Thomas Jefferson School of Law

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Rising above the ground level on B Street between 7th and 8th, Thomas Jefferson School of Law will transform forever the way in which the school is seen in the community and around the world.

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06/07/2024

Congratulations to Virginia Flores (2024) and Vanessa Felix Corona (3L) for being selected as 2024 San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association Bar Stipend recipients! They were honored at an event in May hosted by the organization.

06/06/2024

Vanessa Felix-Corona (3L) was awarded a scholarship by the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego at their annual dinner last week. Congratulations, Vanessa!

06/05/2024

Azadeh Mohajer (2022) has started as an Associate Attorney with Hoover Krepelka, LLP, a Family Law firm located in San Jose, California.

06/04/2024

Isaac Rodriguez (2023) has accepted a position as an Associate with Union Law Group where he will be practicing Immigration Law.

Congratulations to 2023 and 2024 Graduates - Thomas Jefferson School of Law 06/03/2024

Congratulations to the December 2023, May 2024, and projected August 2024 graduates of Thomas Jefferson School of Law! Our graduates were celebrated at a ceremony at the Balboa Theater on May 12, where alumna Lorena Slomanson (2003) gave the commencement address. Valedictorian Cynthia Santos Barbosa (2023) gave the JD Graduate Address prior to the conferring of degrees. Congratulations again to our graduates!

Congratulations to 2023 and 2024 Graduates - Thomas Jefferson School of Law Thomas Jefferson School of Law hosted its commencement exercises on Sunday, May 12, at the Balboa Theater in downtown San Diego. The event honored December 2023, May 2024, and projected August 2024 graduates of the law school’s Juris Doctor, Masters of Law, and Doctor of Science of Law programs. A...

05/17/2024

Ashley Stewart (neè Clark, ‘09) was appointed District Associate Judge in Polk County, Des Moines, Iowa. She was appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds on April 17, 2024 and assumed the bench on May 10, 2024.

05/14/2024

Congratulations to David Majchrzak (’02) who received the Service to the Legal Community Award at the SDCBA Annual Awards Ceremony & Celebration of Community Service! Dean Linda Keller was in attendance at the event celebrating David's significant legal expertise in attorney ethics and his work as both SDCBA President and serving on various ethics committees.

San Diego Lawyer - March/April 2024 04/16/2024

Derek Dente (3L) was featured in the latest issue of San Diego Lawyer in the Law Student Column. His article can be found on page 11 of the issue.

San Diego Lawyer - March/April 2024 March/April 2024 issue Attorney Asylee: The Story of Hamid Qazi Featuring: How the Bar Plans to Celebrate its 125th Year

Photos from Thomas Jefferson School of Law's post 04/12/2024

The Academic Excellence Celebration was held recently. The reception recognized 2023 recipients of the Distinguished Honor Roll, Honor Roll, High Grade, and Honors Award winners as well as the Adjunct of the Year, Professor Peter Law.

Additionally, 2L Mackenzie Rogers was presented the 2023 Kossack Award in Social Justice. The Kossack Award honors Samuel Kossack, who graduated from TJSL in 2015. It is fitting that Sam’s name lives on in this award, given to a deserving student who exemplifies the values Sam held most dearly: compassion, leading by example, and making changes one step at a time.

Congratulations to all of the honorees at the event!

04/11/2024

Cheryl White (4L) was awarded a Bar Exam Scholarship at the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego's annual "kamayan" dinner. Congratulations, Cheryl!

Immigration attorney inspired Judge Marie Wood's passion for serving others 04/10/2024

The Hon. Marie Elena Wood (2009) was featured in the Daily Journal regarding her personal experiences in the legal system that led her to the bench.

Immigration attorney inspired Judge Marie Wood's passion for serving others HEMET -- The immigration attorney who helped Riverside County Superior Court Judge Marie E. Wood and her family remain in the United States is also the one who offered the first opportunity to get into the legal field.

04/03/2024

Current students and alumni are invited to join the Alumni Board for a happy hour this Thursday, April 4, at 6 pm at the Lazy Dog in Mission Valley. See you there!

03/29/2024

Julie Houth (2014) was recently elected as President-Elect of Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego for 2024-2025! She will then serve as President in 2025-2026.

03/25/2024

The San Diego County Bar Association has announced their 2024 Service Award Winners and David Majchrzak (2002) is this year's recipient of the Service to the Legal Community Award! This will be presented at their May 14 Awards Ceremony. Congratulations, David!

03/13/2024

Elizabeth Manassau Sanada (2003) has been appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom to serve as a Judge in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Sanada has served as an Administrative Law Judge for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board since 2020. She served as an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Social Security Administration from 2017 to 2020. Sanada was an Adjunct Professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2017 and at the University of Phoenix from 2012 to 2020. She was a Sole Practitioner from 2004 to 2017.

03/12/2024

Congratulations to Kelly Mertsoc (1999) who was elected to San Diego Superior Court Office 38 in last week's primary election! Prior to joining the bench, she has served as a San Diego Superior Court Commissioner since 2011.

