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

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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.


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DAAAnnouncing the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award and Rising Star Recent Alumni Award Honorees

Friday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m.

USD School of Law and the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors are pleased to annouce the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—A. John Murphy Jr., '72 (BA), '75 (JD), managing partner, Wickersham & Murphy, and Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta, '79, presiding judge, San Diego Superior Court.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to alumni who are recognized for excellence in the legal field or other chosen profession and embody the high ethical standards and commitment to community service that USD School of Law seeks to instill in its graduates.

Laurie G. Rowen, '04, co-founder/owner, Montage Legal Group, is the 2012 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award recipient. Presented to alumni who have graduated within the past ten years, this award recognizes significant achievements in the legal profession or chosen field and a high level of community involvement.

The Rising Star Recent Alumni Award will be presented along with the Distinguished Alumni Awards at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 16, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego.

This year's Platinum Sponsor is Bartell Hotels. For more information and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email Brian Daugherty, director of development and alumni relations or call (619) 260-4692.

Event information will be posted online and invitations will be mailed this summer.

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 contact Shari Baurle, associate director of alumni relations or call (619) 260-4692.

One-Year ReunionClass of 2011 One-Year Reunion

Saturday, June 9 2:00 p.m.

The Class of 2011 is celebrating their one-year reunion at Humphrey's. Reunion Planning Committee Members include Caitlin Odorfer, Cody Payne, Joy Utomi, Dan Shamir, Miranda Watkins and Daniel Yaghoubzadeh. Event details and registration.

USD Wine ClassicUSD Wine Classic

Sunday, July 22 at 2:00 p.m.

The USD Wine Classic is a wine tasting fundraiser held in the Garden of the Sea behind the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. The annual event benefits the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund. The event will feature 30 USD family wineries—owned or managed by alumni, parents and friends—gourmet food stations, live music and a silent auction featuring wine-related items. The cost is $85. Event details and registration.

Reunions2012 USD School of Law Milestone Reunions

Friday, October 5 & Saturday, October 6

The classes of 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992, 2002 and 2007, are having reunion celebrations on Saturday, October 6. The Class of 1962 will be celebrating their 50-year reunion on Friday, October 5. Visit the reunion website for updated information.

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La Gran TerrazaSan Diego Alumni Reception

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

On April 19, USD School of Law hosted more than 200 San Diego alumni, graduating law students and admitted students at a reception at USD's restaurant—La Gran Terraza. View photos.

Law School Briefs

Graduating Class GiftClass of 2012 Graduating Class Gift

Each year members of the graduating class celebrate their departure from USD School of Law by contributing to a gift that makes the law school a better place for future students. Through the support of their class gift, graduating students build on USD's culture of philanthropy and make an impact on an area that is important to their class.

This year's graduating class has established a Student Lounge Technology Fund. The fund will enhance the planned renovations to the Warren Hall Student Lounge by purchasing equipment that improves the technological capabilities of the space. This includes tables and chairs with built-in electrical outlets, and a new DVD player for student organization movie screenings. The goal is to raise $5,000 to provide the best technology possible to create a space that facilitates learning, promotes relaxation, and enhances the technology of the law school.

USD School of Law expresses its sincere appreciation to members of the class who supported the fundraising effort and to the planning committee for its leadership and outreach efforts. Please join us in congratulating all members of the graduating class on this milestone.

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KPBSKBPS Evening Edition Profiles USD School of Law's Bi-National Legal Education Program

USD School of Law has partnered with Autonomous University of Baja California to develop an educational exchange program that combines training for Mexican lawyers and law students to share insights and gauge the process of reform efforts. Professor Allen Snyder recently traveled to Baja California to train attorneys and law students in the advocacy court processes. Read more.

DarbyProfessor Joseph Darby Named Honorary Professor of the International Faculty of Comparative Law

USD School of Law Emeritus Professor Joseph Darby was named an Honorary Professor of the International Faculty of Comparative Law on April 12, in Strasbourg, France. "We are thrilled and very proud to learn of this much-deserved honor for Professor Darby," said Vice Dean Mary Jo Wiggins. "It affirms the International Faculty of Comparative Law's respect for and appreciation of his excellent contributions over the last forty years to important discussions in international and comparative law." Read more.

PartnoyNational Media Taps Professor Frank Partnoy for Expert Opinion about JP Morgan Chase

USD School of Law George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance Frank Partnoy was once again interviewed by national media outlets across the country—including The New York Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek—to provide expert commentary about JP Morgan Chase's $2 billion trading loss disclosed on May 10. Read more.

CAIUSD School of Law's Children's Advocacy Institute's Report Shows Half of U.S. States Short-Change Abused and Neglected Children

A Child's Right to Counsel: A National Report Card on Legal Representation for Abused and Neglected Children—was released on Capitol Hill on May 9 by First Star, a national organization working to improve the lives of America's abused and neglected children, and the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law (CAI). The report is alerts child advocates, policy makers, the media and the public of the inequities from state to state in providing abused and neglected children with legal representation in dependency proceedings. In addition, it initiates a national call to action promoting stronger federal and state laws to provide these children highly trained and qualified legal representation to ensure they have a fighting chance to resolve and overcome childhood maltreatment and achieve bright futures. Read more.

