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Southwestern Reporter

August 2006

In This Issue:


Prosecutor Joseph Esposito '89 to Address New Students

Joseph Esposito
Joseph P. Esposito, Assistant Head Deputy in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Hardcore Gang Division, adjunct professor and Southwestern alumnus, will welcome members of the entering class as the keynote speaker at Orientation on August 14. Professor Esposito teaches courses in trial advocacy and has worked in several divisions of the D.A.'s Office, including the Hate Crimes Suppression Unit and Central Trials. He has personally tried more than 80 felony cases and now supervises dozens of lawyers in the Hardcore Gang Division, which is devoted almost exclusively to murder cases.

Professor Esposito has been recognized for his outstanding skills in the courtroom by such entities as the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, and Justice for Homicide Victims who named him as "Prosecutor of the Decade" in 1999. He has also been honored for his performance in the classroom as the recipient of Southwestern's first Excellence in Teaching Award for Adjunct Faculty. More.


Law Review Symposia to Look at the Legal Profession and the Courts

The Southwestern University Law Review has set an ambitious agenda with two scholarly symposia scheduled for the fall and another in the spring. In October, the Law Review will present a progress report on the "After the J.D." study, and a 40th anniversary retrospective of California's federal judicial districts. A third symposium, on the subject of evidence, is being planned for February.

Southwestern faculty, students and staff will have the opportunity to attend the programs without charge; however, reservations will be required. Click either title for more information and registration details.

The "After the J.D." Project and Urban Legal Careers
Monday, October 9, 2006, 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

After the J.D.
This symposium will focus on the early results of the first ever, national longitudinal study of lawyer careers, the "After the J.D." Project. The multi-million dollar study is funded by the Access Group, the American Bar Foundation (ABF), the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), and the National Science Foundation, among others, and is headquartered at the ABF. The study is tracking the careers of nearly 5,000 lawyers who were admitted to the bar in the year 2000 and explores such issues as the role of race and gender, law school grades, law school attended, job settings, and how other factors play into early career moves and the satisfaction that beginning lawyers get from their professional practices.

The symposium will pay particular attention to the careers of urban lawyers and the role of law schools linked closely to urban careers. Dean Bryant Garth, who is Director Emeritus of the ABF, has served on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the project since its inception and will be joined at the program by the other principals of the project as well as leading commentators from the academic and professional worlds.

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context
Friday, October 27, 2006, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

United States District Court
Marking the 40th anniversary of the present design of California's federal judicial districts, this symposium will examine the history of the Central District, major changes and some of the key cases decided by its judges.

Speakers include 14 sitting Federal District Court and Court of Appeals judges and eight prominent historians and law professors. Morning panels will focus on the early history of the Court, changes in U.S. litigation practice since the 1960's, and how changes in Southern California and U.S. society generally have influenced the work of the District Court. Afternoon panels will focus on the desegregation of Pasadena, the Century Freeway litigation and settlement, and important cases involving Hollywood and Technology and Law Enforcement, with comments by the judges who presided over the key cases.


ITAP Tryouts Scheduled

Students who wish to polish their advocacy skills through competition are invited to participate in the selection process for the 2006-2007 Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP). Informational meetings will be held on August 28, 2006 at 12:30 and at 5 p.m., with the first round of tryouts taking place September 11-12 & 14. Further information is available from ITAP Chair Peter Brockenbrow (, as well as through the ITAP Office or the Student Affairs Office.

Job Opportunities Come Calling with OCIP

Beginning September 11, a variety of law firms, government entities, and public interest organizations will be taking part in Southwestern's Fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCIP). Students in the 2nd and 3rd year Day; 3rd and 4th year Evening; 3rd and 4th year PLEAS; and SCALE II are invited to participate.

To be eligible, applicants must do the following by 6 p.m. on August 23, 2006: 1) submit a signed copy of the OCIP registration form to the Career Services Office; 2) fill out a profile and upload a copy of their resume to the Symplicity system; 3) read and review the 2006 Fall OCIP information, which includes, but is not limited to, General Information, How to Participate, NALP Timing Guidelines, and Policies and Standards. Students must "bid" for interviews by the relevant and applicable deadlines. For employers coming to campus in September, employers who have not yet chosen a date, and all resume forward employers, bids must be placed by 11:00 p.m. on August 23, 2006. For employers visiting campus in October, bids must be placed by 11:00 p.m. on September 14, 2006.

