Justice Scalia Speaks at USF
United State Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and lexicologist Bryan Garner spoke about persuading judges and interpreting the law to nearly 800 attendees at two recent campus events at the USF School of Law.


Dean's Corner

Dean John Trasviña

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 


Doris Cheng ’98 Named Director of USF Intensive Advocacy Program
Well-known litigator Doris Cheng ’98 has taken over as director of USF's Intensive Advocacy Program (IAP), a two-week summer course that teaches students practical legal skills in litigation and trial techniques and strategies.

Faculty Book Offers Glimpse into Lives of the World’s Poorest
A new book by Assistant Professor Thomas Nazario sheds light on the world’s poorest who are among the more than 1 billion people worldwide who live on a dollar a day or less.

Dean Trasviña Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act
USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña celebrated the courage of young people pushing for change in his first campus-wide address, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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BBC News 

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Please join the law school community for several networking events this month: The annual Alumni-Student-Faculty Mixer on March 12, the Environmental Law Student and Alumni Society Mixer on March 24, and the Estate and Tax Planning Society Alumni Student Mixer on March 27. 

March 13
McCarthy Trademark Symposium

March 27
10th Annual Pemberton Lecture on Workplace Justice

April 2
Meet the Dean in NYC

April 3
Meet the Dean in Washington, D.C.

May 14
Alumni Graduates Dinner

Class Notes

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.

Have news to share? Email lawalumni@usfca.edu or submit online.

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Faculty Spotlight

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.

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