Thomas Jefferson School of Law September 14, 2009
Written By Communications Specialist Chris Saunders
When Monica Padilla walked across the stage at gradua-
tion last May she was already a survivor – she had sur-
vived the rigors of law school.
But what she couldn’t tell us then, because she was
sworn to secrecy, was that she was a different kind of
survivor: a cast member on this seasons CBS reality
show Survivor -- and that she was about to leave for the
biggest adventure of her life in Samoa.
“Keeping the secret was really, really hard,” says Padilla
now. “You can’t tell anyone. I got questions like ‘where are
you going? Are you going to take the bar?’ All I could say
Monica Padilla ‘09 is that I was leaving for an extended period. And I had to
tell the people who knew I was trying out for Survivor
is a Survivor that I’m not even gonna be on the show. It was embar-
In reality, Monica was recruited for the show by one of its
producers whom she ran into in San Diego. But she still
had to train hard for the cast tryouts.
“I was into working out so I was very fit.” Padilla tells us.
“But I needed to get more fit. I worked out 6 days a week,
eating right. I read survival guide books. I practiced mak-
ing fires and finding food. You need to be prepared.”
Hmmm. That kind of strict regimen sounds a lot like…
Did surviving the grind of law school help Padilla prepare
for the grueling ordeal of actually living in Samoa for
about six weeks and trying to outwit – and outmaneuver -
-the other cast members?
“For sure,” she says.” When I thought about it, I said to
myself, ‘If went through law school, I can take on this
challenge.’ It really prepared me mentally for what I
was about to endure. I went in with a good mindset:
‘I’m not gonna let this beat me.’”
In her official Survivor biography, it says “she plans to
be as ‘sweet as pie,’ while subtly using the ‘flirt card,’”
and that “she plans to come off as endearing rather
than overbearing… in addition to killing her fellow
castaways with kindness…while studying their words
and actions meticulously to “learn about her enemies
before she chooses her weapon.” Whoa... Is there a side
to Padilla that we didn’t see here at TJSL?
“I don’t know,” she says. “You have to have your strat-
egy to do well. I’m a small female, so a lot of people
expect me to use my looks to get ahead. They under-
estimate me. They think ‘who does this pretty chick
think she is.’ She says what the other survivor cast
members will find out is “how smart and how persua-
sive she can be.”
Of course, to find out how she did and whether she
was the “Sole Survivor,” we’ll have to watch the show,
which has its season premiere on September 17 at 8
p.m. on CBS.
No matter what happens, the experience is sure to
change Padilla’s life. It will make her a celebrity – with
Be sure to watch probably a lot more than just 15 minutes of fame. She
says it will only make her “stronger and better person”
Monica beginning and that it will “open doors.”
September 17 at 8
p.m. on CBS. Will they be the doors of Hollywood or the doors of law
firms? As for Padilla’s legal career, she says “I’m defi-
nitely going to take bar. If anything, the Survivor
experience will prepare me for the bar even more. If can
you go through Survivor, there are not many things
you can’t do.”
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SBA Representatives Needed!
The TJSL SBA is looking for 1L class representatives to assist the SBA throughout
the rest of the school year. Each of the four 1L sections will have one representative. The
SBA is responsible for planning and putting on all major student events and activities
here at TJSL. 1L representatives are responsible for bringing student concerns to the
SBA meetings, announcing events and activities to their peers and class sections, at-
tending meetings, and assisting with events and tabling efforts.
Elections for 1L class representatives will take place exclusively on TWEN. The election
will begin on Monday, September21, at 6 a.m. and will end on Friday, September 25, at 5
p.m. Please sign up for the SBA's TWEN page, so that you will be able to vote!
If you are interested in being placed on the ballot, please submit your name, section #, and
a brief five to seven sentences statement before Friday, September 18, at 5 p.m.
Please note that your statement will be posted on TWEN for others to read. Please send
this information to the SBA's Judicial Chair, Rosanna Kendrick, at
Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Deadline to apply is September 16
Third year law students and recent graduates applying for the
Equal Justice Works Fellowship must submit their application
materials electronically by noon on September 16. Letters of rec-
ommendation must be received by mail (not fax) by noon on September 16.
The Equal Justice Works Fellowships Program was launched in 1992 to address the
shortage of attorneys working on behalf of traditionally under-served populations and
causes in the United States and its territories. Recognizing that many obstacles prevent
committed attorneys from practicing public interest law, including the dearth of entry-
level jobs and daunting educational debts, the program provides financial and technical
support to lawyers working on innovative and effective legal projects. The two-year Fellow-
ships offer salary and generous loan repayment assistance; a national training and leader-
ship development program; and other forms of support during the term of the Fellowship.
