the docket header

The alumni enewsletter from USD School of Law • Volume 8, Number 6 • January 2012

departments header
feature story button news & events button law school briefs button case closed button alumni spotlights button

Facebook icon YouTube icon Twitter icon iTunesU icon  

The Docket is prepared by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations and is emailed to all USD School of Law alumni every other month. The Docket contains news and event information from USD School of Law specifically geared towards law school alumni.


What's New?
Alumni Discounts
Giving & Volunteering


USD School of Law logo

Feature Story

Careers in the LawCareers in the Law

Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Don't miss the 30th annual Careers in the Law program—the law school's largest and most important alumni and student networking event. We hope to have more than 100 alumni volunteers to represent over 20 practice areas including alternative careers.

You should attend this event if you are interested in:

  • Networking for business opportunities
  • Socializing with alumni
  • Sharing advice with alumni and current students
  • Getting together with former classmates
  • Volunteering as an alumnus/a
  • Visting campus
  • Exploring career opportunities

Event details and registration.

News & Events

Regional Alumni Events

USD School of Law alumni have many opportunities to stay connected to your law school, fellow alumni and current students through our regional alumni programs. If you are interested in co-hosting/hosting alumni events in your area or want to reach out to alumni in your region, please email Shari Baurle, associate director of alumni relations or call (619) 260-4692.

Sentencing in a New AgeSentencing in a New Age Seminar with MCLE Credit

Saturday, January 28 at 8:30 a.m.

With the 2011 realignment on the state side and the increase in the number of federal prosecutions, it is time to retool the nuts and bolts of sentencing, including alternatives and how to assist your client. This seminar at USD School of Law's Warren Hall provides creative ways to address issues such as custody credits, restitution and classification. Event details and registration.

Constitutional OriginalismHugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference

Friday and Saturday, February 3-4

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, the conference at USD School of Law's Warren Hall will include the presentation of new works concerning originalism. Originalism is the view that the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with its original meaning—that is, the meaning it had at the time of its enactment. Event details and registration.

Women's Law Caucus Faculty AuctionDean Ferruolo's Monthly Mixer and the Women's Law Caucus Faculty Auction

Thursday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Dean Ferruolo invites alumni to the February Mixer on Warren Hall's back patio. Mingle with the Dean, students, faculty and administrators while supporting the Women's Law Caucus Faculty Auction. Each year, the Women's Law Caucus hosts the Faculty Auction and donates the proceeds to the USD Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) and local women's organizations. Event details and registration.

McLennonPaul A. McLennon, Sr., Moot Court Competition Final Round

Thursday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m.

The McLennon Competition, endowed through the generosity of USD School of Law Professor Michael Devitt and his family to honor longtime family friend, attorney and naval officer, Paul A. McLennon, Sr., provides an opportunity for students to develop their brief-writing and advocacy skills, and to test these skills in an open, rigorous competition. Organized by the Appellate Moot Court Board, the competition consists of several preliminary rounds, culminating in the final round argued before a distinguished panel of judges at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Event details and registration.

The California ClubLos Angeles Alumni Reception

Monday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and Los Angeles alumni for a reception at The California Club. Event details and registration.

Battle of the BrainsDean Ferruolo's Monthly Mixer and the Sixth Annual Battle of the Brains

Tuesday, March 13 at 4:00 p.m.

Dean Ferruolo invites alumni to the March Dean's Mixer and the Sixth Annual Battle of the Brains competition at USD's Hahn University Center. Mingle with the Dean, students, faculty and alumni while enjoying the final round of the Diversity Committee's Battle of the Brains—the law school's most thrilling fundraiser, pitting the sharpest USD law students against the brightest law professors in a live trivia contest. Sponsored by the Diversity Committee, this contest raises funds for student organizations to produce diversity-related events for the benefit of the entire student body. Event details and registration.

Avila TerraceRiverside/San Bernardino Alumni Luncheon

Thursday, March 15 at 12:00 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and Riverside/San Bernardino alumni for a luncheon at Avila Terrace. Event details and registration.

