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Weekly student enewsletter from USD School of Law • Volume 2, Number 22 • February 18, 2013

Important Deadlines

Mon. Feb. 18:  Last day to receive 70% tuition refund.

Sat. Mar. 2:  Priority filing deadline for the FAFSA. More information.


Upcoming Events
Monday, February 18 – Friday, March 1

Monday, February 18

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.

Tuesday, February 19

Semester and Summer Study Abroad Programs Information Session

12:00-12:50 p.m. and 4:30-5:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A .
Gain valuable international education, exposure and experience on one of USD Law's semester study abroad or summer study abroad programs in Summer 2013 or Fall 2013. Some of the program destinations include: Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Shenzen, Barcelona, Florence, London and Paris.  Join us to learn more about these exciting opportunities.  Lunch will be provided.  Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs (Semester programs) or Office for Graduate & International Programs (Summer programs).

Christian Legal Society (CLS): Bible Study

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Legal Research Center Room 113.
Join us for an informal Bible study. Contact: CLS President Robert Knox.

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Criminal Law Basics—From Arrest to Sentencing

12:00-1:15 p.m.; SDCBA Bar Center 401 West A St., Suite 1100, San Diego, CA 92101.
A panel of distinguished speakers will discuss the criminal law case, from arrest to sentencing. They will also address criminal law fee agreements, client management, bail bonds and trial tactics. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Heransberger.

Wednesday, February 20

Graduate Student Life: Bagel Breakfast

9:15 a.m.; Grad/Law Commons, Student Life Pavilion, Room 401.
Every other Wednesday morning we will serve free bagels, pastries, coffee and juice. Come early; the event ends when the food runs out. Visit the event website for more information and additional dates. Contact: Graduate Assistant, Graduate Student Life Megan Kennedy.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Diversity Committee (DivCom): Order in the Court—Practical Tips from Distinguished Judges

4:30-5:30 p.m.; Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES Building), Executive Classroom 102.
BLSA and DivCom invite all USD law students to attend their annual judicial panel. A panel of three local judges will discuss courtroom etiquette and share their perspectives on things to avoid in written work submitted to a court. Visit the event web page for more information and a list of the panelists. This event is being held in conjunction with the USD School of Law Judicial Reception. Come for the panel and stay for the reception. Contact: BLSA President Chantal McCoy.

USD School of Law Annual Judicial Reception

5:30-7:30 p.m.; Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES Building), Bishop Buddy Sala.
The Annual Judicial Reception recognizes our alumni and other members of the San Diego bench. It also offers a unique opportunity for students to interact with our local judiciary in an informal setting. There will be hosted hors d'oeuvres and drinks. This event is free but registration is required. Visit the event web page for more information and to register. Business attire is strongly suggested. Contact: Program Manager, Law School Events Tara Murphy.

Thursday, February 21

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): General Meeting

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A.
Learn more about PILF and what we do. We have open board positions perfect for 1Ls and 2Ls. We will discuss the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) and our annual fundraiser for it. Find out how you can help. Lunch provided (not pizza nor Subway). Contact: PILF Vice President Julieclaire Sheppard.

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Civil Litigation, Construction and Insurance Sections Networking Mixer

12:00-1:15 p.m.; SDCBA Bar Center 401 West A St., Suite 1100, San Diego, CA 92101.
Join members of the civil litigation, construction and insurance sections for a networking mixer. Event registration and information can be found on the SDCBA website. Contact: USD/SDCBA Liaison Evan Heransberger.

Friday, February 22

No events submitted.

Monday, February 25

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

2:00-3:00 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 26

American Association for Justice (AAJ): Spring Mock Trial Tournament Information Session

12:00-12:50 p.m..; Warren Hall Room 2A
AAJ will host its Spring Mock Trial Tournament this semester. It is open to all USD law students and USD's National Trial Team regularly recruits members from this tournament. Come to our information session to find out more. Lunch provided. Contact: AAJ President Josh Norton.

Immigration Justice & Law Society (IJLS), La Raza Law Students Association, Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA), Diversity Committee (DivCom): Immigration Law Panel

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Legal Research Center Room 132.
We are proud to host our panel of immigration law attorneys: Nikki Weil (Law Office of Nicole L. Weil), Tammy Lin (Jewish Family Service of San Diego), and Diana Vellos Coker (Larrabee Mehlman Albi Coker LLP). Lunch will be served. Contact: IJLS President Julie Hunter.

Sports & Entertainment Law Society (SELS): Home Run Derby

7:30-9:30 p.m.; Manchester Field.
Get your swinging arm ready for the inaugural Home Run Derby. There will be separate men's and women's competitions, a DJ and a lot of fun. It is BYOP (bring your own pitcher), but all equipment will be provided. Price is $10 and all proceeds go to charity. Sign up in The Writs during lunch February 18-22. Contact: SELS Home Run Derby Coordinator Stacy Hostetter.

Wednesday, February 27

Paul A. McLennon, Sr. Moot Court Tournament Final Round and Reception

5:00-7:00 p.m.; Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.
All students are invited to watch the two finalists for the McLennon Moot Court Tournament test their oral advocacy skills in front of a panel of distinguished judges. This is an especially wonderful opportunity for 1Ls to observe an oral argument in preparation for their own Legal Writing and Research oral argument. A reception will follow the final argument. The event is free. Visit the event web page for more information and to register to attend. Contact: Office for JD Student Affairs.

Thursday, February 28

California State Bar International Law Section: Careers in International Law Attorney Panel

12:00-12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131.
Interested in developing an international law career? This program will feature a panel of seasoned attorneys practicing in different fields of international law. The panelists will discuss their respective career paths, provide advice, and answer questions. The panelists include Enrique Hernandez-Pulido (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Mark Danis (Morrison & Foerster LLP), Joseph Lestyk (retired General Counsel of Ahlstrom USA, Inc.), and Michael Perez (Perez & Wilson LLP). All law students who attend will receive a free student membership to the State Bar of California International Law Section. Contact: Career Services.

