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

weekly newsletter March 20, 2017

Volume 6, Number 28

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Monday, March 20

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, March 21

2017 Law Journal Write-On Competition Information Session

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

Join the USD Law Academic Journal board members as they explain the rules and regulations for participating in the 2017 Write-On Competition. We will go over the competition process, timeline, and what to expect by participating in the competition. The write-on competition enables interested students to apply to all three journals at the same time. For 1Ls, this is the only opportunity to apply to the San Diego Law Review. For upper division students, you can participate in the competition to apply to the San Diego International Law Journal and the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law. Our editors will be present to answer any questions you may have.

Contact: Assistant Director for Law Journals Brigid Ann Bennett, bbennett@sandiego.edu

Criminal Law Society: What I Wish I Knew Before My First Criminal Law Internship

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

Do you have a criminal internship lined up or are hoping to secure one? Come listen to former interns and current USD students to learn how to succeed and stand out at your internship. Hear from students who have interned with criminal judges, the District Attorney, Public Defender, US Attorney, and City Attorney. We will share our dos and don'ts to best prepare for your internship. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Criminal Law Society President Susan McClay, usdcls@gmail.com

Wednesday, March 22

St. Thomas More Society (STMS): Professional Research Certification with LexisNexis

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

Professional Research Certification demonstrates to potential employers that you know how to perform the common practical tasks asked of interns. We will review the material covered during the March 16 training and take a step towards the Professional Research Certification. In the spirit of St. Thomas More, we will also look at resources that will help you identify any potential and actual conflicts of interest, as well as other ethical considerations. All attendees will earn 400 points. Those that pre-register via the Lexis Law School Homepage will receive free lunch.

Contact: STMS Vice President Melina Londos, mlondos@sandiego.edu

USD Law Democrats: Political Life in the Professional World

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

Join the USD Law Democrats for a panel discussion regarding political life in the professional world. Our panel includes Chris Ward (San Diego City Council) and Colin Parent (La Mesa City Council). They will discuss their career paths and how they became involved in local politics, as well offer advice and answer questions regarding opportunities for young professionals to become involved in their local political scene. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP online.

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

Thursday, March 23

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): Bingo Night

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 3B

Join PILF and your classmates for a fun evening of Bingo and prize drawings. Bingo players have a chance to win discounts to bar prep companies. Bingo tickets are $8 (includes Bingo and prize drawing entry) and individual raffle tickets are $5 (you do not need to be present to win). All proceeds raised at the event will go to USD's Loan Repayment Assistance Program and will be matched by Dean Ferruolo. So let's play and make him pay! Food will be provided.

Contact: PILF President Nareene Karakashian, usdpilf@gmail.com

Monday, March 27

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD): Executive Board Elections

12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.; Warren Hall Room 314

Calling all PAD members! Come to the PAD executive board elections and run for an open position or case your vote for the new board members. We will elect our next President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Marshal, and Alumni and Faculty Liaison. All members are invited and encouraged to run for any position, regardless of any previous involvement.

Contact: PAD Justice Megan Thiels, mthiels@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

Advocates for Children and Education (ACE), Immigration Justice Law Society (IJLS), and La Raza: Solidarity with Immigrants

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; La Gran Terraza

Join ACE, IJLS, La Raza, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) for this timely panel discussion. Immigration attorneys will discuss how the presidential executive orders stand up against existing immigration laws and their impact on various groups. We will also discuss what we as a community can do to stay informed and ensure that our immigrant community members are supported. Food and graduate-level beverages will be served at 5:30 p.m.; the panel begins at 6:00 p.m. Visit our Facebook event page for more information.

Contact: La Raza Co-Presidents Alexis Smith and Amalea Romero, usdlaraza@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 28

Wednesday, March 29

Thursday, March 30

Friday, March 31

Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) Graduate Student Association: Murder n' Mayhem Mystery Fundraiser

3 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Rooms H and I

MAIR GSA is hosting a Murder n' Mayhem Mystery fundraiser. All USD graduate and law students, as well as their friends and families, are invited to build community and help generate a fund for future international relations programs and events. This will be a live action role play game where participants will be assigned different characters as they embark on an adventure to solve a murder mystery. Please RSVP online and email your character preference (choose: main or supporting) to mairgsa@sandiego.edu.

