about. You gave to the community and the world while you were here, and you gave to each other. I could not be more proud of your class and your commitment."

Other members of the Graduation Committee included Christine Brady, Natalie Davis, Mike Pasternak, Wayne Quint, Kristen Richards, Christine Start, Vanessa Wills, and Student Bar Association President Mariam Danielyan.

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