YogaLaw Society: Free Yoga

1:00-2:00 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 315.
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): California Business Practice Launch Party

5:00-7:00 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer.
Celebrate the launch of California Business Practice, an online student-managed magazine about current topics in California business law. California Business Practice features articles written by practicing attorneys, business professionals, and USD law students. Join us for hors d'oeuvres and drinks as we toast to the launch of our magazine. Contact: Executive Editor Natalie Schneider.

University Ministry: Theology on Tap—Spirituality and Relationships

7:00-8:30 p.m.; Grad/Law Commons, Student Life Pavilion Room 401.
Each month, graduate and law students from across campus come together as a community for fellowship, food and drink. These monthly gatherings explore different aspects of spirituality and faith. This month, Pilar Cardinas-Gimber, MFT will focus on the five languages of love, and what it can mean to our spirituality. Don't miss out, and please invite your colleagues. All are welcome. Contact: University Minister Andrew McMillin.

Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): Matzah Ball Eating Contest

7:30 p.m.; 325 7th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101 .
Students from all three San Diego law schools will be present and entry is free. We will be on the roof of this building looking over Petco Park. We have fun prizes for the winners. Please email your RSVP. Contact: JLSA President Daniel DeSantis.

Friday, March 1

San Diego Chinese Attorneys Association (SDCCA): New Year Celebration Party & Officer Swearing-In Ceremony

5:30-8:00 p.m.; Super Buffet 8998 Miramar Rd. San Diego, CA 92126.
Join SDCCA for Chinese New Year and to welcome our new officers. The cost is $18 with a RSVP; $20 at the door. Email your RSVP to Contact: SDCCA Liaison David Lin.

Saturday, March 2

Advocates for Children & Education (ACE): Youth and Teen Empowerment Clinics

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Cherokee Point Elementary School 3735 38th St. San Diego, cA 92105 .
ACE has an exciting volunteer opportunity for you. ACE is holding its spring Youth and Teen Empowerment Clinics and we need volunteers. The clinics aim to teach middle and high school students about a variety of topics. The Youth Clinic (ages 10-13) teaches students about the environment, healthy eating and international human rights. The Teen Clinic (ages 14-18) teaches students about college, careers and resume building, and the teens will participate in mock interviews. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Jazmine Gregory. Contact: ACE Youth Empowerment Chair Jazmine Gregory.

Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC): 12th Annual Black & White Ball—Volunteers Needed

Various times; Manchester Grand 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 raise funds 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.


Calling all 3Ls: Graduating Class Gift Committee Recruitment

Leave your mark on USD School of Law by getting involved with the Graduating Class Gift. Celebrate the milestone of earning your law degree by joining the student-led fundraising campaign and making a gift for a chance to win a reserved parking spot during finals. For more information or to join the committee, contact Graduating Class Gift Advisor Whitney Sharpe.

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.

1st Annual Transfer Pricing Conference—Free Student Tickets Available

March 7-8; Manchester Conference Center.
Experts from government, academia, legal and economic professional service providers, and tax directors will offer their insights for transfer pricing strategies and practices. Among the presenters are Professor John Forry and former USD law professor Mark Hoose (who is now managing tax counsel at Phillips 66). There are a limited number of free tickets for students. If you are interested in attending, email

Lawyers Club: Third Annual Interviewing Seminar

Thursday, March 7; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Duane Morris LLP 750 B St., Suite 2900 San Diego, CA 92101.
Lawyers Club is hosting a fantastic event aimed to hone your interviewing skills. Attorneys and judges from the community will ask you interview questions and give you immediate feedback on your answers. A small networking reception will follow. Participation is limited to 30, so register early. Visit the event website for more information and to register. Contact: Lawyers Club Committee Co-Chairs Carla Sanderson and Gayani Weerasinghe.

Golf Society: Golf Tournament 

Saturday, March 9; 8:00 a.m.; Riverwalk Golf Course, 1150 Fashion Valley Rd. San Diego, CA 92110.
The Golf Society is hosting a golf tournament for students, faculty and alumni. The format is a four-person scramble where two students will be paired with two professors/attorneys. This is a fun and unique way to network with local attorneys. Golf Society will be tabling in The Writs in the coming weeks so that you can sign up to play. Pricing details are forthcoming, but will cost no more than $70 per student. The price will include range balls for warm-up, golf carts, and a post-tournament lunch and awards ceremony. If you are interested, please email Golf Society President Richard Decker.

Volunteer Jurors Needed

March 13; 5:30-7:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3C.
You are invited to participate as a juror in a grand jury simulation for Professor Ramirez's Criminal Clinic class. Criminal Clinic students will present testimony and other evidence to the grand jury, after which the grand jury will deliberate and decide whether or not the accused should be charged with certain offenses. Your participation and feedback are greatly appreciated by the students. If you would like to volunteer, please email Perla Bleisch or call her at (619) 260-4019.

University Ministry: Resident Ministry Positions Open

University Ministry is seeking graduate students that are interested in working as resident ministers, who live with and minister to our undergraduates. The Residential Ministry Program is designed to build community within the residence halls and to provide our students with spiritual and service opportunities to enhance faith, values and social commitment. Residential ministers provide pastoral care and presence in the residence halls. Ideally, candidates for resident minister positions will have some ministry experience with college students, as well as a strong desire to help students grow spiritually. For a more detailed job description and instructions on how to apply, please email Michael Lovette-Colyer.

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 web page 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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