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

weekly newsletter March 27, 2017

Volume 6, Number 29

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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

Monday, April 3

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, April 4

Black Law Students Association (BLSA): Elections

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

Please join BLSA for our election meeting.

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

Business Law Society (BLS): US Attorney Panel

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

Discover what being an Assistant US Attorney is like. Panelists will discuss their day-to-day activities, the paths that led them to become US Attorneys, and the skills you need to become one. Our panel includes Steve Chu (US Attorney, Civil Division) and Anne Perry (US Attorney, Criminal Division). Lunch will be provided.

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

Sexual Assault Awareness Week: Beat the Blame Game

7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.; Hahn University Center Forums A and B

Catharsis Productions will present on how to stop victim-blaming by creating communities that support survivors and prevent violence. Visit the Facebook event page for more information. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, which offers opportunities to learn more about the prevalence of sexual violence and how to take action to stop it.

Contact: Women's Center, Prevention & Education Coordinator, Sarah Borger, sborger@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-5967

Wednesday, April 5

Lawyers Club of San Diego: The Increasing Responsibility of Corporations and the Community in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; U.S. District Court, Jury Room 330 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101

Join Lawyers Club's Human Trafficking Collaborative for this informative event featuring Judge Virginia Kendall (U.S District Court, Northern District of Illinois). Judge Kendall is the co-author of one of the most powerful books on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). She will explore the growing role that corporations play in ending the exploitation of children for profit, how different communities across the nation are combating this global issue, and the issues faced by San Diego. Judge M. Margaret McKeown (U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit) will moderate. Please register online by Friday, March 31. Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Lawyers Club Administrative Coordinator Mary Ordonez, Mary@lawyersclubsandiego.com, (619) 595-0650

Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (VICAM): Informational Session

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

Interested in international business? Do you want to argue on behalf of a business in a breach of contract case? The VICAM team is a moot arbitration team that sends competitors to Vienna and Hong Kong competitions each spring. VICAM competes against hundreds of international schools at these competitions. Competitors get experience in brief writing, oral argument, and international law. For information on the application process for the 2017-2018 VICAM team, attend our information session. Pizza will be served.

Contact: VICAM President Erin Lupfer, usdvicam@gmail.com

Sexual Assault Awareness Week: Take Back the Night

6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Plaza Mayor (in front of the Student Life Pavilion

Join us for Take Back the Night. Gather to hear spoken word, then march across campus to the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice with messages of empowerment, ending with survivor stories and a vigil. This event is part of Sexual Assault Awarness Week, which offers opportunities to learn more about the prevalence of sexual violence and how to take action to stop it.

Contact: Women's Center, Prevention & Education Coordinator, Sarah Borger, sborger@sandiego.edu, (619) 260-5967

Thursday, April 6

International Law Society (ILS): International Cybersecurity Law Presentation

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

Join us for a presentation on international cybersecurity law by Peter Stockburger, '09 (Dentons). We will also announce the ILS board for next year. Mexican food will be served.

Contact: ILS President Jamie Santos, usdils@gmail.com

Tax Law Society (TLS): Tax Law Speaker Panel

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

Please join our diverse panel of tax lawyers from all sizes of firms and practice areas to answer your "must know" questions. Our panel will tell you what a day in the life of a tax lawyer really looks like. Non-pizza lunch served.

Contact: TLS President Mark Suarez, usd.tls@gmail.com

Friday, April 7

announcements →

Academic Success & Bar Programs: Hiring Academic Success Fellows for Fall 2017

Are you looking for a way to earn additional income without sacrificing your studies? You could get paid to help fellow students and prepare for the bar exam in the process. We are currently hiring Academic Success Fellows for the upcoming 1L courses this Fall semester: Civil Procedure (Professors Heiser, Martin, and Sohoni); Torts (Professors M. McGowan, S. Smith, Ursin, and Wonnell); Criminal Law (Professors Alexander, Lee, and Ramirez); and Contracts (Professor Claus). With a manageable time commitment, this position allows for you to keep another job or stay involved in various extracurricular activities. For more information, including a detailed job description and application, please visit the Academic Success & Bar Programs page on TWEN. All applications are due by Monday, April 3. Contact: Academic Success & Bar Programs.

Graduate Student Council (GSC): Padres in the Park

Friday, April 21; 7-10 p.m.; Petco Park 100 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets on sale online beginning Tuesday, March 28 at noon
Join GSC for our annual Padres in the Park event. The game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. against the Miami Marlins. Student tickets are $35 and guest tickets are $55. A ticket to the event includes game entry, drink tickets, and unlimited food until the seventh inning. Tickets are available for purchase online beginning Tuesday, March 28 at 12:00 p.m. USD graduate and law students are allowed to purchase one guest ticket. There are a limited number of guest tickets, so be sure to purchase yours before they run out. Please visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Tax Program Update

Professor Victor Fleischer has been named Director of the USD School of Law Tax Programs. Flesicher will assume this position in July 2017, succeeding Professor Howard Abrams. As Director of Tax Programs, Fleischer will oversee our nationally ranked JD and LLM programs, which have produced leading tax practitioners for more than forty years. Professor Fleischer looks forward to working with JD and LLM students who are interested in preparing for a future in tax practice. Information about LLM in Taxation degree requirements can be found online and in the Office of Graduate an International Programs (Warren Hall room 207).

Washington, D.C. Externship Program Update

Due to popular demand for Fall opportunities, the Washington, D.C. Externship Program will now be offered in the Fall semester only. Taking the program in the Fall semester allows students to earn as many as 15 credits, including up to 6 letter-graded course credits and up to 9 pass/fail externship credits. If you are considering this great opportunity, and have questions about the program or finding an externship opportunity, schedule an appointment with the Office for Career and Professional Development.

Student Bar Association (SBA): General Election Results

Thank you to all who voted in the SBA General Election and Runoff Election. The results of the election are posted on the SBA TWEN page and SBA Facebook page. If you are interested in one of the vacant positions, please send your application to SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges. She will forward it on to the correct SBA Executive Board Member. Congratulations to the newly elected student leaders! Contact: SBA Elections Chair Sarah Bridges.

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.

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.

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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