Contact: Vice President of MAIR Graduate Student Association Jesse Alvarez, jessealvarez@sandiego.edu

announcements →

Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey

You received an email from university President James T. Harris and Vice President Carmen Vazquez on March 15 asking you to participate in USD's Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey. This anonymous survey provides the university with important information on behavior, attitudes, and experiences around sexual violence. Please take the time to fill out the online survey. You have until April 15 to complete the survey. You can also learn more about the national IT'S ON US campaign and take the pledge at itsonus.org.

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Election Results and Runoff Election Information

Thank you to all who voted in the SBA General Election! The results of the election are posted on the SBA TWEN page. There was a tie for the Vice President position. A runoff election will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21 at 8:00 a.m.-11:59 p.m. To vote in the runoff election: Go to the SBA TWEN page and click on "SBA Elections" in the left-hand navigation. From there, you will be prompted to take a poll where you can vote. Contact: SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges.

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF): 19th Annual Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Drive

PILF is holding its annual LRAP Pledge Drive this week (March 20-25). LRAP aids USD law graduates who work in the public interest law sector pay off their student loan debt. Dean Ferruolo has pledged to match up to $15,000 in this year's campaign (March 20-25). This means that your donation is automatically doubled! You can donate online (select "Loan Repayment Asisstance Program" under "Dean's Scholarship Initiative" as your designated option) or contact PILF President Nareene Karakashian. More information about the LRAP Pledge Drive is available online.

Save the Date: California State Bar Health Law Panel

Wednesday, April 5; 12-2 p.m.; Legal Research Center room 132.
Together with the Health Law Society, we are proud to host the California State Bar Business Law Section Health Law Committee. Members from the committee will meet with USD School of Law students and faculty to engage in a forum discussion regarding health law areas to watch in 2017. The panel includes Emily Cook (McDermott Will & Emery LLP), David Johnson (Crowell & Moring LLP), and David Leatherberry,'03(Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP). This is the first time that the Health Law Committee has met with law students from the San Diego area. This is part of the committee's efforts to foster relationships with law students and to promote health law as a practice. This event is free but registration is required.

Order of Barristers

Each year, a few graduating students are selected for membership in the prestigious Order of Barristers. You may be eligible to receive this honor, which recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in oral advocacy and brief writing. If you think you are eligible for members in the Order of Barristers, you should submit a brief statement of your qualifications. No other materials will be considered. Please write in bullet points, not narrative form. Your statement of qualifications is due by noon on Monday, April 17. Please submit your statement of qualifications to Professor Jean Ramirez, either in hard copy or by email (ramirezj@sandiego.edu). Applications will be reviewed by a nominating committee of faculty members.

Academic Success and Bar Programs Update

We wish a fond farewell to Professor Kiyana Kiel, who has returned to private practice after more than four years at USD School of Law. To ensure no interruption in service to students, Professor Sara Gurwitch has joined Academic Success and Bar Programs on an interim basis and, effective immediately, will be available to meet with students for their academic success and bar exam advising needs. To make an appointment, please contact lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-4793, or visit Warren Hall room 206.

Legal Research Center (LRC): March Trivia

Test your legal trivia skills with the LRC's monthly trivia contest. Visit the LRC homepage or Facebook page to submit your answer for March, and enter to win a drink card for Doug's Coffee Cart.

Pro Bono Legal Advocates (PBLA): Apply for a Chair Position

The election application for PBLA chair positions is now open. Are you interested in getting more involved with PBLA? How about gaining leadership experience, while networking with lawyers in the public interest field? Apply for a chair position for the 2017-2018 year. Open positions include: Chair, Vice Chair, Domestic Violence Clinic Chair, VITA Tax Clinic Chair, Clean Slate Clinic Chair, Unlawful Detainer Clinic Chair, HIV/AIDS Clinic Chair, and Consumer Clinic Chair. More information about PBLA is available online. To apply, submit an application online and send your resume and list of positions you are applying for to chair.pbla@gmail.com. Applications are due on March 30, 2017.

Legal Clinics: Accepting Applications for Summer and Fall 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 and Fall 2017 semesters. Apply online today. For questions or additional information, contact Administrative Director Eric Austin (ericaustin-11@sandiego.edu).

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.

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