Anatomy of a Fall (Guests: Fred Davis and Sam Bettwy) (episode 22) - Law on Film 03/11/2024

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Sam Bettwy and Columbia School of Law Professor Fred Davis are guests on the March 7, 2024 podcast show Law on Film by Seton Hall Law School Professor Jonathan Hafetz. They discuss the Oscar-nominated film "Anatomy of a Fall." The movie centers on the criminal trial of a writer (played by Sandra Hüeller) who is accused of killing her husband (played by Samuel Maleski) in a small town in the French Alps.

Anatomy of a Fall (Guests: Fred Davis and Sam Bettwy) (episode 22) - Law on Film Anatomy of a Fall (2023) is an acclaimed French drama directed by Justine Triet, from a screenplay she co-wrote with her real-life partner, Arthur Harari. The movie centers on the criminal trial of a writer (Sandra Hüeller) who is accused of killi...

Daily Journal 03/04/2024

Professor Emeritus William Slomanson was quoted in the Daily Journal in an article discussing the California Code of Civil Procedure should be updated to allow for more alternative methods for Service of Process.

Daily Journal Some legal professionals wonder if changes to the Code of Civil Procedure to allow for more alternative methods of service are in order.

03/01/2024

Maryan Lowery (2022) has accepted a position as an Associate Attorney with Tyson & Mendes in their San Diego office where she is practicing Civil Litigation.

Super Lawyers - Southern California 2024 - page18 02/29/2024

Caree Harper (2001) was featured in a recent issue of Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine highlighting her work as a former police officer who now represents clients in excessive-force police cases.

Super Lawyers - Southern California 2024 - page18 Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-approved

Michael Jonas for Congress | Oregon's 3rd District Candidate 02/28/2024

Michael Jonas (2009) is running for Congress for Oregon's 3rd Congressional District. Michael served as the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation for two of his years as a Thomas Jefferson student and was a member of the ADR competition team.

Michael Jonas for Congress | Oregon's 3rd District Candidate ​Oregon Congressional Candidate Michael Jonas is a dedicated community advocate, attorney, and progressive Democrat running for the United States House of Representatives in Oregon's 3rd District.

02/12/2024

Professor Sandra Rierson's latest article, "From Dred Scott to Anchor Babies: White Supremacy and the Contemporary Assault on Birthright Citizenship," has been published in the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. The full text of her article can be found on our LinkedIn page or in the journal itself.

02/07/2024

STUDENTS: Mark your calendar for Student Affairs' workshop with Megan Moore on Tuesday, February 13, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm where we will be discussing Time Management and Stress Reduction! This is something that is so important to being successful not only in law school, but also in practice. FREE PIZZA will be served!

Check your email for more information!

01/16/2024

STUDENTS: Join Professor Grossman on Thursday, January 25, in room 228 to learn more about the Study Abroad program for Summer 2024 in Nice, France!

Applications for Study Abroad are due by January 30.

12/14/2023

Vanessa Felix Corona (2L) has been awarded the "Lawyers Club - Thomas Jefferson School of Law Women & the Law Project" Scholarship, which was presented by Dean Linda Keller last night at the Lawyers Club Fund for Justice Celebration. The scholarship is designed to provide support to students in the top half of their class who have demonstrated support of the Lawyers Club mission of advancing the status women in the legal profession, improving the administration of justice, and promoting equality.

Vanessa is a standout student and leader at the law school, dedicated to becoming an advocate for justice and fairness in the criminal justice system. She is a part of Women’s Law Association, Latina’s in the Law, and President of La Raza Law Students Association. Congratulations, Vanessa!

12/12/2023

Victor Vilaplana donates to Thomas Jefferson School of Law to ensure the school can maintain its commitment to offering a pathway to a law degree for a diverse student body. Join him in making a tax deductible donation to support the next generation of Thomas Jefferson alumni joining the legal community via our donation page here: https://www.tjsl.edu/donate/donation-form/

12/05/2023

Join Kendall DeMatteo Levan (1994), and countless others, in donating to Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2023! Your donation is tax deductible and can be directed to the fund of your choice at the time of donation. Donate now on our webpage - https://www.tjsl.edu/donate/donation-form/

11/28/2023

There is still time to join Randy Grossman (1994) and many others in donating to Thomas Jefferson School of Law on this ! Your tax deductible donation could go to fund many excellent programs at the law school such as bar study scholarships, student organizations, the legal clinics, or countless other programs here on campus. Donate now on our webpage - https://www.tjsl.edu/donate/

Photos from Thomas Jefferson School of Law's post 11/27/2023

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is proud to honor Justice Joan Irion and Honorable Renee Stackhouse (2008) with the 2023 Judicial Service Award and Outstanding Service to the Community Award, respectively. These remarkable women were recognized at the event for their achievements and contributions to the legal profession as well as the San Diego community. Their demonstrated commitment includes not only significant volunteer work, but also a reputation of making a positive impact on future generations of lawyers.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law congratulates and celebrates these exceptional individuals. This event highlights the Law School’s commitment to excellence and the enduring impact our alumni have on its continued success.

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