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September 24, 2018 — Volume 8, Number 6


Student Bar Association (SBA): 1L Section Representative Election Results

Congratulations to the newly elected 1L Section and LLMC Representatives! This year's 1L Section and LLMC Reps are:
  • Section A: 
  • Section B: 
  • Section C: 
  • Section E:
  • LLMC: 

Student Wellness: Group Counseling Opportunities

Student Wellness is offering several Group Counseling opportunities this semester for currently enrolled USD students. Group counseling is a form of treatment that allows participants to learn about themselves and their relationships with others and to address personal difficulties that are often shared by other members of the group. Some of the groups being offered include Grad Support and Coping With StressGrad Support is specifically tailored to graduate students. Share your experiences, success and struggles with other people who care. Balancing demands and professional life will be addressed with an emphasis on self-care. Grad Support will meet on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. If you are interested in participating, contact Kristen Nichols, LMFT or call the  at (619) 260-4655. 

Coping With Stress is a series of workshop sessions for students who are interested in learning skills to manage stress. This is a drop-in group so feel free to come by! Dates and times for the Fall 2018 workshops can be found here. For any questions, contact the  at (619) 260-4655.

Student Health Insurance Requirement: Deadline Extended

All law students are required to have health insurance while enrolled at USD. You may purchase an insurance policy through the school's provider, or you may waive participation in the University-sponsored plan if you have a policy that will provide you with sufficient coverage while you are at USD. All students must either enroll in or waive out of the student health insurance plan. Your student account will automatically be charged for the studenthealth insurance plan unless you submit a waiver by the deadline. Note that the deadline to enroll in or waive the student health insurance plan has been extended to Friday, September 28, 2018. For detailed information about the student healthinsurance requirement and instructions on how to enroll in or waive the student health insurance plan, please visit the USD health insurance website. You will need to claim your USDOne account (if you have not done so already) in order to submit the enrollment or waiver form. Students should submit any insurance related questions via the Gallagher Student Customer Service form. Please note that dependent coverage is not available for 2018-19 under the USD student health insurance plan.

Mandatory Title IX Training

The annual online training on sexual misconduct and relationship violence has been issued. All students at USD should have received an email from the Title IX office on Friday, August 17 with a link to complete the training. This training has two parts: Part I is due on October 1 and Part II is due on November 15.  Students will be issued Part II of the training automatically, 45 days after completing Part I. All students at USD are required to complete this training in accordance with federal regulations. Students who do not complete the training by this date will be assessed a noncompliance fee in the amount of $250. Because this is an annual training, prior completion of the training does not exempt students from the requirement. If you have questions about the training, please visit the Title IX website or email

Office of Career and Professional Development: Registration Now Open for DA Post-Bar Interview Bootcamp

Register to attend the DA Post-Bar Interview Bootcamp. This is an interactive training by San Diego County District Attorney’s Office attorneys aimed at preparing 3Ls for the post-bar interview.  Space is limited.  Preference will be given to current 3Ls/4LEs.  If space permits, remaining spots will go to 2Ls. If you are interested, email your graduation year and class level (3L, 4LE, 2L, etc.) and a brief explanation of your commitment to pursuing a post-bar position with a DA’s office (for example, externships with DA offices).  The deadline to apply for a seat is Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Contact: Assistant Director of Advising and Programs Rana Aryan.

Red Mass: Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for student volunteers to serve during this year's Red Mass on Monday, October 1. There are several volunteer opportunities available. The volunteer roles are low pressure, do not require any experience, and you do not have to be Catholic to volunteer for most of the roles. The Mass is open to the entire law school community, regardless of religious affiliation. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet local judges and attorneys. If you would like to volunteer, please email Director for Law Student Affairs Irene Meloney.

Legal Research Center (LRC): September Trivia

Congratulations August trivia winner, Haley MacPhee!  September Trivia: How many U.S. presidents have been lawyers? Submit your answer on the LRC website to win a bag of treats from Trader Joe's! Contact: Law Reference Librarian Melissa Abernathy.

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