Students must also attend a "How to Participate in the OCIP" seminar on either August 17 at 12 or 3 p.m. in W329 or August 22 at 12:30 or 5 p.m. in W311. Students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the resume writing workshops in preparation for the Fall OCIP as well as the many other workshops and seminars being sponsored by the Career Services Office. Complete schedules of workshops and events were mailed to students, and duplicate copies can be obtained in the Career Services Office. Questions may be directed to the Career Services Office.

Don't Miss Externship Day - 9/12!

For many students, some of the most rewarding hours in law school are those spent in an externship getting hands-on experience. About 300 Southwestern students participate in externships each year, in placements that range from Warner Bros. to the Public Defender's Office to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On Tuesday, September 12, a special Externship Day will be held to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the program and the application process. 

The Externship Day event will be held on the Promenade at 12:30pm and 5:00pm. There will be food and drinks, and Externship Program staff will be on hand to answer questions about field placements, how to prepare, and what to expect during an externship.

Externships are graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and may be taken for 2 to 10 units, during the summer, fall or spring. Placements are available in public interest, government, courts and entertainment settings, as well as the new "Street Law - Youth in Transition" program in which participants work with at-risk Los Angeles teens.  

Don't miss this event - especially because applications for spring externships are due by September 15th, and it's not too soon to plan for summer placements! For more information, contact the Externship Office.



Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law Debuts

Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law
The Biederman Institute is proud to announce that the inaugural issue of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law has been published. A joint project of the Institute and the American Bar Association's Forum on Communications Law, the Journal fills a special niche by promoting scholarship focused on the international dimension of media and entertainment law. While students play an important role in handling the considerable editing chores, faculty and practitioners select the articles and make substantive edits.

Among the well-regarded scholars and practitioners who contributed to the inaugural issue are Floyd Abrams, one of the country's leading First Amendment scholars and practitioners; Ashley Packard, a member of the communications faculty at the University of Houston; Richard N. Winfield, formerly counsel to the Associated Press and now Chairman of the World Press Freedom Committee and a faculty member at Columbia and Fordham law schools; and Kyu Youm, the Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair at the University of Oregon. The issue also includes the transcript of the Entertainment Without Borders symposium co-sponsored by Southwestern and the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and a student report on a recent legal development.

Professor David Kohler's State of the Institute message contains for more information on the recently published Journal and other events that took place through the Institute during the past year.

Upcoming Biederman Institute Events

The Biederman Institute is working with leading organizations in the media industry and the legal profession to present an array of outstanding programs for practitioners, students and faculty this semester. For more information on either of these events, contact Tamara Moore in the Biederman Institute.

Save the Date for the Next "Conversation"
On September 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Institute's "Conversations With..." series will feature Jamie Gold, the Readers' Representative of the Los Angeles Times, in a discussion titled "Don't Shoot the Messenger." The event offers one unit of MCLE credit and a reception will follow.

Southwestern Co-Sponsors Videogame Conference
Southwestern and Loyola Law Schools are co-sponsoring a program, Legal and Business Issues in the Videogame Industry, on October 21. The video game business is the fastest growing segment of the entertainment industry, and the legal aspects of this business are fascinating and very complex. This all-day conference will be held at Loyola Law School campus and will cover an overview of video game technology, business structures and economics; licensing deals for acquiring movie rights to games, and game rights to movies; game developer/publisher deals; music-for-games agreements; talent deals for coders, writers and designers, name & likeness licenses, and big-name talent agreements; and insight into the newly-emerging businesses of wireless games, casual games, and digital distribution. More information will be available online in the coming weeks.



Upcoming Security Workshops

Street Smarts
Orientation Fair, August 14

Vehicle Safety
Wednesday, September 20, 12 p.m.

All security workshops are held on the Westmoreland Steps.

Kalush Named CFO

Paul Kalush has been appointed as Southwestern's Chief Financial Officer. He originally joined Southwestern in December of 1999 as Accounting Manager after serving in Deloitte & Touche's Assurance and Advisory Services division. In October 2001, he was promoted to Controller, and in June of 2005, he also became the Director of the Accounting Department.

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Kalush is responsible for the management of the daily operations of the accounting department. He oversees all accounting and financial systems and controls; administers the school's operating budget; provides budget and financial reports; oversees the annual audit; administers accounts payable and receivable, payroll and employee benefits; and implements the investment policy.

