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

weekly newsletter October 24, 2016

Volume 6, Number 10

important deadlines →

  • Fri. Oct. 28 at 7 a.m.: Spring 2017 registration begins for all upper-division JD part-time, LLM, and MSLS students.
  • Mon. Oct. 31 at 7 a.m.: Spring 2017 registration begins for all 3L JD students in the full-time program.
  • Thurs. Nov. 3 at 7 a.m.: Spring 2017 registration begins for all 2L JD students in the full-time program, and for all visiting students.

upcoming events →

Monday, October 24

Student Wellness: National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW)

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Coming together to recognize NCAAW creates an opportunity for in-depth discussions about alcohol and substance use, mental health, anxiety, and depression that can hopefully extend far beyond the week. All week, join Campus Connections and Student Wellness Peer Educators as they #keepitreal by learning about a variety of protective behaviors and how to keep friends safe. Take some time this week to learn more about alcohol and check-in on your mental health. Visit the You are USD website for more wellness resources. 

Contact: Student Wellness, wellness@sandiego.edu, 619-260-4655

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

Office for Law Student Affairs: Academic Advising Drop-In Hours

2 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 218

Attention upper-division students: Don't know what to take next semester? Want to know more about graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs will be holding drop-in academic advising hours during the weeks of October 24 and October 31. Stop by and get some answers. Due to the availability of drop-in hours, advising appointments will not be accepted during these weeks. Please see the student events calendar for all drop-in hour dates and times. 

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu

Tuesday, October 25

Student Wellness: Cash Cab

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.; Hahn University Center Front

Test your knowledge about safe alcohol practices and discover the physical implications of drinking by experiencing our fatal vision goggles. Promise to not drink and drive by signing our pledge board!

Contact: Student Wellness, wellness@sandiego.edu, 619-260-4655

Office for Law Student Affairs: Academic Advising Drop-In Hours

3 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 218

Attention upper-division students: Don't know what to take next semester? Want to know more about graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs will be holding drop-in academic advising hours during the weeks of October 24 and October 31. Stop by and get some answers. Due to the availability of drop-in hours, advising appointments will not be accepted during these weeks. Please see the student events calendar for all drop-in hour dates and times. 

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu

Criminal Law Society: End it or Mend it? A Discussion on the Death Penalty

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131

We are proud to host this panel discussion on the death penalty, with a focus on the two initiatives on the November ballot: Proposition 62 and Proposition 66. We will discuss the philosophy, constitutionality, and practicality of the death penalty in California. Our panel includes Professor John Cotsirilos, Gary Gibson (Law Office of G. Gibson), Alex Simpson (California Innocence Project), and Mark Amador (San Diego County District Attorney). Please RSVP on the Facebook event page. This event is co-hosted with the American Constitution Society (ACS), the Federalist Society, the USD Law Republicans, and the USD Law Democrats.

Contact: Criminal Law Society President Susan McClay, usdcls@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 26

Live Scan Fingerprinting and Passport Photos

9 a.m. - 6 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. Live Scan fingerprints are $19; a passport photo is $10; you can purchase both for $27. Cash or credit card only; no personal checks. Please note, fingerprints will expire after 90 days. Keep in mind that if you get fingerprinted on this date, you must plan to submit your Moral Character Application within 90 days. Accu-prints will be in The Writs again on Thursday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Office for Law Student Affairs: Academic Advising Drop-In Hours

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 218

Attention upper-division students: Don't know what to take next semester? Want to know more about graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs will be holding drop-in academic advising hours during the weeks of October 24 and October 31. Stop by and get some answers. Due to the availability of drop-in hours, advising appointments will not be accepted during these weeks. Please see the student events calendar for all drop-in hour dates and times. 

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu

Military Bar Association (MilBar): General Body Meeting

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

Join the Military Bar Association for its Fall 2016 General Body Meeting. All members of the USD Law community are welcome to attend. Roxanne Carter (Chair, Military Law Section San Diego County Bar Association) and Robert Muth (Academic Director, USD Legal Clinics and Chair, San Diego Veterans Coalition) will discuss opportunities for involvement in the local military and veteran community. Additionally, there are a number of leadership opportunities on our board for individuals who have the desire to serve their peers at USD and in the greater university community. 

Contact: MilBar President Aaron Burden, aburden@sandiego.edu

USD Legal Clinics: Information Session

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

Do an internship right here on campus. Gain skills working with actual clients on real legal cases—an experience that can boost your resume and prepare you for legal practice. Learn about our on-site law office and how to apply for internships in these clinics: Appellate, Civil, Education and Disability, Entrepreneurship, Federal Tax, Immigration, State Income Tax (CA), State Sales & Use Tax (CA), Workers’ Rights, and Veterans. Lunch provided. 

