Announcing the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and Rising Star Recent Alumni Award Honorees
Friday, November 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Westin Gaslamp Quarter
USD School of Law and the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors are pleased to annouce the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—Hon. Lorna A. Alksne, '92, judge, San Diego Superior Court and Patrick W. Martin, '92, partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.
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.
The 2013 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award recipients are Tessie Abraham, '07, legislative counsel to Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Bibianne Fell, '04, partner/shareholder, Fleming & Fell, PC. 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.
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 and registration is online and invitations will be mailed this summer.
If you are interested in nominating alumni for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award or Rising Star Recent Alumni Award, please submit an online nomination form. Nominations are accepted through March 2014.
Alumni News & Events
Regional Alumni Events
There are many regional opportunities for USD School of Law alumni to stay connected to USD and networking with fellow alumni. If you are interested in co-hosting/hosting alumni events in your area or want to serve as a Regional Alumni Representative, email Shari Baurle Green, associate director of alumni relations, or call (619) 260-4727.
View the 2013 alumni calendar for upcoming events in Washington D.C., New York, Orange County, San Diego/North County, Chicago, Sacramento, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Zurich and Seattle. Events in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas and Houston will be added to the calendar this summer.
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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.
Washington D.C. USD Law Alumni Reception
Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Register online
New York USD Law Alumni Reception
Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Register online
Orange County MBA Alumni Career Panel: Focus on Finance
Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m.
$10 per person includes light hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine and complimentary valet parking. Event details and registration
USD School of Law's Initiative to Protect Student Veterans Reception
Thursday, May 30
Warren Hall Lobby
USD School of Law alumni and military veterans are invited to celebrate the launch of USD's Initiative to Protect Student Veterans. USD President Dr. Mary Lyons and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will offer remarks. Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Event details and registration
North County USD Law Alumni Reception
Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Register online
June California Bar Swearing-In Ceremony & Luncheon
Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00 a.m.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel/Marina & Bali Hai
Bar passers are hosted and guests are $20 per person. Event details and registration
Chicago USD Law Alumni Reception
Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Crown Imports LLC
Hosted San Diego-style cuisine, Crown products and other beverages. Register online
Summer Tax Seminars
Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 28
Attend one or more of USD's Summer Tax Seminars. The seminars are designed for professionals in law, accounting and finance, as well as for corporate executives and business owners. Topics include corporate finance, international taxation, estate and gift taxation, taxation of intellectual property, real estate taxation and pass-through taxation. MCLE and CPE credits available. Event details and registration
Sacramento USD Alumni
Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.
$10 per person includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and one drink. Event details and registration
Silicon Valley USD Alumni
Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Rootstock Wine Bar
$5 per person includes light appetizers, beer and wine. Event details and registration
San Francisco USD Alumni
Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Hosted light appetizers and one drink.
San Diego USD Alumni
Happy Hour in Hillcrest
Thursday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.
The Tractor Room
Hosted light appetizers and drink specials.
European USD Alumni Reunion in Zurich
Friday, June 28 - Sunday, June 30
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 USD School of Business Administration Dean Dr. David Pyke. Director of Law School Graduate Programs Meredith D'Angelo and Professor Mike Devitt will also be attending. Event details and registration
San Diego USD Alumni
Fourth of July
Celebration and Fireworks
Thursday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m.
USD Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
Hosted light snacks and bottled water.
USD 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. $85 per person. Event details and registration
New York USD Alumni Greenwich Polo Club Match
Sunday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Greenwich Polo Club
$40 per vehicle. Event details and registration
Orange County USD Alumni Anaheim Angels vs. Oakland A's Baseball Game & Tailgate
Sunday, July 21 at 11:30 a.m.
$15 per person. Event details and registration
North 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
Conference on Judicial Independence and Globalization
Friday, August 9 - Saturday, August 10
The Conference on Judicial Independence and Globalization provides an update on international standards of judicial independence and explores national and international challenges facing the judiciary. This conference is part of an ongoing project of the Centre for Public Law at Cambridge University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Event details and registration
Seattle USD Alumni Lake Union Sunset Dinner
Thursday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Eastlake Bar & Grill
$15 per person. Event details and registration
USD School of Law Student Orientation Luncheon with Alumni
Friday, August 16 at 12:00 p.m.