PartnoyProfessor Frank Partnoy Interviewed on KPBS's Frontline

On April 25, USD School of Law George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance Frank Partnoy was interviewed by Marcela Gaviria for KBPS's Frontline. Partnoy spoke about topics including: Occupy Wall Street, credit default swaps, derivatives, ratings agencies and market regulations. The four-part miniseries titled "Money, Power and Wall Street," provides first hand testimonials from inside the financial collapse of Wall Street and its aftermath. Read more and watch the Frontline miniseries, "Money, Power and Wall Street."

SBAStudent Bar Association Hosts First Annual Student Leadership Breakfast

On April 21, USD School of Law, the Student Bar Association (SBA) and the Office for JD Student Affairs hosted the first annual Student Leadership Breakfast at La Gran Terraza. The breakfast was in honor of the many student leaders and student organizations that work tirelessly for their school, their community and their law student colleagues. Dean Stephen Ferruolo provided welcoming remarks to the group of more than 90 students, while 2011 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award Recipient Kristin Rizzo, '06, provided the keynote address on the value of leadership. Read more.

SDCBAUSD Alumni lauded with San Diego County Bar Association Service Awards

On May 1, two USD School of Law alumni were presented with service awards at the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) annual law week luncheon week. James Dawe, '76, received the Outstanding Attorney of the Year award and Jessica Klarer Pride, '07, received the Outstanding Service by a New Lawyer award. Board of Visitors member Hon. David Gill, San Diego Superior Court, received the Outstanding Jurist Award. Read more.

TBIProfessor David Brennan Continues Trans-Border Institute's Work with Baja California Law Schools

USD School of Law Professor David Brennan works with four Baja California law schools—Universidad Aut�noma de Baja California (UABC)-Mexicali, UABC-Tijuana, UABC-Ensenada and University Ibero-American�to create—administer and execute two programs that prepare law students for the changing legal landscape in Baja California. The first program is a collection of six classes known as the Academy which prepares law students for the new legal realities of the Mexican criminal justice system. The second program is the UABC-Clinical Intern Program, which places students in legal offices in Mexicali for school credit. Read more.

McGowanProfessor Miranda McGowan Op-Ed Featured in San Diego Union-Tribune

On March 29, an op-ed written by Professor of Law Miranda O. McGowan appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune, titled, "Obamacare's Day in Court: What Kind of Conservatism Will Win?" Read more.

Alumni Spotlights

Law Alumni BoardUSD Law Alumni Board Welcomes New Members and Thanks Members for their service

The USD Law Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to welcome the following new board members for the 2012-13 academic year: E. Scott Dupree, '77, senior vice president & general counsel, The ConAm Group of Companies; Buck Endemann, '07, associate, Latham & Watkins LLP; Hon. Ana Espana, '79, '82, judge, San Diego Superior Court; Andrew Haden, '08, U.S. Department of Justice; Ashley T. Hirano, '09, associate, Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP; Kristin E. Rizzo, '06, attorney and principal, The Rizzo Law Firm; and Andrew B. Serwin, '95, partner, Foley & Lardner LLP.

We are truly grateful for the service of the following board members rotating off this year: Immediate Past President Stephen F. Halsey, '78, vice president & general counsel, Invensys plc; James R. Ballard, '95, partner, Schwartz Semerdijian Ballard & Cauley LLP; Adam C. Lenain, '96, partner, K&L Gates LLP; Lisa R. Rodriguez, '95, San Diego District Attorney; and Ryan D. Saba, '97, partner, Rosen & Saba, LLP. View the complete roster of the 2011-12 USD Law Alumni Board of Directors.

The 2012-13 academic year begins July 1. If you are interested in being considered for board membership for the 2013-14 academic year, please contact Shari Baurle, associate director of alumni relations or call (619) 260-4692.

CampU.S. House Ways & Means Chairman David Camp '78 Addressed Graduates at USD's Fifty-Fifth Conferral of Law Degrees

On May 12, U.S. Congressman David Camp, �78, addressed graduates at the 55th Conferral of Law Degrees on May 12 at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion. Congressman Camp, who represents the fourth district of Michigan and is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, offered his sincere congratulations and advice to his fellow alumni entering the legal profession. "You leave here with a unique education, one that has its roots in centuries of legal tradition," said Camp. "It is an education, more than any other, that has produced leaders, change agents and history makers. It's now up to you to decide what to do with this great gift." Read more.

StreitFormer Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit '75 Presented with John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

On May 7, Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit, '75, was presented the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. The award recognizes public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences. Streit was one of three Iowa Supreme Court judges who were ousted in 2010 after the court unanimously decided to legalize same-sex marriage.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president and head of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, presented the award. "The three judges are interesting and courageous on many levels," said Kennedy in an interview with the Associated Press. "Like many of the people who get this award, they don�t consider that they are doing anything particularly courageous, they just feel they'e doing what�s right. They�re doing their job." Read more.

Alumni HonorsTwo USD School of Law Alumni Presented Awards at Alumni Honors Gala

On April 28, USD honored two law school alumni at the 2012 Alumni Honors gala—the Honorable Dr. Joseph Ghougassian, '77 (MA) '80 (JD), received the Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award and Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., �87, received the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award. Read more.