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The alumni enewsletter from USD School of Law • September 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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Feature Story

DAA LuncheonOnline Registration is Open!
2012 Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon

Friday, November 16 at 11a.m.-1p.m.
Westin Gaslamp Quarter

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.

Join us in honoring the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients:

  • A. John Murphy Jr. '72 (BA) '75 (JD)
      Managing Partner
      Wickersham & Murphy
      Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta '79
      Presiding Judge
      San Diego Superior Court

And the 2012 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award recipient:

  • Laurie G. Rowen '04
      Montage Legal Group

The Rising Star Recent Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have graduated within the past ten years and recognizes significant achievements in the legal profession or chosen field and a high level of community involvement.

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

The cost is $55 per person and includes a three-course lunch and program. Register online.

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.

Tax Controversy ConferenceUSD School of Law/Miller & Chevalier Tax Controversy Conference

Friday, September 28 at 8:30a.m.-5p.m.
Techmart, Santa Clara, Calif.

USD School of Law, in partnership with Miller & Chevalier, announces the the first annual USD School of Law/Miller & Chevalier Tax Controversy Conference. This informative and comprehensive program will explore "Washington Approaches to Resolving Tax Controversies." Sam Maruca, the first Internal Revenue Service (IRS) director of transfer pricing operations, large business & international (LB&I) division, will deliver the keynote address. The cost per person is $100 for TEI members and $125 for non-members. Register online and view agenda.

Red MassRed Mass Marks Opening of Judicial Year

Monday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Founders Chapel

Members of the San Diego area bench and bar and the USD School of Law community will gather in Founders Chapel to participate in the Red Mass—a liturgy held to mark the opening of the judicial year. A reception will follow in Founders Foyer and Patio. Register online.

Reunions2012 USD School of Law Milestone Reunions

Friday & Saturday, October 5 & 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.

Boston Alumni ReceptionBoston Alumni Reception

Monday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Petit Robert Central Bistro

Join USD School of Law Dean Stephen Ferruolo and Boston USD alumni at a reception with hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Register online.

Stock TickerThe Wild World Of Insider Trading: Investment Opportunity or Illegal Behavior?

Wednesday, October 24 at 5:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Insider trading prosecutions, both criminal and civil, are on the rise. Many cases involve financial professionals, hedge fund managers, corporate insiders, attorneys, and even government employees who unlawfully traded on material non-public information, all of which undermine the integrity of the capital markets. Register online.

Reuven S. Avi-Yonah2012 USD School of Law-Procopio International Tax Institute

Thursday & Friday, October 25-26
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Presented by USD School of Law and Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, the eighth annual conference is dedicated to the latest developments in the dynamic field of international tax law in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Professor Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Director of the International Tax LLM Program at the University of Michigan will be deliver the 2012 keynote address. Event details and registration.

Recent Alumni Wine TastingSchool of Law & School of Business Recent Alumni Wine Tasting

Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Degheri Alumni Center

Join USD School of Law and School of Business alumni from the classes of 2002-2012 at a wine tasting at USD's Degheri Alumni Center's open air interior courtyard. Friends and colleagues are also welcome. This is a great opportunity to connect with alumni from USD's JD, LLM and MBA programs. We look forward to having a glass of wine with alumni and guests. The $20 cost per person includes three tasting pours of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir paired with California-inspired Mediterranean hors d'oeuvres. Register online.

Climate & Energy Law SymposiumFourth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium

Friday, November 9 at 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

USD School of Law's fourth annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium will examine emerging law and policy approaches to encourage and accommodate distributed energy solutions. The symposium will bring together legal and policy experts from across the country to address a variety of key issues including the latest developments in the rules that govern the electricity grid change to incorporate distributed generation, possibilities for generating energy at the neighborhood and community levels, the legal and policy innovations at the federal, state and local levels that are most needed to usher in a distributed energy future. Register online.

Joan E. Bowes-James MadisonJoan E. Bowes-James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series: What's So Great About America

Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

As in the book of the same name, Dinesh D'Souza gives his most auto-biographical talk about how America has changed both his own life and the history of the world. America's principles, systems of government, and value of individual rights has made it into the most prosperous and powerful nation. This talk is a fascinating look at what makes America so great. Register online.

December Bar Swearing In LuncheonDecember California Bar Swearing-In Ceremony and Luncheon

Tuesday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Dean Stephen Ferruolo and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations is hosting a celebratory luncheon at Tom Ham's Lighthouse immediately after the State of California Bar Swearing-In Ceremony at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. All July 2012 Bar Passers will be hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Bar passers are welcome to bring family, friends and guests to the luncheon at a cost of $20 per person. Law school faculty, administrators, Law Alumni Board members and Board of Visitors members are also invited to attend. View event details. Online registration will be available in November.

Law School Briefs

Graduate Program on the RoadUSD School of Law's Graduate and International Programs on the Road

USD School of Law is a long-standing leader in graduate legal education and offers the following Master of Laws (LLM) programs: Comparative Law; Taxation; Business and Corporate Law; International Law; and General. Admission representatives from the law school's Graduate and International Programs are traveling to 13 U.S. universities and will be touring Europe this fall, presenting information sessions in Madrid, Milan and Paris. View a complete listing of travel locations.

Intellectual Property ClinicUSD School of Law Launches New Intellectual Property Clinic

USD School of Law has launched a new Intellectual Property (IP) Law Clinic, giving students the opportunity to provide free legal services while gaining real-world experience. Working under the supervision of a local law firm, IP Clinic students provide legal services to San Diego companies on a variety of intellectual property issues including trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets. Read more.

