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

weekly newsletter February 6, 2017

Volume 6, Number 22

important deadlines →

  • Mon. Feb. 6: Last day to receive 80% tuition refund.
  • Mon. Feb. 13: Last day to receive 70% tuition refund.
  • Mon. Feb. 13-Thur. Feb. 23: Beyond the First Year Information Sessions

upcoming events →

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

Monday, February 13

Beyond the First Year: Advocacy Programs Information Session

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

Interested in appellate advocacy, trial practice, or international arbitration? Come learn about the oral advocacy opportunities at USD. Members of the Appellate Moot Court Board, National Trial TeamVis International Arbitration Moot (VICAM), and Assistant Director for Advocacy Programs Haley Shumaker will present to discuss the programs and how you can become involved during your second and third years.

Contact: Assistant Director for Advocacy Programs Haley Shumaker, hshumaker@sandiego.edu

Beyond the First Year: JD-LLM in Taxation Information Session

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

Are you interested in exploring the benefits of an LLM in Taxation degree? Did you know that you can earn an LLM in Taxation in USD's highly regarded program in just one semester? Join the Office of Graduate and International Programs for this information session to learn about the faculty, courses, application process and more. All JD students are invited to attend to learn more about this program.

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

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

Beyond the First Year: Legal Clinics Information Session

3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Grace Courtroom

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 and Use Tax (CA), Veterans, and Workers' Rights. All students are invited to attend. Snacks provided.

Contact: Legal Clinics Administrative Director Erc Austin, ericaustin-11@sandiego.edu

Beyond the First Year: CPIL, CAI, and EPIC Information Session

5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3B

Learn about the exciting work the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI), and Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) do and how you can earn academic credit for it. All three centers offer substantive courses as well as clinics that give students the chance to participate in important research, advocacy, and public education. All law students are invited to attend. We will have refreshments.

Contact: CPIL Administrative Director Julie Fellmeth, julied@sandiego.edu

Tuesday, February 14

Beyond the First Year: Semester Exchange Information Session

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

Learn how to take advantage of USD Law's semester study abroad opportunities and gain valuable international education, experience, and connections. USD Law offers eight semester exchange program options, allowing you to develop global proficiency in a way that suits your needs and schedule. Each program offers specialized areas of academic and legal focus. All JD students are welcome to attend this session.

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

Beyond the First Year: Law Journals Information Session

5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B

Membership on a law school journal is a tremendous honor and accomplishment that will follow you throughout your professional lives. Students can become members of the San Diego Law Review, the San Diego International Law Journal, and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law by participating in the 2017 Write-On Competition, which takes place May 12-29. Representatives from all three journals will speak about their respective journals and give an overview of the write-on process.

Contact: , usdwriteoncompetition@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 15

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

Beyond the First Year: Legal Clinics Information Session

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

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 and Use Tax (CA), Veterans, and Workers' Rights. All law students are invited to attend this session. Snacks provided.

Contact: Legal Clinics Administrative Director Erc Austin, ericaustin-11@sandiego.edu

Office of Financial Aid: Federal Student Loan Repayment Workshop

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

Attention graduating students: Access Group, a nonprofit financial education provider, will be here to provide information and resources to help you determine the federal student loan repayment plan that is right for you. Curious about Public Service Loan Forgiveness? Get your questions answered at this session.

Contact: Associate Director for Financial Aid Karen Scheer, kscheer@sandiego.edu

Beyond the First Year: CPIL, CAI, and EPIC Information Session

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

Learn about the exciting work the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), Children's Advocacy Institute (CAI), and Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC) do and how you can earn academic credit for it. All three centers offer substantive courses as well as clinics that give students the chance to participate in important research, advocacy, and public education. All law students are invited to attend. We will have refreshments.

Contact: CPIL Administrative Director Julie Fellmeth, julied@sandiego.edu

Office of Financial Aid: Federal Student Loan Repayment Workshop

4:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3B

Attention graduating students: Access Group, a nonprofit financial education provider, will be here to provide information and resources to help you determine the federal student loan repayment plan that is right for you. Curious about Public Service Loan Forgiveness? Get your questions answered at this session.

