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

weekly newsletter January 30, 2017

Volume 6, Number 21

important deadlines →

  • Mon. Jan. 30: Last day to receive 90% tuition refund.
  • Mon. Feb. 6: Last day to receive 80% tuition refund.

upcoming events →

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

Monday, February 6

ASP 1L Workshop: Outlining for Exam Success (Section B)

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

This workshop is the second in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. This second workshop introduces effective and efficient outlining. Topics include 1) when to begin outlining and why you should not begin the first week of class and 2) what information to include/exclude from your outline. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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

Federalist Society: From Gutenberg to the Internet

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

Should President Trump be allowed to tweet? Did Russian hackers swing the election? Though governments and private entities have both attempted to control discourse over the internet, it has nonetheless revolutionized how ordinary individuals engage in the political process. However, our increasing reliance on the internet has raised a myriad of issues. Professor Russell Weaver examines these problems, particularly in the context of the recent election, and the implications it has for our democracy.

Contact: Federalist Society Co-Chair James DeHaan, jdehaan@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.

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

ASP 1L Workshop: Outlining for Exam Success (Section C)

4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom

This workshop is the second in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. This second workshop introduces effective and efficient outlining. Topics include 1) when to begin outlining and why you should not begin the first week of class and 2) what information to include/exclude from your outline. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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

Office for Law Student Affairs: Beyond the First Year - Section E (before Property)

5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B

Don't know what classes to register for? Unsure about your graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs can help. Beyond the First Year will answer your questions about registration, class selection, course load, concentrations, study abroad, academic rules, summer school, graduation, and anything else you might want to know. If you cannot attend your section's session, be sure to attend another section's.

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

Tuesday, February 7

Law Student Affairs and Student Bar Association (SBA): Spring 1L Check-In

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

Did you not do as well in your first semester as you had hoped? Did you do well and want to keep up that momentum? Still adjusting to law school life? Want to learn strategies for how to successfully juggle your second semester? Come to a panel discussion with current upper-division students and a USD law graduate who have been through the first-year experience and will share their advice and best practices. Director of Academic Success & Bar Programs Kiyana Kiel will also provide information on what your first-year grades mean and how to succeed in your second semester and beyond. Lunch will be provided!

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

ASP 1L Workshop: Outlining for Exam Success (Section A)

5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom

This workshop is the second in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. This second workshop introduces effective and efficient outlining. Topics include 1) when to begin outlining and why you should not begin the first week of class and 2) what information to include/exclude from your outline. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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

Spring 1L Check-In (Part-Time Students)

5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131

Want to know what your first semester grades mean? Are you looking for resources to boost your law school performance? Still adjusting to law school life? Want to learn strategies for how to successfully juggle your second semester? Come to a discussion with a USD law graduate who has been through the part-time first-year experience. She will share her advice and best practices. Director for Law Student Affairs Irene Meloney will also provide information on what your first-year grades mean and how to succeed in your second semester and beyond. Dinner will be provided!

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

Wednesday, February 8

Criminal Law Society, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and the Federalist Society: California is Rolling out the Green Carpet

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

Let's talk about marijuana. Join us for a panel discussion on Prop 64 and its implications. Specifically, we will discuss the impact of marijuana legalization on the legal profession and how lawyers are preparing to address these concerns. Our panel includes Wendy Patrick (San Diego District Attorney's Office) and Drew Moss (Moss Law). Lunch provided.

Contact: Federalist Society Co-Chair Marie Shimada, mshimada@sandiego.edu

Graduate Student Life: Brown Bag Dialogue

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

Bring your lunch and join the call to action. Discussion will focus on the current political climate and human rights.

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

Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA): We Are All Immigrants

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

All law students are invited to this immigration open forum. This is an open space to discuss the recent immigration executive order, which has prevented immigrants from specific Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States.

