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May 11, 2020 — Volume 9, Number 34

Last Edition of the Semester!


Student Bar Association (SBA): Graduating Class Spotlight

We may not have a graduation this month to celebrate, but SBA wants to honor YOU! If you or one of your friends are a member of the graduating class, send us a message and a photo to our DMs (@usdlawsba_). We will be posting them throughout the week of May 10th. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Contact: SBA Vice President of Student Organizations Lexy Hanna.

LRC x Bloomberg Giveaway!

Tell us about a time you had to pull a file from a docket, whether for a class or for a summer job. Submit your answer on the LRC's website for a chance to win an Amazon Echo Smart Speaker (a value of $59.99) courtesy of Bloomberg Law

Learn more about dockets using Bloomberg as well as other helpful tips from the LRC, LWR, and the Office of Career and Professional Development at the Summer Job Success Zoom session on Wednesday, May 20 from 12-1 p.m. (registration required). Contact: Law Reference Librarian Melissa Abernathy

Law Student in Need Fund

Through the generosity of donors, the School of Law has established the Law Student in Need Fund to provide direct support for law students who are facing emergency circumstances that place in jeopardy their ability to complete their legal education. Please visit the Law Student in Need Fund website for the funding guidelines and a link to the application.

Law students are also eligible to apply to the Toreros Together Emergency Fund for Students. Law students who wish to apply for this fund should first apply to the Law Student in Need Fund. If you are not fully funded or need additional resources, email how you have been personally impacted by COVID-19 and your specific needs to

Applicants may not seek funding from both the Law Student in Need Fund and Toreros Together Emergency Fund for the same expense (i.e. cannot double-dip) unless the applicant is either denied or the total cost of the expense is not fully covered by one or the other. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs

Student Organization Registration for 2020-2021

Registration Deadline: Sunday, May 31 at 5 p.m.
Attention all 2020-2021 student organization presidents: All student organizations must register every year in order to be eligible for the benefits (i.e. SBA and university funding, room reservations, Sidebar submissions, etc.). For information and instructions on how to register your student organization, please review the Student Organization Registration web page. If you are the president of a student organization next year, it is your responsibility to turn in these materials. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

Student Leader Scholarship

Application Deadline: Friday, June 14 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 12 at 5 p.m. Contact: Office for Law Student Affairs.

2020 Write-On Competition for Law Review, SDILJ, and SDJCEL

The San Diego Law Review (Law Review), the San Diego International Law Journal (SDILJ), and the San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law (SDJCEL) created a combined competition to enable students to apply for membership on each journal simultaneously. Although Law Review, SDILJ, and SDJCEL Board members evaluate competition entries separately, students may submit to all journals or any journal(s) of their choosing.

The competition assignment, or “problem,” will be available for download on the TWEN page titled “2020 Write-On Competition for Law Review, SDILJ, and SDJCEL” between May 8, 2020, 8:00 AM - May 11, 2020, 11:59 PM. Timely download from the TWEN page is required. If you fail to download the application packet within the established time range, you will not be permitted to participate in the competition. 

Students who will not have internet access for the download window must e-mail by May 7 at 5:00 PM to arrange for an alternate method to access the materials. Students who need accommodations should contact the Office of Law Student Affairs by May 1.

All competition entries must be submitted before Monday, May 18, 2020, at 8:00 PM on the TWEN page. No entries will be accepted after this time. The submission window will be open for the entire competition period, from Friday, May 8, at 8:00 AM until Monday, May 18, at 8:00 PM. Please ensure that you carefully read all competition instructions included in the assignment so that you can plan accordingly. Generally, the requirements for applying to all three journals will be the same, but there may be minor variations.

Applicants to Law Review, SDILJ, or SDJCEL must complete a Bluebook assignment where applicants must correct citations. In addition to the Bluebook assignment, applicants to Law Review or SDILJ must complete a closed legal memorandum based only on the materials provided to the applicants.  Applicants to SDJCEL may apply via one of two options. First, applicants to SDJCEL may complete the Bluebook assignment and the closed legal memorandum. Alternatively, applicants may complete the Bluebook assignment and: (1) submit a resume and writing sample to and (2) participate in a brief interview.

The closed memorandum will present a problem with at least two legal issues: one domestic and one international. All competitors must write a responsive memo on all issues. The assignment will provide you with more specific instructions, but the memo must be a maximum of ten pages in length (no longer) and should be written in the style used for your Legal Writing and Research memos. This is a closed memo. The packet will provide all of the research that you need to complete your analysis. No outside research is permitted. The only materials outside of the assignment packet that you may use are the Bluebook (20th ed. only) and the Texas Law Review Manual on Usage & Style (optional).

For the Bluebook Citation Corrections portion, you will be given approximately twenty citations containing mistakes that must be corrected according to Bluebook rules. You cannot complete the assignment without the Bluebook. No other reference materials, including the Internet, may be used.

For more information, add the “2020 Write-On Competition" for Law Review, SDILJ, or visit the Annual Write-On Competition webpage. Please email your questions to Law Review Research Editor Julia Hanson.

Graduating Class Gift Update

The Class of 2020 is raising money to establish the USD School of Law 2020 Vision Fund! The 2020 Vision Fund will contribute to Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo’s newly-created Public Interest Law Student Summer Fellowship Program, which will provide grants to law students who accept unpaid summer internships at public interest and nonprofit organizations. Take a moment to watch the video created by USD law student leaders and please consider donating to the 2020 Vision Fund. Every gift makes a difference. To make a donation and for more information, visit the campaign page. The Class of 2020 has currently raised $2,075 and has successfully funded a Ferruolo Fellowship at USD School of Law. Thank you for supporting the Class of 2020! 


Students who need to access their lockers to retrieve personal items may visit campus to do so. Warren Hall is unlocked from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday; if the building is locked, please contact the Department of Public Safety non-emergency line at (619) 260-7777 and present your student ID card to gain access. Students should continue to abide by stay-at-home directives, maintain social distancing, and avoid any nonessential travel/visits to campus. If you vacate your locker, please be sure to remove the lock.
For students who do not wish to or are unable to return to campus at this time, all lockers will remain secured until the campus reopens and/or on-campus classes resume. The Spring 2020 locker vacate deadline will be extended indefinitely. Please contact Law Student Affairs with questions.

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

USD Counseling Center

As you continue adapting and adjusting to these unique times, your well-being is of critical importance. Keep the USD Counseling Center in mind as a resource to support your mental health and emotional well-being. 

Counseling Center -

  • Students can schedule an initial telephone mental health appointment through the MyWellness Portal: This portal can be accessed via any computer or smartphone with internet access.
  • The Counseling Center will provide telehealth assessment, consultation, and support services Monday - Friday, between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • As always, a counselor will be available 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling 619-260-4655, press 1 for urgent concerns.

Printing on Campus

Students who wish to print on campus can use the Wēpa kiosks located in Warren Hall and the University Center (in front of Tu Mercado and on the lower level).

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