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

weekly newsletter May 1, 2017

Volume 6, Number 34

important deadlines →

  • Mon. May 1-Fri. May 12: Spring Examination Period.
  • Mon. May 1 at noon: Deadline to apply for the Community Defenders Award (graduating students only).
  • Fri. May 12 at 2-2:30 p.m.: Law Journal Write-On Competition packet pick up.
  • Fri. May 12 at 5 p.m.: Deadline to request a summer locker.
  • Wed. May 17: Deadline to vacate your locker.
  • Fri. May 19 at 4 p.m.: Law School Commencement Mass.
  • Sat. May 20: School of Law Commencement.
  • Wed. May 31 at 5 p.m.: Deadline to register your student organization for 2017-2018.
  • Fri. June 16 at 5 p.m.: Deadline to apply for the Student Leader Scholarship.

upcoming events →

Monday, May 1

Finals First Aid: Snacks, Refreshments, and a Mindfulness Break

8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer

Replenish your body with some complimentary snacks, coffee, and tea. Take a short mindfulness break with a coloring page or guided meditation card.  

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

Grad & Law Wellness Week: Sunset Yoga on the Rooftop

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Rooftop (5th Floor)

Please join us for Sunset 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

Tuesday, May 2

Grad & Law Wellness Week: Bubble Wrap Party

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

Don't stress! Pop a bubble instead.

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

Grad & Law Wellness Week: Body Scan Meditation

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Room 401 (Grad/Law Commons)

A body scan mediation is a guided journey through your body as you learn to be more self-aware of sensations we might otherwise be ignoring in our body.

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

Wednesday, May 3

Graduate Student Life: Final Bagel Breakfast

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Student Life Pavilion Room 401 (Grad/Law Commons)

Join us for our final bagel breakfast. Enjoy bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice. All graduate and law students are welcome to attend this event.

Contact: Mariann Sanchez , marianns@sandiego.edu

Grad & Law Wellness Week: Snack Break

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Room 401 (Grad/Law Commons)

Need an afternoon snack? Come to our snack break, co-sponsored by Campus Recreation. Meet the staff from Campus Rec where they will share information about summer fitness hours and classes. We will have a variety of healthy treats and giveaways.

Contact: Mariann Sanchez , marianns@sandiego.edu

Thursday, May 4

Finals First Aid: Snacks, Refreshments, and a Mindfulness Break

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer

Replenish your body with some complimentary snacks, coffee, and tea. Take a short mindfulness break with a coloring page or guided meditation card.  

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

Grad & Law Wellness Week: Sunset Yoga on the Rooftop

4 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Rooftop (5th Floor)

Please join us for Sunset 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

Friday, May 5

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, May 6 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

Monday, May 8

Finals First Aid: Snacks, Refreshments, and a Mindfulness Break

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer

Replenish your body with some complimentary snacks, coffee, and tea. Take a short mindfulness break with a coloring page or guided meditation card.  

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

Wednesday, May 10

Finals First Aid: Snacks, Refreshments, and a Mindfulness Break

4 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Warren Hall Second Floor Foyer

Replenish your body with some complimentary snacks, coffee, and tea. Take a short mindfulness break with a coloring page or guided meditation card.  

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

Friday, May 12

USD Student Wellness: Therapy Dogs

12 p.m. - 2 p.m.; Student Life Pavilion Plaza Mayor (in front of the Student Life Pavilion)

Take a "paws" from the stress of finals and get some puppy love. Lemonade and cookies will be served.

Contact: USD Student Wellness, chwp@sandiego.edu

Student Bar Association (SBA): Grad Bash 2017

4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Soda & Swine Liberty Station 2750 Dewey Rd. #104 San Diego, CA 92106

Sunshine, no more school...what more could you ask for? Join us on the back patio at Soda & Swine to send off the Class of 2017. All law students are invited to attend. Purchase your tickets online. Your tickets provides two beverages, food, and dessert.

