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BLS Presents: The business side of IP Law

Please join us for our next guest speaker event!

Thursday April 12th – at 12:00 p.m. in Warren Hall 3A 

Distinguished Speakers:

Andy Quinn, Vice President & Chief Counsel, Qualcomm MEMS
JT Taylor, Senior Director & Group Counsel, Americas at WebSense, Inc.

Moderated by:

Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo

Join us for an informative conversation with Mr. Quinn and Mr. Taylor about careers in Intellectual Property law, moderated by Dean Ferruolo. Are you interested in doing IP? Is a science background a must-have? Want to deal with IP from the business side?

Topics to be discussed include:
- Being the best lawyer for your company
- International Transactions
- 1L Focus: Practical application of your contracts class
- Creating Value: Facilitator of Transactions

Have all your questions answered by our guests. Free lunch!

Andy Quinn Bio:

Andy Quinn has spent the last 23 years focused on technology transactions in the computing, consumer electronics and telecommunications industries. He started his legal career working for a large regional law firm in Baltimore, Maryland, Miles & Stockbridge. After 2 years in a law firm environment he decided to move in-house.

Over his career, he has had the privilege of working for companies like Sony Electronics, Gateway, MCI and General Instrument Corporation. For the last 5 years he has been serving as the lead counsel for Qualcomm’s display business. In this context he is supporting extensive research and development activities around the world, the construction and tooling of two large area glass fabrication plants in Taiwan, and the introduction of a new ultra low power flat panel display technology into the market.

He manages a team of 4 lawyers and 5 contract administrators and a legal assistant with offices in San Diego, San Jose and Longtan, Taiwan.

JT Taylor Bio: 

JT Taylor is a corporate transactional attorney with experience leading and managing domestic and international attorneys, contracting professionals, and support personnel in the software, hardware, entertainment, manufacturing, and consumer electronics fields.

Prior to becoming an attorney JT served for several years as a U.S. Naval Officer leading high-performing operational teams in aviation, shipboard, and public affairs roles. He has previously been named a San Diego Daily Transcript “Top Attorney” for Intellectual Property Transactions.

Over his legal career, JT has had the privilege of working for companies like The Walt Disney Company, Sony Electronics, and Gateway. He has also served as Attorney Advisor to the Federal Communications Commission.

Congratulations USD LawMeet Team!

The USD Transactional LawMeet Team placed third in the Western Regional!

Congratulations Matt Pontes and Justin Brandt

They competed in the Third Annual Transactional LawMeet February 17, 2012 at UCLA School of Law.

"Matt & Justin at the 2012 LawMeet"

Students interested in competing in next year’s Transactional LawMeet should contact the BLS. It is a great opportunity to fine-tune your drafting and negotiation skills!

LawMeet Information

Digital Magazine focused on Business Law


“California Practice: Current Issues in Business Law” is a magazine entirely managed and published by USD law students. It will consist of articles written by law students, and the majority of it’s content will be published submissions from practicing attorneys and other business professionals.

Executive Board:

  • Chief Editor: Justin Brandt
  • Executive Editor: Matthew Pontes
  • Executive Editor: Natalie Schneider
  • Executive Editor: Phillip McGill

We are currently accepting applications for Staff Editor positions and Staff Writer positions!

Current Openings:

We have three openings for Staff Editor positions

  • Responsibilities will include:
    • Editing the form and content of submitted articles
    • Will work directly with staff writers in preparing articles for submission
    • Supervise staff writers in legal research and writing
    • Assisting the executive board when necessary
  • Opportunity to submit articles
  • Opportunity to conduct interviews with practicing attorneys and other business professionals (great for networking and building rapport with professionals in the legal community)
  • Minimum Commitment: One academic year

How to apply:

  • Please submit a resume, writing sample, and a brief summary of why you think you are a great candidate for this position.
  • We will then notify applicants of interviews
  • Open to 2L and 3L students only

We also have openings for Staff Writer positions

  • Write articles for publication (get your name out there!)
  • Opportunity to conduct interviews with practicing attorneys and other business professionals
  • Work with leadership on developing the magazine and expanding the law school’s reputation
  • Acceptance based on content of submissions and quality of writing
  • Minimum Commitment: One academic year

How to apply:

  • Please submit a resume, writing sample, and a brief summary of why you think you are a great candidate for this position. If you already have ideas of article topics, please include those in the summary.
  • Open to ALL class levels

Submit applications to, include in the subject line either: staff editor application or staff writer application.

