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The alumni enewsletter from USD School of Law • March 2013

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The Docket is prepared by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and is emailed to all USD School of Law alumni every other month—January, March, May, July, September and November. The Docket contains news and event information from USD School of Law specifically geared towards law school alumni.


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Alumni Honors

Goldsmith '76; Waring '73, '04 to Receive Career Achievement Award

Saturday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

San Diego City Attorney Jan I. Goldsmith, '76 JD, and CleanTECH Co-Founder James T. Waring, '73 JD, '04 MA, are receiving the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award at USD's 2013 Alumni Honors.

The cost is $75 per person and includes awards program and starlit soiree. The recent alumni discount for graduates after 2002 is $55 per person. Register online.

Alumni News & Events

Regional Alumni Events

There are many regional opportunities for USD School of Law alumni to stay connected to USD, fellow alumni and current students. 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) 260-4727.

View the 2013 alumni calendar for upcoming events in San Diego/North County, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Washington, D.C., New York, Seattle, Mexico City, and Zurich, Switzerland. More events and additional locations including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas and Phoenix are being added to the calendar.

FacebookConnect with USD SChool of Law on Facebook

Keep up-to-date on law school news, alumni events, faculty updates and alumni accomplishments on Facebook.

Advisors & Admissions AmbassadorsVolunteer as an Alumni Advisor
& Alumni Admissions Ambassador

Join fellow alumni to be included in the Alumni Advisor Directory and serve as a resource for alumni and students—providing insight and advice on career choices and information on various fields of law and other careers. The directory is exclusively for law students and alumni and is available on Career Services' secure password-protected website Symplicity. Instructions for alumni are available online.

We are also recruiting volunteers for our Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program to engage alumni in USD School of Law's recruitment efforts. Alumni involvement complements the efforts of the law school's admissions representatives and provides a valuable, practical and genuine connection between the university and prospective students. We encourage you to be part of recruiting top students to your alma mater. Register online.

MCLEStay 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.

Campus Visit Day LuncheonsCampus Visit Day Luncheon with Admitted Students

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.

San Diego International Law Journal First Annual San Diego International Law Journal Symposium

Friday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m.
University Center, Room 128

The San Diego International Law Journal's First Annual Symposium focuses on immigration. The symposium will discuss how the Supreme Court's recent Chaidez v. United States decision impacts both the immigration and criminal fields. Event details and registration.

EllaSacramento USD Law Alumni Tax Luncheon

Tuesday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m.

Register online

FirehouseSacramento USD Alumni Reception

Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m.
The Firehouse

Register online

Il FornaioPalo Alto USD Law Alumni Luncheon

Wednesday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m.
Il Fornaio

Register online

SensSan Francisco USD Law Alumni Reception

Wednesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m.

Register online

Stephen Shay Richard C. Pugh Lecture on
Tax Law & Policy Presents
Stephen E. Shay

Thursday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom

The annual Richard C. Pugh Lecture series presents 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 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.

Edith Ramirez San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Latinas in the Law Present FTC Chairperson Edith Ramirez

Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom

Join Latinas in the Law for an inspiring Q&A session with Edith Ramirez, recently appointed chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission. San Diego Superior Court Judge Yvonne Campos will moderate the program. Read more and register by emailing Anna M. Jauregui-Law.

GarageSeattle USD Alumni Networking Happy Hour

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

Register online

LinkedIn School of Business Alumni Council Presents Professional Branding with LinkedIn

Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 a.m.
Mintz Levin

USD's School of Business Alumni Council invites law alumni to attend a continental breakfast and presentation by social media expert Ken Schmitt, '92, BBA, on how to enhance your personal brand by leveraging your LinkedIn presence and profile. Event details and registration.

William Galston 29th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Feauturing William Galston

Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

The annual Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series presents 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.

Deposition Skills FREE Post Graduate Skills Program: Deposition Skills

Wednesday, April 17, Saturday, April 20
& Saturday, April 27
Warren Hall

This spring, USD School of Law will be offering free training on deposition taking and defending skills. This training mirrors a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) course. The NITA program charges $2,000 per person, but our training is free to alumni. The training sessions span over three dates and is limited to 32 law alumni. A $200 deposit is required when you make your reservation and returned to you when you complete the training. Event details and registration.

Mexico City Mexico City USD Alumni Reunion with Dean Ferruolo

Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Rubén Dario 115

USD's Comité México Organizing Committee cordially invites you to attend the fifth annual USD Reunion in Mexico City. This year's reunion will feature President Mary E. Lyons, PhD and special guest Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo. Event details and registration.

