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

weekly newsletter January 23, 2017

Volume 6, Number 20

important deadlines →

  • 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.
  • Mon. Jan. 30: Last day to receive 90% tuition refund.

upcoming events →

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

Monday, January 30

Criminal Law Society: General Meeting

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

Join the Criminal Law Society for their first spring semester General Meeting. We will announce and discuss our upcoming events for the semester. Lunch provided.

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

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Meeting

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

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

Tuesday, January 31

Campus Intramurals: Softball Captains' Meeting

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

Intramural softball captains should attend this meeting to review the rules for the spring semester and get answers to their questions.

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

Office of Graduate and International Programs: Summer Study Abroad Q&A with Professor Michael Devitt

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Faculty Reading Room

Join us for an informal Q&A session with Professor Devitt to see why studying abroad this summer would be a great addition to your resume. He will discuss the particular courses being offered by our expert faculty, scholarship opportunities, and much more. Sandwiches will be served. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Office of Graduate and International Programs, lawabroad@sandiego.edu, 619-260-7584

Wednesday, February 1

Graduate Student Life: Bagel Breakfast

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

Enjoy bagels, coffee, and juice. All graduate and law students are welcome to attend this event.

Contact: Mariann Sanchez , marianns@sandiego.edu

Thursday, February 2

Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter: 2017 Women in Law Conference

11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

The San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, in partnership with USD School of Law and the Lawyers Club of San Diego, is pleased to present the 2017 Women in Law Conference. Our dynamic panelists will discuss the career risks and rewards included on their respective paths to leadership, the continued importance of breaking barriers and lessons learned while instituting meaningful change. Student tickets are only $20. For more information (including the program schedule) and to register, visit the event website.

Contact: Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter, info@fbasd.org

24th Annual All Faith Service

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.; Camino Hall Shiley Theater

We gather at the beginning of the spring semester for a USD tradition, the annual All Faith Service. This celebration brings together in prayer the leaders of various faith communities, faculty, staff, and students. This year's theme is A Call to Unity: Living with an Open Heart. As in past years, participants include USD students and representatives of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Native American faith traditions who, through scripture, song, chant, dance, and narration highlight their different beliefs. All are welcome.

Contact: University Ministry, aleishagarrido@sandiego.edu

Graduate Student Life: Welcome Back Event

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Jenny Craig Pavilion

To welcome you back to the spring semester, come out to a USD Men' s Basketball game. T-shirts and tickets will be provided. Please contact Dan Savory (savoryd@sandiego.edu) for more information.

Contact: Mariann Sanchez , marianns@sandiego.edu

Friday, February 3

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, February 4 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, February 4

Graduate Student Life: Tijuana Service Trip

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Room 401 (Grad/Law Commons)

Inspired by a social and service tradition, USD encourages students to serve with compassion, foster peace and work for justice. Graduate Student Council (GSC) and Graduate Student Life invite you to join us on a service trip to Tijuana. This is a full day commitment and a passport is required. Transportation provided. Please contact Dan Savory (savoryd@sandiego.edu) for more information.

Contact: Communication and Operations Coordinator Dan Savory, savoryd@sandiego.edu

announcements →

Office for Law Student Affairs: Looking for Participants for Law Student Wellness Focus Groups

Coordinator for Law Student Affairs Laurie Keller will be conducting two focus groups this semester on support and programming for law student wellness. They will take place on February 9 and in early March. If you are interested in participating and providing your input, please RSVP online.

Save the Date: USD School of Law Annual Judicial Reception

Wednesday, February 22; 5:30-7 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer.
All students are invited to the annual USD School of Law Judicial Reception. This event is a unique opportunity to meet and interact with the San Diego judiciary in an informal setting. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Business attire is encouraged. More information about event registration will be posted in next week's Sidebar.

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 being offered by the California Bar Foundation for those who will be taking the California Bar Exam in July 2017 (the deadline is February 14).

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.

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