School of Law News
USD Law Alumnus Larry A. Burns to Preside Over Jared Loughner Trial
USD School of Law alumnus and U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns ’79 was appointed Wednesday to preside over the case of Jared Loughner, the Tucson man accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing a federal judge and five others. The 56-year-old Burns was named to the case after all the federal judges in Arizona recused themselves to avoid the appearance they could not be impartial in a trial of Loughner.
In 2006, Judge Burns was a judge for the final round of USD's prestigious Paul A. McLennon, Sr. Honors Moot Court Competition.
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The University of San Diego School of Law is a center of academic excellence focused on preparing its students for legal practice in the new century. One of the most selective law schools in the country, the School of Law’s nationally recognized faculty create a demanding, yet welcoming environment that emphasizes individualized education. USD law school graduates consistently score higher than the state average on the California Bar Exam and go on to practice law throughout the country and abroad, forming an influential network of alumni. The USD School of Law is one of only 81 law schools in the country to have a chapter of the Order of the Coif, the most distinguished rank of American law schools. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.
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