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.
Giving & Volunteering
Careers in the Law
Wednesday, February 6 at 5:30 p.m.
Join more than 1,000 USD law alumni to be included the the 2012-13 Alumni Advisor Directory and attend the 31st Annual Careers in the Law program—the law school's largest and most important alumni and student networking event. We are seeking alumni volunteers to represent more than 20 practice areas including alternative careers. Event details and registration.
News & Events
Regional Alumni Events
USD School of Law alumni can 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, email Shari Baurle Green, associate director of alumni relations, or call (619) 260-4692.
View the 2013 alumni calendar for upcoming events in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Bernardino/Riverside, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Houston, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and New York. More events and additional locations are being added to the calendar.
Stay Informed About MCLE Opportunities at USD
As a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider, USD School of Law provides numerous programs throughout the year that qualify for MCLE credit often at no cost to alumni. To receive email notifications of upcoming MCLE events add your name to our MCLE notification list.
Volunteer for the Spring 2013 Civil Practicum Course
USD's Civil Practicum course is an innovative and creative approach to legal education that simulates the practice of law in a small firm setting. Students are placed in two-partner firms and handle four diverse cases in the areas of family, employment, U.C.C. and personal injury law. The course relies upon on alumni to serve as volunteer clients for each of these cases. Volunteer clients will be interviewed by student attorneys, communicate with students throughout the semester, and attend a mock trial, mediation, or arbitration. The time commitment for the semester varies from approximately two to eight hours, depending on your case assignment. For more information, or to volunteer, email Haley Shumaker, assistant director for JD Advocacy Programs and civil practicum administrator.
Third Annual USD School of Law Patent Law Conference: The Future of Patent Law Remedies
Friday, January 18 at 8:30 a.m.
"The Future of Patent Law Remedies" will address landmark changes in patent law remedies taking place at the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, and globally.
Event details and registration.
Center for Corporate & Securities Law: Directors Forum Bonus Session
Sunday, January 27 at 2:30 p.m.
USD's Center for Corporate & Securities Law presents "Regulatory and Legal Issues in the Year Ahead: What Directors, Shareowners, and Management Should Know" with keynote speaker Lynn Turner, former Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) chief accountant.
Event details and registration.
San Francisco USD Law Alumni Happy Hour
Tuesday, January 29 at 5:30 p.m.
A Conversation with Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Monday, January 28 at 1:00 p.m.
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and one of "The World's 100 Most Influential People in 2012," according to Time magazine, will discuss prosecutions under President Obama's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. Event details and registration.
Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference
Friday, February 15 ñ Saturday, February 16
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, the Works-in-Progress conference includes presentations of a variety 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. This conference is made possible through support from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation. Event details and registration.
Volunteer Judges Needed for Paul A. McLennon Sr. Honors Moot Court Competition Preliminary Rounds
February 18, 19, 21, & 22 at 5:15 p.m.
San Diego Superior Court, Hall of Justice
The McLennon Moot Court Competition provides an opportunity for students to develop their brief writing and advocacy skills and to test these skills in an open, rigorous competition. The Appellate Moot Court Board invites more than 250 alumni to serve as judges for the preliminary rounds. Each judge will serve on a three- or four-judge panel and hear two rounds of oral arguments. Dinner and refreshments are provided. To volunteer, email the Appellate Moot Court Board with the night(s) you are available.
USD School of Law San Diego Judicial Reception
Wednesday, February 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Dean Stephen Ferruolo is hosting USD School of Law's annual judicial reception and mixer to recognize our alumni and other members of the San Diego Bench. This event provides students with the opportunity to meet and interact with the judiciary. The reception is open to members of the judiciary and their guests and USD School of Law students, faculty and staff only. Event details and registration.
Institute for Law & Philosophy: Roundtable on Theories of Complicity
Friday, February 22 ñ Saturday, February 23
The Institute for Law & Philosophy is hosting a roundtable on the proper theory of complicity liability—an important but under-explored corner of criminal law theory. Event details and registration.
Paul A. McLennon Sr. Moot Court Competition Final Round
Wednesday, February 27 at 5:00 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
The McLennon competition was established by USD School of Law Professor Michael Devitt and his family to honor longtime family friend, attorney and naval officer Paul A. McLennon, Sr. 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. View event details and RSVP to the Office of JD Student Affairs.
Riverside/San Bernardino USD Law Alumni Luncheon
Tuesday, March 5 at 12:00 p.m.
California Court of Appeal
4th District, Division 2
Orange County USD Alumni Reception
Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Los Angeles USD Alumni Reception
Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Campus Visit Day Luncheon with Admitted Students
Monday, March 11, Monday, March 18 and Friday, April 12 at 12:00 p.m.
Hahn University Center
USD law alumni are invited to attend one of the admitted students' Campus Visit Day Luncheons and to play an active role in recruiting exceptional law students to USD. Event details and registration.
Sacramento USD Law Alumni Tax Luncheon
Tuesday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m.
Sacramento USD Alumni Reception
Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Palo Alto USD Law Alumni Luncheon
Wednesday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m.
Location & Registration Coming Soon
San Francisco USD Law Alumni Reception
Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m.
