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The alumni enewsletter from USD School of Law • September 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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ReunionsUSD School of Law Milestone Reunions

The classes of 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, 2003 and 2008 celebrate milestone reunions on campus at USD on Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5.

The classes of 1964, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994, 2004 and 2009, have reunions in October 2014. In addition, the class of 1963 will be celebrating their 50-year reunion on Friday, January 31, 2014. If you are interested in serving on your Reunion Committee, please contact Shari Baurle Green, associate director of alumni relations or call (619) 260-4692.

Alumni News & Events

Regional Alumni Events

There are many regional opportunities for USD School of Law alumni to stay connected to USD and to network 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) 260-4692.

View the 2013 and 2014 alumni calendar for upcoming events in Washington, DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Sacramento, Silicon Valley, San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix and New York.

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 and view photos of law school news, alumni events, faculty updates and alumni accomplishments on Facebook.

Advisors & Admissions AmbassadorsAlumni Advisors & Admissions Ambassador Needed

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. Available on the Office of Career and Professional Development's secure password-protected website Symplicity, the directory is exclusively for law students and alumni.Instructions for alumni are available online.

Volunteers are needed for our Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program to help recruit the best and the brightest students to USD School of Law. 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.

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

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

$40 per person. Event details and registration.

40-Year ReunionClass of 1973 40-Year Reunion Dinner

Friday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Degheri Alumni Center

$60 per person. Event details and registration.

30-Year ReunionClass of 1983 30-Year Reunion Reception

Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m.
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

$40 per person. Event details and registration.

25-Year ReunionClass of 1988 25-Year Reunion Reception

Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m.
Shiley Center for Science & Technology

$40 per person. Event details and registration.

20-Year Reunion Class of 1993 20-Year Reunion Reception

Saturday, October 5 at 6 p.m.
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

$40 per person. Event details and registration.

10-Year ReunionClass of 2003 10-Year Reunion Reception

Saturday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Degheri Alumni Center

$40 per person. Event details and registration.

5-Year ReunionClass of 2008 5-Year Reunion Reception

Saturday, October 5 at 7 p.m.
Shiley Center for Science & Technology

$40 per person. Event details and registration.

Red MassRed Mass

Monday, October 7 at 6 p.m.
Founders Chapel

Members of the San Diego area bench and bar and the USD School of Law community will gather in USD's Founders Chapel to participate in the Red Mass, a liturgy held to mark the opening of the judicial year. Event details and registration.

Bowes-MadisonJoan E. Bowes-James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series

Wednesday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

British journalist, writer and politician Daniel Hannan will present "Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World," at the 10th presentation of the Joan E. Bowes-James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series. Event details and registration.

Orange CountyWashington DC USD Law Alumni Happy Hour with Dean Ferruolo

Thursday, October 17 at 6 p.m.

$10 per person. Event details and registration.

BostonBoston USD Law Alumni Luncheon with Dean Ferruolo

Tuesday, October 22 at 12:00 p.m.
Petit Robert Central Bistro

$15 per person. Event details and registration.

ProcopioNinth Annual USD School of Law-Procopio International Tax Law Institute

Thursday & Friday , October 24 - 25
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

Presented by USD School of Law and Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, the USD-PITI conference addresses international tax trending topics that affect cross-border business operations, tax and financial decisions. The ninth annual conference will cover today's financial environment and fine points of international tax with a focus on business, personal wealth and planning strategies among Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Justice Alfredo Gutierrez Ortiz Mena, Supreme Court of Mexico, will give the keynote address. Justice Gutierrez Ortiz Mena previously served as commissioner of Mexico's Tax Administration Service. Event details and registration.

Orange CountyOrange County USD Law Alumni Luncheon with Dean Ferruolo

Tuesday, October 29 at 12 p.m.
The Capital Grille

$15 per person. Event details and registration.

USD Founders GalaUSD Founders' Gala

Saturday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Jenny Craig Pavilion

Individual tickets and tables available. Event details and registration.

Asia Alumni ReunionsAsia Alumni Reunions in Hong Kong and Tokyo

Wednesday, November 6
& Friday, November 8

Hong Kong Maritime Museum/Lei Garden
Tokyo El Torito Restaurant

Hong Kong $100 per person and Tokyo 5,000 Yen per person. Event details and registration.

