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October Advisor by jolinmilioncherie


									                               The Advisor
                      Thomas Jefferson School of Law
                           October 26, 2009

                                       The New Intellectual Property Law Association (IPLA) in
                                       co-operation with the Law Firm of Birch, Steward, Kolasch
                                       & Birch LLP presented a panel on the Third Amendment to
                                       the Chinese Patent Law on October 22. That amendment
                                       has led to major changes and the presenters discussed
                                       the new regulations and their effects on obtaining patent
                                       protection in China at the MCLE event.

                                       According to Professor Susan Tiefenbrun, the director of
                                       TJSL’s Study Abroad Program in China, cultural norms play
                                       a big role in the problems U.S. intellectual property hold-
                                       ers have in China. “Theirs is a culture of imitation,” she

Professor Susan Tiefenbrun
                                       According to presenter Dr. Susan Gorman, Partner at
                                       Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, “The third amendment
                                       has huge implications for the pharmaceutical industry be-
                                       cause China is protecting natural resources and tradi-
                                       tional Chinese medicine that can be useful in disease

                                       “China is not a common law country, thus the courts are
                                       not bound by precedent. China has moved significantly
Barbara Oppelz, President, Intellec-
                                       closer to harmonization with international patent prac-
tual Property Law Association
                                       tice and many pitfalls have been eliminated.”

                                       Intellectual property is an instrumental part of San
                                       Diego's economy; intellectual-property driven industries
                                       make up half of San Diego's six main industry clusters,
                                       which is why TJSL stays on the leading edge of newly
                                       emerging areas of law, particularly those related to tech-
                                       nological development and intellectual property.
Dr. Susan Gorman
TJSL Mock Trial Team Impresses Judges by Claire Kintanar
The Thomas Jefferson Mock Trial team competed in the 19th Annual San
Diego Defense Lawyers Mock Trial Competition here in San Diego on
October 22-23, 2009.
                                                     They competed against University of
                                                     San Diego, California Western, Univer-
                                                     sity of the Pacific, McGeorge and
                                                     Brooklyn Law School.

                                                           Two teams were sent-Damien Joyner,
                                                           Chris Paulos, Jimmy Praley,
                                                           Lydia Rose and Erin Goldie, Hudson
                                                           Harris, Steven Riley and Lindsay Van

                                                                In the weeks before competition, medi-
                                                                cal dictionaries flew around the moot
   Chris Paulos, Jimmy Praley, Steven Riley, Erin Goldie, Lind-
                                                                 courtroom as the teams prepared to
   say Van Housen, Claire Kintanar, Christina Malyan, Lydia      litigate a medical malpractice case.
                                                                 After the competition, the judges
                                                                 raved about how impressed they were
with our team and that our team was one of the best they had ever seen in competition.

Unfortunately, we did not advance, but only because competition was stiff and the excellent
teams took each other out of the competition early. The Thomas Jefferson Mock Trial team
will head to Buffalo, New York in November for their next competition!
Honor Roll Reception
Dean Rudy Hasl recognized Spring and Summer
2009 Honor Roll recipients at a reception on
Friday evening, October 23, in the Courtyard.

There were 177 students on the Spring 2009
Honor Roll, and 70 on the Distinguished Honor

The Summer 2009 Honor Roll had 23 stu-
dents, and the Distinguished Honor Roll had 4
                                                        Rashan Barnes, Andrea Rodriguez, Christina Fer-
students.        Congratulations to All!                reri were among the honorees



                                                  BENEFITS NOW

      Continuing job search assistance, resume and cover letter reviews, practice interviews, salary
      information, etc.
       Information on how to approach your job search while waiting for bar results
       Tips and recommendations on preparing for the bar exam
       Assistance with questions about your moral character application
       Employment statistics on recent TJSL graduates

                                        BENEFITS AFTER GRADUATION

       Counseling appointments, resume and cover letter critiques, and mock interviews
       Advice in person, over the phone, or via e-mail
       E-mails about job openings
       Free access to TJSL job listings on Symplicity
       Free access to Attorney Jobs Online, the Non-traditional Legal Careers Report, the Intercollegiate
       Job Bank, and more!
       Salary information, trends and negotiation tips
       Suggestions for getting acclimated to the legal community, including connecting with TJSL alumni
       Assistance with job search outside southern California, including getting reciprocity at a law school
       in another city
       Workshops, panels and networking events

                                         BEFORE THE EXIT INTERVIEW

Prior to your exit interview, please complete our Graduate Survey. If you would like to have an electronic
copy, please email us. This information is used to help us help you in your job search.

