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USF School of Law October 2008 E-Newsletter
Law School Welcomes New Faculty
A lawyer with a background in biochemistry and a renowned antitrust attorney are among the new faculty faces in Kendrick Hall this year.
New Class Distinguished by Diversity, Academic Credentials
The USF School of Law has welcomed 236 new first-year students, chosen from nearly 4,200 applicants. The entering class includes 186 full-time and 53 part-time students.
First-Year Students Give Back
Students gave back to the community by volunteering at various events organized by USF's Law In Motion service program on Sept. 23.
USF Alum Wins Competitive Congressional Fellowship
Troy Ware '07 joined legislators on Capitol Hill last week as he began a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to five to 10 applicants annually.
PILF Honors Donate-a-Day Participants
The Public Interest Law Foundation thanked Donate-a-Day participants this summer for pledging a day of their salaries to sponsor students engaged in community work.
California State Bar Alumni Reception
USF alumni attending the California State Bar Convention are invited to gather for a reception at the Monterey Marriott. Alumni may register online beginning Aug. 27.
Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Monterey Marriott, Santa Barbara Room, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey
USF SELA Giants Game Event
USF School of Law students invite alumni to a fun tailgate and ballgame—the Giants will be playing the Dodgers in one of the last games of the season. This student-sponsored event is organized by the USF Sports and Entertainment Law Association (SELA).
Date: Friday, Sept. 27, 2008
Time: Tailgating at 3 p.m., game at 6 p.m.
Location: AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco
The Case of John Walker Lindh
This event will feature Frank Lindh, the father of John Walker Lindh, who will describe the facts of his son's case. Walker Lindh, a 20 year-old from California, was captured in Afghanistan while fighting for the Taliban in November 2001 and was subsequently sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Date: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008
Time: 12 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
Location: Kendrick Hall, Room 100
2008 Reunion Gala in October
The law school's annual fall reunion will bring together members of all classes ending in "3" and "8". The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a hosted cocktail hour, followed by dinner, live music, and dancing at the J.W. Marriott in San Francisco.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: J.W. Marriott, 500 Post Street, San Francisco
Press Clippings
"Serial Killer's Penalty Phase Likely to Carry Emotional Toll"
Featuring Professor Steven Shatz
The Record
"Jailed Leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery Launches Web Site"
Featuring Professor Robert Talbot
Oakland Tribune
"Lawyers Grill Defense Team for Ferguson: Killer Wants New Trial in Editor’s Slaying"
Featuring Associate Professor Richard Leo
Columbia Daily Tribune
"Feb. 17, 2009: The New President's First Crisis"
Op-ed by Adjunct Professor James P. Tuthill
San Francisco Chronicle
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Deans Corner

Dean Jeffrey Brand

The 236 students in this year's entering class, chosen from nearly 4,200 applicants and including 38 percent students of color, arrive at a law school dedicated more than ever to its mission of pursuing academic excellence and training skilled, ethical professionals. Our mission is played out in all we do: brilliant new faculty who continue a tradition of great teaching, skills training, and scholarship; an 85 percent bar pass rate that places us fourth among 21 ABA-accredited California law schools; student academic credentials that make us the 66th most selective law school in the nation; and, student engagement in communities around the globe. The law school is buoyed by validation of its efforts, including a successful site visit by the American Bar Association, which evaluates the law school every seven years. The reviews were effusive, complimenting our mission, our students, and our teachers. So as we begin the new academic year we are energized by our past successes, but also mindful of our future challenges — increasing our faculty to help achieve our expansive aspirations, relieving crushing student debt, and involving the law school's alumni and friends like you to ensure our future.

- Dean Jeffrey Brand

Giving Back

Gordon Levinson ’96, a San Diego personal injury attorney, has supported the USF School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic with a $3,000 foundation grant. The Child Advocacy Clinic, which opened its doors in January 2005, is dedicated to advancing the rights and well being of children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or guardians. More »


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