The Daily Transcript celebrates Law Week 2004 with our annual week-long series honoring the business of law and the legal system. Today, we highlight law schools in San Diego and also offer resources for attorney services.
In recent years, the Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) has developed a reputation for cutting edge classes through its three centers for academic excellence: Social Justice, Global Studies, and Technology and Communications. Our practice-oriented curriculum has expanded into more areas and now provides a greater depth of instruction and experience than ever before.
Last week, the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law in San Diego had it's most successful week since the project was established in 2000. Thanks to the work of students and law professors in the project, Adam Riojas of Oceanside and John Stoll of Bakersfield were released from prison after serving a combined 33 years. They are now free men.
National Conflict Resolution Center (formerly San Diego Mediation Center) has assembled a strong panel of prominent attorney mediators who are both experienced and successful in mediating cases in litigation. Among those on this new panel are Douglas H. Barker, Robert Ames, Colin Wied and Eric Freeberg. Barker provides mediation training for NCRC. As distinguished from training focused on community mediations, this training is directed toward lawyers, adjusters and others typically immersed in litigated cases that are susceptible to resolution through the mediation process.
"Play with your peers" could be the unofficial motto for the San Diego Barristers Club.
Richard Gerry's phone rang sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. March 24, 1989. It was his law partner in Kenai, Alaska, calling to say the Exxon Valdez oil tanker had run aground on a well-charted reef just after midnight, spilling 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound.
[IMAGE=justice_stevens_rodriguez.jpg CAPTION=U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and University of San Diego School of Law Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez, at the 20th annual Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture on April 7.
The much-publicized six-month-long Tyco trial recently ended in a mistrial after the jury could not agree on a verdict, and the one apparent "hold-out" juror received an intimidating letter. Some media personalities were criticizing the jury system itself -- even saying unanimous decisions are not necessary.
[IMAGE=legal_aid_society.jpg CAPTION=The Legal Aid Society of San Diego is a top-notch legal services provider in the state. From left is Liz Rogers, Clare Maudsley of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Aguasha Watson and Vamika Watson.
Federal District Judge Judith Keep in San Diego recently handed a victory to Sprint PCS that could change the national legal landscape in disputes between wireless carriers and municipalities.
The San Diego Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is backing new legislation that would prohibit personal injury lawyers from making unsolicited contact with a potential client for at least 45 days after an accident. The bill was introduced in the state Assembly by Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, Feb. 19 and has been referred to the Judiciary Committee.