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USD School of Law: Creating top attorneys for more than half a century

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The University of San Diego School of Law congratulates its notable alumni who appear on this list of top San Diego attorneys.

USD School of Law alumni make a difference in communities across the country, affecting change on local, regional, national and international levels.

In May, University of San Diego School of Law alum and former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit, '75, was presented the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, which recognizes public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience without regard for the personal or professional consequences.

Streit was one of three Iowa Supreme Court judges who were ousted in 2010 after the court unanimously decided to legalize same-sex marriage.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president and head of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, presented the award.

Mary Reding, ’02, advocated successfully for the approval of Resolution 108 by the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates.

The resolution encourages state licensing agencies to allow lawyers, who are licensed and in good standing in another jurisdiction, to practice law while they are present in the state because of military orders.

Reding, an Air National Guard spouse and cofounder of the Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN), has lived in five jurisdictions over the past seven years.

Damien Schiff, '04, a principal attorney for the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), has worked on anumber of cases pertaining to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Clean Water Act (CWA ).

In perhaps his most important case to date, Schiff argued and won Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year for an Idaho couple before the United States Supreme Court.

Idaho couple Mike and Chantell Sackett had a long-running dispute with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which claimed their property is wetlands and halted the construction of their new home on the property.

In March, Schiff challenged these actions before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declared the Sacketts victorious — landowners nationwide can now contest EPA violations in court rather than being limited to administrative measures.

The much-watched decision for the Sacketts means atriumph for individual liberty, according to Schiff.


-Submitted by Ashley Vitale, director of communications, University of San Diego School of Law.

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