Please contact us for more information.

We look forward to having you join!

Guest Speaker: Maverick Banking Analyst Mike Mayo

The USD Center of Corporate and Securities Law Event: 

Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 5:30pm – Maverick Banking Analyst Mike Mayo!

Free food and adult beverages! First 100 guests also get a signed and free copy of his book as well!  Mr. Mayo brings unique perspective on the investment community. He’s as outraged as the Occupy Wall Street protesters, standing firm against executive entitlement. Over the years, Mayo has paid a price for his integrity. He worked at six Wall Street firms, was fired by one and muzzled by another. He has testified before Congress about the problems and conflicts on Wall Street.  Mr. Mayo is definitely an outlier in his industry and a very interesting character.


BLS Kick-Off Party @ F6ix!

Start the Spring semester with all of your USD friends at F6ix on Friday the 20th! This party was a lot of fun last semester, so we hope to see you all out there again! Here are the details:

FREE COVER for you and your friends before 11 PM by adding names to the guest list through this link:×4

FREE PARTY BUSES on a first come, first serve basis. These buses are open to ANYONE! To sign up, email Grant Taylor at with names and whether you would like to be picked up from PB or USD. Specific pickup locations and times are TBA.


DRINK SPECIALS are $3 drafts and $5 wells all night.

Robert S. Khuzami, SEC Director – Division of Enforcement

Come join us for our next speaker event! 

RSVP Link:


Panelist Presentation: Transactions vs. Litigation

Come join us for lunch and a presentation monitored by Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo, featuring Professors John Stiska and Michael McCloskey.

Professor John Stiska will be discussing topics pertaining to business law and transactions. USD Bio here.

Professor Michael McCloskey will be discussing topics pertaining to business law and litigation. USD Bio here.

BLS Happy Hour @ the Griffin

Get to know the Executive Board, Committee Chairs, and your colleagues this Friday (10/21) during happy hour!

Where? The Griffin (google map link here)

When? Friday October 21, 2011. Happy Hour ends at 7:00 p.m. (show up around late-afternoon/evening or if you’re feeling like a Viking, Happy Hour starts when the Griffin opens)

We hope to see you there! This a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other BLS members! 


BLS Monthly Meeting

USD Business Law Society’s Monthly Meeting
WhenThursday, October 20th at 12p.m.
Where: LRC-132
What: Committee Chairs will give presentations about their projects, they will also discuss their need for committee members. Also, general discussions about upcoming events.

USD Law to compete in Third Annual Transactional LawMeet competition!

Third Annual Transactional  LawMeetSM Competition

The Transactional LawMeetSM is the premier “moot court” experience for students interested in a transactional practice. The Transactional LawMeetSM forms a part of the LawMeetSMfamily of live, interactive, educational competitions designed to give law students a hands-on experience in developing and honing transactional lawyering skills.

The USD Business Law Society continues to expand it’s exposure to the area of transactional law by entering a team in this year’s Transactional LawMeetSM Competition.

The USD Business Law Society and Professor Frank Partnoy have selected students Matthew Pontes (2L) and Justin Brandt (2L) to represent the law school in this year’s competition.

Interested in working with the BLS Transactional LawMeetSM team? 

If you are interested in collaborating with this year’s team or want to compete in the future, please contact the BLS Executive Board. You can still get involved with this year’s competition, plus it will give you great experience if you want to compete in the future!

Information about the competition can be found here: