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

weekly newsletter January 16, 2017

Volume 6, Number 19

important deadlines →

  • Mon. Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes; offices closed).
  • Tue. Jan 17 at 5 p.m.: Off-campus work study applications due.
  • Mon. Jan. 23: Last day to enroll in classes and drop a class without a "W."
  • Mon. Jan. 23: Last day to receive 100% tuition refund.

upcoming events →

Tuesday, January 17

Pardee Legal Research Center: Save-a-Thon

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Pardee Legal Research Center First Floor

Every four years, beginning in 2008, libraries and academics work feverishly to preserve the previous U.S. administration's publicly accessible .gov and .mil sites and social media pages, statistics, pdfs and reports from http/https content. New U.S. administrators have no mandate to retain or save information. Site pages become updated with new material and prior research gets taken down. There are thousands of pages of government content to find and preserve as they currently exist. This is why we need your help. You can read more about the project here and here. Stop by the Legal Research Center and sit at a Save-a-Thon laptop. Spend two to thirty minutes adding URLs and grab a snack on your way out.

Contact: Anna Russell, russell@sandiego.edu, 619-260-4759

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Meeting

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

This is the first SBA General Meeting of the semester. Please note that today's meeting is taking place on Tuesday due to the Monday holiday. Any USD law student may attend. For information regarding recent SBA General Meetings, please check the SBA TWEN page. Student organizations that are receiving funding from SBA must send a representative to each SBA General Meeting.

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

Women's Law Caucus (WLC): General Meeting

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

Join WLC for lunch and hear about our upcoming spring semester events and how to get involved with our annual Spring Auction. Thai food will be served while supplies last.

Contact: WLC President Audrey Wood, usdwlc@gmail.com

Wednesday, January 18

Memorial Service for Late USD School of Law Professor and Associate Dean Karl Gruben

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Pardee Legal Research Center First Floor

Please join us for a memorial gathering to honor Karl Gruben, Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Library and Information Services, Pardee Legal Research Center.

Dean Gruben's library career spanned four decades, beginning at the Texas State Law Library in 1975.  He also served honorably in the United States Air Force's military intelligence, retiring in 1997.  He was a firm librarian before becoming an academic law librarian, serving as director of firm libraries for the Houston, Texas firm of Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. until 2001.  He then transferred to the Ohio-based Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, L.L.P, serving as practice information support director until 2004.  He became St. Thomas University Law School's Law Library director in 2004.  In 2010, he joined the University of San Diego School of Law as the associate dean for information technology services, director of the law library and a professor of law. 

Dean Gruben passed away on November 22, 2016. He was 65 years old.

The memorial gathering is open to all colleagues, friends as well as current and former students to remember Dean Karl Gruben's commitment to the library, his students, support of the law school and contributions to the legal information profession. 

RSVP 

Contact: Trang Pham, tpham@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4208

Thursday, January 19

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit: Oral Arguments

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom

The Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) for the Ninth Circuit will hear oral arguments in six real cases right here on campus. This is a fantastic opportunity for the law school community to witness live oral arguments. Each of the six arguments will last about 30 minutes (15 minutes per side). Attendees are encouraged to attend as much (or as little) of the arguments as their schedules permit. There will also be an informal question and answer session with the judges after the oral arguments.

Contact: Trang Pham, tpham@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4208

Advocates for Children and Education (ACE): Trivia Night-Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Sidecar; 1310 Morena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

Join ACE for a fun filled trivia night to test your middle school trivia and knowledge. Tickets are $10 and include a raffle ticket, entry for trivia, and extended happy hour prices. See the event page for more information and to purchase tickets.

Contact: ACE Co-Chair Nareene Karakashian, nareenek@sandiego.edu

Saturday, January 21

How to Avoid/Void Wrongful Convictions (Community Defenders)

8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3A

Some defense attorneys say that an innocent client is both the best and the most difficult client to represent. Defending the innocent is a noble cause, but what if the jury convicts? The pressure is immense. And undoing a wrongful conviction is often impossible because the reviewing courts defer to judges and juries and thus favor finality over accuracy. 

How can we avoid the pitfalls that plague wrongful convictions? This seminar focuses on how to avoid wrongful convictions in the first place, at the trial level. From forensic science to snitches, to mistaken identifications and false confessions, the speakers will focus on factors that the DNA exoneration cases show most commonly result in wrongful convictions. Our speakers are experts in their respective focus areas with both academic and real trial court experience.

The first 50 registrants will receive a free copy of Adam Ben Forado's book, Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice. You will be notified if you qualify.

Contact: Trang Pham, tpham@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4208

Monday, January 23

Student Bar Association (SBA): Budget Committee Meeting

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

This is the first SBA Budget Committee Meeting for the semester. 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.

