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USF Law December 2009 E-Newsletter
Approximately 200 people gathered at the Westin San Francisco Market Street for the 2009 Reunion Gala Dinner Dance on Oct. 17. Graduates from classes ending in '4 and '9 were welcomed to the event along with family and friends. The event featured dinner, live music, and dancing as well as entertainment from the comedy juggler Frank Olivier. More »
McCarthy Symposium Examines New Challenges to Trademark Law
The USF School of Law hosted a gathering of international law professors and practitioners on Nov. 4 to grapple with emerging issues in trademark law. More »
Richard Leo’s Book Wins Criminal Justice Award
Associate Professor Richard Leo received the prestigious Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for his book Police Interrogation and American Justice. More »
Estate Planning Society Hosts Attorney Panel
The Estate Planning Society hosted a panel discussion Oct. 15 offering students firsthand accounts from lawyers working in estate planning. More »
Holiday Lunch and Alumni of the Year Award
The USF School of Law Annual Holiday Lunch and 2009 Alumni of the Year Award will honor Robert Arns ’75, founder of The Arns Law Firm, and Thomas Brandi ’72, founder of The Brandi Law Firm. Arns and Brandi are distinguished trial attorneys with numerous verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million. The law school graciously recognizes event benefactors Miller, Sabino & Lee, Inc., Legal Placement Services and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery; patron Girardi & Keese; and sponsors Hanson Bridgett LLP, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Liuzzi, Murphy & Solomon LLP, Plastiras & Terrizzi, and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger.
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009
Time: 11:30 a.m. No-Host Cocktails, 12 p.m. Luncheon
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market Street, San Francisco
Cost is $50 per person. RSVP by Nov. 25, 2009. For information or to register, click here or contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at lawalumni@usfca.edu or (415) 422-5457.
International Financial Institution and Corporate Accountability CLE Training
Natalie Bridgeman, founder of Accountability Counsel, will present the mechanisms available for holding international financial institutions, multinational corporations, and export promotion agencies accountable to their social and environmental project commitments.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009
Time: 1:30 to 3:50 p.m.
Location: USF School of Law, Kendrick Hall, Room 104
Registration is $60 for pre-registered professionals receiving MCLE credit and free for law students. Food will be served. To register, click here.
Press Clippings
"18 and a Life to Go"
Featuring Professor Connie de la Vega
"Cell Tracking Bills Require Info Dump for Missing Persons"
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
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"Top 10 Law Schools in Northern California—Super Lawyers 2009"
Featuring the USF School of Law
Super Lawyers
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"Broadcast on SF ordinance addressing undocumented juveniles"
Featuring Professor Maria Ontiveros
KTVU Channel 2 News at 6
"Experts: Lies by Law Enforcement Jeopardize System"
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
KGO radio interview on Garrido case
Featuring Professor Bob Talbot
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"Privacy Concern in Google Voice Call Recording"
Featuring Adjunct Professor James Tuthill and Michael Katz ’08
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Faculty Focus
Associate Professor Richard Leo authored "False Confessions: Causes, Consequences and Implications," published in The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Professor Steven Shatz co-authored the third edition of Cases and Materials on the Death Penalty. Associate Professor Bruce Price revised the latest edition of Contracts: Essay and Multiple Choice Questions and Answers. Professor Alice Kaswan submitted the memo "Integrating Environmental Co-Benefits into AB 32’s Economic Analysis" to the Economic and Allocation Advisory Committee. Professor Connie de la Vega presented her paper "The Special Measures Mandate of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination" at the 14th Annual LatCrit Conference.
On the Job
Eugene Crew ’63 was honored as the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. Hon. Daniel Hanlon ’64 has been reappointed as chair of the California Judges Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Edward H. Davis ’77 has joined the San Francisco office of Bullivant Houser Bailey PC. Ellen Marrus ’90 co-authored "Child-Centered Jurisprudence and Feminist Jurisprudence: Exploring the Connections and Tensions." Sharon Owsley ’04 received the Cheyenne Bell Leadership Award. Kate Wolf ’09 became a first-year associate at Shook, Hardy, and Bacon.
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Deans Corner

Dear Alumni and Friends:

Often the mission of the law school and all that we aspire to is best demonstrated by our alumni. That is surely the case of Judge Barbara Miller, who sadly died on Nov. 6 at the way-too-young age of 58. Judge Miller graduated from the law school in 1978, following receipt of her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky. She practiced at Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges before her appointment as Alameda County probate commissioner and her election to the Alameda Superior Court in 1996. She was the first woman elected by her peers as presiding judge of the unified superior court and recently was named Alameda Country Trial Judge of the Year. Judge Miller had a dramatic impact on family and probate law in California, serving on many commissions and writing in the areas.

Many of you knew Judge Miller and were at her funeral, where loyalty to friends, caring and compassion, and steadfast fairness on the bench that won her the acclaim of litigants and lawyers alike were the predominant themes. Indeed, as her law clerks, friends, and family spoke, I stood in the back of the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland thinking about her life and what we are trying to do at the law school—train professionals who bring honor to the profession and good to the world while leading a satisfying life filled with love and support. As her close friends spoke, I knew that Judge Miller exemplified the best of what we hope to accomplish. Said one obituary poignantly: "Her family, friends, and colleagues will miss her kind spirit, warm personality, keen intellect, and companionship." We will miss her too, and we will seek to maintain her spirit in all that we do.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

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