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Weekly student enewsletter from USD School of Law • Volume 2, Number 18 • January 21, 2013

Important Deadlines

Mon. Jan. 21:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (No classes, offices and LRC closed)

Mon. Jan. 28:  Last day to receive 100% tuition refund. Last day to register for classes.


Upcoming Events
Monday, January 21 – Friday, February 1

Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

No classes; school offices and Legal Research Center closed.

Tuesday, January 22

Christian Legal Society: Speaker Event

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3D.
We are proud to host the Deputy Director of Law Student Ministries Dan Kim. Contact Robert Knox for more information. Contact: Christian Legal Society President Robert Knox.

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): The Affordable Care Act—What Employers, Employees and You Need to Know (and Don't)

12:00-1:15 p.m.; SDCBA Conference Center 401 West A St., Suite 120 San Diego, CA 92101.
This event will discuss the new comprehensive health insurance law from an employment perspective. You will learn what law requires for employers, what benefits will be for employees, how to be compliant, and what to look for in terms of non-compliance. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Hearnsberger.

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): What's New in Tort & Trial—2012 in Review

5:00-8:45 p.m.; SDCBA Conference Center 401 West A St., Suite 120 San Diego, CA 92101.
This networking and continuing legal education event features a panel of speakers who will discuss recent judicial decisions and statutes affecting tort liability, procedure, arbitration, pretrial, and trial practice. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Hearnsberger.

Wednesday, January 23

No events submitted.

Thursday, January 24

Live Scan Fingerprinting and Passport Photos (2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Es only)

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m.; Warren Hall The Writs.
Accu-Prints will provide Live Scan fingerprints and passport photos for 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Es. 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. Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs.

Pro Bono Legal Advocates (PBLA): Spring Informational Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
PBLA sponsors seven legal clinics in the San Diego community: Unlawful Detainer, HIV/AIDS, Domestic Violence, VITA (tax), Monarch School, Children, and HOME. Volunteer opportunities range from just one day per semester to a few hours per week. Volunteers serve the community, gain valuable experience, and make meaningful connections with local attorneys. Come to our meeting to learn how you can get involved. Lunch from Chipotle will be served. Contact: PBLA Chair Kaitlyn Cherry.

Friday, January 25

San Diego Psych-Law Society and Office of the Public Defender: Designer Laws—Personal Tragedy Makes for Bad Policy

12:00 p.m.; Athens Market, 109 West F St. (corner of First Ave. and F St.) San Diego, CA 92101.
The San Diego Psych-Law Society, in conjunction with the Office of the Public Defender, will host Adjunct Professor Alex Landon at this month's meeting. Landon is the co-author of Parallel Universe, which describes the impact of "designer laws." Examples of these laws are Megan's Law, Jessica's Law, and Chelsea's Law. His book describes how certain headline-grabbing crimes are used by political forces to impact public policy and our criminal justice system. Students are welcome to attend. The fee is $25 and includes a buffet lunch. RSVP to Diane Boggs via email or phone (858-836-8479) by noon on Wednesday, January 23. Contact: Diane Boggs.

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Current Tax Developments Affecting Pass-Through Entities

12:00-1:15 p.m.; SDCBA Conference Center 401 West A St., Suite 120 San Diego, CA 92101.
This presentation will cover a summary understanding of various pass-through entities, how they evolved, and recent legal developments impacting them. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Hearnsberger.

Saturday, January 26

Community Defenders Annual Seminar: Science or Schmience—You Be the Judge

8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
This seminar will address the pitfalls and shortcomings of some forensic techniques, as well as the ethical use of social media in investigating criminal cases. Admission is free for students, but registration is required. Visit the event website for more information and to register. Contact: Program Manager, Law School Events Tara Murphy.

Sunday, January 27

Center for Corporate & Securities Law (CCSL): Directors  Forum Bonus Session—Regulatory and Legal Issues in the Year Ahead: What Directors, Shareowners and Management Should Know

2:30-4:45 p.m.; Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.
This program features a keynote address by the former SEC chief accountant, Lynn Turner, followed by a distinguished panel on litigation moderated by Professor Frank Partnoy. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit the event website for more information and to register. Contact: Program Manager, Law School Events Tara Murphy.

Monday, January 28

Student Bar Association (SBA): Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
Join us for our first SBA meeting of the semester. 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.

Center for Corporate & Securities Law (CCSL): A Conversation with Preet Bharara

1:00-2:15 p.m.; Manchester Conference Center Auditorium.
Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and one of Time Magazine's World's 100 Most Influential People, will present to law and business students. He will discuss prosecutions under President Obama's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit the event website for information and to register. Contact: Program Manager, Law School Events Tara Murphy.