Contact: Eric Austin, ericaustin-11@sandiego.edu

Student Wellness: Mental Health Check-Ins

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Hahn University Center Forums ABC

Show yourself some love! As part of NCAAW, Student Wellness is offering free mental health screenings. This is a quick 15-minute, one-on-one confidential check-in with a Wellness Professional. Free burritos and churros will be provided!

Contact: Student Wellness, wellness@sandiego.edu, 619-260-4655

Thursday, October 27

Live Scan Fingerprinting and Passport Photos

9 a.m. - 5 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. Live Scan fingerprints are $19; a passport photo is $10; you can purchase both for $27. Cash or credit card only; no personal checks. Please note, fingerprints will expire after 90 days. Keep in mind that if you get fingerprinted on this date, you must plan to submit your Moral Character Application within 90 days. 

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

Office for Law Student Affairs: Academic Advising Drop-In Hours

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 218

Attention upper-division students: Don't know what to take next semester? Want to know more about graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs will be holding drop-in academic advising hours during the weeks of October 24 and October 31. Stop by and get some answers. Due to the availability of drop-in hours, advising appointments will not be accepted during these weeks. Please see the student events calendar for all drop-in hour dates and times. 

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu

Environmental Law Society (ELS): Guest Speaker Lunch Event

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

Guest speaker, Morten Lund (Partner, Stoel Rives LLP), will be speaking about his career path and extensive experience dealing with various energy and infrastructure projects, including: wind, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear, water treatment and chemical facilities. Board and Brew sandwiches will be provided, but food priority will be given to those who have RSVP'd to els.usd@gmail.com.

Contact: ELS President Lauren Perkins, els.usd@gmail.com

Tax Law Society (TLS): General Meeting

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

Come join our first general meeting of the year! TLS board members will discuss firsthand experience in the field of tax law, potential tax internships, upcoming speaker panels, and a presentation by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA.) In-N-Out will be provided for lunch!

Contact: TLS President Mark Suarez, usd.tls@gmail.com

USD Law Republicans (USDLR): Election Fraud Training

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

Join USDLR and the Republican National Lawyers Association for a training to fight election fraud this November. The training will be led by Charles Bell and Audrey Perry. Learn how you can get involved in the election process as a law student. Members of any political party, or no party, are welcome to attend. Please email your RSVP to andrecastillo@sandiego.edu. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. 

Contact: USDLR President Justin Kizy, jkizy@sandiego.edu

Monday, October 31

Office for Law Student Affairs: Academic Advising Drop-In Hours

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 218

Attention upper-division students: Don't know what to take next semester? Want to know more about graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs will continue holding drop-in academic advising hours during the week of October 31. Stop by and get some answers. Due to the availability of drop-in hours, advising appointments will not be accepted during these weeks. Please see the student events calendar for all drop-in hour dates and times. 

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu

Graduate Student Life: Halloween Treats

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Room 401 (Grad/Law Commons)

Stop by the Grad/Law Commons for some free Halloween goodies. All graduate and law students are welcome.

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

Student Bar Association (SBA): Budget Committee Meeting

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 315

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. SBA Budget Committee Meetings will occur every other Monday in Warren Hall room 315.

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

Tuesday, November 1

Office for Law Student Affairs: Academic Advising Drop-In Hours

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 218

Attention upper-division students: Don't know what to take next semester? Want to know more about graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs will continue holding drop-in academic advising hours during the week of October 31. Stop by and get some answers. Due to the availability of drop-in hours, advising appointments will not be accepted during these weeks. Please see the student events calendar for all drop-in hour dates and times. 

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu

USD Federal Tax Clinic: Federal and California Payroll Tax Responsibilities of Employers (MCLE)

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.; Barcelona Room 305

Join tax attorneys Kristen Anderson and Mauro Colabianchi (Richard Carpenter Law Office) for a free MCLE activity (1.25 units of MCLE credit). RSVP to staff attorney Chris Kozun. RSVP's preferred. 

Contact: USD Federal Tax Clinic Staff Attorney Chris Kozun, chris-09@sandiego.edu

Legal Writing and Research Program: LWR in Practice - Overcoming Procrastination and Writer's Block

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

Do you struggle to get started on your writing and research projects? Are you overwhelmed by big projects like an appellate brief? Come hear some tips for managing your time and overcoming the negative thinking that can block your writing process. Please RSVP to alishas@sandiego.edu by Friday, October 28.

Contact: Legal Writing and Research Executive Assistant Alisha Stine, alishas@sandiego.edu

Wednesday, November 2

Office for Law Student Affairs: Academic Advising Drop-In Hours

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 218

Attention upper-division students: Don't know what to take next semester? Want to know more about graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs will continue holding drop-in academic advising hours during the week of October 31. Stop by and get some answers. Due to the availability of drop-in hours, advising appointments will not be accepted during these weeks. Please see the student events calendar for all drop-in hour dates and times. 