Contact: MELSA Vice President Mya Shofany, mshofany@sandiego.edu

Thursday, February 9

Law Student Affairs: Law Student Wellness Focus Group

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

This is the first of two focus groups Coordinator for Law Student Affairs Laurie Keller will be conducting on support and programming for law student wellness. The second focus group will take place in early March. If you are interested in participating and providing your input, please RSVP online. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Laurie Keller, lauriek-08@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4651

Pro Bono Legal Advocates (PBLA): Spring General Meeting

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

Join PBLA for its spring general meeting. Come find out how to volunteer with a PBLA clinic this spring and what PBLA board positions will be open during the election cycle. Non-pizza lunch provided. Please RSVP online.

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

Christian Legal Society (CLS): Game Night

7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Email Co-President Evan Critchlow for location details

Join CLS for a game night. It will include games, snacks, and good fun. Please email Co-President Evan Critchlow for location details. This event is open to all law students. Hope to see you there.

Contact: CLS Co-President Evan Critchlow, ecritchlow@sandiego.edu

ASP 1L Workshop: Outlining for Exam Success (Section E)

8 p.m. - 8:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3C

This workshop is the second in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. This second workshop introduces effective and efficient outlining. Topics include 1) when to begin outlining and why you should not begin the first week of class and 2) what information to include/exclude from your outline. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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

Friday, February 10

Office for Law Student Affairs: Beyond the First Year - Sections A2, B5, B6, C8 and C9 (during Experiential Practicum)

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Pardee Legal Research Center Room 132

Don't know what classes to register for? Unsure about your graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs can help. Beyond the First Year will answer your questions about registration, class selection, course load, concentrations, study abroad, academic rules, summer school, graduation, and anything else you might want to know. If you cannot attend your section's session, be sure to attend another section's.

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

Office for Law Student Affairs: Beyond the First Year - Sections A1, A3, B4 and C7 (during Experiential Practicum)

12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.; Pardee Legal Research Center Room 132

Don't know what classes to register for? Unsure about your graduation requirements? The Office for Law Student Affairs can help. Beyond the First Year will answer your questions about registration, class selection, course load, concentrations, study abroad, academic rules, summer school, graduation, and anything else you might want to know. If you cannot attend your section's session, be sure to attend another section's.

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

announcements →

Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (VICAM): 1L Volunteers Needed

Saturday, February 11; 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer.
USD VICAM is looking for 1L volunteers to help at our Pre-Moot competition. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about VICAM and international arbitration. To prepare for the annual Vis Moots in Hong Kong and Vienna, USD VICAM hosts the Michael Thorsnes International Arbitration Pre-Moot Competition. This year's competition will include teams from Japan, Russia, and across and United States. Those interested in volunteering can sign up on the USD VICAM Pre-Moot TWEN page. These are two shifts (8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.). Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Please email usdvicamtournament@gmail.com for more information or if you have questions.

Student Health Insurance

This is a reminder that the Spring/Summer 2017 Student Health Insurance enroll/waive cycle is currently open. All law students are required to have health insurance. Students need to either enroll in or waive out of the Student Health Insurance Plan by submitting their form online. The deadline to submit your form is February 6. If you do not submit a form, you will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan and responsible for paying the premium. Please visit the Student Health Insurance website for more information.

Class Recording Policy

Please be advised that that the School of Law has a policy regarding recording of classroom events. Class recordings are only permitted in limited circumstances. Read the policy for the full list of circumstances when a class recording may be allowed and the process for requesting a recording.

Save the Date: Harvey Levine Scholarship Reception

6-8 p.m.; San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) 401 West A Street San Diego, CA 92101.
Please join us for a reception honoring the life and work of Harvey Levine and the newly established scholarship fund created in his memory. The evening will include a keynote speaker, Bill Shernoff. This scholarship benefits current students and future leaders at USD School of Law and acknowledges the generous support of many USD law alumni. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to advocacy. Visit the event web page for more information.

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. Please visit the event web page for more information and to register. All students are also invited to attend the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Judicial Panel prior to the reception. The panel of judges will discuss their path to the bench. More information about the Judicial Panel will be 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).

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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