Location & Registration Coming Soon
Richard C. Pugh Lecture on
Tax Law & Policy Presents
Stephen E. Shay
Thursday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m.
The Richard C. Pugh Lecture series brings to USD a distinguished practitioner, judge or government official who has played a significant role in shaping U.S. and international tax policy to discuss current and developing tax law and policy trends. Stephen E. Shay is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. Before joining Harvard's faculty, Professor Shay was deputy assistant secretary for International Tax Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and a tax partner for 22 years with Ropes & Gray, LLP. Event details and registration.
29th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Feauturing William Galston
Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m.
The Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series brings to USD distinguished speakers to discuss issues of national significance. William A. Galston holds the Ezra Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution's Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns and elections. Event details and registration.
San Diego USD Law Alumni Reception
Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m.
La Gran Terraza
Washington D.C. USD Law Alumni Reception
Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Location & Registration Coming Soon
New York USD Law Alumni Reception
Thursday, May at 7:00 p.m.
Location & Registration Coming Soon
2013 USD School of Law Milestone Reunions
Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 5
The classes of 2012, 2008, 2003, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1973 and 1963 will be celebrating milestone reunions. Get involved by completing a brief reunion survey and join your reunion committee:
Class of 2012 1-Year Reunion Survey
Class of 2008 5-Year Reunion Survey
Class of 2003 10-Year Reunion Survey
Class of 1993 20-Year Reunion Survey
Class of 1988 25-Year Reunion Survey
Class of 1983 30-Year Reunion Survey
Class of 1973 40-Year Reunion Survey
Class of 1963 50-Year Reunion Survey
Visit the reunion website for updated information.
Law School Briefs
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Book Discussion and Signing
USD's College of Arts and Sciences and Warwick's Bookstore present U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who will be discussing and signing her book My Beloved World on January 27, at USD's Shiley Theatre. This event is sold out. Read more.
Professor Partnoy Co-Authors Cover Story "What's Inside America's Banks" in The Atlantic
George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and Co-Director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law Frank Partnoy co-authored a cover story in the January/February issue of The Atlantic magazine with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jesse Eisinger. The story titled “What’s Inside America’s Banks?” takes readers on an adventure through the financial statements of Wells Fargo—a bank widely regarded as one of the most conservtive—to gauge whether it is possible to make informed judgments about the financial risks a bank may be carrying. Read more.
CAI Executive Director Professor Fellmeth Leads Victory for Children in SB 39 Litigation
Handing child advocates a sweeping victory in their effort to prevent child deaths, a San Diego Superior Court judge has struck down regulations issued by the state Department of Social Services that blocked the press and the publicís ability to discover why local child welfare agencies failed to act to prevent a child from being fatally abused or neglected. "Public scrutiny of local child welfare practices when our most precious and vulnerable citizens tragically die is something everyone who cares about the well being of children should embrace," said Price Professor of Public Interest Law and Executive Director of the Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI) Robert Fellmeth. Read more.
Peking University School of Transnational Law and USD School of Law Take Lead in China-U.S. Tax Programs
USD School of Law announced a growing collaboration in the areas of U.S. and international tax law with Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), located in Shenzhen, China. Effective January 1, the two schools will work together to develop STL's tax curriculum with assistance from USD faculty who will teach courses in Shenzhen on an annual basis. This partnership supplements the student exchange program between USD School of Law and STL established during the fall 2012 semester. Read more.
EPIC Featured in San Diego Lawyer Magazine
USD's Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) was featured in the September/October issue of San Diego Lawyer magazine. Described as a "Hidden Gem," EPIC has demonstrated impressive achievements since it opened in 2005. The center is training a new generation of lawyers who are pursuing careers in energy and climate law policy and industries. EPIC has been hired by local government agencies to help develop policies and programs related to energy and climate. Read complete story.
Professor Lobel's Appearance on HuffPost Live "News Block"
On December 11, Professor Orly Lobel made another appearance on HuffPost Live. Professor Lobel joined the "News Block" webcast, a regular online forum that discusses three to four of the top currently trending stories on The Huffington Post. HuffPost Live uses new media technologies to bring together an online community of different voices to the conversation, hosting commentators from across the country and around the world. Read more.
Professor Martin Comments on Supreme Court's Decision to Review Prop. 8
On December 8, Professor Shaun Martin was quoted in a San Diego Union-Tribune article, "Justices to Rule on Gay Marriage." Professor Martin provided expert legal commentary about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review Proposition 8, a 2008 state constitutional amendment that added a new provision stating only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Read more.
Professor McGowan Discusses Supreme Court's Review Prop. 8 on KUSI-TV
On December 7, Professor Miranda McGowan was interviewed on KUSI-TV to provide expert legal opinion on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments involving two cases dealing with same-sex marriange, including California's Proposition 8. "The Supreme Court has decided for the first time to enter the same-sex marriage debate," commented Professor McGowan.
USD School of Law Launches First Post-Grad Training Program
During the fall 2012 semester, USD School of Law hosted its first post-graduation training program for alumni. Led by Professor Allen Snyder and made possible through the generosity of Los Angeles-based alumnus George Strong, '74, this six-week, post-bar alumni education program focused on oral advocacy trial skills. The program was free for recent graduates and provided those admitted to practice with 36 hours of continuing education credit. Read more.