Veterans ClinicUSD School of Law Launches New Veterans Legal Clinic; Names Supervising Attorney

In August, USD School of Law launched the new Veterans Legal Clinic, which will provide free legal assistance to veterans in disputes with for-profit institutions over the use of GI Bill funds and predatory lending associated with education loans. Legal services provided by the clinic will range from advice to identification of potential claims to representation of student veterans in litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Robert "Bob" F. Muth has been named supervising attorney for the Veterans Legal Clinic. Read more.

Women's Law Caucus logoWomen's Law Caucus Annual Auction - Call For Donations

USD's Women's Law Caucus is hosting their annual Faculty Auction on February 14, 2013, to raise money for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) and various charities assisting women in the San Diego area. Alumni may donate an outing with students to the live auction. In the past, activities have included poker games, lunches and rounds of golf. Outings can be individualized by specifying when, where and how many students can participate. An alternative to donating to the live auction is contributing items to the silent auction. Examples of past donations are gift cards, gift baskets, study aids and USD apparel. Read more about how to participate.

Oath of ProfessionalismUSD School of Law Students Prepare for Legal Profession With the Oath Of Professionalism

As USD School of Law admitted the 2012 entering class in August, incoming students took an Oath of Professionalism administered by presiding judge of the San Diego Superior Court, USD Law Alumni Board member and 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient the Honorable Robert J. Trentacosta, '79.

Jim KrauseIn Memoriam: Law School Adjunct Professor Jim Krause '75

USD Trustee and law school Board of Visitor Member James Krause, '75, passed away on August 16, 2012, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Gale and three sons: Andrew, Mark and David.

Jim joined USD's Board of Trustees in 2009 and served on the audit and student affairs committees. He graduated from USD School of Law in 1975, became an adjunct professor in 2007, and was a longtime member of the law school's Board of Visitors. Classroom 2B in USD's Warren Hall was named for Gale and James Krause in 2005 in recognition for their generous support of USD School of Law's endowment campaign.

Read more or view the San Diego Union-Tribune article.

Verna DennehyUSD School of Law Remembers Verna Dennehy

Verna Ruth Dennehy, a thirty-year veteran of the law school records office, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 20, with her family by her side. She retired in 2005. Many alumni and law school staff and faculty remember her well. Loved by the students, Verna was their confidante and advisor. Her endless energy, keen knowledge of her job, and fun and sassy attitude left a positive and indelible mark upon the law school. Read more.

Foundation and Federal Awards/Grants<USD School of Law Receives Foundation and Federal Awards/Grants

USD School of Law received contracts and grants awarded in 2012 from the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, the Paul Bechtner Foundation, SDG&E, the San Diego Foundation's Board of Governors, the California Center for Sustainable Energy, and the State Bar of California. Read more.

Alumni Spotlights

CLAY AwardsCalifornia Lawyer Seeking Nominations for the 17th Annual CLAY Awards

California Lawyer is currently seeking nominations for the 17th annual CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) through November 1. The 2013 CLAY Awards will be published in the March issue. Nominate a USD law alumnus/a.

Young AttorneysNominate USD Law Alumni for The Daily Transcript's 2012 Young Attorneys

Do you know an outstanding young lawyer? The Daily Transcript is seeking nominations for the San Diego Legal community's up-and-coming stars with the sixth annual Young Attorneys honor. Nominees must be a practicing attorney with up to seven years experience practicing law. Nominations will be accepted through October 19, and finalists will be announced on December 13. Nominate a USD law alumnus/a.

Top AttorneysAlumni and Faculty Named 2012 San Diego County Top Attorneys by The Daily Transcript

USD School of Law congratulates alumni and faculty recognized by The Daily Transcript as 2012 San Diego County Top Attorneys. View the complete list of alumni and faculty.

Alex CaleroAlex M. Calero '05 New Vice Chair of the California Young Lawyers Association

Alex M. Calero, '05, becomes the vice chair of the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) on October 14, 2012, upon conclusion of the State Bar of California Annual Meeting in Monterey, California. Created in 1965, CYLA is the nation's largest association of new lawyers. All lawyers licensed to practice in California with five years or less of practice or who are 36 years old or younger are automatically members of CYLA. CYLA sponsors educational programs, networking opportunities and other resources geared for new attorneys. Read more.

Brent BernauUSD Law Librarian Brent Bernau '85 Profiled in The Daily Transcript

USD School of Law Collections Development Librarian Brent Bernau, '85, was profiled in The Daily Transcript. The article highlights Bernau's career achievements including his recent tenure as vice president of the San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL). Bernau followed his heart. He began as a law librarian, dabbled in home improvement and real estate appraising and even owned his neighborhood coffee shop. But his passion for helping people brought him back to his first love—the law library. Read more and/or read The Daily Transcript article.

Jeffrey ThomaJeffrey E. Thoma '81 Re-Elected to National Criminal Defense Bar Association Board

Jeffrey E. Thoma, '81, was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association's 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco on July 28. He has served on NACDL's Board of Directors since 2009. For the past five years, Jeff has served as CLE Program Chair for NACDL's Forensic Science & the Law Seminar. He has also served as co-chair of NACDL's Death Penalty Committee. Read more.

Law Firm Challenge2011-12 Law Firm Challenge Results

The Law Firm Challenge has wrapped up another successful year with more than $65,000 raised from USD law alumni. View the complete results.