Contact: SBA Social Chair Melissa Chinn, mchinn@sandiego.edu

announcements →

Lockers: Important Information and Deadlines

If you currently have a locker, your deadline to vacate it is Wednesday, May 17. All lockers must be vacated at the end of each academic year. Any belongings left in the lockers after May 17 will be collected and donated. If you are studying for the bar exam on campus or taking summer school, you may request a summer locker to use. To request a summer locker, email the Office for Law Student Affairs by Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m. In your email, include your name, USD ID number, USD email address, and phone number. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

Law School Notetaker Opportunity

Each semester we seek students willing to provide their class notes to students with documented disabilities. The requirements are simple: attend class and take notes as you normally would, and submit your notes each week by Friday at noon. Notetakers are paid a stipend based on the number of semester units that notes are provided for. Notetakers are selected on an as needed basis, and submitting your interest will not guarantee your selection. If you would like to submit your interest to be a notetaker for the School of Law, please complete this form. If you have any questions about being a notetaker, please contact lawacademicsuccess@sandiego.edu.

2017 Law Journal Write-On Competition Information

Packet pick up: Friday, May 12; 2-2:30 p.m.; Legal Research Center Room 132.
Submission drop off: Friday, May 19; 6:30-8 p.m.; Legal Research Center Room 132.
The 2017 Law Journal Write-On Competition starts Friday, May 12 at 2 p.m. You must physically pick up your own Write-On packet and physically drop off your own Write-On submission in person, unless you have been excused before the competition. If you are unable to physically pick up or drop off your Write-On packet, you must email usdwriteoncompetition@gmail.com by Tuesday, May 9 at 9 p.m. to arrange for an anonymous identification number and access to the materials. In that email, you should explain the reason(s) you are unable to pick up or drop off your Write-On packet in person. Please add the "2017 Write-On Competition" course on TWEN. This is the ONLY way the journal can contact you with information and updates about the competition. All competition entries must be returned on Friday, May 19 between 6:30-8 p.m. Membership on a law journal is a tremendous honor and accomplishment that will follow you throughout your professional life. We hope you will participate in the Write-On Competition for an opportunity to be a member of one of our USD law journals. Contact: usdwriteoncompetition@gmail.com.

Student Organization Registration for 2017-2018

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 31 at 5 p.m.
Attention all 2017-2018 student organization presidents: All student organizations must register every year in order to be eligible for the benefits (i.e. SBA funding, room reservations, Sidebar submissions, etc.). You should have received an email with information about how to register your student organization for 2017-2018. If you are the president of a student organization next year, it is your responsibility to turn in these materials. Contact: Director for Law Student Affairs Irene Meloney.

Student Leader Scholarship

Application Deadline: Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m.
In recognition of the work and sacrifice our student leaders make on behalf of the law school community, USD has set aside funds for a Student Leader Scholarship. Please read the application online for more information and to find out if you qualify. The application is due to the Office for Law Student Affairs by Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m.. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

USD School of Law Alumni Mentorship Program: Coming Soon!

The Law Alumni Board is pleased to launch the 2017-2018 Alumni Mentorship Program for current 1L and 1P students (rising 2L/2Ps). The program encourages connecting with your alumni mentor throughout the year, but minimal other time commitment. An alumni mentor can provide invaluable guidance on professional development, networking, navigating the law school experience, and transitioning into the legal profession. If you are a rising 2L or 2P who would benefit from having a mentor from our stellar alumni community, be on the lookout for an email with the application information right after final exams.

Community Defenders Award: Apply by May 1

Each year a graduating student receives the Community Defenders Award for his or her demonstrated commitment to indigent criminal defense. If you think you might be qualified to receive this award, please submit your application as a single PDF to Professor Jean Ramirez by noon on Monday, May 1. Please read the memo for the list of application requirements.

Attention May 2017 Graduates: Keep Up with the Commencement Checklist

Please review the Commencement Checklist regularly to ensure that you are completing all the tasks necessary for graduation. Ccontact the Office for Law Student Affairs if you have questions.

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