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

Wednesday, January 25

Live Scan Fingerprinting & 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 are fingerprinted on this date, you should plan to submit your Moral Character Application within 90 days.

Contact: Stacey Truver, lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu

National Trial Team: Mock Trial Intramural Tournament Information Session

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

Are you interested in joining USD's award-winning National Trial Team? Want to improve your trial advocacy skills? Then you should consider competing the spring Mock Trial Intramural Tournament. Attend this information session to learn more about the tournament (including dates, registration, and rules). The tournament is your only chance to be recruited by the National Trial Team and is open to all students (including 1Ls). Snacks provided.

Contact: Tournament Coordinator Jessica Boujikian, Jmboujikian@sandiego.edu

Thursday, January 26

Office of Graduate and International Programs: LLM, MSLS, and Exchange Student Happy Hour

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; O'Tooles

Come to this happy hour to get to know your fellow classmates. All LLM, MSLS, and law exchange students are invited to attend. Delicious appetizers will be served and everyone will receive one drink ticket. Cash bar will be available for those over 21 years old.

Contact: Office of Graduate and International Programs, lawgradprograms@sandiego.edu

announcements →

Appellate Moot Court Board: Register for the Honors Moot Court Competition

Are you in need of an extra credit this spring semester? Register for the Honors Moot Court Competition. This course focuses on written and oral appellate advocacy and will culminate in the 2017 McLennon Honors Moot Court Competition (March 24-29). Class begins Friday, January 20. Students enrolled in the course will receive one credit (H/P/L/F graded) upon completion of the course and the competition. Contact: Moot Court Vice Chair of Tournaments Shannon Nocon.

Student Writing Competitions

Looking for a way to get published? Maybe earn some extra cash? Then consider entering a writing competition. Visit the Writing Competitions web page for current opportunities. There are a variety of topics that you can write an essay on. Deadlines vary and new competitions are posted periodically, so check them out today! For some inspiration, you can read about other USD law students who have won these competitions here, here, and here.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

There are a number of organizations that sponsor scholarships that you may qualify for. More information about these scholarship opportunities can be found on the Outside Scholarships web page. Additional scholarship opportunities are added throughout the semester, so be sure to check this page often. Among several opportunities, there is currently a scholarship opportunity for those who will be taking the California Bar Exam in July 2017.

Office of Financial Aid: Spring 2017 Off-Campus Work Study

Applications are now available for pick up at the Financial Aid Office (Warren Hall Room 203). The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday, January 17 at 5 p.m. (no exceptions). If you have any questions, please contact Financial Aid at (619) 260-4570 or at lawaid@sandiego.edu.

Accommodations: Course Notes Request Process

For students who have been identified as being eligible to receive class notes for their courses by the Disability and Learning Difference Resource Center (DLDRC), please be advised of the new process by which you should request notes each semester effective Spring 2017. To request notes for your course(s), complete this secure web form. If you have any questions about your accommodations, please contact the DLDRC or Haley Shumaker, Assistant Director for Law Student Affairs. If you do not currently receive accommodations, but are aware of a need for services, please set up an appointment with the DLDRC to discuss the process.

High School Mock Trial Competition: Courtroom Monitors Needed

February 16, 21, 23: 4:30-7:30 p.m.; San Diego Downtown Courthouse, 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.
February 25: 8:30-11:30 a.m.; San Diego Downtown Courthouse, 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.
Courtroom monitors are needed for the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition taking place in February. Courtroom monitors assist the judge or commissioner and maintain orderly use of the courtroom during the trial. This is a great opportunity to observe and assist with mock trials, as well as interact with the judges and attorneys in your courtroom. If you would like to volunteer as a courtroom monitor, please sign up online. Contact: San Diego County High School Mock Trial Program Committee Member Alex Calero.

2017 Women and Families Resource Fair: Volunteers Needed

March 25: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114.
Tired of traditional networking events? Looking to get involved in the San Diego legal community? We are looking for law student volunteers for the 2017 Women and Families Resource Fair, an event organized by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer's Program (SDVLP) where San Diego families in need receive free legal assistance and free health and social services in one day under one roof. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the event website to sign up. Contact: Volunteer and Registration Committee member Kirsten Gallacher.

Office for Law Student Affairs: Submit your Fall 2016 Pro Bono Hours

Did you work pro bono hours during the Fall 2016 semester? As a reminder, USD law students who complete a minimum of 100 hours of pro bono legal service during their law school career will be recognized upon their graduation from USD law. If you have any outstanding hours that need to be submitted for Fall 2016 (or any previous semesters), submit them today. Please review the Pro Bono Service Recognition Policy and Process for the parameters and submission process as the submission process has recently been updated. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

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