                                       SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT

Call 619.297.9700 ext. 1490, email, or stop by our office.

           The exit interview is one of your graduation requirements, and helps our office to serve you better.

                      Be sure to get your Halloween Party tickets
                           NOW before they sell out!

Friday, October 30, 9 p.m.

Student Bar Association Annual Halloween Party
Location: The Sway Lounge @ The Keating Hotel
Cost: $25
The SBA is throwing it’s annual Halloween Party for TJSL students, faculty, staff and

Costume Contest with Great Prizes!
Tickets available at the SBA office in the CYB everyday from Noon - 1 p.m.

                        PAID Summer 2010 Internships in the
                       Entertainment and Multimedia Industry!

The T. Howard Foundation is now accepting applications for summer 2010. The T. Howard
Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with some of the largest companies
in the world to provide paid full-time summer internships in the multimedia and entertain-
ment industry to minority and female students. Participating companies include AOL,
Comcast, DIRECTV, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, Lifetime, Rainbow Media, Time Warner Cable,
Turner Network Sales, Showtime and many more! There will be a Live Webinar for students
interested in applying to the T. Howard Foundation internship program:
                             Tuesday, October 27, 3 - 4 p.m. EST
                            Thursday, November 5, 6- 7 p.m. EST

The webinar will include an online presentation, live chat and the ability to ask questions via
teleconference. This webinar will answer many questions including:
•   What is the T. Howard Foundation?
•   How do students get internships at some of the biggest media companies in the world?
•   How do I apply?
•   What are the benefits of becoming a T. Howard intern?
What are T. Howard Alumni doing now?

You must pre-register to get access to the online presentation. Email your name, which
date you will attend, your class year and that you attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law
to There is no minimum GPA required to apply. Foundation interns earn
a minimum of $10-12 per hour and receive complimentary travel and lodging to a two-day
orientation in Washington, D.C. The application is available online at and
the deadline is December 1, 2009. Contact Beverly Bracker in Career Services for assis-

 Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
 How Have Religion And History Led to Where We Are Today in Legal Ethics?
 The History of the Freedom of Religion in the Practice of Law and its Present Day Usage
 Location: CYB 100

 Presented by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Federalist Society
 Cosponsored by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Christian Legal Society

 Dean Donald McConnell, Dean at Trinity Law School ,With A Special Introduction by Profes-
 sor Gregg Miller.
 And A Practical Application Workshop.
 Food & drinks will be provided. For more information, please e-mail

Thursday, October 29, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Muslim Student Association Movie Night / “THE MESSAGE”
Location: LLB 300
Come to the movie and enjoy pizza, popcorn and an evening of fun!
Learn about the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the Prophet Mohammed!

 Parking Violation Warning
 As of October 9, 2009, an agreement has been made with Comfort Inn to park 40
 student vehicles a day. The Comfort Inn management would like students to park on the
 lower level to the right. Students may park on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Ve-
 hicles must be out by 6:00 p.m.

 As of October 9, 2009 30 spaces have been secured at the Ballard Center (the former
 Fremont school). The Ballard center is located at 2375 Congress Street, just past Old
 Town Avenue (where San Diego Avenue and Congress street split).

 In exchange, we will begin enforcing the school’s parking rules that prohibi parking on San
 Diego Avenue south of Bandini to Noell Street, on Bandini Street and on West California
 St. (above the school).
 As of Monday, October 12, 2009, parking fines will be imposed as follows:
 ♦   First offense: $100
 ♦   Second offense: $200
 ♦   Third offense (should it come to that): You will be subject to dismissal.

