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University of San Diego School of Law
The Perfect Climate for Studying Law™

weekly newsletter September 6, 2016

Volume 6, Number 3

important deadlines →

  • Fri. Sept. 9: Last day to receive 90% tuition refund.
  • Sun. Sept. 11 at 12:00 a.m.: Deadline to submit Declaration of Candidacy form for 1L Section Representative elections.
  • Mon. Sept. 12: Deadline to enroll or waive the student health insurance.
  • Fri. Sept. 16: Last day to receive 80% tuition refund.
  • Fri. Sept. 16: Online elections for SBA 1L Section Representatives.

upcoming events →

Tuesday, September 6

Academic Success Program 1L Workshop: Organizing the Chaos-Revisiting Note-Taking, Synthesis, and Time Management (Section C)

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom

This workshop is the first in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this fall semester. The first workshop builds on the skills introduced during orientation, including note-taking, synthesis, and time management. Most importantly, this workshop provides helpful pointers for taking excellent reading and class notes, as well as further demystifying the process of synthesis. The workshop will also address common issues first year law students face when trying to manage their time. Come with questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Oral Advocacy Presentation for 1Ls

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Pardee Legal Research Center Room 132

Welcome 1Ls! Are you interested in oral advocacy, but not sure which style is for you? Don't know the difference between Moot Court and Mock Trial? USD's five oral advocacy organizations (Inter-American Human Rights Moot, Mock Trial, Appellate Moot Court, Transactional Law Team, and the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot) will each give a presentation about their organization and the specific style of oral advocacy their organization conducts.

Contact: Appellate Moot Court Board Chair Shane Tobin, stobin-09@sandiego.edu

Pro Bono Legal Advocates (PBLA): Informational Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A

The Pro Bono Legal Advocates (PBLA) is the primary facilitator of legal volunteerism on the USD Law Campus. We coordinate with multiple legal aid clinics in the San Diego area. Come and learn how you can volunteer at a legal clinic to gain practical experience and to enhance your resume. Visit our website for more information. Non pizza lunch will be provided.

Contact: PBLA Chair Ryan Cannon, chair.pbla@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 7

Academic Success Program 1L Workshop: Organizing the Chaos- Revisiting Note-Taking, Synthesis, and Time Management (Section A)

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3B

This workshop is the first in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this fall semester. The first workshop builds on the skills introduced during orientation, including note-taking, synthesis, and time management. Most importantly, this workshop provides helpful pointers for taking excellent reading and class notes, as well as further demystifying the process of synthesis. The workshop will also address common issues first year law students face when trying to manage their time. Come with questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): Equal Justice Works Conference Information Session

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3A

Are you interested in attending the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Conference and Career Fair in Washington D.C. in October? Come to this informational session to learn more about the requirements and application deadlines for the largest national public interest legal career fair. The university has limited funds to assist students with attending EJW. This opportunity is for students in their 2L year or later.

Contact: PILF President Ashley Pourat, usdpilf@gmail.com

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

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2A

Calling all 1Ls! The SBA is looking for you to serve as the 1L Representative for your section. This is a great chance to get involved and become a part of our student government. The 1L Section Representative elections will take place on Friday, September 16. One representative for each section will be elected. If you would like to run, please attend this informational meeting to find out more. We hope to see you there.

Contact: SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges, sbridges@sandiego.edu

Student Bar Association (SBA): Budget Committee Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 314

This is our first Budget Committee Meeting of the year. 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. Although today's meeting takes place on Wednesday, subsequent SBA Budget Committee Meetings will occur every other Monday in Warren Hall room 315.

Contact: SBA Treasurer Ashley Foote, usdlawtreas@gmail.com

Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (VICAM): 1L Tryouts Information Session

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B

Attention 1Ls: VICAM is one of USD's oral advocacy organizations and we compete in international arbitration competitions. Want to learn about international commercial arbitration? Join us for an information session about VICAM, the competitions, and the upcoming 1L tryouts. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: VICAM Vice President Amara Turzak, aturzak@sandiego.edu

Academic Success Program 1L Workshop: Organizing the Chaos- Revisiting Note-Taking, Synthesis, and Time Management (Section E)

5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3A

This workshop is the first in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this fall semester. The first workshop builds on the skills introduced during orientation, including note-taking, synthesis, and time management. Most importantly, this workshop provides helpful pointers for taking excellent reading and class notes, as well as further demystifying the process of synthesis. The workshop will also address common issues first year law students face when trying to manage their time. Come with questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Graduate Student Council: Start of the Semester Celebration

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; La Gran Terraza O'Toole's

Join the Graduate Student Council (GSC) for light appetizers and refreshments to celebrate the start of a new semester. All graduate and law students are welcome.

Contact: Interim Coordinator for Graduate Student Life Mariann Sanchez, marianns@sandiego.edu

Thursday, September 8

Mass of the Holy Spirit

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.; The Immaculata

Please join the USD community for its annual mass to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. During the Mass of the Holy Spirit liturgy, we ask for inspiration and guidance for all of our campus activities. This festive event gathers the entire University community together to rededicate ourselves to USD's mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new members. All members of the university community are most welcomed and encouraged to attend this festive event. The mass will be presided by the the Bishop of San Diego, Robert McElroy.

Contact: University Ministry, kruerm@SanDiego.edu, (619) 260-5903

Friday, September 9

Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (VICAM): 1L Tryouts

9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Warren Hall The Writs

Attention 1Ls: Sign up to tryout for VICAM. If you are interested in oral advocacy and international law, VICAM may be a great fit for you. Please bring your resume; applications will be provided.

