USD School of Law Alumni Launch Independent Voter Network Website

San Diego (October 12, 2012) - Today, University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Alumnus and founder of the Independent Voter Network (IVN), Chad Peace,'12 (JD), was interviewed by host Peggy Pico about the new online network dedicated to providing political analysis and rational commentary to elevate the level of public discourse when discussing politics.

An online news platform for communication, IVN provides a forum for respectful discussion between independent-minded voters, public officials, civic leaders and journalists. The site was launched in San Diego in January 2012

Peace says the website has seen explosive growth leading up to the November election, which is not surprising considering one-quarter of registered voters in SanDiego County, or about 300,000 voters, are not affiliated with a political party.

“We started IVN to provide aplatform for communication where we can all start talking to each other, instead of past one another,” said Peace. “There are simple etiquette guidelines: don’t attack each other, substantiate what you say and don’t make partisan-based attacks.”

The website also discourages self-promotion.

The purpose of is to provide unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. Unlike traditional media outlets and elsewhere in the “blogosphere” where the diversity of viewpoints is often reduced into partisan circles, IVN actively encourages contributors and readers of differing political tendencies to engage in a constructive dialogue.

USD School of Law alumni also on the IVN team include 2012 graduates Matt Metzner, Blaz Gutierrez and Lucas Eaves.

View the entire KPBS-TV interview “Local Website Caters to Independent Voters” online.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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