As legal education and the practice of law continue to change, we must think anew and act anew. Accordingly, like never before our law school is partnering with the profession to serve the legal needs of the community while equipping our students with the skills they need to succeed as lawyers and leaders. We consider San Francisco and the entire Bay Area an extension of the USF classroom, with our students externing in judges’ chambers, law firms and government agencies, volunteering with nonprofits, and providing pro bono legal services through our many in-house law clinics. We are working in local communities, from Hayes Valley to Silicon Valley, as well as nationally and globally, from the American South to Beijing, to advance legal principles that further the common good and imbue in our students the skills to succeed.
We just celebrated our centennial year and are proud of our history. We are equally excited about our future in which the USF School of Law will continue its tradition of service to the profession and community by adapting to a new reality in the legal sector. For example, we are establishing new programs, including an LLM in Taxation and dual degrees in Public Affairs and in Urban Affairs, all of which help students and practitioners develop the skills and perspectives to maximize their career opportunities and better serve their communities.
I couldn’t be more proud to lead this community forward and I ask for your support today to invest in the next generation of USF lawyers and leaders.
Dean John Trasviña
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Jessica Grant ’95 was selected by California Lawyer magazine as a 2014 recipient of the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award. She was recognized for obtaining a $816 million record-setting verdict for the State of New Hampshire over groundwater contamination by several oil companies. Ksenia Tsenin ’73 was featured in the Daily Journal article, "Unconditional Inspiration," for her unique and personable approach to sentencing as a San Francisco Superior Court judge. Sean Dowling ’74 has retired after 17 years of service as a Nevada County Superior Court judge. John Ter Beek ’87 achieved a unanimous decision from the Michigan Supreme Court on February 6 when he challenged a Wyoming ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana use.
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Professor Peter Jan Honigsberg’s current research focuses on the rule of law and human rights violations that occurred in the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the study of terrorism and other post-9/11 issues. Honigsberg is the founder and director of the Witness to Guantanamo project, which began in fall 2008. This winter, he published "Linguistic Isolation: A New Human Rights Violation Constituting Torture, and Cruel, Inhuman And Degrading Treatment," in the Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights. He is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. Read more faculty news »