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Weekly student enewsletter from USD School of Law • Volume 2, Number 20 • February 4, 2013

Important Deadlines

Mon. Feb. 4:  Last day to receive 90% tuition refund.

Mon. Feb. 11:  Last day to receive 80% tuition refund.


Upcoming Events
Monday, February 4 – Friday, February 15

Monday, February 4

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.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA): General Membership Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A.
Lunch will be provided. We will discuss our upcoming Judicial Panel, the national BLSA conference and competitions, volunteer opportunities, and other events for the semester. Contact: BLSA President Chantal McCoy.

Diversity Committee (DivCom): General Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3B.
Join us for our first general meeting of the spring semester. We will discuss upcoming events and how you can get involved. Contact: DivCom Co-Chair Sam Ceballos.

Tuesday, February 5

Business Law Society (BLS): General Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Legal Research Center Room 132.
Join BLS for its first general meeting of the semester. We have some great ideas for upcoming activities and events that we want to share with you. We also want your ideas and feedback on the fall semester activities. Lunch provided. Contact: BLS President Peter Bower.

Christian Legal Society (CLS): Bible Study—Faith and Practice

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Legal Research Center Room 113.
Join us for an informal Bible study on the topic of how to integrate faith and practice. Contact: CLS President Robert Knox.

Health Law Society (HLS): General Meeting

4:30-5:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 133.
We will discuss our spring activity schedule. If you are a current HLS member, or are interested in becoming a member, please join us. We will have pizza. Contact: HLS President Jesse Salen.

Wednesday, February 6

Academic Success Program: Synergy—Effective Briefing and Note-Taking

12:00-12:50 p.m. and 4:30-5:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B.
Learn the method to the note taking and case briefing madness. This workshop provides helpful pointers for taking excellent notes and introduces two forms of case briefing. Most importantly, it teaches how to effective coalesce notes and case briefs. Contact: Director of Academic Success Kiyana Kiel.

Career Services and Office of Development and Alumni Relations: Tactics for Public Interest Career Day and Careers in the Law

4:00-4:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3C.
Learn how to make the most of your interviews and/or table talk at Public Interest Career Day and Careers in the Law. This interactive presentation will cover any and all of your questions about these two events. Topics include networking tips, table talk, what to bring, when to arrive, and how to respond to employment offers. Our attorney panel includes Kirstin Rizzo, '06, from the Rizzo Law Firm and Ashley Hirano, '09, from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Contact: Career Services.

Office of Development and Alumni Relations: Careers in the Law

5:30-7:30 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer.
Please join us for our 31st Annual Careers in the Law, 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. This event is free for students, but registration is required. Register today and visit the event website for more information. Contact: Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Thursday, February 7

No events submitted.

Friday, February 8

YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga

11:00 a.m.-12:00 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.

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.

YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga

2:00 p.m.-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 a RSVP is required. You can email your RSVP to Donna Schultz. Visit the event webpage 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 your 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. 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 registraiton 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

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 and Hong Kong. Teams will present an oral argument on an international contract dispute. VICAM is looking for 1Ls and 2Ls to volunteer 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 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).


Save the Date: Judicial Panel and Reception

Wednesday, February 20.
Panel: 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Executive Classroom 102, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES Building).
Reception: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Bishop Buddy Sala (main foyer), Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES Building)

This year's Judicial Panel and Reception are unique opportunities for you to learn from and meet local judges. The Judicial Panel features a panel of judges who will discuss courtroom etiquette and things to avoid in written work submitted to the court. The Judicial Reception offers an opportunity to interact with our local judiciary in an informal setting. Both events are free, but registration is required for the Judicial Reception. Contact: Program Manager, Law School Events Tara Murphy.

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 The first Youth Court is on February 7, 2013.

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

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 Grad 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 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.

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.

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