3rd Annual Alumni Weekend and Golf Tournament – October 13-15, 2016

Alumni Weekend


Alumni Weekend has something for everyone. Reconnect with friends, celebrate your reunion year, attend the annual Judicial Mixer and enjoy the Alumni Awards Ceremony, play in the Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, join the MCLE Seminars, take a tour of campus, or mix and mingle with Alumni at the Alumni Luncheon.


However you decide to participate in Alumni Weekend, remember...it's your law school and we want to celebrate our Western State University College of Law and Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni! 


Want to get more involved in the planning process for Alumni Weekend? Join the Alumni Weekend Committee. Contact alumni@tjsl.edu.




21st Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament  on Friday, October 14th, 2016

Location: Carlton Oaks Golf Club (carltonoaksgolf.com), 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee, CA 92071.


Support our Veterans: All proceeds from this annual Golf Tournament benefit the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic, in collaboration with Veterans Village of San Diego.




Learn about Sponsorship here.


Testimonials from Student Clinic Participants:


  • Working in the Veterans Law Clinic was important to me because it gave me the opportunity to provide assistance to a very deserving group of people who were down on their luck for various reasons.  I enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Veterans and to hear their stories.  While the scholarship was certainly a nice benefit, the most important and rewarding part of my time in the clinic was getting the chance to work with the Veterans and help them jump the various legal hurdles in their paths to recovery.


    I am now working in Washington, DC as an Associate Counsel for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, which is a part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  I write for Veterans Law Judges and draft appellate decisions regarding a variety of Veterans benefits issues.  I also travel to the different VA regional offices around the country to assist the Veterans Law Judges in holding personal hearings with Veterans and provide training to the staff at the regional offices regarding changes in the law and trends in the recent decisions coming from the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


    – Kristin Haddock ‘08, Board of Veterans’ Appeals

  • My experience as a student in the Veterans Clinic was the highlight of law school. I believe the law should help people. Working with then Clinic Fellow-Ed Neusteter and Professor Steve Berenson I was able to get hands-on legal experience doing things that significantly impacted our clients.


    When the opportunity arose for me to take the Clinic Fellow position after graduation, I could not pass it up because I couldn't think of a better attorney to learn under than Steve Berenson who, to me, is the epitome of what the profession should strive for: a lawyer who advocates for their clients in an ethical and civil manner.


    – Tiffany Gilmartin ‘10, VLAC Clinic Fellow 2011-2012

  • Working in the Veterans Clinic has probably been the greatest experience in my law school career so far. Growing up in a military family, I have always had spot for the military in my heart. This opportunity has not only allowed me to help those who have served, but it has given me such a rewarding, hands-on learning experience. With having only minimal legal experience prior to working in the clinic, this experience has prepared me to work with a wide variety of clients and has opened up so many doors for me. I would do it all over again without a second thought.


    I received a B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in 2010. I am going into my 3L year with the plan to graduate in December 2012. My first legal experience was working at the San Diego Family Justice Center helping victims of domestic violence get temporary restraining orders the summer after my first year of law school. I just finished an internship with the San Diego County Department of Child Support Services, which I received due to my work with the clinic. I am soon beginning a new internship with the Office of the Primary Public Defender’s Adult Criminal Division.


    – Kristen Green 3L, Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic Scholarship Recipient

  • The decision to work in the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic was a no-brainier for me. I grew up Military, and I saw this as an opportunity to give back to members of my own culture. My experience with the Clinic was legal work mixed with social work, which was deeply rewarding. The ability to give back by itself was reason enough to work in the Clinic – but then the chance to learn how to be a lawyer from Steve Berenson and Becky Neiman was icing on the cake. I cannot imagine two better attorneys to model myself after; I will forever owe them a debt of gratitude.


    I plan to work in Public Interest Law after graduation – hopefully at the Public Defender Agency in Alaska, and I know the skills that I developed and honed during my time at the VLAC will further this goal. Working in the VLAC has defiantly been one of the highlights of my legal education, and I cannot recommend this program highly enough!


    – Rachel Weckhorst Espejo ‘13, Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic Scholarship Recipient


Hotel Accomodations


Flying into San Diego Thursday night, October 9, is recommended if you wish to attend the Friday, October 10, Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament.


Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

(1.5 blocks from the Law School). 

509 9th Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.727.4000

Web: www.hotelinsd.com


Hotel Solamar & Jsix Restaurant - San Diego

(6 blocks from the Law School)

435 6th Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.819.9500

Web: www.hotelsolamar.com


San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

(7 blocks from the Law School)

660 K Street

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 619.696.0234

Web: www.marriott.com


The Westgate Hotel

(1 mile from the Law School)

1055 Second Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: 800.522.1564

Web: www.westgatehotel.com


Travel Tips


When booking your flights, please remember:

  • The San Diego International Airport is a very short ride to the Law School/Downtown and recommended hotels.

  • Fly into the San Diego International Airport (“SAN”)

  • Uber Discount available for new customers (Taxi service)

Parking (TBD)


Golf Tournament Committee: contact Brett Goda '11


Visit alumni.tjsl.edu for more info on alumni events throughout the year. Questions? Contact alumni@tjsl.edu or (619) 961-4263.