Two Students Receive California Bar Foundation Diversity Scholarships 
The California Bar Foundation recognized two USF law students, Crystal Araujo 1L and Benjamin Kahriman 1L, with 2013 Diversity Scholarship Awards on Sept. 26. The foundation honors them for their dedication, courage, and strength to learn from their life experiences and apply them in the legal profession to serve their communities.

Dean's Corner

Dean John TrasviñaDear Friends, 

As you’ll read in this issue of our newsletter, we recently celebrated Constitution Day with an examination of the legalities of recent surveillance by our government. We also congratulated two of our students for the scholarships and recognition they are receiving from leaders in the legal profession. There is much to be proud of here at USF but we also well understand the challenges facing our graduates and law schools nationwide. We are building on what is strong as we simultaneously work to improve the programs we offer to prepare our students and grads for successful legal careers. 

From San Francisco to the South Bay and Southern California, it’s been a pleasure to meet so many alumni and friends recently at our regional receptions. I’ve appreciated being able to share my vision for the law school, but more importantly, hear from alumni your ideas and discuss how we can together better support our USF School of Law community. Don’t forget our reunion for all classes coming up on Oct. 26. It is an honor to be your Dean, and I look forward to connecting with more of you soon. 

Dean John Trasviña



Constitution Day Event Examines NSA Surveillance Program
On Sept. 17, the USF School of Law hosted nearly 80 USF students and community members for a discussion about the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. The lunchtime panel, “Big Brother in the 21st Century?”, was held in honor of Constitution Day, which recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 and those who have become U.S. citizens.

Alumni Meet Dean Trasviña at San Francisco Receptions
Dean John Trasviña welcomed 160 alumni and friends of the law school at two receptions in San Francisco, on Sept. 17 and 18, as part of the Meet the Dean regional reception series. Join us in Reno on October 30.


In the News

Death Penalty Study: 25% of Cases from 10 Counties
Featuring Prof. Steven Shatz
San Francisco Chronicle 

State Border Bill in Limbo 
Featuring Prof. Bill Ong Hing
Los Angeles Times
Ninth District Court of Appeals Case on Striking Juror Based on Sexual Orientation 
Featuring Prof. Julie Nice
KCBS Radio

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October 26
Reunion Gala – All classes invited

October 30
Meet the Dean Alumni Reception in Reno, NV

November 5
ELS Panel on Bay Delta Conservation Plan

November 8
Public Interest Foundation Annual Gala and Fundraiser honoring California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

November 14
USF Women Lawyers Committee Fall Fundraiser

December 4
2013 Holiday Luncheon and Alum of the Year Award honoring Stephen Hamill ’78

Class Notes

Karen Ng ’95 has been selected to be a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment practice and is a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team. Edward J. Imwinkelried ’69, a professor at UC Davis School of Law, has authored “Determining Preliminary Facts Under Federal Rule 104” in American Jurisprudence TrialsPedro Oliveros ’86, a Marin County public defender, was profiled in the Marin Independent JournalNora Devine ’12 presented at the Equal Committee on Disability Rights of The Bar Association of San Francisco's event, “Training, Hiring, and Retaining Lawyers with Disabilities.”

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Faculty Spotlight

Professor Alice Kaswan presented “Climate Change Adaptation, Land Use, and the Federal Role” at the Adaptation of the Built Environment to Achieve Resilience to Climate Change conference at John Marshall Law School in Chicago in September. She was also a panelist at the Virginia Environmental Law Journal Symposium in October, speaking about “The Promise and Limits of Presidential Action on Climate Change.” She authored a post on the Environmental Law Prof blog titled “GHG Trading and Co-Pollutants: Expanding the Focus,” and another one on the Center for Progressive Reform blog called “EPA’s New Source Proposal: The Category Question.”

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Law Blogs

The Charge of Law Schools
Dean John Trasviña authored this opinion piece about the importance of a third year of law school.

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