Newport BeachNewport Beach USD Alumni Happy Hour with Dean Ferruolo

Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 p.m.
Sol Cocina

$10 per person. Event details and registration.

Climate and Energy Law SymposiumFifth Annual Climate and Energy Law Symposium

Friday, November 8, at 8 a.m.
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

Academic and policy experts will analyze and assess core aspects of California's approach to climate change mitigation at USD School of Law's Fifth Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium. Event details and registration.

PhoenixPhoenix USD Alumni Wine Tasting with Dean Ferruolo

Thursday, November 14 at 6 p.m.
5th and Wine

$10 per person. Event details and registration.

NathansonKnapp Chair/30th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

Catharine A. MacKinnon is the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School will present "Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality," at theKnapp Chair/30th Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture. Event details and registration.

DAA2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Luncheon

Friday, November 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Westin Gaslamp Quarter

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are 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.

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.

This year's Platinum Sponsor are Bartell Hotels and Torrey Pines Bank. For more information and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email Brian Daugherty, senior director of development & donor relations or call (619) 260-4692. Event details and registration.

Nominate alumni for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award or Rising Star Recent Alumni Award by submitting an online nomination form. Nominations are accepted through March 1, 2014.

Holiday Happy HourSan Diego USD Law Alumni Holiday Happy Hour with
Dean Ferruolo

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

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

Judicial ReceptionUSD School of Law San Diego Judicial Reception with
Dean Ferruolo

Wednesday, February 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Warren Hall Lobby

Dean Stephen Ferruolo cordially invites members of the judiciary to attend USD School of Law's annual judicial reception and mixer to recognize our alumni and other members of the San Diego Bench. This annual event provides our students the opportunity to meet and interact with the judiciary. This event is open to members of the judiciary and their guests and USD School of Law students, faculty and staff only. Event details and registration.

Law School Briefs

2013 Entering ClassUSD School of Law's 2013 Entering Class Takes Oath of Professionalism

On August 22, 245 incoming first-year JD students and 28 comparative law and exchange students took USD School of Law's Oath of Professionalism at the Joan B. Kroc Peace & Justice Theatre. Transfer and first-year JD and LLM students received practical advice from guest speakers and were administered the USD Oath of Professionalism by the Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court the Honorable Robert J. Trentacosta. Read more.

Professor LobelProf Lobel Pens BusinessWeek/Bloomberg News Article on Changing Non-Compete Practices

BusinessWeek/Bloomberg News published an article by USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel titled, "The Benefits of Talent Mobility." As more companies proclaim innovation the Holy Grail of success, they have increased their control over their most valuable asset in the quest—talented individuals with the capacity to create and invent. Has business outlined non-compete agreements? What are the other options? Read more.

Professor SpectorInternational Law Scholar Horacio Spector Joins USD School of Law Faculty

Horacio Spector will join the USD faculty during the 2014 spring semester and divide his time between USD and the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Professor Spector has regularly taught at USD as a visiting professor of law since 2008. Spector was a research fellow with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation at Harvard University in 1992, twice a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Heidelberg and in 1996 was awarded the Diploma of Merit Konex in Philosophy of Law. Read more.

Professor FoxProf Fox Pens Huffington Post Article "The Future of Genetic Privacy"

On August 13, published an op-ed article by USD School of Law Assistant Professor of Law Dov Fox titled "The Future of Genetic Privacy." Professor Fox analyzes an emerging forensic technique called DNA phenotyping against the background of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Maryland v. King. Read more.

Case Closed

Dallas USD Alumni Happy HourDallas USD Alumni Happy Hour

Wednesday, September 11

Dallas USD Alumni got together for Happy Hour with Associate Director of Alumni Relations Shari Baurle Green at Del Frisco's Grille in Uptown. USD School of Law has more than 200 alumni in Texas. Thank you to Kris Ikejiri, '80, for capturing such great photos. View photos.

Alumni Spotlights

Basil AlexanderUSD School of Law Alumni, Faculty Named 2013 San Diego County Top Attorneys

On July 31, The San Diego Daily Transcript announced its annual list of San Diego's "Top Attorneys." Among the 2013 list of 151 outstanding San Diego attorneys, alumni and employees from USD School of Law captured 42 spots: 40 law school alumni, one law school professor, and one law school administrator. Read more and view the complete list.