For more information, please visit
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Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW !
Alumni Association’s networking with alumni, food and baseball
Tickets will be available at the courtyard on
Wednesday, September 16, 11 A.M. – 1 P.M. and
Thursday, September 17, 5 – 6 P.M.
Saturday, October 3, Tailgate 5:30 p.m. Game 7:05 p.m.
Alumni Association presents networking with alumni, food and baseball!
Location Petco Park 100 Park Blvd. Downtown
$20 per person – includes tailgate party! Tickets must be paid for in advance.
Tickets also can be purchased at the Alumni Relations Office in Building 2147 and
online at http://alumni.tjsl.edu/events/rsvp.asp?eventid=128
Summer Jobs Available!
The LLM Department is hiring Federal Work Study students for work on publications. The
work would entail researching and editing a range of publications published on Westlaw,
Lexis, and Walters Kluwer publications (to name a few!). The subjects to work on may
include: taxation, money laundering, e-commerce, company law, or trust law.
Those chosen for the positions will learn new research skills and, depending on the quality
of work submitted, may be published as a research editor on the publication. All training
will be provided. The hours are flexible, and you are even able to work from home once
If you are interested in this position please send a cover letter and resume to TJSL Alum
Jason Fiske, Esq. ('08) at email@example.com.
Wednesday, September 16, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Career Services Presents: Panel Discussion on Careers in Bankruptcy Law
Location: CYB 100
RSVP: Dovie King at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch Will Be Provided.
Career opportunities in bankruptcy are booming. Many employers are hiring bankruptcy
attorneys to work in government, nonprofit agencies, academia and private firms. Come
learn from the experts why now is an exciting time to pursue a career in bankruptcy, the
challenges facing business and consumer debtors in today’s economy, and how best to
prepare to enter this field.
Moderator: Assistant Dean Arnold Rosenberg
♦ Barbara Stief (TJSL ’94), Certified Bankruptcy Specialist, Law Office of Barbara Stief,
♦ Catherine Bauer, U.S. Attorney’s Office/Bankruptcy Division, Los Angeles
♦ Ole Oleson, Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, San Diego
♦ Marisa Hawkins, Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project, Los Angeles
♦ Darrel Harrison, Director, San Diego Miramar College Paralegal School
Wednesday, September 16, Noon
Environmental Law Society meeting
Location: CYB 200
Wednesday September 16, 5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
First Sports Law Society meeting
Location: Moot Court Room
Wednesday, September 16, Noon -1 p.m.
Women's Law Association meeting
Location: CYB Moot Court Room
Come meet other women on campus with similar interests, challenges and goals. Network
with faculty, staff and community members, including prominent women attorneys and
judges. Share your thoughts and concerns at our forums and luncheons. Be a part of a great
organization that works to help you excel here at TJSL! For more information, contact
Jessica Williams at email@example.com.
Thursday, September 17, 6-8 p.m.
National Lawyers Guild of San Diego Chapter Presents:
The Nuts & Bolts of California Medical Marijuana Laws
Location California Western School of Law Lecture Hall 2
225 Cedar Street, San Diego, 92101
♦ Alex Kreit, Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
♦ Heather Boxeth, Moderator
♦ Gerald Singleton, Medical Marijuana Attorney
♦ Dion Markgraaf, Activist, Americans for Safe Access
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto www.sdnlg.org. The event is
Thursday, September 17, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Bar/Bri Table Day
Come sign up for Bar/Bri Course Review. Lock in this years rate, and get your first year
course outline books! Special discounts for those taking the CA bar! Meet your new 1L Bar/
Bri reps, too! For more information, contact Natalie Ann Garcia at email@example.com
or Jason Argos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 21, Panel 5 – 6 p.m. location: CYB 201
Reception 6 – 7 p.m. location: CYB
Law Students for Reproductive Justice Careers in Reproductive Justice Panel
Learn more about reproductive justice and possible career opportunities in an emerging
field that is changing the legal landscape. Panelists: Anita Margolis, Surrogacy and Adop-
tion Attorney; Vince Hall, TJSL Alum and Vice President of Public Affairs & Communications
for Planned Parenthood of San Diego; Jill Adams, Executive Director of Law Students for
Reproductive Justice. RSVP email@example.com
Monday, September 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Writing Competition Workshop
The workshop will provide law students with tips and information on successful approaches
for submission to the Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition. For more informa-
tion, contact Loren.firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates, join Facebook.com at http://
TJSL’s 40th Anniversary
Celebration weekend IS
the perfect way to get
reacquainted with your
professors, to make new
friends and to
TJSL Students Come Join the fun!
