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September 19 – October 1, 2016

Important Deadlines

  • Fri. Sept. 23: Last day to receive 70% tuition refund.
  • Fri. Sept. 23 at 5 p.m.: Deadline to apply for the USD Law Private Endowed Scholarships.
  • Fri. Sept. 30: Extended deadline to enroll or waive the student health insurance.

Upcoming Events

1L Week: Fall 1L Check-In

Monday, September 19

Feeling stressed or anxious? Still adjusting to law school life? Looking for balance? Come to a lunchtime discussion with your classmates and a representative from USD Student Wellness to check-in and see how you are doing. Lunch will be provided.

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Student Bar Association (SBA): Budget Committee Meeting

Monday, September 19

Registered student organizations can request funding from SBA. To request funding, fill out and submit a Budget Request Form, available on the SBA TWEN page, then sign up to present your request to the Budget Committee for funding. SBA Budget Committee Meetings will occur every other Monday in Warren Hall room 315.

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Student Organization Fair

Monday, September 19

Come get to know all of our student organizations and find one that fits your interests. Student organizations will have information and goodies to pass out. Pizza, dessert and refreshments will be provided by the Office for Law Student Affairs.

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Graduate Student Life: Yoga on the Rooftop

Tuesday, September 20

Please join us for our first monthly Yoga on the Rooftop. Bring a yoga mat or towel. All graduate and law students are welcome to attend.

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One & Done: 2L Introduction to the Bar Exam

Tuesday, September 20

This program, geared toward 2L/2Ps, introduces you to everything you need to know about the bar exam and getting licensed as an attorney. Join Taylor Ruth Israel, Interim Director of Academic Success & Bar Programs, to get information on the bar exam, a summary of deadlines, bar prep courses, and spring bar exam programs.

Lunch will be provided. You must register online by Friday, September 16 at noon in order to receive your packet and meal. If you cannot attend, email lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu to receive the video login information.

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Professionalism Series: Community & Bar Association Involvement--Gain Legal Experience through Pro Bono Service

Tuesday, September 20

Learn how the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) and San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc. (SDVLP) can help you 1) obtain hands-on legal training by working with real clients on actual cases; 2) apply your legal skills to benefit those who cannot afford representation; 3) become a part of San Diego’s legal community while working to expand access to justice for those who might not otherwise have it; 4) engage in pro bono opportunities that connect you to judges, experienced attorneys, hiring partners, and community leaders; and 5) become a member of SDCBA and get involved with SDVLP. Woodstock Pizza will be served!

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1L Week: Food and Faculty (Section E)

Tuesday, September 20

You are invited to join your first year faculty members and continuing part-time students for a reception. This is an informal reception with hors d’oeuvres – take some time to engage with your professors and classmates. 

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1L Week: Food and Faculty (Sections A, B and C)

Wednesday, September 21

This event is for first year students only.

You are invited to join your first year and bar course faculty members for lunch. This is an informal lunch – just an opportunity to take some time to engage with your professors and classmates.

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San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Stress-Free Student Loan Strategies

Wednesday, September 21

Law students and graduates have important decisions to make about student loans. Do not miss attorney and nationally recognized expert Heather Jarvis. This engaging and practical presentation by her will help you get a grip on your student loans. Bring your questions! Visit the event website for more information and to register. If you cannot make it, you can also register for the internet webcast. 

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Academic Success Program 1L Workshop: Outlining for Exam Success (Section E)

Wednesday, September 21

This workshop is the second in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this fall semester. This second workshop introduces effective and efficient outlining. Topics include 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. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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Constitution Day Program

Thursday, September 22

Please join the University of San Diego and University of San Diego School of Law for a very timely panel discussion and Q & A:

"RIGHTS, ACCESS AND EQUITY: VOTING IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE LONG MARCH TOWARDS INCLUSION"

Panelists

  • Professor Cory Gooding, PhD, Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Professor Casey Dominguez, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations
  • Professor Miranda McGowan, Professor of Law, School of Law

Lunch will be provided. All are welcome.

Admission is free of charge, but reservations are required. Please reserve your seat by Friday, September 16, 2016.

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Student Wellness: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training

Thursday, September 22

Did you know that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 25-34? Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Training is designed to help identify the warning signs of suicide and reduce suicide behavior. In this one-hour training, you will learn how to recognize suicide-warning signs, ask someone you are concerned about whether they may be considering suicide, and help refer someone who may be struggling to professional help. Please register for this training and learn how to be a life-saving resource.

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Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS): First General Meeting and Thursday Night Football Viewing

Thursday, September 22

Come to our third annual Thursday Night Football viewing party and enjoy free pizza and wings. This event will also serve as our first general meeting where you can learn about SELS, meet the executive board, pay membership dues, and meet other students interested in sports and entertainment law. Information about applying to be the SELS SBA Representative will also be provided.

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1L Week: Fall 1L Check-In (Part-Time Students)

Thursday, September 22

Feeling stressed or anxious? Still adjusting to law school life? Looking for balance? Come to a discussion with your classmates and a representative from USD Student Wellness to check-in and see how you are doing. Dinner will be provided.

