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USF School of Law: November 2010 E-Newsletter
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More Than 300 Attend 2010 Reunion Gala


The 2010 USF School of Law Reunion Gala Dinner Dance celebrated class years ending in "0s" and "5s" with live music, dinner, and dancing on Oct. 23 at the Sir Francis Drake Ballroom. Approximately 330 alumni attended the event, which began with a cocktail hour in Harry Denton's Starlight Room. Read More »


USF Teach-In Explores Impact of BP Oil Spill

The University of San Francisco School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences organized the Nov. 1 teach-in "BP, the Gulf, and Beyond: Environmental and Human Costs of the Gulf Oil Disaster."
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USF Featured in The Best 172 Law Schools

The University of San Francisco is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. Read More »

Debate Examines Prop. 23

The USF School of Law Environmental Law Society recently hosted a debate on Proposition 23, an initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot that would have suspended California's climate change law. Read More »

USF and Charles University Celebrate 20-Year Partnership

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the partnership between Charles University and the USF School of Law. Read More »

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Professor Maria Ontiveros authored a chapter in Promises of Liberty: The History and Contemporary Relevance of the 13th Amendment. Professor Dan Lathrope published Selected Federal Taxations Statues and Regulations and Selected Sections—United States International Taxation. Professor Reza Dibadj authored "Conscious Parallelism Revisited," published in the San Diego Law Review. Professors Joshua Davis and Joshua Rosenberg co-authored "The Inherent Structure of Free Speech Law," published in the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal. Professor Alice Kaswan co-organized the USF School of Law Symposium "Clean Technology and the Law: The Legal Infrastructure for Promoting the Development and Dissemination of Clean Technologies."

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Dean’s Corner

_ Jeffrey S. Brand

Hundreds of alumni and friends of the law school gathered together during the past month to celebrate fall reunions. In this issue of the e–newsletter you'll see a photo gallery from the main event, a reunion gala at the Starlight Room in October. One week after that gathering, the Class of 1960 came together at the law school to mark its 50th reunion. Reflecting on this momentous occasion, here's what I wrote to this group:

"It's been 50 years: six calendar decades, nine presidents, and at least four wars later. 1960: Camelot on the steps of the White House, Khrushchev in the Kremlin, the Pirates in the World Series capped by a memorable Mazerowski homerun, a group in Liverpool changing their name to the Beatles, Tony Perkins on the silver screen terrifying all in Psycho, and black youth sitting in at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in acts of courageous defiance that would finally destroy Jim Crow."

"I can only imagine the joys, successes, loves, and difficulties you've all experienced over these years. And for all that has changed for the law school—gorgeous facilities, nearly 5,000 applicants for the precious 240 seats in the entering class, a student body that is 40 percent students of color and nearly 60 percent women, and students engaged all over the world working on human right projects that would warm your heart—despite all of this change, we build on the standards that you set and that we try and live up to every day. Your careers were and are about being skilled, ethical professionals concerned for others in the tradition of this great Jesuit law school. That standard will never change."

Indeed, the Class of 1960 and all USF–trained lawyers together set the bar for ethical, engaged legal professionals. Today's students, engaging the world at every turn, are sure to further that tradition.


Jeffrey S. Brand


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Hon. Ming W. Chin BA '64, JD '67, has been re-elected to the California Supreme Court. Hon. Mary Jane Theis '74 has been sworn in as the newest member of the Illinois Supreme Court. Bennett M. Cohen '80 has opened his own office in San Francisco. Marc Bender '91 is completing his fifth year as chairman of the San Mateo County Bar Association's Real Estate Section. Nicole Lim '99 was named one of 2010's "Native American 40 Under 40." Constantine "Gus" Panagotacos JD/MBA '05 competed this summer in the 2010 European Baseball Championship. Amol Mehra '09 is serving on Amnesty USA's Business and Human Rights Working Group.

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