During the 2005-2006 academic year, Ms. Janice Manis served as Acting Chief Financial Officer, in addition to her vast responsibilities as the Director of Administrative Services. Her management, leadership and guidance were invaluable, and she and Mr. Kalush have worked to put systems in place that will both strengthen and simplify the law school's financial management. Ms. Manis will continue to be extensively involved in all aspects of budgeting and financial management.


Staff Additions and Promotions

Southwestern welcomes its newest staff members to campus. In addition, a Southwestern staff member, Bismarck Garcia, formerly Student Services Assistant in Accounting, has been promoted to Payroll/Benefits Clerk.

Erin Auerbach, Senior Writer, Public Information Office - Prior to joining Southwestern, Erin worked as a features writer for two years at The Press-Enterprise, a 190,000 daily newspaper serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Her work has also appeared in several Las Vegas newspapers and national theater and fitness trade magazines. Erin earned her B.F.A. degree at the University of Arizona, Tucson and an M.A. degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California, as well as an M.A. in theater arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Ji Eun Chang, Student Services Assistant, Accounting - Ji Eun recently earned her bachelors degree in the Mathematics from University of California, Los Angeles. While attending school, she worked as a senior clerk for the UCLA Department of Psychology.

Courtney Hong, Student Services Assistant, Student Affairs Office - Courtney earned her B.A. degree in Journalism from Pepperdine University.  Prior to joining Southwestern, Courtney worked as a Public Relations Intern with Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) where she coordinated media-related fundraising events and composed articles about the benefits of HOLA’s youth programs.  While a student at Pepperdine, Courtney served as Office Assistant for the Human Resources and Financial Assistance offices, and as an Intern in the Public Relations and News Office.

Sean Kao, Assistant Director of Management Information Systems - With more than 9 years of IT experience in the areas of computer network administration and technical support, Sean worked for Los Angeles Harbor College for more than six years as Senior Computer and Network Specialist. His primary responsibilities at the college were designing/specifying local area networks; establishing network policies, procedures and standards; supervising/training IT staff, and managing the help desk. He also served as an adjunct faculty member for one year and taught "Computer Information 1." He earned his B.S. degree in Management Information Systems from University of California, Riverside and an MBA degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Hannah Lee, Student Services Assistant, Registration and Records Office - Prior to joining Southwestern, Hannah worked as a Legal Assistant to an attorney specializing in business and bankruptcy law. Hannah earned her B.A. degree in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Connie Ng, Computer Services Assistant, Library Staff - Connie is filling a new staff position for the library, as part of the effort to enhance computer and technology support for students. Library Computer and Network Services staff will now respond to all student inquiries involving ExamSoft and WebAdvisor (the new web-based interface for student records) as well as student wireless connectivity, electronic mail and computer lab services. Connie is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a B.S. degree in Information and Computer Science, and has prior work experience in marketing and customer service.



Business and Community Leader Joins Southwestern Board

Lauren Leichtman
Ms. Lauren B. Leichtman '77, co-founder and chief executive officer of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP), has been elected to Southwestern's Board of Trustees. A prominent member of the business community, she also serves on the boards of numerous charitable and civic organizations. Leichtman has remained close to Southwestern throughout a career that has taken her from the legal division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to a founding principal of a billion dollar private equity firm.

Dean Bryant Garth noted, "Lauren Leichtman is a highly respected leader in the investment community and brings extraordinary financial acumen and insight to the Board. She has long been an enthusiastic and loyal supporter of Southwestern, and in this new role will be an even greater asset to the law school as we plan our future direction." More.



Faculty Activities


  • The Constitutionality of Strict Liability in Sex Offender Registration Laws, 86 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 295 (2006)


  • Lecturer (with Professor Paul Bateman), Judicial Opinion Writing Seminar, National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno


  • Keynote Speaker, Underdog Legal Knowledge and Globalization, Australasian Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Speaker, Dealing with Increased Mobility and Globalization in Law, Australian Legal Education Forum, Melbourne, Australia
  • Quoted in "The Minority Partner Paradox: Law Professor Claims Lower Hiring Standards Lead to Exodus of African-Americans at Law Firms," ABA Journal eReport
  • Quoted in "Defending Skilling May Pay Dividends for Law Firm" and "Enron Ruling Should Prompt Settlements in Civil Suits," Los Angeles Times (May 2006)


