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Weekly student enewsletter from USD School of Law • Volume 2, Number 10 • October 22, 2012

Important Deadlines

Mon. Oct. 22: Deadline to register to vote in California

Upcoming Events
Monday, October 22–Friday, November 2

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

Legal Writing & Research: Grammar Workshop #4—Who Did What?

12:00-12:30 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A.
Join us for our fourth Grammar Workshop. Today's workshop will teach you subject-pronoun agreement and subject-verb agreement. Each 30-minute Grammar Workshop will involve brief lecture, practical exercises tied to the lecture content, and feedback on those exercises. Bring your lunch and improve on your grammar. Contact: Legal Writing & Research Program Fellow Holly Krohel.

American Association for Justice (AAJ):
Trial Training Seminars

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom.
Learn trial skills and hear about our spring trial tournament, an event from which USD's Mock Trial Team may recruit new members. Lunch will be provided. This seminar repeats on Wednesday, October 24. Contact: AAJ President Josh Norton.

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.

Tax Law Society (TLS): Guest Speaker Event

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B.
TLS will be hosting our first speaker, Ronson Shamoun, a tax controversy attorney with 15 years of tax experience. He will be discussing the basics of starting your own practice and what attorneys look for when hiring students. Lunch will be provided. Contact: TLS President Camille Edwards.

International Law Society (ILS):
International Commercial Transactions Panel

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
Hear from prominent international arbitrators, a distinguished domestic arbitrator, and a seasoned international transactional attorney about the necessity of drafting sound international commercial arbitration clauses in any international business transaction to strengthen clients' positions and minimize risk of international litigation or arbitration under less favorable frameworks or regimes. Panelists will also address criticisms of the arbitration system. Contact ILS Vice President Evan Hearnsberger.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23

Live Scan Fingerprinting and Passport Photos

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (break at 1:00-2:00 p.m.); Warren Hall The Writs.
Accu-Prints will provide Live Scan fingerprints and passport photos for 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls. Live Scan fingerprints are required for the California State Bar Moral Character Application, and passport photos are required for the MPRE exam. Live Scan fingerprints are $19; a passport photo is $10; Live Scan fingerprints and a passport photo are $27. Cash or credit card only; no personal checks.

Christian Legal Society (CLS): Movie & Discussion Part I

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3D.
Come to our film screening of "The Case for Faith." In this film, Lee Strobel, a former legal journalist for The Chicago Tribune, investigates the toughest objections to Christianity. Discussion to follow. Contact: CLS President Robert Knox.

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA):
Transactional Practice—The Judges' Orientation Program for New Attorneys and Law Students

12:00-1:15 p.m.; Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP 12275 El Camino Real Suite 200 San Diego, CA 92130.
The SDCBA encourages law students to attend this program, which is part of the Judges' Orientation series. This session will feature five transactional attorneys from the government, in-house counsel, and private firms. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Hearnsberger.

YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga

4:00-5:00 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 315.
The YogaLaw Society offers free yoga at USD. 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.

Business Law Society (BLS): Craft Beer Panel & Mixer

5:00-7:30 p.m.; Panel in Hahn University Center Forum C; Mixer on the La Gran Terraza Patio.
San Diego has become an epicenter for craft beer and is home to more than 30 breweries and hundreds of beer pubs. How have these companies sustained this growth amongst increasing competition? What is in store for this rapidly expanding industry? Come find out at our panel discussion and mixer with those who brew, distribute, and sell the beer itself. Expected panelists include representatives from AleSmith, Ballast Point, and Hamilton's Tavern. From breweries to bar owners, this event will focus on the specific business and legal issues pertaining to the craft beer industry including: regulatory issues, licensing, trademarks, partnerships, and business development. After the discussion, mix and mingle with our panelists and enjoy appetizers and craft beer. Contact: Business Law Society Advisor Alex Gershen.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

Live Scan Fingerprinting and Passport Photos

10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (break at 1:00-2:00 p.m.); Warren Hall The Writs.
Accu-Prints will provide Live Scan fingerprints and passport photos for 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls. Live Scan fingerprints are required for the California State Bar Moral Character Application, and passport photos are required for the MPRE exam. Live Scan fingerprints are $19; a passport photo is $10; Live Scan fingerprints and a passport photo are $27. Cash or credit card only; no personal checks.

