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

weekly newsletter March 6, 2017

Volume 6, Number 26

important deadlines →

  • Mon. Mar. 6: Last day to receive 60% tuition refund.
  • Mon. Mar. 6-Fri. Mar. 10: Spring Break (no classes).
  • Mon. Mar. 13: Last day to receive 50% tuition refund. No further refunds after this date.
  • Thur. Mar. 16 (8 am.-11:59 p.m.): SBA General Election online voting.

upcoming events →

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

Monday, March 13

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: IRAC, Multiple-choice, and You (Section C)

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

This workshop is the third in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. You have outlined, done practice exams or midterms, and still want to know more about IRAC and how to prepare for multiple-choice and other exam formats. Learn skills and techniques to improve your law school exam performance. You will leave this workshop feeling prepared to organize and attack any law school exam. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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

Tuesday, March 14

ASP 1L Workshop: IRAC, Multiple-choice, and You (Section B)

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

This workshop is the third in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. You have outlined, done practice exams or midterms, and still want to know more about IRAC and how to prepare for multiple-choice and other exam formats. Learn skills & techniques to improve your law school exam performance. You will leave this workshop feeling prepared to organize and attack any law school exam. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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

Environmental Law Society (ELS): Guest Speaker Lunch

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

Please join ELS for our guest speaker lunch. Today's guest is USD's Director of Sustainability Michael Catanzaro. He will discuss the university's Climate Action Plan. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: ELS President Lauren Perkins, els.usd@gmail.com

Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): Trump's Presidency and Its Effects on the US-Israel Relationship

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

JLSA, together with the American Constitution Society (ACS), Federalist Society, USD Law Democrats, and USD Law Republicans invite you to this panel discussion on the Trump administration and how it will affect US-Israel affairs. Our panel includes Jason Bercovitch (Staff Assistant, Congressman Scott Peters), Elan Journo (Fellow and Director of Policy Research, Ayn Rand Institute), and Professor Maimon Schwarzschild. Lunch will be served. Additional event information available online.

Contact: JLSA President Sharona Silver, usd.jlsa@gmail.com

ASP 1L Workshop: IRAC, Multiple-choice, and You (Section A)

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

This workshop is the third in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. You have outlined, done practice exams or midterms, and still want to know more about IRAC and how to prepare for multiple-choice and other exam formats. Learn skills & techniques to improve your law school exam performance. You will leave this workshop feeling prepared to organize and attack any law school exam. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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

Wednesday, March 15

GradFest I (Graduating Students Only)

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Plaza Menor (outside of the USD Torero Store)

Graduating students can place orders for caps and gowns ($25.00 rental fee), graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames, and other commencement memorabilia during GradFest at the USD Torero Store.  Students may also order their caps and gowns online beginning Wednesday, March 15. When ordering your regalia, please be sure to select the appropriate degree program to ensure that you get the correct regalia. Review the GradFest flyer for additional instructions.

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

Employment and Labor Law Society (EALLS) and Women's Law Caucus (WLC): No Bullying Zone

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

EALLS and WLC invite you to our spring panel regarding bullying and harassment. Four attorneys will lead an engaging discussion about the current trends of harassment and what legal remedies can be taken. Our panel includes Jerri Malana (San Diego County District Attorney), Josh Pang, '12 (Gruenberg Law), Susan Swan (Swan Employment Law), and Carolina Bravo-Karimi, '08 (Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP). Professor Miranda McGowan will moderate. Chipotle lunch will be served.

Contact: EALLS President Desi Kalcheva, ealls.usd@gmail.com

Graduate Student Life: Brown Bag Dialogue

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

Discussion with students, staff, and faculty over lunch about issues in this world.

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

American Constitution Society: The Supreme Court in the Trump Years

5:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.; Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

The San Diego Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society invites you to their Annual Reception, The Supreme Court in the Trump Years, featuring Linda Greenhouse, Senior Research Scholar in Law, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law; and Judy Clarke, Criminal Defense Attorney; ACS Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors who will be honored with the Roberto Alvarez Award. Please register online.

Registration Fees

Registration Category Fee          
Student Registration         $10
Public Sector/Non-Profit Registration $25
General Admission $35

Contact: , usdlawevent@sandiego.edu

Thursday, March 16

GradFest I (Graduating Students Only)

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Plaza Menor (outside of the USD Torero Store)

Graduating students can place orders for caps and gowns ($25.00 rental fee), graduation announcements, class rings, diploma frames, and other commencement memorabilia during GradFest at the USD Torero Store.  Students may also order their caps and gowns online beginning Wednesday, March 15. When ordering your regalia, please be sure to select the appropriate degree program to ensure that you get the correct regalia. Review the GradFest flyer for additional instructions.

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

Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA): A Day in the Life of a Patent Litigator

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

Join IPLA and attorneys from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for a panel discussion on what it is like to be a patent litigator. Our panel includes Doug Carsten; Alina Litoshyk, '16; Nathan Scharn, '15; and Lauren Wardle, '14. They will talk about how they became patent litigators and what their day is generally like. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: IPLA President Michael Hsieh, usdipla@gmail.com

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

Careers in the Law

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Warren Hall 2nd Floor Lobby

Attend the 35th Annual Careers in the Law program—the law school's largest and most important alumni and student networking event. More than 20 practice areas, including nontraditional legal careers, are represented.

Contact: Career and Professional Development, lawcareers@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4529

Military Bar Association (MilBar): Joint Networking Event

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Shakespeare Pub and Grill 3701 India St. San Diego, CA 92103

Please join MilBar and the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA) for our first annual spring networking event. Meet lawyers and students from San Diego's military and veteran community, including the SDCBA Military Law Section, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Judge Advocate General's Corps, California Western School of Law, and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. More information available online.

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

ASP 1L Workshop: IRAC, Multiple-choice, and You (Section E)

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

This workshop is the third in a series of three section-specific workshops, led by the Academic Success Fellows, taking place this spring semester. You have outlined, done practice exams or midterms, and still want to know more about IRAC and how to prepare for multiple-choice and other exam formats. Learn skills & techniques to improve your law school exam performance. You will leave this workshop feeling prepared to organize and attack any law school exam. Bring your questions. Visit the Study Skills Workshops web page for more information.

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

announcements →

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Election Information

The SBA General Election will take place on Thursday, March 16 (8:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m.). All current students (including graduating 3Ls and 4Ls) can vote in the election. Campaigning by the candidates has started. Please visit the SBA TWEN page or the SBA Facebook page to learn more about the candidates. Be sure to add the SBA TWEN age so that you can vote on March 16. Contact: SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges.

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 web page for comprehensive information on taking and preparing for bar exams, including links to the California Bar Exam application, dates and deadlines.

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.

Law Student Profiles: Check Them Out!

Want to know what your classmates are up to? Be sure to check out the Law Student Profiles online. This week, read about Samantha Yu's winning essay and Curtis Davis' work on behalf of an expelled high school student. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

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