La Gran TerrazaSan Diego USD Law Alumni Reception

Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m.
La Gran Terraza

Register online

AcadianaWashington D.C. USD Law Alumni Reception

Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Register online

OceanaNew York USD Law Alumni Reception

Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Register online

June Bar Swearing-In LuncheonJune California Bar Swearing-In Ceremony & Luncheon

June TBD at 10:00 a.m.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel/Marina & Bali Hai

Bar passers are hosted and guests are $20 each. Registration coming soon.

European Reunion European USD Alumni Reunion in Zurich

Friday, June 28 - Sunday, June 30
Zürich, Switzerland

USD School of Law alumni are invted to the annual USD European Alumni Reunion in Zurich in the heart of Europe and at the center of Switzerland, on the northern shores of Lake Zurich. This year's featured guest is the Dean of the School of Business Dr. David Pyke. Director of Law School Graduate Programs Meredith D'Angelo and Professor Mike Devitt will also be attending. Event details and registration.

USD Wine ClassicUSD Wine Classic

Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

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. $65 Early Bird Registration (April 1 - 30); $85 Registration after April 30. Registration coming soon.

Anaheim AngelsOrange County USD Alumni Anaheim Angels vs. Oakland A's Baseball Game & Tailgate

Sunday, July 21 at 11:30 a.m.
Angels Stadium

$15 per person. Event details and registration.


Thursday, June 20 - Friday, June 21
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

USD's Center for Corporate & Securities Law (CCSL) is hosting ICGN's exclusive west coast environmental, social and governance (ESG) program, an international program developed by investors, for investors. The program is limited to 25 registrants and offers the opportunity to network with seasoned industry professionals. Event details and registration. Interested in other CCSL events? Add your name to the Center's notification list.

Del MarNorth County USD Alumni
Day at the Races

Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Del Mar Racetrack Il Palio

$20 per person. Event details and registration.

San Francisco GiantsSan Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres Baseball Game and Pre-Game Alumni Happy Hour

Saturday, September 28 at 11:00 a.m.
Pete's Tavern & AT&T Park

$40 per person. Event details and registration.

Reunions2013 USD School of Law Milestone Reunions

Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 5
USD Campus

The classes of 2012, 2008, 2003, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1973 and 1963 will be celebrating milestone reunions. Reunion Committee members will be announced in the May Docket. Visit the reunion website for updated information.

Holiday Happy HourSan Diego USD Law Alumni Holiday Happy Hour

Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Hosted appetizers and one drink. Happy hour specials available. Event details and registration.

Law School Briefs

Professor FriedmanIn Memoriam: Professor C. Hugh Friedman, 1931-2013

Casil Hugh Friedman, a prominent San Diego business attorney, legal advocate and USD School of Law's longest-standing faculty member, passed away on January 29, due to a prolonged illness. He was 81.

"Hugh's passing is a terrible loss both to USD School of Law and the San Diego community," said Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo. "During his 55-year association with USD School of Law, Hugh was beloved by his faculty colleagues and inspired generations of students. As a lawyer, he compiled an exemplary record of service at the local, state and national level, always giving generously of his time and talents. Hugh was a trusted advisor to his clients, a great teacher and mentor, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather, and a talented jazz musician—in all a wonderfully vibrant man. Hugh lived a very rich life and leaves an enduring legacy." Read more.

Professor LevineIn Memoriam: Attorney and Former USD School of Law Professor Harvey Levine

Harvey Levine, well-known San Diego attorney and former USD School of Law professor, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, following a lengthy illness. He was 68. A story in the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, "Attorney Harvey Levine represented the little guys, those fighting insurance companies that refused to pay claims. He also took on some big guys as clients, including a former Chargers player and the San Diego Padres. Harvey had a highlight-reel legal career that included work outside the courtroom as a professor at USD School of Law and a stint as legal liaison for the United Nations in Italy." Read more.

McLennon Moot Court CompetitionTyler Krentz Wins 2013 Paul A. McLennon, Sr., Honors Moot Court Competition

On February 27, USD School of Law second-year student Tyler Krentz won the 10th Annual Paul A. McLennon Sr., Honors Moot Court Competition. The annual intramural event provides USD law students an opportunity to develop their brief-writing skills by testing them in an open and rigorous competition. The final round oral argument was presided over by J. Clifford Wallace, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; Louisa Porter, Magistrate Judge (ret.), U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; and Alex McDonald, Associate Judge, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District. Read more.

Professor FellmethProfessor Fellmeth: $1.6 Billion Owed to California Consumers Is "Long Overdue"

USD School of Law Price Professor of Public Interest Law Robert Fellmeth was quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune on February 19, providing expert legal commentary about a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission administrative law judge's ruling that California utility customers are owed about $1.6 billion from energy wholesalers that manipulated markets at the outset of the state's 2000-01 energy crisis. Read more.