Legal Writing & Research:
Grammar Workshop #5—Perfect Punctuation

12:00-12:30 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A.
Join us for our fifth Grammar Workshop. Today's workshop will teach you how to correctly use semicolons and apostrophes. Each 30-minute Grammar Workshop will involve brief lecture, practical exercises tied to the lecture content, and feedback on those exercises. Bring your lunch and improve on your grammar. Contact: Legal Writing & Research Program Fellow Holly Krohel.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA): General Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 133.
We will discuss our participation in the national and regional BLSA conferences and competitions, volunteer opportunities, and other upcoming plans for the school year. Food will be provided. Contact: BLSA President Chantal McCoy.

Pro Bono Legal Advocates (PBLA): Monarch Clinic Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B.
The Monarch Clinic works with homeless and at risk of becoming homeless students. Come to this informational meeting to learn how you can volunteer and earn pro bono hours. Contact: Monarch Clinic Chair Rachael Davidson.

American Association for Justice (AAJ):
Trial Training Seminars

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom.
Learn trial skills and hear about our spring trial tournament, an event from which USD's Mock Trial Team may recruit new members. Lunch will be provided. Contact: AAJ President Josh Norton.

Christian Legal Society (CLS): Movie & Discussion Part II

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3C.
Come to our film screening of "The Case for Faith." In this film, Lee Strobel, a former legal journalist for The Chicago Tribune, investigates the toughest objections to Christianity. Discussion to follow. Contact: CLS President Robert Knox.

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ): Developing a Successful Bankruptcy Career Panel

3:30-4:45 p.m., reception to follow; Thomas Jefferson School of Law 1155 Island Ave Room 323 San Diego, CA 92101.
From October 24-27, San Diego will be the site of the annual meeting of the NCBJ. As part of this conference, a panel of federal judges and prominent lawyers (most of whom also happen to be African-American) have agreed to participate in a free bankruptcy law forum for law students. Students will be afforded an opportunity to speak one-on-one with these highly skilled professionals at the reception afterwards. Contact: Professor Christopher Guzelian.

The Wild World of Insider Trading:
Investment Opportunity or Illegal Behavior?

5:15-7:30 p.m.; Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.
The Center for Corporate and Securities Law presents a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss their experiences of the blurry line between a legal investment opportunity and illegal conduct. Panelists include the co-lead counsel in the prosecution of the largest insider trading case in decades. A reception precedes the program, which begins at 6:15 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required to attend. Register online or visit the event website for more information. Contact: Program Manager, Law School Events Tara Murphy.

Lawyers Club: Wine & Refine

5:40-7:30 p.m.; Vin De Syrah 901 5th Ave San Diego, CA 92101.
Join the Lawyers Club in a speed-mentoring event with judges and attorneys. You will learn networking tips at five stations which will each focus on a different networking area. A reception will follow where students will be able to mingle and practice their networking skills. Please RSVP online by October 17 as space is limited. Contact: Carla Sanderson.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

USD-Procopio International Tax Institute: Attend for Free

8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.
Attend the 8th Annual International Tax Law Institute for free in exchange for volunteering to help with the conference. For additional information, please contact Jacqueline Eggert in Graduate and International Programs.

YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga

12:30-1:30 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 315.
The YogaLaw Society offers free yoga at USD. 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.