BistangoOrange County Alumni Reception

Thursday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and Orange County alumni for a reception at Bistango. Event details and registration.

Campus Visit Day LuncheonsCampus Visit Day Luncheon with Admitted Students

Monday, March 26, Friday, April 13 and Monday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m.

USD law alumni are invited to attend one of the admitted students' Campus Visit Day Luncheons at USD's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and the Hahn University Center. Play an active role in recruiting exceptional law students to USD. Event details and registration.

The FirehouseSacramento Alumni Reception

Wednesday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and Sacramento alumni for a reception at The Firehouse. Event details and registration.

California CafePalo Alto Alumni Luncheon

Thursday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and Palo Alto alumni for a luncheon at the California Cafe. Event details and registration.

The Olympic ClubSan Francisco Alumni Reception

Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and San Francisco alumni for a reception at The Olympic Club City Clubhouse. Event details and registration.

The Dalai LamaHis Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama to Address Cultivating Peace and Justice at USD

Wednesday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m.

USD, SDSU and UCSD are honored to host His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama's first visit to America's finest city. The two-day symposium—Compassion Without Borders—will provide a thought-provoking forum to inspire new discoveries and expand our understanding of humanity. His Holiness will share his views on upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness and tolerance, and coping with the challenges found in today's society. He will be speaking at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion about Cultivating Peace and Justice. The cost is $25 per person and tickets go on sale on February 22. Event details and registration.

La Gran TerrazaSan Diego Alumni Reception

Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and San Diego alumni for a reception at USD's restaurant—La Gran Terraza on. Event details and registration.

Columbia Club TowerSeattle Alumni Luncheon

Wednesday, May 23 at 12:00 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and Seattle alumni for a luncheon at the Columbia Club Tower. Event details and registration.

Holland & Hart LLPDenver Alumni Reception

Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Join Dean Ferruolo and Denver alumni for a reception hosted by and at Holland & Hart LLP. Event details and registration.

Reunions2012 USD School of Law Milestone Reunions

The classes of 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992, 2002 and 2007, will be celebrating their reunions on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Get involved by completing a brief reunion survey and join your reunion committee:

Visit the reunion website for updated information.

The class of 2011 will celebrate their one-year reunion in May 2012. Complete the Class of 2011's One-Year Reunion Survey and join your reunion committee.

Case Closed

Lebanese TavernaWashington, D.C. Alumni Reception

On January 5, USD School of Law held a Washington D.C. alumni reception with Dean Ferruolo and faculty/administrators at Lebanese Taverna. View photos from the reception.

The ChatwalNew York Alumni Reception

On January 3, USD School of Law held a New York alumni reception with Dean Ferruolo at The Chatwal Hotel Club, home of The Lamb's Club restaurant featuring Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. View photos from the reception.

December Bar Swearing InDecember California Bar Swearing-In Breakfast and Ceremony

On December 2, more than 300 alumni, family, friends, professors and administrators celebrated USD School of Law alumni being sworn into the State Bar of California at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. View photos from the breakfast.

Law School Briefs

Visiting ProfessorsUSD School of Law Welcomes Distinguished Visiting Professors

USD School of Law welcomes an impressive set of seven visiting professors to the school for the spring 2012 semester. Each year, the law school brings experts in their respective fields to campus as visiting professors to provide students with a current view of today's legal market. Read more.

CAICAI Findings Support Legislation to Protect Foster Children From Identity Theft

In a recent series titled "Burdened Beginnings," The Huffington Post examined the problem of child identity theft. Stories focused on data breaches in public schools, parents preying on their own children and foster children who have aged out of the program only to find that their identity has been stolen and credit wrecked. Identity thieves who prey upon foster children are targeting a group that already faces financial obstacles. According to a study by USD School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) and First Star, less than three percent of foster children earn a four-year college degree after leaving the foster system, less than half have full-time jobs by the age of 24 and nearly 40 percent have been homeless. Read more.

