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USF School of Law: October 2011 E-Newsletter
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USF Law Diversity Committee Wins ABA Award


The American Bar Association has presented the USF School of Law Student Bar Association Diversity Committee with the Henry J. Ramsey, Jr. Diversity Award. Read More »


Davis Named Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship

Professor Joshua P. Davis has been named associate dean for faculty scholarship, a newly created position intended to enhance the law school's scholarly production and reputation. Read More »

New Class Welcomed to USF

A new class of 251 Juris Doctor students, including 41 percent students of color and 53 percent women, has joined the law school.
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USF Ranked Top Law School for Hispanics

The University of San Francisco School of Law has been ranked the ninth best law school for Hispanics in 2010 by Hispanic Business magazine. Read More »

Hing Reflects on Immigration Photo Exhibit

This fall, a black-and-white photo exhibit featuring work by Peter Kupfer is on display with a statement by Professor Bill Ong Hing at the USF School of Law. Read More »

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Faculty Focus

Professor Jack Garvey authored an article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Conflict & Security Law. Professor Alice Kaswan published "Decentralizing Cap-and-Trade? State Controls within a Federal Greenhouse Gas Trading Program." Professor Joshua Davis co-authored an amicus brief on behalf of the American Antitrust Institute that was filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Professor Connie de la Vega's article on the special measures mandate of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination has been published in English and Spanish. Professor David Franklyn published the remark "The European Court of Justice Rules on Keyword Ads and Trademark Rights" in the spring 2010 Intellectual Property Law Bulletin.

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Dean’s Corner

_ Jeffrey S. Brand

As I reflected on this year's State of the School message, delivered to students, faculty and staff this month, a phrase kept rumbling through my mind: "And now the hard part!" In so many ways the law school is transformed: beautiful facilities home to a terrific faculty, including recent hires with national reputations, an incredibly hard-working staff, and a smart, diverse student body. The university's mission—Educating Minds and Hearts to Change the World—is alive and well at the law school and supported by loyal alumni.

The truth is, however, with these accomplishments come heightened expectations about what we can achieve in the future, expectations that raise important challenges. These include reforming the traditional curriculum to adapt to changing times, expanding the faculty, promoting continued financial stability, solving space issues as our community grows, and enhancing the visibility of all we are accomplishing.

Our storied 100-year history demonstrates that we've taken on similar challenges successfully. At the orientation dinner this year, I read from emails I had received recently recounting the profound impact of the law school on several graduates, including the recently appointed judge who said "My experience at USF shaped me into the person I am. It gave me the opportunity to reach this level and the intellectual and ethical foundations to embrace public service as the law's goal." Or the recent graduate who wrote of his experience in Cambodia, Vietnam, and the International Human Rights Clinic, "These experiences have given me a perspective on issues of global justice that few law schools are able to offer, and have solidified my commitment to social justice and the rule of law."

To be sure, these are anecdotal testimonials—and there are many more—but they are also moving examples of our past successes. They are evidence of our ability to "Educate Minds and Hearts to Change the World." In the face of hard challenges, what could be more exciting?


Jeffrey S. Brand


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Tom Pixton '75 is running for West Linn Municipal Court judge in Oregon. Hon. Alfonso J. Montano '80 has been appointed an administrative law judge by the National Transportation Safety Board. Lisa Barnett Sween '97 has joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith as a partner. Travis Barrick '02 is the Republican candidate for Nevada attorney general. John Corcoran '07 was recently elected vice chair of the Town of Tiburon Planning Commission.

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