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

weekly newsletter February 27, 2017

Volume 6, Number 25

important deadlines →

  • Wed. Mar. 1: Deadline to apply for summer study abroad and fall semester exchange.
  • Wed. Mar. 1: For graduating students: Application to graduate opens.
  • Wed. Mar. 1: For graduating students: July 2017 California Bar Exam registration opens.
  • Thurs. Mar. 2 at 11:59 p.m.: SBA General Election Declaration of Candidacy Due.
  • Fri. Mar. 3: Student refrigerators and freezers will be cleaned out.
  • Mon. Mar. 6: Last day to receive 60% tuition refund.
  • Mon. Mar. 6-Fri. Mar. 10: Spring Break (no classes).

upcoming events →

Monday, February 27

Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): Community Safe Space and Dialogue

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

All members of the USD law community are invited and welcome to join JLSA to discuss the recent act of intolerance on campus. This is a safe space for our community to engage in dialogue about the swastika incident. Snacks will be provided.

Contact: JLSA President Sharona Silver, ssilver@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

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Election Information Session

12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 131

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

Military Bar Association (MilBar): Social Hour

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.;

Please join us for a social hour at O'Toole's Meet and socialize with members of our veteran and military-centric organization over appetizers (graduate level beverages available for purchase). We are eager to discuss our plans for the future of our organization and welcome suggestions on how to better serve the USD law community. All law students (JDs and LLMs) are invited to attend.

Contact: MilBar President Aaron Burden, aburden@sandiego.edu

Tuesday, February 28

Dean's February Mixer

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Back Patio and The Writs

Dean Ferruolo invites you to the February Mixer, the first mixer of the Spring 2016 semester. Come mingle with the dean, faculty and students while enjoying a nacho bar and tacos. In conjunction with the Dean's February Mixer will be the Women's Law Caucus (WLC) Annual Faculty Auction. See the event page for more information. We hope to see you there!

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

Women's Law Caucus (WLC): Annual Faculty Auction

4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.; Warren Hall The Writs

In conjunction with the Dean's February Mixer will be the Women's Law Caucus Annual Faculty Auction. The proceeds from this year's auction will be donated to Becky's House, a local women's charity. Items up for bid include outings with professors, gift certificates to local restaurants, professional photography packages, wine tastings, and much more! Stay tuned for more information regarding specific donation items. The silent auction will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. in the student lounge. Professor Dov Fox will be MCing the live auction from 4:45 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. 

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

Wednesday, March 1

Business Law Society: Craft Beer Attorney Panel

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

We are proud to host Candace Moon (Craft Beer Attorney). She will discuss legal issues that craft breweries face. Her firm specializes in business law, contracts, employment law, and intellectual property. The firm has represented over 250 craft beer clients, including Green Flash, AleSmith, Drake's, and Mother Earth. Lunch will be served on a first come, first served basis.

Contact: BLS President Christopher Thien, bls.usd@gmail.com

Student Wellness: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.; Hahn University Center Room 107

Did you know that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 25-34? Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Training is designed to help identify the warning signs of suicide and reduce suicide behavior. In this one-hour training, you will learn how to recognize suicide-warning signs, ask someone you are concerned about whether they may be considering suicide, and help refer someone who may be struggling to professional help. Please register for this training and learn how to be a life-saving resource.

Contact: USD Student Wellness, youareusd@sandiego.edu

Student Bar Association (SBA) and Black Law Students Association (BLSA): Long Road to Hard Truth--Discussion with Judge Robert L. Wilkins

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

All USD law faculty, students, and alumni are cordially invited to attend a discussion with Judge Robert L. Wilkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Judge Wilkins will discuss his book, Long Road to Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture (which will be available for purchase). He will also speak about his career as both an attorney and a judge. A reception will follow at the La Gran Terraza patio at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Appetizers and graduate level beverages will be provided at the reception. Please visit the event website for more information and to register.

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

Thursday, March 2

Health Law Society (HLS): Attorney Panel

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

Join us to learn about the various areas of health law, including personal injury, health care defense, and in-house health counsel. Our panel of USD law alumni includes Natalie Mueller, '13, (Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP), Dave Fox, '07 (Fox Law APC), and David Kraus, '91 (UC Health). We will have a Q&A session following the panel, so come with your quesitons.

