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Legal Writing Conference Addresses Changing Legal Market

The USF School of Law recently hosted the 2011 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference. The Aug. 25 event explored employers’ expectations for first-year lawyers and how legal writing professors can help their students meet those expectations. More »

Federal Employees Find Representation Through USF Clinic

Alum Grad Dinner Celebrates

The U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board has launched a pilot project with USF’s Employment Law Clinic. More » 

Inn of Court Launches New Season

Alum Grad Dinner Celebrates

The University of San Francisco Inn of Court will kick off the 2011–2012 season with a meet and greet on Sept. 21. More»


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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sept. 21 | 6:30 p.m.

USF Inn of Court 2011–2012 Meet and Greet

University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall’s Maraschi Room, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco


Thursday, Sept. 22 | noon

Alumni Estate Planner Luncheon
City Club of San Francisco, 155 Sansome Street, Ninth Floor, San Francisco

Tuesday, Sept. 27 | 11:30 a.m.

Dean’s Luncheon in Marin

Il Fornaio, 223 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera

Saturday, Oct. 22 | 6 p.m.

2011 Reunion Gala Dinner Dance

InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco

Wednesday, Nov. 2 | 5:30 p.m.

USF Women Lawyers Committee Fall Panel

Sedgwick LLP, 333 Bush Street, 30th Floor, San Francisco

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Faculty Focus

Director of the Dorraine Zief Law Library Ronald Wheeler authored an article on the implications of WestlawNext in the Law Library Journal. Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship Joshua Davis’ article “Antitrust, Class Certification, and the Politics of Procedure” was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Senior Professor J. Thomas McCarthy published the updated McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair CompetitionProfessor Rhonda Magee authored a book chapter inContemplation Nation: How Ancient Practices Are Changing the Way We Live. Director of the LLM Mentor Program Susan Mendelsohn co-authored “Foreign Direct Investments in Vietnam: Investment Procedures and the Impact of the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Agreement.” Adjunct Professor Susan Sakmar published an article on the Global Shale Gas Initiative in the Houston Journal of International Law. Read More » 

Press Clippings

“Court Case Asks if ‘Big Brother’ is Spelled GPS” 
Featuring Professor Susan Freiwald 
New York Times

“Amazon Not Out of the Jungle Yet”
Featuring E.L. Wiegand Distinguished Professor in Tax Daniel Lathrope 
San Francisco Business Times

“Battle of Hastings”
Featuring Herbst Foundation Professor of Law Julie Nice

Broadcast on BART station protests
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
KTVU Ten O’Clock News

“Expert: Day Care Death Suspect Has ‘Risk Factors’ For False Confession”
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
Chicago Daily Herald

“Calusinski Attorneys Want Interrogation Expert to Testify”
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
Chicago Sun-Times

“The Defining Moment of the Decade”
Featuring Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg
The Huffington Post

“One-Hand Clapping for Latest Obama Deportation Reforms”
Featuring Professor Bill Ong Hing
The Huffington Post

“N.C. Abortion Law Sparks Controversy”
Featuring Professor Maya Manian
The Daily Tar Heel

“100 Days into Michel Martelly’s Presidency: Survey Reveals Conflicts of Camp Closure”
Featuring USF’s Center for Law and Global Justice (CLGJ)
South Florida Caribbean News

“Law Could Lighten the Sentences of California Juvenile Offenders Serving Life Without Parole”
Featuring CLGJ report co-authored by Professor Connie de la Vega
San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, and other papers

“Suspect in Deaths to be Tried as Juvenile”
Featuring CLGJ report co-authored by Professor Connie de la Vega
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“Ed Lee Benefiting from Voters’ Focus on Jobs”
Featuring Adjunct Professor Randy Riddle
Beyond Chron

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Dean’s Corner

_ Jeffrey S. Brand

It’s no secret that the 2008 economic collapse affected the legal profession profoundly and that the job market presents incredible challenges for recent graduates. I am proud to report that the law school is responding with creative initiatives to ensure that our students graduate with knowledge and skills they need to engage the job market successfully.

Inside the law school, curriculum reform efforts are underway. This year for the first time, first-year students may choose an elective, and our noted legal writing program is being enhanced to provide even better training in the most important skill of them all. In fact, just last month, we hosted a vibrant symposium for West Coast legal writing professors to grapple with how to help their students meet changing employer expectations. In addition, a coordinated series of skills courses that students would take during their first two years is on the drawing board. Clinical programming continues to expand, most recently with the launch of a new program in which students represent federal employees in a range of employment-related hearings.

Outside the law school, recent graduates are assisted in transitional employment opportunities through our generous alumni network and foundation support. We’ve also launched a new mentoring system,Connections, which we hope you’ll join.

But for all that we are doing, perhaps the most important statement can come from you by your staying in touch with the law school, connecting with our students, and contributing financially if possible. I know from speaking to our students how much they treasure USF’s alumni community and how much they need your support. On that note, I urge you to join us for one of our many events this year, beginning with our annual reunion gala in October. Hope to see you soon.



Jeffrey S. Brand


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On the Job

Alan Higbie ’75 has been elected to the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors. Dominica Anderson ’86 received the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers.Lisa Kobialka ’97 has joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s new Silicon Valley office as a partner. Gay L.
Meixel ’03
 has joined the legal department of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Adam B. Sugarman ’05has been promoted to partner at Gordon & Rees LLP.

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Giving Back

The Rita F. Gilmore Class of 1979 Memorial Award 
Members of the Class of 1979 are creating an annual memorial scholarship award to honor classmate Rita Gilmore, friend to many, who before her untimely death represented the best both personally and professionally of the class. The Memorial Award Committee is establishing a $25,000 scholarship that will help provide financial support to a USF law student in need and who is well suited to reflect the values of Rita and the law school. Please contact Director of Development and Alumni Relations Robin Keating at rrkeating@usfca.edu or (415) 422-2551, if you have questions or would like to participate. 

IRS Global High Wealth Unit 
The University of San Francisco Office of Planned Giving is co-sponsoring a luncheon program with Silicon Valley Community Foundation featuring Kathy Petronchak, director of Deloitte Tax LLP and former chief of staff at the Internal Revenue Service. She will present “The New Global High Wealth Unit of the IRS” from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the City Club of San Francisco and noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at The Fairmont San Jose. The cost is $55 and lunch is provided. For information and to register, click here


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