Monday, February 11 – Friday, February 22
Monday, February 11
Student Bar Association (SBA): Meeting
12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
Join us for our regular SBA meeting. Meetings are held every other Monday and any USD law student may attend. Be sure to also check out the SBA TWEN page for the latest news. Contact: SBA President Josh Poulsen.
Pride Law: Welcome Back Meeting
12:30-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3C.
Join us for the first Pride Law meeting of the semester. We'll meet after the SBA meeting. This will be a brief meeting, but please stop by to say hello and hear what Pride Law has planned for the spring. Contact: Pride Law President Abbie Dillon.
YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga
2:00-3:00 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3C.
A fellow law student and certified yoga instructor will lead an hour-long power vinyasa flow. All law students are welcome. This is a safe space to explore yoga. "Like" the USD YogaLaw Society on Facebook to get weekly updates. Contact: YogaLaw Society President Kendra Lavelle.
Tuesday, February 12
USD Legal Clinics: An Introduction to Charter Schools and the Laws that Govern Them
8:30-10:20 a.m.; Warren Hall Room 3D.
Curious about charter schools? Wondering what they are and how they operate? This seminar will provide attorneys and law students with an introduction to the legal issues involved with advising charter schools. This event is free, but your RSVP is required. You can email your RSVP to Donna Schultz. Visit the event web page for more information. Contact: USD Legal Clinics.
Journal of Climate & Energy Law (JCEL): Environmental & Energy Law Speaker
12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A.
JCEL is proud to host Howard Susman, '79, a partner at Stoel Rives LLP. Susman will discuss the development of renewable energy projects and the role an attorney plays in that process. He will also speak about his own practice as a leader in the field of energy law and answer questions. Food will be provided. Contact: JCEL Editor-in-Chief Joshua Dennis.
Wednesday, February 13
Academic Success Program: Necessary Relevance—Outlining for Law School Success
12:00-12:50 p.m. and 4:30-5:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B.
This workshop will teach you proper and efficient outlining. We will cover: 1) when to begin outlining and why you should not begin the first week of class and 2) what information to include/exclude from your outline. Sample outline excerpts will be provided. Bring your questions. Contact: Director of Academic Success Kiyana Kiel.
St. Thomas More Society (STMS): Dinner and Ash Wednesday Mass
Dinner: 5:00 p.m.; Sardina's Italian Restaurant 1129 Morena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110.
Ash Wednesday Mass: 7:00 p.m.; The Immaculata.
Join us for dinner and Ash Wednesday Mass. We will meet at 4:45 p.m. in the Warren Hall second floor foyer if you would like to carpool to dinner. Contact: STMS President Jennifer Blanton.
San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): New Lawyers Division Welcome Mixer
5:30-7:30 p.m.; SDCBA Bar Center 401 West A St., Suite 1100, San Diego, CA 92101.
Join the SDCBA New Lawyers Division (NLD) for drinks and appetizers. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Heransberger.
Thursday, February 14
Dean Ferruolo's February Mixer
4:00-6:00 p.m.; Warren Hall Back Patio.
It's the first mixer of the Spring 2013 semester. Join the dean, faculty, and students for some Valentine's Day-inspired food. In conjunction with the Dean's Mixer will be the Women's Law Caucus Annual Faculty Auction. See the entry directly below for more details about the auction. Please note that USD Catering will now check ID cards at all events serving graduate-level beverages. Please bring your driver's license to the Dean's Mixer. Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs.
Women's Law Caucus: Annual Faculty Auction
Silent Auction: 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Warren Hall, The Writs.
Live Auction: 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Warren Hall, The Writs
Join WLC for its Annual Faculty Auction during the Dean's Mixer. All of the auction proceeds are donated to the USD Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), as well as various local organizations. Items up for bid are donated by USD law faculty and administrators. Come show your love and bid for an outing with your favorite professor. Visit our Facebook event page for more information and to see the incredible items up for bid. Contact: WLC Auction Chair Jackie Kallberg.
Friday, February 15
No events submitted.
Friday, February 15 – Sunday, February 17
Office for JD Student Affairs: February Bar Conference
Various times; Warren Hall.
USD is offering a full weekend of preparation for the July 2013 bar exam. This conference will help those taking any bar exam in the country. Information about sessions, times, meals, bar course discounts and prizes can be found on the registration website. Be sure to register online today; you do not want to miss this. Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs.
Saturday, February 16 – Sunday, February 17
Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (VICAM): 6th Annual Michael Thorsnes International Arbitration Competition—1L and 2L Volunteers Needed
All day; Warren Hall.