Same-Sex Unions Here and Around the World: Presentation by Dr. Lisa Nunn and Professor Shaun Martin

12:30-1:30 p.m.; Serra Hall Room 204.
Dr. Lisa Nunn (Sociology) and Professor Shaun Martin (School of Law) invite you to attend a presentation on Same Sex Unions Here and Around the World. Where around the world are same-sex unions legally recognized? Where are they equal to marriage? Where around the world is homosexuality legally considered a criminal offense? Where is it punishable by death? Where does the United States fit into the spectrum of legal structures regarding same-sex relationships? What are the legal arguments regarding the constitutionality of same-sex unions in the United States? Come learn answers to all of these questions in a presentation on this contentious issue in American politics. For more information, please contact Lisa M. Nunn in the Department of Sociology.

University Ministry: Theology on Tap

7:00-8:30 p.m.; Grad/Law Commons, Student Life Pavilion Room 401.
Theology on Tap is a fun and informal way to gather together with other grad students for food, drinks and community. This month, Dr. Mary Doak of the Theology and Religious Studies Department will focus the night on the theme of faith and politics. Don't miss your chance to meet other graduate and law students, as well as grow in your spirituality and faith. All are welcome. Contact: University Minister Andrew McMillin.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

USD-Procopio International Tax Institute: Attend for Free

8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.
Attend the 8th Annual International Tax Law Institute for free in exchange for volunteering to help with the conference. For additional information, please contact Jacqueline Eggert in Graduate and International Programs.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

Student Bar Association: Halloween Party

9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.; Wavehouse, 3125 Ocean Front Walk San Diego, CA 92109.
Join us for our annual Grad/Law Halloween Party. Buses will be running from downtown, Mission Valley, and Pacific Beach to and from the venue. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased online prior to the event. You can purchase ticket on the SBA TWEN page or on PayPal. SBA will be distributing wristbands the week of the events in The Writs. Pleaes visit the event Facebook page for more information. It's going to be a scary good time! Contact: SBA President Josh Poulsen.

University Ministry: Tijuana Day Trip

All day.
Our monthly trip seeks to engage students with the community in Tijuana through a service project, home visits, a border tour and reflection. If you are looking to explore or grow in the values of solidarity, spirituality, social justice and simplicity, these trips are perfect for you. Sign up today. If you are interested in attending, please contact University Minister Erin Bishop.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

No events submitted.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29

Legal Writing & Research:
Grammar Workshop #6—The Top 10 Usage Mistakes

12:00-12:30 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A.
Join us for our sixth and last Grammar Workshop. Today's workshop will focus on the top 10 usage mistakes: (1) then/than, (2) principle/principal, (3) further/farther, (4) affect/effect, (5) infer/imply, (6) eminent/imminent, (7) who/whom, (8) council/counsel, (9) that/which, and (10) its/it's. Each 30-minute workshop includes a brief lecture, practical exercises tied to the lecture content, and feedback on those exercises. Bring your lunch and improve on your grammar. Contact: Legal Writing & Research Program Fellow Holly Krohel.

Criminal Law Society: Proposition 34 Debate

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Legal Research Center 132.
This November, Proposition 34 is on the ballot, which would abolish the death penalty in California. In light of this, we are hosting a death penalty discussion and debate. Professor Cotsirilos, who teaches USD's Death Penalty Seminar and is a private defense attorney who has personally defended numerous death penalty cases, will argue the problems with the death penalty and why he supports Proposition 34. Bill Mitchell, a long time Riverside and San Diego County District Atttorney, will discuss why he thinks the death penalty is an appropriate punishment, but may be ineffective as currently set up in California. Contact: Criminal Law Society President Shane Waller.