  • At the Intersection of Comic Books and Third World Working Conditions: Is It Time to Re-Examine the Role of Commercial Interests in the Regulation of Expression? 28 HASTINGS COMMUNICATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL 145 (2006)
  • "Beware: Attorney-Client Privilege May Be at Risk," "Challenge to Military Recruiters Raises Key First Amendment Issue," "Going Postal with Free Speech," "Its Own Worst Enemy" and "'Zero Tolerance' Restricts Free Speech: Some educators are curbing students' First Amendment rights as if Columbine is lurking around every corner," Commentary Series, Fulton County Daily Report (American Lawyer Media, 2005/2006)

New Faculty Appointed for Fall 2006

From left: Professor Janine Kim, Professor Gowri Ramachandran, Professor Alexandra D'Italia and Professor Catherine Kunkel Watson
The Southwestern community welcomes four new full-time faculty members this fall who bring impressive credentials and a wealth of new ideas and energy to the classroom. Professor Janine Young Kim is teaching in the areas of Torts and Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Professor Gowri Ramachandran is teaching Constitutional Law and Employment Law, while Professor Alexandra D'Italia and Professor Catherine Kunkel Watson join the Southwestern faculty as Instructors of Legal Writing in the Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills Program (LAWS).

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

Experts in subjects ranging from Law and Sexual Orientation to California Civil Procedure have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for 2006-2007. More.

Professor Dorff to Serve as New Associate Dean for Research

Michael Dorff
Professor Michael B. Dorff has been appointed as Associate Dean for Research. This new position will entail many responsibilities that aim to support and develop the faculty's scholarly research and publications.

A tenured member of Southwestern's full-time faculty, Professor Dorff has taught courses in business associations, contracts, and corporate mergers and acquisitions since he arrived in 2003. In his new administrative role, he will also coordinate the guest speaker series of faculty from around the country, serve as point person for junior faculty concerns about scholarship, advise and help facilitate submissions to scholarly journals and book publishers, and organize educational opportunities for faculty to learn about the scholarship process and help develop proposals for grant and fellowship opportunities, among other efforts. More.

Southwestern Names Four Faculty Members for 2006-07 Professorships

Southwestern Professorships 06-07
Southwestern Law School has honored four of its highly respected faculty members with professorships for 2006-07: Professor Michael H. Frost as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor; Professor Warren S. Grimes as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor; Professor Karen R. Smith as the Paul E. Treusch Professor; and Professor Catherine L. Carpenter as the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor. Criteria for the selection of the recipients is based on excellence in teaching, service to the law school and its students as well as outstanding scholarship and assistance to the legal profession and the community. More.

Mavis Appointed to Superior Court Bench

Adjunct Professor Darrel Mavis, who teaches Trial Advocacy at Southwestern, was named to the Los Angeles Superior Court by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jacob Adajian. Professor Mavis was a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney since 1992, serving with the Major Crimes Division for four years and previously in the Hardcore Gang Unit. From 1998 to 2000, he was assigned on loan to the U.S. Department of Justice to work on extradition and other international criminal issues. He is a graduate of MIT and Harvard Law School.



Winners of Southwestern's 2006 SCALE Moot Court Intramural Competition Announced

SCALE Moot Court
Darnell accepts her award from members of the Moot Court Board of Governors
Kathryn Darnell barely slept for two weeks. She was too busy preparing for the 2006 SCALE Moot Court Competition at Southwestern Law School. And that hard work and research paid off for both Darnell and her teammate Sarah Starkey when they were awarded for their efforts June 14.

Darnell won Best Oralist as well as Best Writer in the intramural competition. Starkey earned second place for oralist and alternate honor for writing. "We prepared like crazy," Starkey said. "At school, at home, on the phone, through email, even in our pajamas."

Already working at an accelerated pace to complete their J.D. degrees in Southwestern's unique two-year program, SCALE students were required to compete in the first two rounds of Moot Court, arguing a variety of issues including negligence and product liability. More.

Students Participate in Summer Externships

During the summer, more than 100 Southwestern students served in full- and part-time externships in judicial offices, government and public interest agencies, and companies that focus on entertainment law.

Southwestern Student Selected for 2006 Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program

Jose Ruvalcaba, a day student at Southwestern, was awarded a special summer internship with the American Civil Liberties Union through the Equal Justice Works' Summer Corps program.

Equal Justice Works
In 2006, Summer Corps participants included first-year and second-year law students from 113 law schools. They each spent at least 300 hours at public interest internships, providing critically needed legal assistance to low-income or underserved communities in 42 states. The Summer Corps members also gained first-hand experience and lawyering skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, and legal research and writing. Ruvalcaba worked at the ACLU of Southern California in Orange, on a variety of civil rights projects. For more information on opportunities from the Equal Justice Works Summer Corp Program, click here.


