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USF Law October 2008 E-Newsletter
Students Share Experiences at Justice Forum
Students shared stories of working with illiterate farmers who crossed the Himalayas in search of education, interviewing death row inmates in the American South, and volunteering at an Indian orphanage for human trafficking victims at the USF School of Law Justice Forum Sept. 2. More »
USF Talk by Father of "American Taliban" Attracts Media Attention
In a presentation at the USF School of Law Sept. 24, Frank Lindh, the father of John Walker Lindh, said his son is "not a criminal by any stretch of the imagination." More »
Guantanamo Lawyer Calls Military Tribunals Illegal
In a speech at the USF School of Law last month, an attorney representing a Guantanamo Bay prisoner facing a military tribunal detailed the torture his client has endured and deemed the pending trial illegal. More »
USF Alumna Cited by Ninth Circuit Court
In Educational Credit v. Coleman, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said that "debtors who are primarily burdened by student debt will not emerge from bankruptcy with a ‘fresh start’ if those student loan debts are not dischargeable," citing a USF Law Review comment by Feather D. Baron ’07. Editor-in-Chief Cameron Cloar 3L said the court’s reference to Baron’s article "is a testament to the fact that the law review offers students unique and exciting opportunities to affect the law."
PILF Auction and Award Ceremony
USF’s Public Interest Law Foundation’s (PILF) Annual Gala Auction and Award Ceremony will raise funds for students planning to spend their summers interning at public agencies, nonprofits, and public interest law firms—positions that would otherwise be unpaid. PILF will honor Theresa Stewart from the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office and Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Shannon Minter, who successfully argued for same-sex marriage rights to the California Supreme Court. In recognition of PILF’s contribution to the community and the award gala, Nov. 7 has been recognized as USF School of Law Public Interest Law Foundation Day by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the City and County of San Francisco.
Date: Friday, Nov. 7, 2008
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Kendrick Hall Rotunda
Fair Use Symposium Examines Derivative Works
The McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law and USF’s Intellectual Property Law Bulletin present Fair Use in the Sky with Diamonds, a full-day symposium on the concept of transformativeness. The conference explores the interrelationship between the derivative work right, fair use, and transformation in U.S. and foreign copyright law.
Date: Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008
Time: 8 a.m. - registration and breakfast, 9 a.m. - symposium
Location: Fromm Hall, USF Main Campus
USF Women Lawyers Networking Reception
Nixon Peabody LLP is sponsoring a networking cocktail reception for the USF Women Lawyers Committee. The Honorable Maria P. Rivera will present the transitional students scholarship to Sheila Husting 1L.
Date: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1800, San Francisco
USF School of Law Alumni and Student Mixer
Alumni and students will gather to socialize and network at B Restaurant and Bar.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008
Time: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: B Restaurant and Bar, 720 Howard Street, San Francisco
Save the Date – Holiday Lunch and Alumnus of the Year Award
Mark your calendars for the USF Annual Holiday Lunch and Alumnus of the Year Award to be held Dec. 5 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Ballroom. The Alumnus/a of the Year will be announced in the coming weeks.
Date: Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
Time: 11:30 a.m. - no-host cocktails, 12 p.m. - lunch
Location: Ritz Carlton Hotel Ballroom, 600 Stockton Street, San Francisco
Press Clippings
"After Uniform Commercial Code, Take a Course in Meditation"
Featuring Dean Jeffrey Brand
The National Law Journal
"Time to Discuss Deregulation and Distribution of Wealth"
Op-ed by Professor Reza Dibadj
Baltimore Sun
"Dad wants Bush to commute sentence of John Walker Lindh, American Taliban"
Featuring USF School of Law Guest Speaker Frank Lindh
San Jose Mercury News
"Hearing to Examine Life Terms for Minors"
Featuring Director of Human Rights Programs Michelle Leighton
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Attorney for Gitmo Inmate Works to Drum Up Support?"
Featuring USF School of Law Guest Speaker Dennis Edney
Associated Press article distributed in more than 60 media outlets
On the Job
James D. Ward ’57 was featured in a Daily Journal article focusing on his alternative dispute resolution practice. Joseph A. Piasta II ’76 has returned as a partner to the Santa Rosa-based firm O'Brien Watters & Davis. Gregory Baker ’89 will be appointed attorney general of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands upon Senate approval. Jennifer Gillon Duffy ’99 has become a partner with Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney LLP in Santa Barbara. Kathleen A. Lomas ’02 has joined Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP as of counsel in the firm's estate planning, tax, and nonprofit groups. Neil Corcoran ’08 has married and joined the New York office of Howrey LLP.
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Deans Corner

Dean Jeffrey Brand

It’s hard to believe we are nearly halfway through the fall semester, but as you’ll see in this e-newsletter, we’ve been busy. Students spoke compellingly of their summer public interest internships at a recent Justice Forum, while the lead attorney in a high-profile Guantanamo Bay case, in a talk that garnered national media attention, advised students that their careers will be judged not by billable hours but how they "advance the cause of justice." A host of special events are on tap in the coming months, including a symposium on copyright law and the annual PILF auction and award ceremony, in which the two attorneys who successfully argued the same-sex marriage case before the California Supreme Court will be honored. At the heart of all our efforts is our mission to educate skilled, ethical professionals. We all know that students come to the law school for compelling reasons, often focused on creating a more humane and just world. As legal educators, we have a responsibility to fan those flames despite the challenging economic and political environment in which students matriculate. During this time of economic uncertainty, we are keeping our eye on the ball by continuing to enhance students’ global perspective, feed their hunger to do good works, and ensure that the law school environment sustains student spirits and enthusiasm.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

Dealing with Market Volatility
With the current volatility in the stock market, you may be considering selling some of your holdings, but have concerns about the impact of capital gains taxes. As a way of avoiding these taxes and giving back to your alma mater, consider making a gift the stock to the USF School of Law and then generating income through a charitable remainder trust or annuity.

Federal Bailout Bill Extends IRA Rollover
The financial rescue bill approved by Congress Oct. 3 includes a two-year extension of the IRA charitable rollover. The extension allows donors age 70 1/2 or older to direct up to $100,000 per year without tax penalty from their IRA accounts to eligible organizations and institutions, including the USF School of Law. The provision will expire on Dec. 31, 2009. Such gifts may be deducted from income that could otherwise be subject to taxation.

For more information on how you can take advantage of these opportunities, contact the Office of Development at (415) 422-5457.


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