Contact: Associate Director for Financial Aid Karen Scheer, kscheer@sandiego.edu

Harvey Levine Scholarship Reception Featuring Keynote Bill Shernoff

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; San Diego County Bar Association - 401 W A St #120, San Diego, CA 92101

Watch the 2017 video

On February 15, 2017, USD School of Law will be hosting a reception at the San Diego Bar Association to celebrate the newly established Harvey Levine Scholarship Fund and honor the life and work of Harvey Levine.

The evening will include a keynote speaker, Bill Shernoff, Levine's former law partner, as well as founding partner of Shernoff, Bidart, Echeverria, LLP. Shernoff is credited with pioneering the bad faith cause of action - one of the few new torts established in the 20th century. Shernoff has been described in The American Lawyer as the attorney insurance companies fear most and is recognized as one of the nation's "Top 10 Litigators" by the National Law Journal.

Shernoff will address his experience in the field and future trends in bad faith litigation, as well as his experience as a long-time partner and friend of Harvey Levine.

Register online here.

Program Schedule:
6 p.m. Doors Open
6:30 p.m. Presentation Begins
7:30 p.m. Post Reception

The Harvey Levine Scholarship Fund was created by David S. Casey, '74 (JD), Adam and Rennie Levine, Judy Levine, Gabriel and Alyssa Mass, Virginia C. Nelson, '79 (JD), and Jeffrey D. Phair, '80 (JD). The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student with demonstrated financial need and a commitment to advocacy.  

Alumni, friends, and family are encouraged to attend and support the scholarship fund created in Harvey's honor. Make your gift here.

About Harvey Levine

Harvey Levine was a brilliant lawyer and a gifted professor at USD School of Law. Levine was committed to representing the little guys and was described as the "model for how a plaintiff's lawyer should be." He was selective with cases, lacked bombast in the court and put his client's interests first. 

Levine successfully litigated countless cases during a nearly 40-year career, capped by membership in the state’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.  He left an indelible mark on the San Diego legal community through his extensive trial work as well as his leadership as a legal professor at USD School of Law. Levine moved to San Diego and, at the age of 28-years-old, became one of the youngest professors at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he continued to teach for more than 20 years.

Contact: Elyse Amberg, eamberg@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4692

Thursday, February 16

Beyond the First Year: Exploring Field Placements

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

Learn how to gain great practical experience over a semester, while earning academic credit, through any of our field placement programs: Washington, D.C. Externship, Agency Externship, Corporate Counsel Externship, and Judicial Externship. Find out how these programs function, the requirements, and how to find the jobs. All JD students are invited to attend this session.

Contact: Office of Career and Professional Development, lawcareers@sandiego.edu

Office of Financial Aid: Federal Student Loan Repayment Workshop

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

Attention graduating students: Access Group, a nonprofit financial education provider, will be here to provide information and resources to help you determine the federal student loan repayment plan that is right for you. Curious about Public Service Loan Forgiveness? Get your questions answered at this session.

Contact: Associate Director for Financial Aid Karen Scheer, kscheer@sandiego.edu

Graduate Student Life: Yoga on the Rooftop

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Rooftop (5th Floor)

Please join us for Yoga on the Rooftop. Bring a yoga mat or towel. All graduate and law students are welcome to attend.

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

Beyond the First Year: Exploring Field Placements

5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 2B

Learn how to gain great practical experience over a semester, while earning academic credit, through any of our field placement programs: Washington, D.C. Externship, Agency Externship, Corporate Counsel Externship, and Judicial Externship. Find out how these programs function, the requirements, and how to find the jobs. All JD students are invited to attend this session.

Contact: Office of Career and Professional Development, lawcareers@sandiego.edu

Student Bar Association (SBA): SBA/LLM Mixer

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

Please join SBA for a mixer with USD Law's LLM students. Meet the fabulous LLM students over appetizers and graduate level beverages. All law students (JDs and LLMs) are invited to attend. This event is free, but please register online to attend.

Contact: SBA Vice President of Student Organizations Marian Massey, usdlawvpoforg@gmail.com

announcements →

Beyond the First Year Information Sessions: Feb. 13-24

During the weeks of February 13 and 20, various law school departments will hold information sessions about how you can get involved in your second, third, and fourth years. Find out more about clinic offerings, law journals, advocacy programs, and more during these two weeks. A full schedule of these events can be found in Sidebar and the Student Events Calendar. Many of these sessions are not just for first year students! If you are a 2L or 3P, you are also invited to attend these sessions to learn more about your options.

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: 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.

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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