Professor John ForryProfessor John Forry Appointed Director of USD School of Law's Tax Programs

USD School of Law Professor John Forry has been appointed as the new director of tax programs. He will oversee the LLM in Taxation program, which has attracted U.S. and international graduate students and attorneys since 1978. Professor Forry will also lead efforts to expand the reach and reputation of other tax programs at the law school, including continuing education programs and established events such as the annual USD-Procopio International Tax Institute, Richard Crawford Pugh Lecture on Tax Law & Policy and the Tax Law Speaker Series, all of which bring leading tax scholars from throughout the world to San Diego.

After receiving his JD from Harvard, Professor Forry practiced tax law at both Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and Ernst & Young LLP. He joined USD School of Law in 1997 as an adjunct professor and was named professor-in-residence in 2007. He teaches graduate level courses in international finance and taxation. Read more.

Professor Gail HeriotProfessor Gail Heriot appeared on The Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal Live

USD School of Law Professor Gail Heriot appeared on The Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal Live program hosted by Jason Riley on December 6. The program aired on the newspaper's website. As one of the nation's leading affirmative action experts and a member of the U.S. Commission for Civil Rights, Professor Heriot commented on the new set of guidelines released by the Obama administration on how to increase diversity on college campuses in light of some 2003 Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action. Read more.

Professor Frank PartnoyProfessor Frank Partnoy Interviewed on 60 Minutes

USD School of Law Professor Frank Partnoy was interviewed once again by Steve Kroft on the CBS Sunday evening news program, 60 Minutes on December 4. The story focused on two high-ranking financial whistleblowers, who say they tried to warn superiors about defective and even fraudulent mortgages. Professor Partnoy explained that despite legislation designed to fight financial fraud, prosecutors have been reluctant to bring cases. Read or watch the 60 Minutes story in its entirety.

Alumni Spotlights

NominationsSeeking Nominations for the Law Alumni Board of Directors, Distinguished Alumni Award and Rising Star REcent Alumni Award

The nominating committee of the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors is calling for nominations for the 2012-2013 Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2012 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award. Nominations are due by Thursday, March 1.

Damien M. Schiff '04 Damien M. Schiff '04 Conducts Oral Arguments Before the U.S. Supreme Court

On January 9, Damien M. Schiff, '04, senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the property rights case of Sackett v. United States Environmental Protection Agency. In this high-profile case, PLF seeks to establish that property owners have a right to appeal to court when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) effectively seizes control of their property by declaring it "wetlands" under the Clean Water Act. Read more.

Larry Williams '92Former Notre Dame and NFL player Larry Williams '92 Named Vice President and Athletics Director at Marquette University

Larry Williams, '92, began his post as Marquette's new vice president and director of athletics on January 2. Larry was a standout offensive lineman at Notre Dame and went on to play in the NFL. He earned a law degree from USD during his pro football career. Larry then practiced law at Indianapolis-based Baker & Daniels, before returning to Notre Dame in 1999 to work on licensing and product marketing for the athletics department.

Larry has been the director of athletics and recreation at the University of Portland since 2004. Under his leadership, the Portland Pilots won a NCAA Division I Championship in women's soccer in 2005, earned top 10 finishes in men's cross country and first-ever national rankings in men's basketball, baseball and tennis. Read more.

Young AttorneysRecent Alumni Named Best Young Attorneys in The Daily Transcript

USD School of Law congratulates alumni honored as San Diego County's Best Young Attorneys for 2011 by The Daily Transcript. View the complete list of alumni recognized and nominate a USD law alumnus/a for the 2012 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award.

Rising StarKristin E. Rizzo '06 and Catherine L. Tran '08 Recognized as Inaugural Rising Star Recent Alumni Award Recipients by The Daily Transcript

The Daily Transcript's December 21, issue included a story on Kristin E. Rizzo '06 and Catherine L. Tran '08, receiving USD School of Law's first Rising Star Recent Alumni Awards at the Distinguished Alumni Award luncheon on November 4, 2011. Read the complete story and nominate a fellow alumnus/a for the 2012 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award.