Hahn University Center
USD law alumni are invited to a luncheon during student orientation to welcome the 2013 entering class and demonstrate the strong connection between our alumni community and the student body. We encourage you to invite fellow alumni to join you back on campus.
Alumni will be seated with incoming law students at the luncheon. Lunch and reserved parking is hosted by the Office of JD Student Affairs in collaboration with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Register online
San 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
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. Visit the reunion website for updated information
San 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
Dean Ferruolo Launches the Dean's Scholarship Initiative
In response to a significant need for scholarship funding, USD School of Law Dean Stephen Ferruolo launched a three-year $1.5M scholarship initiative last fall. The initiative urges alumni to give generously and provide an additional $500,000 for each of the next three years to support student scholarships. Read more and give online.
Howard Abrams, Miranda Fleischer and Victor Fleischer Join Law School Faculty
Professors Howard Abrams, Miranda Fleischer and Victor Fleischer have accepted faculty appointments at USD School of Law. Miranda and Victor Fleischer will join the faculty in August. Following a visiting appointment at Harvard Law School, Howard Abrams will join the faculty as Warren Distinguished Professor of Law and assume the role of director of tax programs in August 2014. Read more.
USD Law Students Meeting with Justice Scalia
Five USD law students participating in the Washington D.C. Externship Program this spring had a memorable experience when they met with Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more.
EPIC Director Scott Anders Special Guest on KPBS Earth Day Program
On April 22, Scott Anders, the director of USD School of Law's Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC), was a special guest on KPBS-FM's Midday Edition on Earth Day. Scott joined host Maureen Cavanaugh and co-panelist Lani Lutar, executive director of Equinox Center, to discuss environmental topics important to the San Diego region. Read more.
USD School of Law Hosts Second Annual Student Leadership Breakfast
On April 20, the Student Bar Association (SBA) and USD School of Law's Office for JD Student Affairs hosted the second annual Student Leadership Breakfast to honor the many student leaders and student organizations who work tirelessly for our school, community and law student colleagues. Dean Stephen Ferruolo provided welcoming remarks and Law Alumni Board member Andrew Haden, '08, provided the keynote address on the value of leadership, emphasizing how his own involvement in law school shaped his career as an attorney. Read more.
USD School of Law Enters First Semester of Chinese Exchange Program
USD School of Law entered the first semester of its new exchange program with Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), located in Shenzhen, China. Founded in 2008, STL is the leading law school in China focusing on the comparative study of U.S. law and Chinese law. The STL semester exchange program is part of the law school's continually expanding international programs designed to benefit to both students and faculty. Read more.
Professor Partnoy Ranks Sixth on List of Top Corporate Law Professors
Professor Frank Partnoy was recently ranked sixth in the nation on a list of Top Corporate Law Professors by all-time paper downloads from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database. As posted on the blog Concurring Opinions by George Washington University Professor of Law Lawrence A. Cunnigham, Partnoy placed among other highly regarded professors from Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, Northwestern University School of Law and UCLA School of Law. In that same ranking, Partnoy was ranked seventeenth among all law professors nationally. Read more.
Sharmila Sohoni and Dov Fox Appointed Assistant Professors
Sharmila (Mila) Sohoni and Dov Fox will join the USD School of Law faculty as assistant professors in August. Sohoni is currently an acting assistant professor of lawyering at New York University. Fox, currently an academic fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, lectures and publishes widely on legal topics in behavioral economics, biotechnology and health law, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Read more.
2013 Graduating Class Gift
Each year, members of the graduating class leave their mark on USD School of Law by contributing to a gift that is unique to their class. Through the support of their class gift, graduates build on USD's culture of philanthropy and make an impact on an area that is important to them. The 2013 Graduating Class Gift will be in memory of Professor C. Hugh Friedman, the law school's longest standing faculty member who passed away in January. With the funds, the graduates will memorialize Professor Friedman and pay tribute to a great teacher and mentor through an endowed scholarship fund. Read more.