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Graduate and International Programs: LLM and Law Exchange Students Happy Hour

Thursday, September 22

Attention LLM and law exchange students: Please join us for happy hour at O'Toole's. Hang out with your fellow students and unwind. Enjoy appetizers and one free non-alcoholic drink ticket. Cash bar available for those 21 and over. Members of the International Law Society will also join to answer questions about their organization. We hope to see all of our LLM and law exchange students! Please note that this event is only open to LLM and law exchange students.

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University Ministry: Theology on Tap

Thursday, September 22

Take a break from studying and join us for a free dinner, meaningful conversation, and good company. This month's topic is finding community in graduate and law school. Find out how to get connected and learn more about the many opportunities to serve and grow in your spiritual life. All graduate and law students are welcome.

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1L Week: Ice Cream Social

Friday, September 23

We all scream for ice cream - enjoy sundaes served by the law school faculty! This event is for first year students only.

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Academic Success Program 1L Workshop: Outlining For Exam Success (Section C)

Monday, September 26

This workshop is the second in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this fall semester. This second workshop introduces effective and efficient outlining. Topics include 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. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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Student Bar Association (SBA): General Meeting

Monday, September 26

The SBA General Meetings are held every other Monday in Warren Hall room 131 and any USD law student may attend. For information regarding recent General Meetings, please check the SBA TWEN page. Student organizations that are receiving funding from SBA must send a representative to each General Meeting.

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Black Law Students Association (BLSA): Leading Change in Your Law Career

Monday, September 26

Please join BLSA for this unique panel topic. Our panel of speakers will discuss how you can pursue a successful law career while still making a difference in your community and contributing to social change. The panel includes: Judge Randa Trapp (San Diego Superior Court), Barbara Parker (Oakland City Attorney), and Stacie Patterson (Law Office of Stacie L. Patterson). The panel will be moderated by Professor Mary Jo Wiggins. The event includes a buffet dinner and drinks. Please RSVP online by Thursday, September 22. Admission is $20 at the door (free for students). This is sure to be an enlightening and educational discussion. We hope to see you there.

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One & Done: 2L/3L Selecting Your Bar Prep Company

Tuesday, September 27

Want free MPRE materials? Come learn and ask questions about the products and services each company offers for bar exam preparation (note only one company will be in the room at a time). Following the panel, each company will have a separate location (until 2:50pm) where students can go to learn more about companies of interest. Lunch will be provided, register online to attend. 

Attend this event and you will be entered into a raffle to win a $250 course credit for your choice of either Barbri, Kaplan, or Themis bar preparation courses. To be entered into the raffle you must attend the event from 12-12:50 and sign-in with all three bar prep companies during the time they are here, until 2:50pm.   

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Women's Center: Only With Consent Pre-Workshop Dinner

Tuesday, September 27

USD students are invited to a dinner with the founders of the non-profit organization Only With Consent, Jasmin Enriquez and Mike Friedman. This dinner will take place directly before the Only With Consent Interactive Workshop, and will provide students the opportunity to speak with the founders and learn more about how to engage in the movement to end sexual violence. Spots for the dinner are limited, please RSVP to Sarah Borger

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Women's Center: Only with Consent Interactive Workshop

Tuesday, September 27

Join the non-profit organization, Only with Consent, for an interactive workshop on healthy relationships, consent, and sexual violence prevention.

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Graduate Student Life: Bagel Breakfast

Wednesday, September 28

Enjoy bagels, coffee, and juice. Come early; the event ends when the food runs out. Like us on Facebook to keep up with our events.

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Academic Success Program 1L Workshop: Outlining for Exam Success (Section A)

Wednesday, September 28

This workshop is the second in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this fall semester. This second workshop introduces effective and efficient outlining. Topics include 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. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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Golf Law Society (GLS): General Meeting

Wednesday, September 28

We invite all law students to attend our meeting and learn more about GLS and the wonderful stress-relieving events it offers to students, such as our Fifth Annual Golf Tournament, range days, and beginner golf clinic. If you have any interest in golf or learning how to golf, please join us. Non-pizza lunch provided.

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Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): General Meeting and Guest Speaker

Wednesday, September 28

Join JLSA for the first general meeting of the school year. Visiting professor, Iddo Porat (Hebrew University), will be joining us to highlight the differences between the US Legal System and the Israeli Legal System.  

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Memorial Service for Professor Carl A. Auerbach

Wednesday, September 28

Please join us for a memorial gathering to honor Carl Auerbach, Professor of Law Emeritus of the University of San Diego School of Law.

Professor Auerbach's academic career spanned seven decades, beginning at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1947. He joined the University of Minnesota Law School in 1961, later serving as its Dean from 1972 through 1979. In 1985, he joined the University of San Diego School of Law as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, and he remained an active faculty member until 2012. He also served as a visiting law professor at Columbia University, the University of Utah, the University of Iowa, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Uppsala University in Sweden.

Professor Auerbach passed away on April 6, 2016. He was 100 years old.

