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The alumni enewsletter from USD School of Law • May 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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DAAAnnouncing 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.

LinkedIn Use LinkedIn to Get Connected

USD School of Law welcomes alumni to connect and network on LinkedIn. Draw upon your lifelong USD alumni connection to build your network.

FacebookConnect with USD School of Law on Facebook

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

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

Serve as a resource for alumni and students by 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 recruiting volunteers for our Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program. Get involved in USD School of Law's recruitment efforts. Alumni involvement provides a valuable, practical and genuine connection between the university and prospective students. Be part of recruiting top students to USD. 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.

AcadianaWashington D.C. USD Law Alumni Reception

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

Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Register online

OceanaNew York USD Law Alumni Reception

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

Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Register online

Center ClubOrange County MBA Alumni Career Panel: Focus on Finance

Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Center Club

$10 per person includes light hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine and complimentary valet parking. Event details and registration

Veterans 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

Mintz LevinNorth County USD Law Alumni Reception

Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Mintz Levin

Hosted hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine. Register online

Bali HaiJune 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

Crown ImportsChicago 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 Summer Tax Seminars

Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 28
USD Campus

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

58 DegreesSacramento USD Alumni
Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.
58 Degrees

$10 per person includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and one drink. Event details and registration

RootstockSilicon Valley USD Alumni
Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m.
Rootstock Wine Bar

$5 per person includes light appetizers, beer and wine. Event details and registration

First CrushSan Francisco USD Alumni
Happy Hour

Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 p.m.
First Crush

Hosted light appetizers and one drink.
Register online

The Tractor RoomSan Diego USD Alumni
Happy Hour in Hillcrest

Thursday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.
The Tractor Room

Hosted light appetizers and drink specials.
Register online

European Reunion European USD Alumni Reunion in Zurich

Friday, June 28 - Sunday, June 30
Zurich, 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 USD School of Business 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

Fourth of July FireworksSan Diego USD Alumni
Fourth of July
Celebration and Fireworks

Thursday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m.
USD Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
West Terrace

Hosted light snacks and bottled water.
Register online

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. $85 per person. Event details and registration

Greenwich Polo ClubNew 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

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

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

Conference on Judicial Independence and Globalization Conference on Judicial Independence and Globalization

Friday, August 9 - Saturday, August 10
USD Campus

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

Lake Union Sunset DinnerSeattle USD Alumni Lake Union Sunset Dinner

Thursday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m.
Eastlake Bar & Grill

$15 per person. Event details and registration

Student Orientation LuncheonUSD 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 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. 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

Scholarship InitiativeDean 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.

New FacultyHoward 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.

U.S. Supreme CourtUSD 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.

Scott AndersEPIC 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.

Student Leadership BreakfastUSD 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.

Chinese Exchange ProgramUSD 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 PartnoyProfessor 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 FoxSharmila 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.

Graduating Class Gift2013 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.

USD Law StudentsMeet Some of USD's Current Law Students

Get to know some of USD's current law students on YouTube. View video online.

PILFPublic 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 LobelProfessor 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.

Case Closed

La Gran TerrazaSan 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.

Alumni Honors

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.

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 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.

Justice Streit2013 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 GriffinJames 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 LehmanMary 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. BrewerCelia 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.