                              THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 5 – 6 p.m..
                              Career Services presents:
                              A Conversation with TJSL Alumna Geraldine Rochino ‘03,
                              an IP Attorney at Mintz Levin
                              LOCATION: MOOT COURT ROOM
                              Rochino is an associate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and
                              Popeo, PC in the Intellectual Property section of the Palo Alto
office. She is a registered patent agent with a master’s degree in biotechnology from
Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Space is very
limited; you must RSVP to attend to: . Food will be provided.

                           Saturday, November 7, 5–11 p.m.
                           Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament
                           Market Street Village Community Center – 699 14th Street
                           San Diego, CA 92101
                           Enter at the Corner of 14th and G
                           Enjoy Music, Decadent Burgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Options and
                           Drinks $20 Buy-in & Unlimited Re-buys at $15
                           Go All In for the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation
Program – 90% of the proceeds will benefit the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation
Program, an organization aimed at preventing the spiral of crime among juveniles in San
Diego County through free victim-offender mediation and early intervention in schools and
communities. In 2006, 47 juveniles were arrested everyday in San Diego County, which
over the course of the year amounted to 17,155 minors entering into the overburdened
juvenile court system (Source: SANDAG). The funds donated from this event will help
organize special projects in local schools to deter youth who have not committed a crime,
but are considered at-risk and on the path to criminal activity.

   Bragging Rights
   Chargers Tickets (2)
   BARBRI gift certificate
   A 2GB iPod Shuffle
   Piano concert and wine with Professor Tiefenbrun
   Ping-pong match with Professor Christensen
   Watch a WWF fight with Professor Kreit

Monday, November 2, 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Center for Law and Social Justice Presents the Rights and Justice Fall Lecture Series with
Guest Speaker Adam Wolf, American Civil Liberties Union
"Your Bill of Rights on Drugs"
Location: CYB 200
America's drug policy has its fingerprints all over the Constitution. Adam Wolf, an attorney
with the national office of the ACLU, litigates cases concerning the intersection of constitu-
tional law and drug policy. He will talk about his cases, including his recent successful argu-
ment in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a thirteen-year-old girl who was strip-searched
by school officials in pursuit of ibuprofen.
For more information, contact Assistant Professor Alex Kreit at

Stanford Law Fellowship
Submission Deadline: November 2, 5 p.m.
Stanford Law School invites applications for the 2010-2011 Fellowship Program at the
Center for Law and the Biosciences. This 2-year fellowship is intended for people who want an
academic or policy career working on legal and social issues arising from advances in the
biosciences, with a particular emphasis on neuroscience, genetics, and stem cells. Fellows
receive office space, a competitive stipend, and a generous benefits package. Applicants
should have a JD or other doctoral level degree (M.D., Ph.D.) in a relevant area. A law degree is
a significant advantage, but is not a requirement.

Applicants should submit a CV, contact information of three references, a writing sample,
and a research proposal (in 2000 words or less) to Angela Arroyo (
by November 2, 2009 at 5:00 PM and must also submit your resume online via the Stanford
jobs website at reference job number 35764). For more
information, visit:

For more information, contact Associate Director of Career Services Dovie Joanna King, Esq.

                          November 21
                          La Raza Salsa Night
                          Networking, Dancing & Lots of Fun!
                          Time & Location: TBA

                               SAVE THE DATE!

                                   Friday, November 13, 5-7 p.m.
                                   Hosted by Family Law Society
                                   Co-sponsored by Career Services, Phi Alpha Delta,
                                   Criminal Law Society, La Raza and PILF
                                   Location: CYB

                                   Ever want to attend a networking event with no frills,
                                   no fuss, just fun? Well, here’s your chance! You’ll have
                                   exactly 3 minutes to speed network with each prose-
                                   cutor, defense attorney, family law attorney or other
                                   legal professional from various areas of law!