14th Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
and 40th Anniversary Picnic
Friday, October 16
Golf Tournament includes lunch & awards dinner
Registration Fee: $50 for the first 16 TJSL students to pay through the Alumni Relations
Office ; Otherwise $115 per TJSL student, $135 per person for Friends of TJSL
students. After September18, $150 per friend of TJSL student.
Location: Riverwalk Golf Club, 1150 Fashion Valley Rd, San Diego
Time: Shotgun Start at 12:30 p.m. (lunch served before tee time)
Sunday, October 18
40th Anniversary Picnic includes catered lunch & beverages
Cost: $10 before September 18; $15 after September 18
Location: Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Road, Pacific Beach
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
For more information and to register, log onto http://www.tjsl.edu/40thanniversary or
contact TJSL Alumni Relations at (619)297-9700 ext:1497 or email@example.com.
All Proceeds Benefit TJSL’s Veteran’s Legal Assistance Clinic! The Clinic is a successful collabora-
tion with Veteran’s Village of San Diego. TJSLstudents provide legal services to veterans strug-
gling to regain full participation in society.
Tuesday, September 22, 7:30 p.m.
TJSL Federalist Society Presents Mr. Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow Cato Institute, on
“Health Care and the Current State of the Economy”
Location: CYB 101
Dinner will be provided. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, September 22, 5-7 p.m.
Family Law Society’s Attorney for a Day
Location: CYB Conference Room
This will be an opportunity for students who may be interested in family law to have a
chance to litigate a mock family law case. An attorney will explain to the students how
to dispute a family law case. The students will then break up into sides, each side repre-
senting a client in a family law dispute. The student-attorney will interview an actual
“client” and gather information. The student-attorney will then present their case before
an impartial judge. The best advocate will win a prize! Dress code: business casual.
Whether you need a research refresher before you start your paper, or you’d like to be
prepared to research your Legal Writing memo topic, library mini-classes will be of benefit
to you. Please join June MacLeod at the library circulation desk to attend these many short
and effective research classes.
Research Guidelines Thu, Sept 24 11:30-noon
Locating a case Thu, Sept 24 Noon-12:15 p.m.
Locating a case Fri, Sept 25 6-6:15 p.m.
Locating a statute Fri, Sept 25 6:15-6:30 p.m.
Locating a statute Mon, Sept 28 11:30-11:45 a.m.
Research Guidelines Mon, Sept 28 Noon-12:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 24,, 6- 7:30 p.m.
Law School Application Workshop
Location: The Moot Court Room
Free food and beverages will be served.
Join the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association* for a free Law School Application Workshop. This
interactive workshop will address the nuts and bolts of the law school application process.
TJSL Admissiions Director Tim Spearman will conduct the workshop.
Topics to be covered:
♦ Writing a winning personal statement
♦ Using your resume to highlight your intangibles
♦ Getting the right letters of recommendation
♦ How to use application addendums
RSVP by Sept 21st to Tim Spearman at email@example.com. Limited seating is available.
* The Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association is San Diego's African American lawyer's organization and con-
sists of both lawyers and law students and maintains a legacy of working within the San Diego
community to defend the rights of African Americans, combating racism and poverty, and foster-
ing integrity in the legal community.
September 29 - October 1
Public Interest Career (PIC) Week
Tuesday 9/29: ”Public Interest Law for Beginners Workshop” by Associate Director of
Career Services Dovie King, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Law Library, room 301.
Wednesday 9/30: “Government Panel” comprised of leading attorneys in federal, state
and local agencies, from Noon-1 p.m. in the Court Yard Building, room 201.
Thursday 10/1: “Non-Profit Panel” with speakers from nonprofit law firms, from 11:45
a.m.- 12:45 p.m. in the Law Library, room 301.
Lunch will be provided at these panels.
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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11:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. Bar/Bri Table Day
TJSL Federalist Location: CYB Rosh
3 - 5:30 p.m. Career Services
Society HaShanah in
Asian Pacific Presents: Panel
Presents Mr. 2009 will start
American Law Discussion on 6-8 p.m.
Adam Van on Saturday,
Students Careers in National Lawyers
Susteren, the 19th of
Association Bankruptcy Law Guild of San Diego
Monday - Federalist September, and
Summer CYB 100 Chapter
Society, San will continue for
Minority Thursday Presents: 2 days until
Potluck Mixer Diego Lawyers Noon The Nuts & Bolts
7:30 a.m.- Chapter Sunday, the
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First Sports Law Lecture Hall 2
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Location: Moot Street, San
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