USD Legal Clinics and UCSD Join Forces for Legal-Medical Collaboration
USD Legal Clinics recently collaborated with UCSDís Department of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and the USD Education and Disability Legal Clinic to help families of children with special needs understand the legal avenues families can take to advocate for their children. Scott Brown, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician and developmental-behavioral pediatric fellow in the UCSD program, was the first physician to participate in the joint effort. Read more.
Professor Barry Lends His Tax Law Expertise to KPBS Radio and Television
On November 28, Professor Jordan Barry appeared on KPBS-FM Midday Edition and KPBS-TV Evening Edition yesterday to discuss some recent changes to San Diego's tourism tax. Read more.
Professor McAllister Named Environmental Law Scholar of the Week
On November 26, the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation & Resources (CLEAR) at the University of North Carolina named USD School of Law Stanley Legro Professor in Environmental Law Lesley McAllister Environmental Law "Scholar of the Week." Read more.
Team of International Scholars Including Professor Lobel Releases Global Analysis Report
The Center for Global Governance Studies and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)—a team of leading international academics that includes Orly Lobel, the Herzog Endowed Scholar and Professor of Law—released a report naming the top 10 countries in the 2012 Connectedness Index: Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Singapore, Ireland, Canada and the U.S.
Women's Law Caucus Annual Auction - Call For Donations
USD's Women's Law Caucus hosts their annual Faculty Auction on February 14, 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.
Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Alumni Luncheon with Dean Ferruolo
On January 8, Dean Stephen Ferruolo and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations hosted a luncheon with Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex-area alumni at the Tower Club's Triniti Restaurant. Thank you to Kris Ikejiri, '80, for sharing his photos. View photos.
December California Bar Swearing-In Ceremony and Luncheon
On December 4, 200 alumni, family, friends, professors and administrators celebrated USD School of Law alumni being sworn into the State Bar of California at Tom Ham's Lighthouse. View photos—password toreros.
Seeking Nominations for Law Alumni Board, 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 2013-14 Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2013 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award. Nomination forms are available online and are due by Friday, March 8, and nominees will be notified in May.
Lynn Schenk '70 Reappointed to the California High Speed Rail Authority
Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. announced that Lynn Schenk, '70, has been reappointed to the California High Speed Rail Authority, where she has served since 2003. Lynn served as chief of staff to Governor Gray Davis from 1999 to 2004, and in the U.S. Congress from 1993 to 1995, where she authored the High Speed Rail Development Act of 1994—the first federal law authorizing high-speed rail.
Judge Luis R. Vargas '81 Joins District Attorney's Office
San Diego Superior Court Judge Luis R. Vargas, '81, has accepted a position at the San Diego County District Attorney's office. Judge Vargas, who has been a judge for 20 years, began his new duties in January after retiring from the bench. He will provide the District Attorneyís office expertise in several areas of the law, including civil litigation, appellate cases and cross-border issues.
Law Alumni Board Member Marty B. Lorenzo '93 (BA), '96 (JD) Named MCCA Rainmaker
USD Law Alumni Board Member Marty B. Lorenzo, '93 (BA), '96 (JD), a member of the Corporate & Securities Section of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C., has been named a 2012-13 Rainmaker by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). One of just 17 honorees, Marty was profiled in the November/December issue of MCCA's Diversity & The Bar magazine. Rainmakers were selected based on nominations from leading firms nationwide. The annual listing recognizes minority attorneys throughout the U.S. who have achieved success through innovative business development and dedication to client service. Each Rainmaker maintains a regular book of business reaching or exceeding $2 million a year. Read more.
Ann Moore '84 Sworn In as Chair of the San Diego Board of Port Commissioners
On January 8, distinguished land-use attorney Ann Moore,'84, who represents Chula Vista on the Board of Port Commissioners, was sworn in as the 2013 Chair of the Board of Port Commissioners.
USD Law Librarian Anna Russell '10 Co-Authors Article in AALL Spectrum Magazine
USD School of Law's Anna Russell, '10, electronic resources librarian at the Pardee Legal Resource Center, co-authored a paper that appears in the December edition of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Spectrum magazine. In the article, "Law Libraries Linking Data to Mobile Devices: Save patrons' time and stay hip," Anna discusses new ways to provide library patrons access to information via mobile devices.
Twelve USD School of Law Alumni Named Outstanding Young Attorney Finalists by The Daily Transcript
USD School of Law congratulates alumni honored as San Diego County's Best Young Attorneys for 2012 by The Daily Transcript. View the complete list of alumni recognized and nominate a USD law alumnus/a for the 2013 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award.
Nominate a 2013 San Diego County Young Influential for The Daily Transcript
Join The Daily Transcript pay tribute to San Diegoís newest entrepreneurs and leading newsmakers. The Young Influentials awards program highlights young entrepreneurs and successful business leaders who are the next generation of Top Influentials—San Diego Countyís young movers and shakers. Online nominations close on February 12.