USF School of Law Launches Centennial Celebration

The Sept. 19 centennial convocation featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. kicked off a yearlong celebration of the University of San Francisco School of Law’s 100th anniversary. The law school opened its doors on the corner of Market and Seventh Streets in 1912. More »

Dean Brand to Step Down

University of San Francisco School of Law Dean Jeffrey S. Brand has announced he will step down in summer 2013 after serving 14 years as dean. More »

Former Advisor, Speechwriter to MLK Jr. Speaks at Law School

Dr. Clarence B. Jones delivered an address to the law school community on his role advising the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and in the defense of New York Times Co. v. SullivanMore »

USF Reception Celebrates Diversity

Students, faculty, staff, and alumni attended the Fifth Annual Diversity Reception, hosted by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. More»

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Nov. 3 | 6:30 p.m.

Annual Reunion Celebration
Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco

Friday, Nov. 9 | 5:30 p.m.

Ninth Annual Public Interest Law Foundation Auction and Award Ceremony Featuring David Boies
Kendrick Hall, USF School of Law

Friday, Dec. 7 | 5 p.m. registration (alumni only) | 6 p.m. ceremony

Swearing-In Ceremony
Kendrick Hall, USF School of Law | St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco

Thursday, Feb. 7 | 6 p.m.

Centennial Gala Dinner
San Francisco City Hall, 1 Polk Street, San Francisco

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Press Clippings

“‘Pay for Delay’ Pharma Deals”
Featuring Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Joshua Davis
California Lawyer

“California Guarantees Chance at Parole for Juveniles Facing Life Sentences”
Featuring Director of the Project to End Juvenile Life Without Parole Dana Isaac
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

“Should You Get Deported for Carrying Three Joints?”
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
ABC News

“No Privacy for Cellphone Users, U.S. Argues”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
Courthouse News Service

“Justice Department to Defend Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking”
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald
CNET News and other outlets

“Confession at Center of Pretrial Appeal in 2005 Killing”
Featuring Professor Richard Leo
Philadelphia Inquirer

“Freedom of Press in Haiti: Report Finds Haitian Journalists Face Death Threats and Intimidation”
Featuring the Center for Law and Global Justice
South Florida Caribbean News

“University of San Francisco School of Law Turns 100”
Featuring the USF School of Law
JD Journal

“USF Law School Celebrates 100th Anniversary”
Featuring the USF School of Law
San Francisco Appeal

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Faculty Focus

Read the Faculty Blog:

E.L. Wiegand Distinguished Professor in Tax Daniel Lathrope published updated editions of Fundamentals of Corporate Taxation and Fundamentals of Business Enterprise Taxation. Center for Law and Global Justice Assistant Director for Haiti Programs Nicole Phillips co-authored the report “Freedom of the Press in Haiti: The Chilling Effects on Journalists Critical of the Government,” co-published by the Center for Law and Global Justice. Professor Alice Kaswan was elected to the American Law Institute, an association of lawyers, judges, and law professors who produce influential scholarship. Professor Emeritus Jay Folberg authored “Raymond Shonholtz: Tribute to a Visionary Friend,” in Dispute Resolution Magazine.

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Giving Back

The law school community will celebrate its 100th birthday at the Feb. 7 Centennial Gala Dinner. The USF School of Law extends its gratitude to visionary sponsors Hanson Bridgett LLP and Stephen ’78 and Janice Hamill; leadership sponsor Allan Steyer ’81; and advocate sponsors Bingham McCutchen LLP, Gregory H. Blaine ’91, Greene Radovsky Maloney Share & Hennigh LLP, Kaye•Moser•Hierbaum LLP, Trombadore Gonden Law Group LLP, Miller Sabino & Lee, Legal Placement Services, and Molly Lane ’90 and Christopher Denten ’90. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit student scholarships. There is still time to be a sponsor. For information on centennial sponsorship opportunities, contact Director of Development and Alumni Relations Robin Keating


Dean's Corner

Jeff BrandDear Alums and Friends,

As you may have learned, I have announced my intention to step down as dean in summer 2013. I believe passionately in the good that I know USF-trained lawyers do in the world and I thrive on working to help provide that gift to our graduates. For more than 13 years I’ve had the privilege of being dean of this remarkable law school that for a century has trained skilled, ethical professionals concerned for others. Nonetheless, I have felt for some time that the transition to a new dean makes sense for the law school, the university, and for me. Spending time with law school alums and friends is energizing and inspiring. Your successes and good work are vivid reminders of what the law school is all about. So rather than a goodbye, please accept this note as a thank you for all you’ve done for the law school and for our students who count on and need your support more than ever.


Jeffrey S. Brand

Read Dean Brand's Full Announcement


Stay connected with the University of San Francisco School of Law Community

Centennial Events

A dynamic calendar of events is planned for the centennial year beginning now through spring 2013. These events include a weeklong celebration in February with a gala dinner for the entire alumni community, a California Supreme Court session on campus, and much more. Join us as we celebrate the law school’s storied history and exciting future.

Centennial Book on Sale

Click here to purchase The University of San Francisco School of Law Century: 100 Years of Educating for Justice.

On the Job

Thomas Brandi ’72 was named 2013 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the category of San Francisco personal injury litigation for plaintiffs. David Fishman ’77 served as a consultant to the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Russian Eurasian Law Committee, and Rule of Law Initiative. Art Hartinger ’85 has been selected as one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Attorneys in California. Nasstaran Ruhparwar LLM ’08 has joined the San Francisco office of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP. John Love ’12, Virginia Taylor ’12, and Adrian Tirtanadi ’12 have created Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal

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Featured Video

Faculty Roundtable

The faculty roundtable, moderated by Dean Jeffrey Brand on the occasion of the USF School of Law centennial, features professors hired between the 1960s and 2000s.

LinkedIn Mentor Program

The USF School of Law LinkedIn Mentor Program connects students, alumni, faculty, and USF-affiliated legal professionals seeking information on a wide range of topics, from areas of practice to job search advice to navigating a career transition. The program is a valuable resource to network with alumni in your practice area or geographic region, expand your professional contacts, and provide support to the next generation of USF legal professionals. Click here to join.

Criminal Law Fellow Opportunity

The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic is seeking a fellow with two or more years of practice in criminal law or juvenile justice to assist in the management of the clinic. The Hamill Fellow’s duties include supervision of clinic students’ case work and classroom teaching in coordination with clinic faculty. Learn more or apply here.


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