Student Bar Association (SBA): Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
Any USD law student may attend the SBA meetings. Be sure to also check out the SBA TWEN page for the latest news. Contact: SBA President Josh Poulsen.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30

YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga

4:00-5:00 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 315.
The YogaLaw Society offers free yoga at USD. 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.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31

Happy Halloween!
San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Pitfalls of Appellate Practice

12:00-1:15 p.m.; SDCBA Bar Center 1333 Seventh Ave. San Diego, CA 92101.
This event features the Honorable Richard D. Huffman, the Honorable Cynthia Aaron, Dylan Calsyn, Esq., and Kimberly Stewart, Esq. Join this panel of distinguished jurists and attorneys to learn about the most common mistakes attorneys make in presenting cases at the appellate level. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Hearnsberger.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA): Challenges of Being an Asian Attorney

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
Listen to our panel of amazing attorneys share their experiences, thoughts, and advice on the challenges and struggles they have faced (and continue to face) as Asian attorneys. Our panelists are Peter Quon (Office of the Attorney General), the Honorable Patricia Cowett (retired judge), Valerie Garcia Hong (associate at Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz PC), and George Ng (partner at Snell & Wilmer). Vietnamese sandwiches will be provided. Contact: APALSA Public Relations Chair April Hwang.

Real Estate & Land Use Society (RELUS):
Attorney Career Panel

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B.
Learn about the practice of real estate law from three highly successful real estate and land use attorneys. The panelists include Heather Riley (Senior Counsel at Allen Matkins), Amy Nefouse (Senior Environmental Counsel for Sempra Energy), and Michael Haberkorn (Partner at Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP). Learn about the opportunities available and how to enter the job market. Lunch provided. Co-sponsored with Career Services. Contact: RELUS President Nicole Johnson.

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Ethics and the Court Funding Crisis

12:00-1:15 p.m.; SDCBA Bar Center 1333 Seventh Ave. San Diego, CA 92101.
This panel will discuss what every attorney should know about the ethical impacts of the judicial funding crisis. Members of the Legal Ethics Committee and judicial advisor Judge Timothy B. Taylor will discuss the key ethical rules most likely to be impacted by the loss of court funding. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Hearnsberger.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga

10:30-11:30 a.m.; Warren Hall Room 3C.
The YogaLaw Society offers free yoga at USD. 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.

San Diego Chinese Attorneys Association (SDCCA):
November Luncheon & Mixer

12:00-1:30 p.m.; Chef Chin Restaurant 4433 Convoy St. San Diego, CA 92111.
Join us for good food and a wonderful networking opportunity. It is $10 for law students who email their RSVP by October 31; $20 at the door. Contact: USD/SDCCA Liaison David Lin.

Announcements

Register to Vote!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, and the last day to register to vote in California is October 22. You can now register to vote in California online. For information on how to register and vote, visit the USD Voter Information webpage. The webpage also has information about campus events that will help you become a more educated voter. Contact: Grad/Law Student Life Graduate Assistant Megan Kennedy.

Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition: Applications now being accepted

The Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is the nation's premier bankruptcy moot court competition. This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your oral advocacy and brief-writing skills, learn more about the field of bankruptcy and commercial law, enhance your resume, and work with some of San Diego's premier bankruptcy attorneys. The team is co-sponsored by the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. Applications are now being considered for two slots; the application deadline is noon on November 9. Upper-division students are eligible. First-year students are not eligible. View the requirements page for more information. Contact: Vice Dean and Professor of Law Mary Jo Wiggins.

Graduate and Law Student News & Views

Read this month's Graduate and Law Students News & Views to find out what is going on just for you around campus. The October issue includes information about the 2012 election, Changemaker campus initiatives, and much more. Contact: Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student Life Megan Kennedy.

Criminal Clinic Spring 2013 Applications

The applications for the Spring 2013 Criminal Clinic are available in Warren Hall Room 218 starting Monday, October 1. Contact: Professor Jean Ramirez.

Business Law Society (BLS): Transactional Law Meet

For a second consecutive year, BLS will be sponsoring USD's team for the National Transactional Law Meet. The meet is a great opportunity to gain practical real-world experience and will feature 72 teams from across the country. This year's meet involves drafting and negotiating an amendment to a stock purchase agreement. Check in next week with BLS for more information on the application process to be a part of this year's team. In the meantime, please feel free to visit the website for more information or e-mail BLS.

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