Contact: VICAM Vice President Amara Turzak, aturzak@sandiego.edu

Monday, September 12

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131

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.

Contact: SBA Secretary David Nauss, usdlawsec@gmail.com

San Diego Shakespeare Society: Hamlet Mock Trial

7 p.m.; Mother Rosalie Hill Hall Warren Auditorium

All are invited and welcome to attend the San Diego Shakespeare Society's Mock Trial of Hamlet. This is sure to be a unique experience. Hamlet is charged with murder. But Hamlet claims self-defense as he was under threat from his uncle Claudius. The prosecution argues that in mistakenly killing Polonius, Hamlet was intending to kill the King with the aim of seizing the throne. The mock trial will be presided by U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns. Members of the audience will also serve on the jury of this case. Admission is $10 for students; $20.00 for non-members. An optional post-trial reception is available for $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets can also be purchased in advance. Visit the event web page for more information and instructions on how to purchase advance tickets. Proceeds will benefit the 2017 12th Annual Student Shakespeare Festival.

Contact: San Diego Shakespeare Society (SDSS), info@sandiegoshakespearesociety.org

Tuesday, September 13

Campus Recreation: Law School Softball Captain's Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 133

Attend this captain's meeting to discuss the upcoming intramural softball season. Bring your questions.

Contact: Grad/Law School Intramurals Supervisor Colton Addy, caddy@sandiego.edu

One & Done: 3L Bar Prep Kickoff Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom

It’s crunch time! This program geared to graduating law students (3L/4Ps) and revisits 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 ensure you are aware of upcoming deadlines, bar prep course selection, and upcoming bar programming. Bring your questions.

Lunch will be provided. You must register online by Monday, September 12 at noon in order to receive your packet and meal. If you cannot attend, please email lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu to receive the video login information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Wednesday, September 14

One & Done: 1L Meet the Bar Prep Companies

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall 3B

This program is geared to first year students. Come learn and ask questions about the products and services each company offers for first year law school preparation. Following the panel, each company will have a separate location where students can go to learn more about companies of interest. This is an opportunity to get exposure and sample materials from each bar preparation company to find out what works with your learning style.

We will provide more information specific to bar preparation in your 2nd year.

Register online to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Law Student Welcome Reception and Section, Committee & Law Related Organization Fair

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; SDCBA Bar Center, 401 West A Street, Suite 120 & Suite 1100 (check-in at Suite 120 first) San Diego, CA 92101

The San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) Law Student Welcome Reception and Section, Committee and Law Related Organization Fair offers law students an excellent opportunity to network with attorneys and judges of the San Diego legal community and explore the benefits of the SDCBA in a fun, relaxed environment. The SDCBA's various Sections and Committees along with other various local membership associations will be on hand to give students insight into various practice areas and specialty bar associations. Attire is business casual. Please visit the event web page for more information and to register.

Contact: Career and Professional Development, lawcareers@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4529

Thursday, September 15

Academic Success Program 1L Workshop: Organizing the Chaos- Revisiting Note-Taking, Synthesis, and Time Management (Section B)

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall 2A

This workshop is the first in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this fall semester. The first workshop builds on the skills introduced during orientation, including note-taking, synthesis, and time management. Most importantly, this workshop provides helpful pointers for taking excellent reading and class notes, as well as further demystifying the process of synthesis. The workshop will also address common issues first year law students face when trying to manage their time. Come with questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA): General Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 133

Please join us and promote diversity on campus. We will be reviewing the agenda for the semester and electing our SBA Representative for the year. Middle Eastern food will be provided.

Contact: MELSA President Nadine Deeb, usdmelsa@gmail.com

Saturday, September 17

San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Coastal Clean Up Day 2016

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Clairemont-Ogalala Creek 4702 Pocahontas Ave. San Diego, CA 92117 (meet at the trailhead on Lakehurst Ave.)

Join SDCBA members in cleaning up Clairemont-Ogalala Creek as part of San Diego County's Coastal Clean Up Day. If you are interested in attending, please contact els.usd@gmail.com by Thursday, September 8. More information, along with directions, is available on the SDCBA event page. You will need to print out and sign a waiver to bring to the event.

Contact: Environmental Law Society President Lauren Perkins, els.usd@gmail.com

announcements →

Student Bar Association (SBA): 1L Section Representative Elections

Attention 1Ls: Every year, a 1L Section Representative is elected for each 1L section. This is a great way to get involved and become a part of our student government. Attend the Informational Session on September 7 to find out more information. If you would like to run, you must turn in your Declaration of Candidacy form by September 11, 2016. Campaigning will take place on September 12-15.  And the election will take place online on Friday, September 16. For more information, contact SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges.

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.

Janet Madden Retires

After 29 years of dedicated service at USD, Academic Services Advisor Janet Madden is retiring. Please contact the Office for Law Student Affairs for any accommodations needs.

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.

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 12, 2016. Your student account will automatically be charged for the student health insurance plan unless you submit a waiver by the September 12 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.

USD Mobile Apps: Install Today

Check out all of the USD mobile apps. Install the MySDMobile app (available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play) on your mobile device. Among several useful features, MySDMobile includes USD SafetyCheck. SafetyCheck allows you to contact the Department of Public Safety, report safety concerns, request a safety escort, and much more. You should also install the USD Law app (available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play). This app is designed specifically for the USD law community. You can view the student events calendar, access the LRC web page, track the campus tram in real-time, and much more.

Law Student Profiles: Check Them Out!

Want to know what your classmates are up to? Be sure to check out the Law Student Profiles online and on the bulletin board outside of the Academic Success Resource Center (Warren Hall Room 206). This week, read about Amalea Romero's passion for social justice. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

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