Enjoy a food/drink mixer following! Professional business attire required. RSVP to by November 6. The clock is ticking , so reserve your spot now for Speed

                                                                      Entertainment Law
                                                                      Society Sundance
                                                                      Film Festival is
                                                                      scheduled for
                                                                      January 21-25,

This is an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in Entertainment Law or Agency
work. The TJSL Entertainment Law Society is going to the Sundance Film Festival again
this year in January and inviting all TJSL students to join!
Student discount package includes:
   ♦   Festival film screenings
   ♦   Park City’s world class skiing
   ♦   Entertainment law panel of attorneys, artists and producers presented
       exclusively to our students
   ♦   Accommodations in a student-shared mansion
       For more information contact Victor Tsoi at or Chris

                 Hours of operation
                 Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. and
                 Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

                             Week of:
                          October 26-30
Soup of the week- Sausage and Leek

SBA-Federalist Society- Triple Decker Club- Turkey breast, black forest
ham, bacon, cheddar, lettuce & tomato on three slices of whole wheat with
Dijon-mayo. Served with French fries. $6.99

Monday- Turkey Mango Wrap with curry mayo, avocado, cucumber, romaine
and ranch in a warm tortilla. Served with pasta salad. $6.50

Tuesday- Chicken Parmesan over penne pasta with marinara sauce and
garlic toast $6.99

Wednesday- Raspberry Greens- Field Greens with goat cheese, candied
walnuts, fresh raspberries and oven roasted chicken breast. $6.99

Thursday- Chicken Sautee with red bell peppers and shitake mushrooms
over coconut rice $6.99

Friday- Turkey, avocado, spinach and brie Panini served with a side house
salad $6.50

                                 FACULTY UPDATES

                Marjorie Cohn
Presentation:   Progressive Lawyers Practice, National Lawyers Guild, Thomas Jefferson
                School of Law, San Diego, CA, Oct 20,2009

Other:          Received the Digna Ochoa Human Rights Defender Award from Amnesty Interna-
                tional, North County chapter, Oct 18, 2009

Presentation:   Accountability for Torture workshop – presentation and moderator, National
                Lawyers Guild Convention, Seattle, WA, Oct 17, 2009

Presentation:   President’s Address, National Lawyers Guild Convention, Seattle, WA, Oct
                15, 2009

Presentation:   Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent, Cof-
                fee Strong GI coffee house, near Ft. Lewis, Washington, Oct 13, 2009

Presentation:   Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent, Book
                Soup, Los Angeles, CA, Oct 4, 2009

  The Equal Justice Initiative is a nonprofit organization that offers post-graduate fel-
  lowships for a term of 2 years. Fellows will work in Montgomery, Alabama providing le-
  gal representation to people wrongly charged with or convicted of violent crimes, poor
  people denied effective representation, juvenile offenders, and others who face prose-
  cutorial misconduct or racial bias. Third year law students and recent graduates are
  encouraged to apply by emailing a cover letter and resume to Bryan Stevenson
  ( and Angie Setzer ( by November 16, 2009. For
  more information, visit

           October/ November 2009
     Sun           Mon             Tue        Wed             Thu              Fri              Sat
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Sunday                                                  1p.m. in
                                         4 p.m. in Moot
October 25,                                             Location: CYB
                                         Court Room
6 p.m.                                                  100
SBA Meeting                              Lecture        Career Ser-
Location: The                            and Q & A with vices pre-
Student       Monday -                   Entertain-     sents: NET-
Lounge        Thursday,                  ment Lawyer WORKING TIPS,
              7:30 a.m.-                 Ron Katz of    PROFESSIONAL
              7 p.m. , and               Manatt,        ASSOCIATIONS &
              Friday 7:30                Phelps &       OTHER TOOLS TO    9 p.m.
              a.m. - 4 p.m.              Phillips       HELP YOU BUILD    Student Bar
                                                        YOUR CAREER IN    Association
                                                        IMMIGRATION       annual Hallow-
                                                        LAW               een Party
                                                                          Location: The
                                                                          Sway Lounge
                                                                          @ The Keating
                                                                          Cost: $25 16

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                                                        CESSFUL CAREER
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                                                                                           Street Vil-
                                         LSRJ           A Conversation                     lage Commu-
                                         Networking     with TJSL                          nity Center –
                                         Luncheon       Alumna Gerald-                     699 14th
                                         11: 45 a.m. -  ine Rochino,                       Street San
                                         1 p.m.         an IP Attorney                     Diego, CA
                                         CYB Conference at Mintz Levin                     92101
                                         Room           LOCATION: MOOT
                                                        COURT ROOM


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