Meet Some of USD's Current Law Students
Get to know some of USD's current law students on YouTube. View video online.
Public Interest Law Foundation Holds Annual LRAP Pledge Drive
The Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is pleased to announce the success of its annual Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) pledge drive. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is a private fund at USD that helps graduates pay off student loans if they choose to pursue a career in the public interest sector. To date, LRAP has contributed more than $352,000 to USD School of Law graduates to help them pursue positions in the public interest sector that they might otherwise have to forego due to high student debt.
Dean Ferruolo is matching up to $10,000 raised during the pledge drive, doubling the impact of every gift. PILF has raised more than $9,000 and needs less than $1,000 to reach their goal. To assist in taking full advantage of Dean Ferruolo's offer, please consider making a gift to support LRAP.
PILF is extremely grateful to those alumni, faculty, staff and students that have already supported the 2013 LRAP pledge drive.
Professor Orly Lobel Discusses Procrastination on HuffPost Live
On March 2, Herzog Endowed Scholar and Professor Orly Lobel appeared on HuffPost Live in a conversation about procrastination. In the panel discussion, Lobel sourced fellow USD School of Law Professor Frank Partnoy's wildly popular book, Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, which explores instances where procrastination plays a key role in decision-making. Read more and watch the episode online.
San Diego Alumni Reception
On April 18, USD School of Law hosted more than 150 San Diego alumni, graduating law students and admitted students at USD's La Gran Terraza restaurant. View photos.
Goldsmith '76; Waring '73, '04 Receive Career Achievement Award
On April 27, San Diego City Attorney Jan I. Goldsmith, '76 JD, and CleanTECH Co-Founder James T. Waring, '73 JD, '04 MA, received the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award at USD's 2013 Alumni Honors. View photos and honoree videos.
USD 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 2013-14 academic year: Bridget Fogarty Gramme, '93, '03, associate, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP; Stephen F. Halsey, '78, vice president & general counsel, Invensys plc; and Francis J. Tepedino '74, founder, president and CEO, The Condor Group.
We are truly grateful for the service of the following board members rotating off this year: Michel J. Duquella, '94, vice president of global employment advice & litigation, Flextronics; Hon. Harlan G. Grossman, '75, retired judge, Contra Costa County Superior Court; and Hon. Timothy R. Walsh, '91, supervising criminal judge, San Diego Superior Court. Judge Walsh is the longest serving member currently serving on the Board View the 2012-13 USD Law Alumni Board of Directors roster.
The 2013-14 academic year begins July 1. If you are interested in being considered for board membership for the 2014-15 academic year, please submit an online nomination form. Nominations will be accepted through March 2014.
2013 Commencement Speaker: Former Iowa Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Streit '75
On May 18, former Iowa Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael Streit, '75, will address graduates at the 56th Conferral of Law Degrees at USD's Jenny Craig Pavilion. Justice Streit was appointed in 2001 and his term expired in 2010. In 2012, Justice Streit was presented with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award by Caroline Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The award is presented to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for personal or professional consequences. Read more.
James Griffin '94 Appointed Pima County Superior Court Judge
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer appointed James Griffin, '94, Pima County Superior Court Judge. Since 2011, Griffin has been a partner at the firm Gabroy, Rollman & Bosse, PC, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance, life and health disability, personal injury, products liability and class actions. He also served as a Judge Pro Tempore for Superior Court. Read more.
Mary A. Lehman '91 Appointed to the California State Athletic Commission
Mary A. Lehman, '91, has been appointed to the California State Athletic Commission. Mary has been a civil appeals attorney at the Law Offices of Mary A. Lehman since 1995. She was an attorney with Gray Cary Ware and Freidenrich LLP, from 1991 to 2002. Mary was a professional boxer from 1999 to 2002, ranking as high as number nine in the world for her weight class. Read more.
Celia A. Brewer '93 Named Carlsbad City Attorney
Celia A. Brewer was appointed as the Carlsbad City Attorney in January. Celia succeeded City Attorney Ron Ball, who retired December 31, following 26 years of service to the City of Carlsbad. For the past two and a half years, Celia served as the interim port attorney and assistant port attorney for the San Diego Unified Port District. Read more.