Contact: HLS President Lexi Silverman, usdhealthlawsociety@gmail.com

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): Spring General Meeting

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

Join us for USD PILF’s Spring General Meeting  to learn about public interest and pro bono opportunities while working in the private sector.   We will also discuss available board positions and PILF’s annual fundraising drive for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). Lunch will be provided!

Contact: PILF President Nareene Karakashian, nareenek@sandiego.edu

Bergman Memorial Lecture: Seeking Juvenile Justice-In re Gault-50 Years

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre & Rotunda

USD School of Law is holding a panel discussion and reception in celebration of the 50th anniversary of In re Gualt, 387 U.S. 1 (1967), a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that held juveniles accused of crimes must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults, such as the right to timely notification of the charges, the right to confront witnesses, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to counsel. The court's opinion was written by Justice Abe Fortas, a noted proponent of children's rights. 

This event is made possible by USD School of Law, Law Alumni Board of Directors, Office of Alumni Relations, Pardee Legal Research Center, Children's Advocacy Institute and Community Defenders Inc.

Contact: Law Alumni, lawalum@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4692

Friday, March 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, March 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, March 4

Advocates for Children and Education (ACE): SMART Program

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.; First United Methodist Church 119 E. 4th St. Escondido, CA 92025

This is a fun and rewarding pro bono opportunity. The SMART Program is aimed at teenages who have committed one misdemeanor offense and are going through the Youth Court Diversion Program to keep the charge off of their record. The goal is to help these teens think about their future, set goals, and make better decision. We run one-on-one activities and group discussion.

Contact: ACE Smart Program Coordinator Morgan Small, msmall@sandiego.edu

Wednesday, March 8

UCSD Center on Global Transformation: Maintaining an Independent Judiciary in the Face of Political Challenges

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.; UC San Diego, Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club's Atkinson Pavilion

Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Tassaduq Jillani will share his views on how the judicial system in Pakistan has established its independence from the other branches of government. Following his presentation, the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will provide a comparative perspective and will discuss the current challenges facing the U.S. court. A reception will be held following the talk. This event is free. Please visit the event website for more information (including information about parking) and to register.

Contact: Program Representative Lisa Lee, lisalee@sandiego.edu

announcements →

Attention May 2017 Graduates: Application to Graduate Opens Wednesday, March 1

The Application to Graduate opens on Wednesday, March 1. Please review the Commencement Checklist and look for the Application to Graduate email you will receive on March 1 for detailed instructions on the mandatory steps required to be approved to graduate.  As you finish up your final semester, we ask that you complete the Application to Graduate process by Friday, March 31, 2017. Please contact the Office for Law Student Affairs if you have questions.

California Bar Exam Registration Opens (Graduating Students Only)

Registration for the July 2017 California Bar Exam opens on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Due to limited seating in San Diego, it is highly recommended that you register within the first week of March. The Timely Filing Deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017. You will be required to pay a late fee if you register after April 3, 2017. Please review USD’s Bar Exam Information webpage for comprehensive information on taking and preparing for bar exams, including links to the California Bar Exam application, dates and deadlines.

Office for Graduate and International Programs: Summer Study Abroad and Semester Exchange Deadline

The application deadline for summer study abroad (summer 2017) and semester exchange (fall 2017) is March 1, 2017. Please complete your application as soon as possible. The priority application for the International Study Abroad Scholarship is March 1.

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Election Information.

The SBA General Election is scheduled to take place on Thursday, March 16. If you would like to run, your Declaration of Candidacy is due on Thursday, March 2 at 11:59 p.m. Learn more information about the positions available and how to run at one of our two information sessions: Tuesday, February 21 at 12:00 p.m. in Warren Hall room 133; and Monday, February 27 at 12:30 p.m. in Warren Hall room 131 (after the SBA General Meeting). A position on SBA is a great way to get involved in the USD law community and gain leadership skills. We hop you will consider running for a position. Contact: SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges.

Office for Law Student Affairs: Take the Law Student Wellness Survey

All USD law students received an email on February 16 requesting their participation in the Law Student Wellness Survey. Participation in the survey will provide feedback about how to improve the resources and programming that the Office for Law Student Affairs provides to support law student wellness. You have until March 3, 2017 to complete the survey.

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).

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