The memorial gathering is open to all colleagues, friends as well as current and former students to remember Professor Carl Auerbach's commitment to his students, support of the law school and contributions to the legal profession. 

RSVP by Thursday, September 22, 2016.

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33rd Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, September 28

Please note that the lecture has moved to Grace Courtroom.

Please join us for the 33rd presentation of the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series:

"The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States" by Professor Robert A. Stein, University of Minnesota Law School

 Schedule

5:30 p.m. — Doors open
6 p.m. — Presentation
7 p.m. — Reception

You are also invited to attend a memorial service for Professor Carl Auerbach on the same day at noon. 

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Academic Success Program 1L Workshop: Outlining for Exam Success (Section B)

Thursday, September 29

This workshop is the second in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this fall semester. This second workshop introduces effective and efficient outlining. Topics include 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. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): Civility Matters

Thursday, September 29

Civility Matters is a presentation on proper ethical conduct for lawyers and law students, sponsored by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), San Diego Chapter. ABOTA is an organization devoted to preservation of the jury system. Members work to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility, and courtesy in the legal profession. The panel includes Hon. James Mangione (San Diego County Superior Court), Christopher Todd (Partner, Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP), and Ben Bunn (Owner, Bunn Law Group).

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Graduate Student Life & Women's Center: Lunch & Learn

Thursday, September 29

Join Prevention and Education Coordinator, Sarah Borger, for a dialogue about opportunities for graduate students to get involved and gain leadership experience in sexual and relationship violence awareness and prevention. Snacks and beverages provided!

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One & Done: Moral Character Requirements-The CA Bar and You

Thursday, September 29

USD School of Law will host a special guest with the State Bar of California, who will tell you what you must do to make sure you are admitted in a timely manner. Failure to become licensed because of delayed moral character acceptance or missed deadlines has cost graduates their jobs! Learn to avoid pitfalls and delays from the expert. The CA State Bar representative will also be available in PLRC Room 113 between the two programs for any individual meetings and questions. Register online to attend. This program will repeat on the same day at 4:30 p.m.

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One & Done: Moral Character Requirements-The CA Bar and You

Thursday, September 29

USD School of Law will host a special guest with the State Bar of California, who will tell you what you must do to make sure you are admitted in a timely manner. Failure to become licensed because of delayed moral character acceptance or missed deadlines has cost graduates their jobs! Learn to avoid pitfalls and delays from the expert. The CA State Bar representative will also be available in PLRC Room 113 between the two programs for any individual meetings and questions. Register online to attend. 

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Announcements

Student Bar Association (SBA): 1L Section Representative Election Results

Congratulations to the newly elected 1L Section and LLMC Representatives! This year's 1L Section and LLMC Reps are:

  • Section A: Saleem Hawatmeh
  • Section B: Kaitlyn Forbes
  • Section C: Stephen Wainwright
  • Section E: Sabrina Faramarzi
  • LLMC: Shivani Kumbhojkar

Red Mass: Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for student volunteers to serve during this year's Red Mass on Monday, October 3. There are several volunteer opportunities available. The volunteer roles are low pressure, do not require any experience, and you do not have to be Catholic to volunteer for most of the roles. The Mass is open to the entire law school community, regardless or religious affiliation. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet local judges and attorneys. If you would like to volunteer, please email Director for Law Student Affairs Irene Meloney.

Office of Financial Aid: USD Law Private Endowed Scholarship Application Now Open

A number of private scholarships are available for continuing JD students during the 2016-17 academic year. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of our alumni and friends. They are designed by the donors to recognize and encourage the achievement and potential of USD JD students. Consideration for these scholarships is generally based on academic performance, financial need, diversity and/or other specified qualifications. Students who submit the application will be considered for all available scholarships for which they qualify. The deadline to submit is Friday, September 23, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Apply today. Contact: Associate Director of JD Admissions and Financial Aid Karen Scheer.

Mandatory Title IX Training

The annual online "Think About It" training on sexual misconduct and relationship violence has been issued. All students at USD are required to complete this training in accordance with the Campus SaVE Act. The deadline to complete this training is October 1, 2016. Students who do not complete the training by this date will be assessed a noncompliance fee in the amount of $250. Because this is an annual training, prior completion of the training does not exempt students from the requirement. If you have questions about the training, please visit the Title IX website or email titleix@sandiego.edu.

Student Health Insurance Requirement

All law students are required to have health insurance while enrolled at USD. You may purchase an insurance policy through the school's provider, or you may waive participation in the University sponsored plan if you have a policy that will provide you with sufficient coverage while you are at USD. All students must either enroll in or waive out of the student health insurance plan by September 30, 2016. Please note that the deadline to enroll/waive has been extended. Your student account will automatically be charged for the student health insurance plan unless you submit a waiver by the September 30 deadline. For detailed information about the student health insurance requirement and instructions on how to enroll in or waive the student health insurance, please visit the USD health insurance website. Students should submit any insurance-related questions via the Gallagher Student Customer Service form or the 2016-17 USD health insurance online request form.


Contact:

Law Student Affairs
Warren Hall, Room 218
Phone: (619) 260-4651
Fax: (619) 260-7715

Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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