USD will host nearly 20 teams from law schools across the U.S. and abroad. The tournament serves as an opportunity for these teams to hone their skills in preparation for the William C. Vis International Arbitration Moot competitions in Vienna, Austria and Hong Kong. Teams will present an oral argument on an international contract dispute. VICAM is looking for 1L and 2L volunteers to keep time during the rounds and act as runners to help the tournament run smoothly. This is a great opportunity to get exposure to oral argument practices as you prepare for your Legal Writing and Research oral arguments. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the USD VICAM team with your name and preferred shift (Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning).
Monday, February 18
Student Bar Association (SBA): Budget Committee Meeting
12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 133.
Registered student organizations can request funding from SBA. To request funding, follow the steps laid out on the SBA Budget Committee TWEN page and sign up to present your request to the Budget Committee for discretionary funding. Contact: SBA Treasurer Michelle Silva.
Tuesday, February 19
Semester and Summer Study Abroad Programs Information Session
12:00-12:50 p.m. and 4:30-5:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A .
Gain valuable international education, exposure and experience on one of USD Law's semester study abroad or summer study abroad programs in Summer 2013 or Fall 2013. Some of the programs being offered include: Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Shenzen, Barcelona, Florence, London and Paris. Join us to learn more about these exciting opportunities. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs (Semester programs) or Office for Graduate & International Programs (Summer programs).
San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Criminal Law Basics—From Arrest to Sentencing
12:00-1:15 p.m.; SDCBA Bar Center 401 West A St., Suite 1100, San Diego, CA 92101.
A panel of distinguished speakers will discuss the criminal law case, from arrest to sentencing. They will also address criminal law fee agreements, client management, bail bonds and trial tactics. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Heransberger.
Wednesday, February 20
Graduate Student Life: Bagel Breakfast
9:15 a.m.; Grad/Law Commons, Student Life Pavilion, Room 401.
Every other Wednesday morning we will serve free bagels, pastries, coffee and juice. Come early; the event ends when the food runs out. Visit the event website for more information and additional dates. Contact: Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student Life Megan Kennedy.
Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Diversity Committee (DivCom): Order in the Court—Practical Tips from Distinguished Judges
4:30-5:30 p.m.; Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES Building), Executive Classroom 102.
BLSA and DivCom invite all USD law students to attend their annual judicial panel. A panel of three local judges will discuss courtroom etiquette and share their perspectives on things to avoid in written work submitted to a court. Visit the event web page for more information and a list of the panelists. This event is being held in conjunction with the USD School of Law Judicial Reception. Come for the panel and stay for the reception. Contact: BLSA President Chantal McCoy.
USD School of Law Annual Judicial Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.; Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES Building), Bishop Buddy Sala.
The Annual Judicial Reception recognizes our alumni and other members of the San Diego Bench. It also offers a unique opportunity for students to interact with our local judiciary in an informal setting. There will be hosted hors d'oeuvres and drinks. This event is free but registration is required. Visit the event web page for more information and to register. Contact: Program Manager, Law School Events Tara Murphy.
YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga
5:45-6:45 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 315.
A fellow law student and certified yoga instructor will lead an hour-long power vinyasa flow. All law students are welcome. This is a safe space to explore yoga. "Like" the USD YogaLaw Society on Facebook to get weekly updates. Contact YogaLaw Society President Kendra Lavelle.
Thursday, February 21
San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Civil Litigation, Construction and Insurance Sections Networking Mixer
12:00-1:15 p.m.; SDCBA Bar Center 401 West A St., Suite 1100, San Diego, CA 92101.
Join members of the civil litigation, construction and insurance sections for a networking mixer. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Heransberger.
Friday, February 22
No events submitted.
Tryout for the 2013 Inter-American Moot Court Competition (Open to all 2L and 3L students)
RSVP by February 11. Tryout dates: February 12-14.
All 2L and 3L students are invited to tryout for the 2013 Inter-American Moot Court Competition. Two students will win a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent USD at this year's competition. The tryout will consist of writing a 1-3 page argument based on a fact pattern that will be provided once students RSVP. This is a great opportunity for students interested in written and oral advocacy. Contact: President of International Law Society (ILS) Austin Berger if you are interested.
Save the Date: Paul A. McLennon, Sr. Moot Court Tournament Final Round and Reception
Wednesday, February 27; 5:00-7:00 p.m.; Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.
