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

weekly newsletter February 13, 2017

Volume 6, Number 23

important deadlines →

  • 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 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

Monday, February 20

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

12 p.m. - 12:50 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 this information session. We will have refreshments.

Contact: CPIL Administrative Director Julie Fellmeth, julied@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

Coffee Drop-In for Part-Time Students

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 200

Please join Associate Dean Margaret Dalton for a very informal "drop in" at her office as you head to class. This is an opportunity for part-time students to share their thoughts in a relaxed atmosphere. RSVP appreciated but not required. Please email Kit Brawner (kbrawner@sandiego.edu) to RSVP.

Contact: Kit Brawner, kbrawner@sandiego.edu

Beyond the First Year: Advocacy Programs Information Session

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

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

Tuesday, February 21

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

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Election Information Session

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

The SBA General Election is fast approaching! The General Election is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 16. If you are thinking about running for one of the positions, please join us for this information session to learn more about the positions and how to declare your candidacy. We hope to see many potential candidates there! More information about the SBA General Election is available on the SBA TWEN page.

Contact: SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges, sbridges@sandiego.edu

Graduate Nursing Student Association (GNSA): What's Ahead in Health Policy in the Trump Era--An Update on Federal Health Reform Legislation

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Beyster Institute for Nursing Research Room 207/209

Whether you are entering the health care profession or just a citizen with questions about health care, this talk will address what we can expect to see with this new congress and presidential administration. Dr. Eileen Fry-Bowers is our guest speaker. Dr. Fry-Bowers is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (CPNP), a licensed attorney, and has served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She is active regionally and nationally in nursing and health policy organizations. Dr. Fry-Bowers teaches health policy and research courses at USD's Hahn School of Nursing. Food provided.

Contact: Facilitator of Diversity Club of GNSA Arianna Reisman, AREISMAN@SANDIEGO.EDU

Wednesday, February 22

Beyond the First Year: Law Journals Information Session

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

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

Black Law Students Association (BLSA): Annual Judicial Panel--Pathways to the Bench

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

All law students are invited and welcome to join us for our annual Judicial Panel featuring four local judges from different courts. Our panel includes Judge Gonzalo Curiel (U.S. District Court, Southern District of California), Immigration Judge Zsa Zsa DePaolo (Department of Justice Otay Mesa Immigration Court), Judge Roderick Shelton (San Diego Superior Court), and Judge Browder Willis (San Diego Superior Court). The topic to be discussed is “Pathways to the Bench.” Specifically, our panelists will speak about their unique journey to the bench. This event is being held in conjunction with the USD School of Law Judicial Reception. Come for the panel and stay for the reception.

Contact: BLSA Co-Presidents Curtis Jackson and Justin Shields, usdblsa@gmail.com

USD School of Law San Diego Judicial Reception

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Warren Hall Lobby

Due to a conflicting event, the Judicial Reception has been postponed to February 22, 2017.

Dean Stephen Ferruolo cordially invites you to attend USD School of Law's annual judicial reception and mixer to recognize members of the San Diego Bench. This annual event provides our students with the opportunity to meet and interact with the judiciary in an informal setting.

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

Thursday, February 23

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA): General Meeting and Student Panel

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

Join us for an informative and candid discussion from our 2L and 3L members about their experiences so far in law school. Our panel will also provide tips for finding and excelling at 1L summer jobs. In-N-Out provided for lunch.

Contact: APALSA President Thang Hoang, thanghoang@sandiego.edu

USD Law Democrats: The Electoral College--What's Up With That?

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

Join the USD Law Democrats for a panel discussion regarding the historical origins and purpose of the electoral college, its evolution over time, its role in recent presidential elections, and its standing moving forward. All students are invited to attend. Lunch provided. Please register online.

Contact: USD Law Democrats President Darien Key, dkey@sandiego.edu

Beyond the First Year: Legal Clinics Information Session

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

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

Theology on Tap: Changemaking in a Divided Nation

7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Room 401 (Grad/Law Commons)

Join us for a free dinner, meaningful conversation, and good company. This month's topic is "Changemaking in a Divided Nation." Our guest speakers are Dr. Mike Williams (Director, Changemaker Hub) and Juan Carlos Rivas (Assistant Director, Changemaker Hub). All graduate and law students are welcome to attend.

Contact: Grad/ Law Minister Mark Peters, markp@sandiego.edu

Saturday, February 25

One & Done: Bar Exam Boot Camp

8:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer; Rooms 2B, 3A, 3C

Jump start your bar preparation so that you can be One & Done. During the Bar Exam Boot Camp you will learn, practice, and review strategies to beat the Bar Exam. This unique event will host sessions presented by three of the top bar preparation companies: Barbri, Kaplan, and Themis. Each company will present on the multiple choice and essay sections of the Bar Exam. They will also host orientation sessions demonstrating how to navigate and use their adaptive online portal. If you have not yet selected your bar prep company, this is the perfect opportunity to sample two of the three companies and determine which is the best fit for you. Registration is required and lunch will be provided. You must register online by Monday, February 20 at noon in order to receive your materials and meal. If you have questions or cannot attend, please contact Academic Success & Bar Programs.

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

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Advocates for Children and Education (ACE): ACE Love Grams

Are you struggling to figure out how to surprise your secret crush or best friend on Valentine's Day? Buy an ACE Love Gram! You an purchase your ACE Love Gram for $2 on Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. in The Writs. You can also purchase them online. You have the option to include a note with your Love Gram. We will contact your lucky recipient and tell him/her to pick up a special treat in The Writs on Valentine's Day. All proceeds go to ACE programs that benefit children in our community.

Save the Date: Bergman Memorial Lecture--Seeking Juvenile Justice

Thursday, March 2; 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre.
All are invited to this panel discussion and reception in celebration of the 50th anniversary of In re Gault, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that juveniles accused of crimes must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults. Visit the event web page for a full schedule and list of panelists. This event is free and the first 50 people to register will receive a copy of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, Coming of Age in Prison by Reginald Dwayne Betts (one of the event panelists). Submit your RSVP online.

Legal Clinics: Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

Do an internship right here on campus. Join our on-site law office, earn academic credit, 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 now accepting applications for the Summer 2017 term. Apply online today. For questions or additional information, contact Administrative Director Eric Austin (ericaustin-11@sandiego.edu).

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.

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.

Student Health Insurance: Enroll or Waive by February 24

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 has been extended to February 24. 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.

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).

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