Academic AchievementsLaw Professors Honored by USD for Academic Achievements

Three USD School of Law professors are being honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their discipline: Professor Laurence Claus; Professor Lesley McAllister; and Professor Walter Heiser. Awards will be formally bestowed at the Fall Convocation on September 13. Read more.

Mock TrialUSD School of Law Welcomes San Diego County High School Mock Trial Teams

USD School of Law welcomed four mock trial teams from high schools across San Diego county during the month of January, allowing teams to practice their legal skills in Grace Courtroom. Students competed in the 2012-13 San Diego County Mock Trial Competition February 26 - March 2, at the San Diego Downtown Courthouse. The local competition is part of the California Mock Trial Program—a statewide academic competition in which high school students compete at the county, state and national levels. The program attracts more than 500 students from San Diego County and 8,000 students statewide. The winner of the San Diego competition will go on to compete in the state competition held March 22-24, in Riverside, Calif. Read more.

Professor LobelProfessor Lobel Named One of "The 50 Sharpest Minds of Israel"

Herzog Endowed Scholar and Professor of Law Orly Lobel was named one of "The 50 Sharpest Minds of Israel" by The Marker Magazine, Israel's leading business journal. Featured in the magazine's January 2013 issue, Professor Lobel discusses her career choice, connections to Israel, upcoming book, and current research. Read more.

EPIC in Inside USDEPIC Featured in Inside USD

USD School of Law's nonprofit Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) runs on Director Scott Anders' passion for Energy. Scott drives a fuel-efficient car, consciously lives in an energy-friendly home equipped with solar panels and, since October 2005, has been at the helm of EPIC's important academic and research projects. "I'm an energy geek, admittedly," he stated. "When I see stuff, I see energy and I see carbon. Everything we have and do basically has embedded energy in it." So it's no surprise that Scott can weigh in on the inaugural USD One Challenge—a campus-wide awareness and solution-oriented community project focused this spring on issues concerning the environment, specifically wasteful production and consumption. Read more.

Case Closed

Careers in the LawCareers in the Law

On February 6, more than 200 alumni and students attended the 31st Annual Careers in the Law program with more than 29 practice areas and alternative legal careers represented. Mark your calendars for next year's event on February 5, 2014. View photos—password toreros.

Alumni Spotlights

Hon. Robert J. TrentacostaHon. Robert J. Trentacosta '79 Receives 2013 Witkin Judicial Service Award

Robert J. Trentacosta, ’79, the presiding judge of the San Diego Superior Court who is guiding the court through its most difficult period in its history, received the San Diego Law Library Foundation's 2013 Bernard E. Witkin, Esq. Judicial Service Award on March 7. Additional Witkin Award honorees included:

Service to Education
Professor Emeritus C. Hugh Friedman (awarded posthumously)

Public Service
Matthew C. Hervey, Esq.
Advisor to the Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation

Legal Professional
Robert G. Steiner, Esq.
Senior Counsel, McKenna, Long & Aldrege LLP

Read more.

Paul RobinsonPaul Robinson '73 Named San Diego Daily Transcript Top Influential

USD School of Law Board of Visitors member Paul Robinson, '73, has been named by the San Diego Daily Transcript as one of San Diego's Top Influentials. Chosen from a list of 400 nominees, the Transcript editorial board selected the list of finalists, which includes of leaders from key San Diego industries such as real estate, construction, technology and legal services. Paul is a partner at Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg and Bagley LLP, and specializes in land use issues. Read more.

Deborah FoxDeborah J. Fox '83 Recognized in 2013 "Women Leaders in the Law"

American Lawyer Media has named Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson Principal Deborah Fox to its esteemed list of the nation's Top Rated Lawyers "Women Leaders in the Law" for 2013. The list honors women lawyers who have the "highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence." Read more.

Debbie RiderIntroducing New Associate Director of Development
Debbie Rider '84

In February, Debbie Rider, '84, joined USD School of Law's Office of Development and Alumni Relations department as the new associate director of development. Debbie is responsible for helping to enhance the law school's fundraising efforts. In her role, she manages the Law Firm Challenge, the Board of Visitors and supports major gifts efforts. Debbie has extensive experience as both a professional and volunteer fundraiser. Her professional experience includes work for the Children's School and Ursuline Academy. She has also held leadership volunteer fundraising roles for the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA, Girl Scouts, Del Mar Pines Foundation for Education and the Junior League of San Diego. In addition, she has served as a volunteer on USD School of Law's Dean's Advisory Committee on External Affairs. We welcome Debbie back to USD School of Law. Debbie can be reached by email or by phone at (619) 260-4134.