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USF School of Law: May 2011 E-Newsletter
_ Graduation of the USF School of Law Class of 2011 _

252 Receive Degrees During Commencement


Hundreds of family and friends filled St. Ignatius Church May 21 for the graduation of the USF School of Law Class of 2011. The commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient was Justice Ming Chin ’64 of the California Supreme Court. Read More »


Alum Grad Dinner Celebrates Class of 2011

Alum Grad Dinner Celebrates

More than 300 graduating students, alumni, faculty, and staff gathered at the InterContinental Hotel May 18 to salute the class of 2011 and present a number of faculty and student awards at the annual Alumni Graduates Dinner.
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McCarthy Honored For Contributions to Trademark Law

Dean Jeffrey S. Brand, Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy

Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy was honored May 17 with a Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to trademark law at a gala reception during the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association.
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Cirelli Receives Meehan Award

Lawrence M. Cirelli

In recognition of his service to the law school and students in the years since graduating, Lawrence M. Cirelli ’84, was namedthe 2010–2011 John J. Meehan Alumni Fellow. Read More »

Green Focuses Scholarship on Disparate Treatment Theory

Professor Tristin Green

Professor Tristin Green is the co-founder of the Working Group on the Future of Systemic Disparate Treatment Law, which consists of leading employment discrimination scholars from around the country. Read More »

Therapy Dog Sessions Ease Exam Stress

dog therapy

While most of her classmates hovered over books and laptops preparing for final exams, Jackie Falk 1L sat on the floor of a private room in the Zief Law Library playing with Sophia Loren, a gentle pit bull/Weimaraner mix. Read More »

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Upcoming Events

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Faculty Focus

Professor Bill Ong Hing received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Centro Legal de la Raza’s 42nd Annual Gala. Professor Reza Dibadj authored "Papers on a Fiduciary Duty for Broker-Dealers: Brokers, Fiduciaries, and a Beginning." Herbst Foundation Professor of Law Julie Nice published an article in the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Professor Alice Kaswan, Associate Professor Richard Leo, and Professor Maya Manian authored recently published book chapters. Marshall P. Madison Professor of Law Jesse Markham Jr. authored an article on lessons for competition law from the economic crisis. Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy presented on recent developments in trademark law at the University of Southern California. Adjunct Professor Susan Sakmar taught a two-day course titled "Fundamentals of Shale Gas: Legal, Policy, and Environmental Challenges."

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Press Clippings

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Dean’s Corner

_ Jeffrey S. Brand

Throughout the past week the USF School of Law community has gathered for several events to celebrate the Class of 2011, who graduated on Saturday in a beautiful ceremony in St. Ignatius Church where our own Justice Ming Chin ’64 of the California Supreme Court delivered an inspiring commencement address. Through it all, the phrase "law school community"—faculty, staff, and alumni—was top of mind for me. Our students succeed because of the dedication of our faculty, the support of our staff, and the inspiration they get from our alumni. For me, what makes our alumni most special is their willingness and passion to help our graduates succeed—traits that are particularly critical in these times. The truth is that we’re all in this together for the long haul. As difficult times pass, which they inevitably will, may we all work together to create the humane and just world that we all so passionately want.


Jeffrey S. Brand


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On the Job

Hon. James M. Mize ’74, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge, was featured in the Daily Journal. Christopher Kitasaki ’83 joined the firm Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP as a partner. Bill Bilderbac ’92 recently won the U.S. Supreme Court case Cullen v. Pinholster. Mary Catherine Wiederhold ’99 received the 2010 Housing Justice Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco. Brian Schnarr ’10 has joined the office of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP as a principal.

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