All students are invited to watch the two finalists for the McLennon Moot Court Tournament test their oral advocacy skills in front of a panel of distinguished judges. This is an especially wonderful opportunity for 1Ls to observe an oral argument in preparation for their own Legal Writing and Research oral argument. A reception will follow the final argument. The event is free. Visit the event web page for more information and to register to attend. Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs.
Paul A. McLennon, Sr. Moot Court Tournament: Volunteer Bailiffs Needed
Tournament Dates: February 18-23.
All 1Ls are invited to serve as bailiffs for the McLennon Moot Court Tournament. Bailiffs are in charge of keeping time during oral arguments and assisting the judges in the courtroom. This is a great opportunity to learn about appellate advocacy and network with local practicing attorneys. It also reflects well on your application to serve on next year's USD Moot Court Associate Board. Sign-ups will be available on the McLennon TWEN page. For more information, stop by Warren Hall, Room 114D or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all 3Ls: Graduating Class Gift Committee Recruitment
Leave your mark on USD School of Law by getting involved with the Graduating Class Gift. Celebrate the milestone of earning your law degree by joining the student-led fundraising campaign and making a gift for a chance to win a reserved parking spot during finals. For more information or to join the committee, contact Graduating Class Gift Advisor Whitney Sharpe.
Lawyers Club: Third Annual Interviewing Seminar
Thursday, March 7; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Duane Morris LLP 750 B St., Suite 2900 San Diego, CA 92101.
Lawyers Club is hosting a fantastic event aimed to hone your interviewing skills. Attorneys and judges from the community will ask you interview questions and give you immediate feedback on your answers. A small networking reception will follow. Participation is limited to 30, so register early. Visit the event website for more information and to register. Contact: Lawyers Club Committee Co-Chairs Carla Sanderson and Gayani Weerasinghe.
Advocates for Children & Education (ACE): Volunteer Opportunity
ACE is partnering with the Escondido Youth Court to provide training to teenage lawyers. The Escondido Youth Court is a fantastic diversion program for first-time misdemeanor offenders, and we are volunteering to help train youth who are acting as "lawyers" in the youth court. For more information, email email@example.com.
San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition: Volunteers Needed
Tournament Dates: February 26, 28, and March 2.
The San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition needs law student volunteers to assist with tournament logistics. This is a great opportunity to meet local judges and attorneys and to observe talented high school students compete in a mock trial. Volunteers will assist with courtroom management and general bailiff duties. Please email Assistant Director for JD Advocacy Programs Haley Shumaker if you are interested.
Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC): 12th Annual Black & White Ball—Volunteers Needed
Saturday, March 2; Manchester Grand Hyatt One Market Place, San Diego, CA 92101.
The San Diego Chapter of the ACC is looking for volunteers for its 12th Annual Black & White Ball. This year's event and auction will fundraise for Girls on the Run of San Diego. ACC needs volunteers throughout the day to set up auction items and to assist with the registration area. More than 700 attorneys attend the ball and it is a great opportunity for students to network and build legal connections. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Melissa Calderon and list the times you would be able to volunteer.
Legal Research Center (LRC): February Highlights
The LRC is highlighting the Women's Law Caucus for the month of February. Please view the February highlight flyer on our student materials page. We have also have two online database updates: 1) trainings are coming for the new Bloomberg Law database and 2) Westlaw ceases its printing capability in June 2013. Contact: Electronic Resources Law Librarian Anna Russell.
San Diego Opera: Discounted Student Tickets
The San Diego Opera's Student Ticket Initiative gives full-time students the opportunity to attend world-class main-stage opera productions at a discounted rate. Currently, the San Diego Opera is offering a student subscription package to three performances for only $50 each. Visit the website to purchase your tickets. You can also register to receive updates on when discounted single performance tickets become available. Contact: Associate Director of Fund Development Heide Pedersen.
Financial Aid Office: Available Outside Scholarships
Throughout the year, the Financial Aid Office receives announcements from the legal community with scholarship opportunities. Check out the Outside Scholarships web page for a listing of these scholarships. Example of scholarships available include: USD Alumni & Class Legacy Scholarships, National Italian American Foundation Scholarship, and ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship. Many of the scholarship deadlines are coming up, so apply now.
Financial Aid Office: FAFSA Application
Attention all non-graduating students: The FAFSA application for the 2013-14 academic year is now available. The priority filing deadline is March 2, 2013. If you plan on applying for student loans and/or work study, be sure to not miss the deadline. The FAFSA application is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (619) 260-4570 or stop by Warren Hall Room 203.