Jalila AissiJalila Aissi '07 (JD) Named Empire State Fellow by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the members of the 2013-15 class of Empire State Fellows. USD School of Law alumna Jalila Aissi, '07 (JD), was one of 21 experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds who were selected through a highly competitive process that analyzed unique skills, leadership potential, commitment to public service, and creativity. A number of the newly announced class, including USD’s Aissi, will be placed in the governor's Executive Chamber, while others will be placed in state agencies to work with key advisors to the governor. Read more.

Tracy J. LoganTracy J. Logan '09 (JD) Awarded Fulbright Professional Scholarship

Tracy J. Logan, '09 (JD), has won a Fulbright professional scholarship in climate change and clean energy, sponsored by the Australian and U.S. governments. Through her Fulbright Scholarship, Logan has traveled to Australia to undertake research at the University of Sydney to develop a clean energy policy encompassing the movement of energy. Her project involves developing a policy approach to increasing incentives for the planning and financing of electric infrastructure. It is her intention that this will facilitate the expanding renewable energy market and lay the groundwork for future initiatives that require a comprehensive, interconnected electric grid. Read more.

Gwen Rutar MullinsGwen Rutar Mullins '87 (JD) Named Best Lawyer

Best Lawyers announced the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America on August 15. Gwen Rutar Mullins, '87 (JD), was honored for her work in construction law. A partner at Howard & Howard in Las Vegas, Mullins concentrates her practice in the areas of construction law, probate, guardianship, trust administration, business and estate planning, corporate law, contracts, real estate and commercial litigation. Read more.

Brian PeckBrian Peck '88 (JD) Appointed GO-Biz Deputy Director of International Affairs and Business Development

California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Brian Peck, '88 (JD), deputy director of international affairs and business development at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Peck has been policy director at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers since 2011 and a lecturer in law for international trade policy at the USC Gould School of Law since 2009. Read more.

Andrew M. Sugimoto '02Andrew M. Sugimoto '02 (JD) Named Commanding Officer of USCG Cutter Stratton

Andrew M. Sugimoto, '02 (JD), assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton in Alameda, Calif., on August 22, in a Change of Command Ceremony. Sugimoto reports to Stratton from Cleveland, where he served as chief, Incident Management Branch of the Ninth Coast Guard District. His area of responsibly spanned the five Great Lakes, the Saint Lawrence Seaway and parts of the surrounding states, including 1,500 miles of international border. Sugimoto has more than 10 years of sea time with seven tours afloat, three as commanding officer assignments. Read more.

Janice  MulliganJanice F. Mulligan '81 (JD) Appointed to California State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees

Janice F. Mulligan, '81 (JD), of the law firm of Mulligan Banham was appointed to the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE), the State Bar of California agency that evaluates all candidates who are under consideration for a judicial appointment by the governor. Mulligan will begin her term on the commission on January 31, 2014. Read more.

Joseph McGettiganSandusky Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan '81 (JD) Sheds Spotlight for Quieter Legal Life

Joseph McGettigan, '81 (JD), is probably most well-known for his prosecution of the multimillionaire John E. du Pont, accused of killing champion Olympic wrestler David Schultz in 1996 at his mansion in Philadelphia. In 2012, McGettigan was Pennsylvania's State Deputy Attorney General and lead prosecutor on yet another case that garnered nationwide media attention, the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case that brought down famed Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno and three of the school's top leaders. Now, a year after the trial that enthralled much of the country and sports world and ended with Sandusky's 30- to 60-year prison sentence for child sexual abuse, McGettigan has stepped back into a more anonymous life at a law practice in Berwyn, Pa. Read more.

CLAY Awards California Lawyer Seeking Nominations for the 18th Annual CLAY Awards

California Lawyer is currently seeking nominations for the 18th Annual CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) through November 1. The 2014 CLAY Awards will be published in the March 2014 issue. Nominate a USD law alumnus/a.

NominationsSeeking 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 2014-15 Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2014 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award. Nomination forms are available online and are due by March 1, 2014. Nominees will be notified in May 2014.