Class of 2012 Celebrates Graduation

Hundreds gathered in St. Ignatius Church May 19 to watch the USF School of Law Class of 2012 graduate. About 220 graduates received JD degrees, six received JD/MBA degrees, and 18 received LLM degrees. More »

USF Law Students and Alum Selected for Fellowship Programs

Multiple USF School of Law students and a 2011 graduate have been selected for highly competitive public service and diversity fellowships. More »

Fortes Recognized as John J. Meehan Alumni Fellow

R. Manuel Fortes BA ’82, JD ’85, was awarded the 2011–2012 John J. Meehan Alumni Fellowship at a reception in April. More »

Travis Participates in Senate Meeting on Women in the Workplace

Professor Michelle Travis participated in a Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on economic empowerment and job creation for women. More »

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sept. 19 | 5 p.m.
Centennial Convocation Featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco

Saturday, Nov. 3
USF School of Law Reunion Gala
Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Friday, Nov. 9 | 5:30 p.m.
Public Interest Law Foundation Gala Auction and Award Ceremony
Kendrick Hall, USF School of Law

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Press Clippings

Broadcast on unusual court ruling
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
NBC Bay Area News at 11

“Cyclist Will Face Charges in Connection with Hitting Pedestrian”
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
San Francisco Examiner

“Taking Business in Flight? Be Careful”
Featuring Adjunct Professor Robert Brownstone
New York Times

“Fewer Than 3,000 Immigration Cases Closed Under New Obama Policy”
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
KPBS Public Broadcasting, Morning Edition (KPCC), Marketplace (KPCC)

Broadcast on Supreme Court’s review of Arizona’s SB 1070
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
KCBS radio

“Like It or Not, Arizona’s SB 1070 Is About Racial Profiling”
By Professor Bill Ong Hing
The Huffington Post

“Fifth Circuit Considers Constitutionality of Cell Site Location Data”
By Professor Susan Freiwald
Concurring Opinions

“Passing the Buck on Location Tracking”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald

“Twitter Defense Of Occupy Protester’s Tweets Is Landmark Case, Experts Say”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
Talking Points Memo

“Autodesk Lawsuit Claims Menace from Mysterious Online Foes”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
Marin Independent Journal

“Shelby Attorney Seeks Release of Mental Health Records of Victim's Mother”
Featuring Professor Richard Leo
Evansville Courier & Press

“Amanda Knox Case and The Norfolk Four Highlight Irreparable Damage Caused By Wrongful Convictions”
Featuring Professor Richard Leo

“Applying the Clean Air Act to Greenhouse Gases: What Does It Mean for Traditional Pollutants?”
By Professor Alice Kaswan

“Court Documents Reveal PG&E Likely to Take Hard Line on Issue of Paying Punitive Damages”
Featuring Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Joshua Davis
San Jose Mercury News

“Off-Market Transactions Frequent in Competitive Silicon Valley Real Estate Frenzy”
Featuring Professor Tim Iglesias
Peninsula Press

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Dean's Corner

Jeff Brand

As the law school celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2012 on Saturday, I told those gathered in St. Ignatius Church that what this class has done and the inspiring way which they’ve done it speaks volumes about how they will weather difficult times. It also reflects the message the upcoming USF School of Law Centennial conveys.

Whether it be their work on behalf of indigent clients in the law clinics, spearheading dynamic legal symposia, or advocating for human rights at the United Nations, our wonderfully smart, diverse, and dedicated graduates are inspiration for all that we can do in our second century. Their accomplishments remind us that our task is not futile, that tough times will inevitably pass, and that as they do, a new generation of lawyers will be there to take up the charge.

Our centennial celebration will take place from fall 2012 through spring 2013, with a host of exciting events and initiatives planned for the entire law school community. You will be hearing more about this in the coming months, and you can stay up to date on the latest plans by visiting

Have a good summer, and we look forward to seeing you throughout our centennial year.

Jeffrey S. Brand


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On the Job

Mark K. Neville Jr. ’75 authored an article in the Journal of International TaxationDale Brodsky ’77 has been appointed to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission. Russell Leu ’84 has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP’s China practice as special counsel. Frank O’Barski ’88 is running for a seat in Illinois’ DeKalb County Board District 10. Thomas Brown ’95 joined Foley & Lardner LLP as of counsel.

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This new video tells the USF story—what we are and what we aspire to be—in the words of students, faculty, and alumni.

Faculty Focus

Professor Tim Igelsias authored “Beyond Two-Persons-Per-Bedroom: Revitalizing Application of the Federal Fair Housing Act to Private Residential Occupancy Standards.” Professor Alice Kaswan published an article on the Clean Air Act and climate change. Professor Richard Leo co-authored a chapter in the Oxford Handbook on Language and Law. Professor Maya Manian authored an article on reforming parental involvement in abortion policy. Philip and Muriel Barnett Professor of Trial Advocacy Steven Shatz co-authored “Chivalry is Not Dead: Murder, Gender, and the Death Penalty.”

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Join the 2012 Alumni Reunion Gala Committee to make your reunion a fun and successful event. Open to those alumni whose class years end in ‘2 or ‘7, committee members participate in a brief monthly conference call, attend the Nov. 3 reunion, and encourage 10–15 other alumni to attend. Email Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations Mynor Aragon or call (415) 422-4450 for information.


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