Student Bar Association (SBA): 2016 Diversity Banquet

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


La Gran Terraza

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110


$10/Students; $50/Alumni


Come join USD students, attorneys, and judges at the 2016 Diversity Banquet on International Human Rights for a sit-down dinner featuring a panel discussion focusing on the legal remedies available to victims and the international community in the aftermath of an atrocity. Panelists include: Peter Stockburger '09 (JD) (Dentons), Professor Roy L. Brooks, Hon. C. Zsa Zsa Depaolo (U.S. Immigration Court), and Natalia Nyczak '16 (JD). The cost for attendance is $10 for students and $50 for attorneys (includes 1 unit of MCLE credit). Please email your RSVP to to register. Venmo registration payment to @USD-SBA or pay with cash/check in The Writs or at the event. 

Professor Roy L. Brooks - Professor Roy L. Brooks is a Warren Distinguished Professor of Law here at the USD School of Law. Professor Brooks received his law degree from Yale University in 1975. Professor Brooks teaches and writes in the areas of legal and critical theory, civil procedure, civil rights, employment discrimination, and international human rights. Professor Brooks has authored more than 20 books, written more than 100 articles and presented more than 100 papers. He has received national book awards including the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award (twice) and the Brandeis University Library Learned Research Journal Award. He has also received the Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Scholarship (twice) and the Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Honorable Judge C. Zsa Zsa De Paolo (U.S. Immigration Court) - Judge DePaolo completed her undergraduate degree at The Evergreen State College in 1978 and graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1981. Judge DePaolo’s last year of law school was done through an externship program that gave her the opportunity to work on Title VII litigation with the Northwest Women’s Law Center and employment discrimination litigation with the Seattle office of the EEOC. Judge DePaolo began the practice of law in Seattle, specializing in criminal and appellate defense work with the King County and Eastside Defender Associations as well as the Washington Appellate Defender Association. Judge DePaolo has experience in the mediation of restitution agreements between juvenile offenders and the victims of juvenile crime as well as the arbitration of fee disputes between clients and their lawyers as part of the Washington State Bar Association Arbitration Committee. Judge DePaolo was appointed to serve as a pro tem municipal court judge in Seattle and served as a night court judge during her tenure with the Seattle municipal court. Judge DePaolo was the practicing attorney for the Seattle Hispanic Immigration Program, defending immigration cases before the Seattle Immigration Court; she went on to a position as a trial attorney with the Immigration and Naturalization Service specializing in Asset Forfeiture, Employer Sanctions, and Deportation cases. Judge DePaolo was hired as an Immigration Judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review in November 1995. Judge DePaolo has been primarily responsible for the detained dockets in San Diego, California. Judge DePaolo was responsible for initiating dialogue between the Immigration Judge Corpse and EOIR to raise awareness and address issues affecting the adjudication of DHS prosecution of mentally incompetent respondents whose mental health issues resulted in their prolonged detention and who appeared before the Immigration Court without representation. Judge DePaolo is the Pro Bono Coordinator and the Liaison Judge for the detained dockets in San Diego and contributes her time and experience to mentor law students and graduates; she participates with community legal service providers to train Pro Bono lawyers in immigration law to increase the availability of unpaid legal representation for detained indigent respondents.

Natalia Nyczak '16 (JD) - Natalia Nyczak spent the last six months in Cambodia as a Legal Intern to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), known colloquially as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Previously, Ms. Nyczak competed in the Inter American Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C. where she was recognized for her excellent oral advocacy skills. Ms. Nyczak is also a recipient of the Price Family Foundation International Fellowship as well as an Articles Editor for the San Diego International Law Journal. Moreover, Ms. Nyczak is a distinguished and published writer, whose article “Coyote Ugly: Ineffective Human Smuggling Statutes in Central America Call for a New Regional Treaty” was published in the San Diego International Law Journal in the Spring of 2016.

Peter Stockburger '09 (JD) - Peter Stockburger graduated cum laude from USD School of law in 2009 and was admitted to the National Order of the Barristers. He has been an adjunct Professor of Law at the USD School of Law since 2009 where he teaches public international law and appellate advocacy. He currently works for the largest international law firm in the world, Dentons, as managing associate in the firm’s international and employment practice areas. Prior to join Dentons, Mr. Stockburger also worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands, in the Office of the Prosecutor. Mr. Stockburger also has an active pro bono practice, which is primarily focused on acquiring legal status for a number of individuals seeking asylum an protection against removal under the United Nations Convention Against Torture. In 2015, Mr. Stockburger received the Wiley W. Manual Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services and was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Souther California Super Lawyers both in 2015 and 2016.


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