Student Awarded Scholarship from Datatel Foundation

Steven DeRelian, a third-year day student, has been awarded a $1,500 Returning Student Scholarship from the Datatel Scholars Foundation. The scholarship is targeted to outstanding students who have returned to higher education after an absence of five years or more. The Datatel Scholars Foundation is an independent tax-exempt organization that has awarded 3,000 scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students nationwide totaling nearly $4.5 million, supporting the company's longstanding
commitment to higher education and its clients.


"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?

Steven DeRelian
This Month - Steven DeRelian, Third-year Full-time Day Student

Director Robert Zemeckis needed an actor to yell at Tom Hank's character, "Forrest Gump." He chose Steven DeRelian from a group of extras to play a fellow wounded Vietnam vet in the VA hospital scene where Forrest watches TV and gave him five lines of dialogue.

"When the cameras started rolling I couldn't remember any of them," DeRelian recalled. "So I just said the first thing that came to mind - 'Gump how could you watch that stupid (expletive)? Turn it off!'" Zemeckis loved it and DeRelian had his first movie role.


Now a third-year day student who transferred to Southwestern last year, DeRelian knows that life can take you in as many directions as an epic movie. A part time stuntman in film and TV, he realized he didn't want to take physical risks forever and entered law school with plans to be come an entertainment attorney.

And although he relished the challenge and depth of Professor Robert Lind's copyright class the most so far, he now wants to focus on family law, bankruptcy and perhaps even become a political strategist one day.

DeRelian believes the best lawyers are those who bring a lot of their own life experience to the table. And he's got plenty of that. Raised in Santa Cruz, he began his undergraduate career at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon to study space physics, but he said it was "very 'granola,' just like home," and he wanted something different.

He transferred to USC and earned his business degree in 1992. During his senior year, he became a father. Two years as a junior broker in investment banking made him yearn for some adventure. "I decided I wasn't really going to reach 40 without living life so I pursued a career as a stuntman. All you have to do is look at my hook to know that I was a risk taker in the past," DeRelian said.

His right prosthetic arm, the result of an amputation, hasn't stopped him from pursuing a variety of jobs, including a brief stint as a "repo man," which proved too dangerous to stick with longer than six weeks. Contrary to common perception he did not lose his arm performing a stunt. And he hopes that Hollywood might eventually evolve and cast a character that just happens to be an amputee, rather than the lost limb being the basis for the character.

Law school was a bit scarier than some of his stunts - or so he once thought. He was intimidated when he sat in on a lecture at Southwestern two years ago, so he enrolled at Whittier Law School. But Southwestern's beautiful campus, provocative faculty and strong connections with its Los Angeles alumni intrigued him too much. Various note takers for each of his classes help him keep up with his course work, so his biggest challenge is lugging around all the books. But he loves to read them. "I like the law business. I like that it's a 'thinking man's game.' You can be 70 and still do it."


A selection of scholarships and essay contests are available in the Financial Aid Office (W102), on the bulletin board in the Westmoreland basement and online.

Please note: The information regarding scholarships and essay contests on Southwestern's website provides a list for informational purposes only. Students interested in applying for any scholarship should contact the sponsoring organization directly for specific details and deadlines. External sites are provided for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by Southwestern.





14 Fall Semester begins: Orientation and First-Year Classes begin
17 Career Planning Workshops for 2L & 3L Students, W329:
10am & 1pm - Resume & Cover Letter Writing
11am & 2pm - Interview Techniques
12pm & 3pm - How to Participate in OCIP (Required)
4pm - How to Apply & Obtain a Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkship
Orientation Dinner for Evening Students, 5pm
18 Orientation Luncheon, 12:15pm
21 First day of all doctrinal courses
22 Workshop: How to Participate in OCIP, 12:30 & 5pm (required for OCIP Participation)
23 Workshop: Resume & Cover Letter Writing 12:30 & 5pm, W311
24 Post-Grad Judicial Clerkship Information Session, 12:30 & 5pm, W311
30 Workshop: Interviewing Techniques, 12:30 & 5pm, W311

August 26 - September 2 Mock Interviews


4 Labor Day - No Classes
5 Workshop: Mocktails, Makeover & More, 4:30pm, W311
6 Workshop: Interview Techniques, 12:30 & 5pm, W311
7 Workshop: Interviewing


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