Tuesday, January 29

Office for JD Student Affairs: Spring 1L Check-In

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
Want to learn more about first semester grades? Looking for additional law school resources? Still adjusting to law school life? Come to a discussion with your classmates, Director of Academic Success Kiyana Kiel, and someone from USD Student Wellness to check-in and see how you're doing. Lunch from Panera provided. Contact: Assistant Director for JD Student Affairs Irene Condella.

Wednesday, January 30

Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism: Richard Epstein on Constitutionalism, Originalism and Libertarianism

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom.
Richard Epstein, one of the foremost libertarian scholars, will give a lunchtime lecture to law faculty and students. A box lunch will be provided to all attendees. The event is free, but reservations are required. Visit the event website for more information and to reserve your seat. Contact: Program Manager, Law School Events Tara Murphy.

Advocates for Children & Education (ACE): Spring Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A.
Don't miss this meeting. Come enjoy free lunch and learn about our new and exciting volunteer opportunities that you can be involved in. Contact: ACE Publicity Chair Holly McCord.

Thursday, January 31

University Ministry: All Faith Service

12:15-1:15 p.m.; Shiley Theatre.
Join us for the twentieth annual All Faith Service. This year's theme is Care of Creation. This service bring together in prayer the leaders of faith communities, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. All are welcome. Contact: Office for Mission & Ministry.

Friday, February 1

No events submitted.


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 Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (619) 260-4570 or stop by Warren Hall Room 203.

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 webpage for a listing of these scholarships. Example of scholarships available include: USD Alumni & Class Legacy ScholarshipsNational Italian American Foundation Scholarship, and ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship. Many of the scholarship deadlines are coming up, so apply now.

Mindfulness Law Student Group: Seeking Members

The practice of being engaged in and aware of the present moment has been shown to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety. This new law student group is seeking a co-leader and members to meet for guided, silent meditations and other activities. Please email Robin Fraser if you are interested in bringing the practice of mindfulness to campus or learning more about it.

California Bar Foundation Scholarship Application: 2013 Rosenthal Bar Exam Scholarship

The California Bar Foundation is awarding an amazing scholarship for those of you embarking on a public interest legal career and taking the 2013 California Bar Exam. The Rosenthal Bar Exam Scholarship awards winners with a free BARBRI exam course, and the top winners receive an additional $2,000. The scholarship application requires a nomination by USD School of Law. Although the application is not due to the California Bar Foundation until February 6, 2013, because of the nomination requirement, you must submit your application to the Office for JD Student Affairs (either via email or in Warren Hall Room 206) by Monday, January 28, at 12:00 p.m. Only students graduating in the 2012-13 academic year and taking the California Bar Exam in 2013 for the first time are eligible. Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs.

USD Legal Clinics: Openings for Spring 2013

The USD Legal Clinics still has some openings for Spring 2013. Work in our on-site law office and gain hands-on experience with real clients, while receiving academic credit. Working in the clinics is an important part of your legal training and demonstrates to potential employers that you have the experience for the job. Most hours are flexible around your schedule. Be sure to apply now. Visit the Legal Clinics website for more information and for the application. Contact: Assistant Director, USD Legal Clinics Jesi Betancourt.

McLennon Moot Court Honors Competition: Competition Spots Still Available

The McLennon competition provides 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Es an opportunity to develop their brief-writing and oral-advocacy skills in a competitive setting where students compete individually. The competition consists of a four-week class component taught by Professor Devitt, submission of a brief, and oral argument before professors and local attorneys at the San Diego County Courthouse. All participants are guaranteed to argue on at least four occasions. The final round is argued before a distinguished panel of federal and state judges. Students who have not participated before may receive one unit of credit (graded on the P/F scale). Contact: USD Appellate Moot Court.

Legal Research Center (LRC): Welcome Back

The library catalog now allows patrons to request LRC items from outside the LRC. We will hold the item for a specified time at the circulation desk. You can simply stop by at a convenient time to check out the requested item. You can also receive text messages about your checked out items if you login to your library account and add your phone number. The LRC will continue to highlight a student organization beginning in February.

Save the Date: Careers in the Law

February 6; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer.
Attend the Office of Development and Alumni Relations' 31st Annual Careers in the Law. This is the law school's largest and most important alumni and student reception. More than 20 practice areas will be represented by accomplished USD law alumni. Hosted hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided. This event is FREE for students, but registration is required. Visit the event website for more information and to register. Contact: Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Save the Date: February Bar Conference

February 15-17; Warren Hall.
All students taking the bar exam in 2013 should attend the 2013 Bar Exam Conference. Topics for the conference include: substantive review of torts, contracts, crimes and evidence, essay, multiple choice and performance test review and practice, a panel of recent bar exam takers, and strategies and tactics for successful bar preparation. A detailed schedule will be provided shortly, but we expect the conference to run on Friday evening, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Look for a registration email within the next two weeks. Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs.

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 competing in a mock trial. Volunteers will assist with courtroom management and general bailiff duties. Please contact Assistant Director for JD Advocacy Programs Haley Shumaker if you are interested.

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