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Jason Marsh '10 JD

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
For over a year-and-a-half, I worked as a law clerk for the civil division of the San Diego Superior Court. I'm proud that during that time I was part of a team tasked with bringing current a six month backlog of default judgments. Afterwards, I joined a team of law and filing clerks tasked with suggesting updates to clerk standard operating procedure guides for the processing of default judgments and unlawful detainer actions. Hopefully, these refinements will be implemented and lead to more efficient processing of filings.

In addition, I developed a reputation among the many judges of the civil division for my superior legal research and writing. My memoranda have been relied upon in judicial considerations. Some of my memoranda have even been quoted by the judges in their orders.

Unfortunately, in this down-economy and due to California budget cuts, I was laid-off in late summer from the court. Since then, I've attended CLE's to maintain my education, volunteered as a means to enhance my resumé, and worked on projects under contract, primarily as a law clerk on civil and family law matters. Using my first-hand knowledge of civil procedure and practice, I have assisted practitioners in several filings, court and mediation memos, and discovery.

I'm also proud to be a contributor for the Independent Voter Network ( IVN is an exciting new endeavor staffed primarily by USD School of Law graduates, and I encourage all alumni of USD to check it out. You too can help to spread the word about this new source for news and independent opinions by sharing the site with others.

Back to a more personal note, I sat the California Bar exam this past July and I'm looking forward to being an attorney-at-law. I love being part of the San Diego community and I'm committed to staying here, particularly with my wife's growing Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) practice ( While this geographically limits my opportunities, I am hopeful and optimistic that USD's excellent network will lead to something soon.

Okay, that's a challenge: Who's interested?!

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
For me, the fondest memory is tied to a tragic event. In early 2008, I lost a close family member. I missed a week of classes to mourn. I remember being advised by at least one professor to take the semester off, but I returned as soon as I reasonably could because I needed to be around friends. Part of what gave me the courage to return was a special gift I received while I was away.  One day, my friends Nate and Noah showed-up on my doorstep with three sympathy cards that had been signed by, I think, everyone in my section. Those cards helped warm my heart in one of its coldest hours. My classmates gift of grace during personal tragedy is my fondest memory of USD.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
I have two favorite places on campus. The first is the Graduate Student Lounge, located in the Student Life Pavilion, because as the Chair of the Graduate Student Council during it's opening I helped to design the layout. With the help and input of the Councilers from the various graduate programs, I sought to assure the GS Lounge had those resources graduate students would use and appreciate. During that time, the administration proved to be very receptive to student input, and enabled the amenities that the GSC provides today.

My second favorite must be the Reflecting Pool area outside the IPJ. I love the tranquility of that area and the amazing view of San Diego's beaches below.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
I had several classes that I enjoyed, and several professors that stood out, including Roy Brooks, Orly Lobel, Steven Smith, John Minan, and Thomas Smith. However, my one favorite teacher would likely have to be: Frank Partnoy. My Corporate Finance class at the School of Law was both entertaining and challenging. Of course, it doesn't hurt that I love the work that Frank continues to do along with Cynthia Richson to make USD's Center for Corporate and Securities Law a relevant and powerful voice in a growing area of law. That, and I have always loved Frank's book, FIASCO. In fact, I recommend reading F.I.A.S.C.O. to everyone who would like to better understand the financial market collapse of 2008 and the derivatives that contributed to its severity.

If you prefer movies, it wouldn't hurt to watch Charles Ferguson's excellent and Oscar-winning documentary: Inside Job. Frank is featured in that film, as well.

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
As a former president for the student bar association, I recognize the incredible opportunity available in that position to advocate for current student interests. I also realize the pitfalls of working without sufficient direction or knowledge of available resources. For these reasons, I've reached-out to every SBA-President since my exit to offer my support and guidance upon request.

Additionally, I've done my best to respond whenever asked by the Moot Court team to assist with their tournaments. As a result, I've had the pleasure of judging a few of these competitions, meet some excellent practicing attorneys, and see some of the rising stars of tomorrow.

Lastly, I remain engaged and involved with the USD Center for Corporate and Securities Law. Most recently, I enjoyed attending a remarkable panel on Insider Trading in which Joshua Klein, one of the US Attorneys who successfully prosecuted Raj Rajaratnam, participated. Kudos again to Co-Directors of the Center, Richson and Partnoy!

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Find a position as soon as humanly possible. Don't wait until after graduation. Use career services, friends, professors... Your network will likely never be closer and more helpful than it is right now, and being employed immediately after school takes away some additional stressors that you don't need or want while studying for the Bar Exam.

Also, write concisely.

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