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu

Associated Students and Students for LIFE: Kill the Death Penalty

7 p.m.; Hahn University Center Room 107

Join USD Associated Students and Students for Life for a multimedia presentation by Scott Langley, an activist against the death penalty.

Contact: University Minister Mary Kruer, kruerm@sandiego.edu

Thursday, November 3

Office for Law Student Affairs: Academic Advising Drop-In Hours

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 218

Attention upper-division students: Don't know what to take next semester? Want to know more about graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs will continue holding drop-in academic advising hours during the week of October 31. Stop by and get some answers. Due to the availability of drop-in hours, advising appointments will not be accepted during these weeks. Please see the student events calendar for all drop-in hour dates and times. 

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): Fall General Meeting

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

Interested in learning more about the field of public interest law? Eager to network with public interest attorneys and like-minded students? Then join PILF for its fall general meeting. We will discuss upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and finding public interest law jobs. Lunch provided.

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

Real Estate and Land Use Society (RELUS): Real Estate Concerns in Litigation Versus Transaction--What Students Need to Know

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

Join RELUS as we host two partners from Procopio, Michael Lyon and Robin Madaffer. They will discuss the field of real estate law and their roles at the firm. In-N-Out will be provided to those who RSVP in advance and attend. Please email your RSVP to relus.usd@gmail.com by November 2. All are welcome to attend.

Contact: RELUS President Ryan Ramos, relus.usd@gmail.com

Friday, November 4

Graduate Student Council (GSC): Night out at Stone Brewing

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Stone World Bistro and Gardens Liberty Station 2816 Historic Decatur Road San Diego, CA 92106

Join GSC for our fall signature event at Stone World Bistro and Gardens in Liberty Station. USD graduate and law students will have their own private area reserved at the restaurant. Your $10 ticket purchase includes food, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available if you wish to purchase any graduate-level beverages. Feel free to bring a guest. Please visit the event website for more information and to purchase a ticket.

Contact: GSC President Amy Bowers, amydbowers@sandiego.edu

Student Refrigerators and Freezers Cleaning

6 p.m.; Warren Hall Student Lounge

The student refrigerators and freezers will be cleaned out today at 6 p.m. All items left in the refrigerators and freezers on this date will be thrown away (including all lunch bags and food containers). Items may be stored back in the refrigerators and freezers on Saturday, November 5 at 8 a.m. The student refrigerators and freezers are cleaned out on the first Friday of every month.

Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs, lawstudentaffairs@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4651

Saturday, November 5

USD Law Golf Law Society Golf Tournament with Alumni, Students and Faculty

11 a.m.; Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, 1275 Quail Gardens Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024

The USD Golf Law Society invites you to its Fifth Annual Golf Tournament at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.  This event is open to all USD law students, alumni and faculty. It is a great networking opportunity for everyone attending in addition to a fun, relaxing break from work and day-to-day life.  The tournament is set up as a Four-Person Scramble with a mix of students, faculty and alumni. This is a fun and relaxing event for all USD law students, faculty and alumni. We welcome golfers of all experience levels to come play and enjoy great company.

Contact: USD School of Law Golf Law Society, usdgolflaw@gmail.com

announcements →

Legal Clinics: Spring Applications

Do an internship right here on campus. Join our on-site law office and gain skills working with actual clients on real legal cases. This is an experience that can boost your resume and prepare you for legal practice. We are accepting applications for the spring 2017 semester. Apply online today. Please contact Legal Clinics Administrative Director Eric Austin at ericaustin-11@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-7640 with any questions about registration. Visit the Legal Clinics web page for more information about our clinic offerings.

Student Bar Association (SBA): It's Time for Change!

The SBA wants to consolidate your information resources. Please join the USD Law SBA Facebook group to see all SBA-sponsored event updates. From this point forward, all event postings will be on this group's page rather than on the individual class Facebook pages. Please contact SBA President Lauren Stockunas if you have any questions.

Animals on University Property

Please be advised that USD has a policy regarding animals on university property to which all members of the USD community are expected to adhere, including the School of Law community. The university prohibits the presence of pets and other animals (excluding approved service animals) in all university buildings. Pets and other animals are also not permitted at university events. Please read the entire policy to ensure that you are aware of the rules, exceptions, and consequences.

Legal Research Center (LRC): October Library Trivia

Test your legal trivia skills each month with the LRC's monthly trivia contest. Visit the LRC homepage or Facebook page to submit your answer for October, and enter to win a drink card for Doug's Coffee Cart.

Legal Research Center (LRC): Student Organization Highlight of the Month

The LRC is highlighting La Raza Law Students Association for the month of October. Please view the October highlight flyer on our Student Resources web page for more information.

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