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Southwestern Reporter

Fall 2011, Number 2

Southwestern Offers New Study Abroad Program at The Hague

The Hague University of Applied SciencesImagine a change of scenery in the midst of your law school education, where you can study in a historic seaside city with a distinctive international presence in the legal and business landscape. A new exchange program with The Hague University in the Netherlands provides just such an opportunity for Southwestern students interested in international and comparative law.

Uniquely situated in the midst of more than 150 leading international organizations, The Hague University embraces students from around the world. Through the exchange program, students can choose from among four areas of specialization in which to focus their studies: international criminal law, human rights and humanitarian law, comparative law, and European business law. The Hague is located approximately one hour from Amsterdam via public transit.

Students may apply for a single semester or one full year of study. All classes are in taught in English. Each institution retains the right to approve proposed candidates for exchange, and Southwestern students must have their course selections approved by the Dean of Students. Southwestern may send two students per year to The Hague. The deadline to be considered for the Spring 2012 semester is October 25, 2011. More information is available online, and students interested in applying should contact Anne Wilson, Special Assistant to the Dean. Read more.


21st Annual Public Interest Law Week Kicks off with Casino Night

PILW Casino NightThe 21th Annual Public Interest Law Week (PILW) is fast-approaching, and the Public Interest Law Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with various activities. This student-organized week of events raises funds to provide summer grants to current students so they may work at public interest organizations. Activities will start on Saturday, October 22 with Casino Night and Live and Silent Auctions and end on Friday, October 28 with Service Day. This year's exciting week of events includes:

Casino Night: The Roaring 20's Edition; Live and Silent Auctions

Saturday, October 22, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., BW Building, Second Floor, Co-sponsored by the SBA
The kick-off event includes a Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament, in addition to several tables of Black Jack, roulette and craps, plus the Live and Silent Auctions. Black tie and period dress are encouraged for this year's 1920s theme. General admission to this event is $35 plus a $10 buy-in if you would like to play in the poker tournament. Live and Silent Auction lists are posted online.

Stewart KwohKeynote Speaker, Stewart Kwoh, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, "Why Are Public Interest Law Groups Growing?"

Monday, October 24, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., BW390, Co-sponsored by APALSA
Stewart Kwoh, the founding President and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), will deliver the keynote speech entitled, "Why Are Public Interest Law Groups Growing?"

"As our communities face increasing economic and social challenges, there is a growing need for public interest legal work to provide services for impoverished families and to advocate for the rights of the disenfranchised," Mr. Kwoh said. "The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) has a long term relationship with Southwestern to provide opportunities for law students to address these needs." Click here to read more about Mr. Kwoh.

Bake Sale

Monday, October 24 and Thursday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Westmoreland Steps

PILW DodgeballDodgeball Tournament

Tuesday, October 25, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Basketball Court/Parking Lot
The entire Southwestern Community is encouraged to come out and play Dodgeball! Every participant must sign a Waiver and Release Form, which is available with the team registration packets in the SBA Office.

Trivia Bowl Challenge

Wednesday, October 26, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Student Commons, Co-sponsored by the Dean of Students Office
PILW Trivia BowlEach student organization on campus is asked to form a team to compete in the Trivia Bowl - teams may be composed of students from the organizations, and/or faculty advisors. Independent teams of students, faculty and staff who wish to participate without club representation may do so as well. The teams are asked fun questions on pop culture and the law, and the team with the highest points in the three-round tournament wins. The names of the winning team members will be recognized on the Trophy of Champions. Registration forms can be picked up in the SBA Office.

PILW Career FairPublic Interest Employer Fair

Thursday, October 27, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., Promenade, Hosted by the Career Services Office
Students will have the opportunity to network with representatives from various Public Interest organizations during this event. (See Career Corner below.)

Service Day

Friday, October 28, 12:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Meet in the Student Commons
Students can participate in trainings and service projects designed to give students the opportunity to provide quality legal services to those would not otherwise be able to afford them. All law-related activities and trainings qualify for Public Service Program hours. Sign-up to participate in Service Day online.

For more information or to find out how to participate, please contact Public Interest Law Committee President Kathy Khommarath.

November Table Days - Just Around the Corner!

To assist first-year, full-time students in selecting their course for the Spring Semester elective option, faculty and administrators will be available to answer questions during Table Days on Wednesday, November 9 from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. in the Louis XVI Room (BW 2nd Floor). Faculty introductions will start promptly at 12:30 p.m.

This is a chance for students to learn more about their elective options, including Legal Profession, Copyright Law, Public International Law, American Legal History, and Constitutional Criminal Procedure. WebAdvisor assistance and general academic counseling will be available as well. All first-year, full-time students are encouraged to attend and lunch will be served. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office.

Southwestern Presents a Symposium Exploring Complex Issues Surrounding CERCLA

CERCLA SymposiumThe Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act - known as CERCLA, or the "Superfund" law - presents challenging issues about the relationship between federal and state pollution laws, regulatory oversight of contaminated property cleanups and enforcement of CERCLA's strict liability scheme. CERCLA takes a unique approach to federal environmental regulation, and the complexities of the issues that consequently arise will be discussed on Friday, November 11, when Southwestern hosts CERCLA and the Future of Liability-Based Environmental Regulation.

Presented by the Southwestern Law Review, this day-long symposium will feature leading environmental law scholars and CERCLA experts as they gather to explore several important facets of this act. Southwestern Professor Ronald Aronovsky is chairing and serving as a panel moderator at the symposium. "CERCLA is unique among the major federal environmental statutes because of its tort-like, liability-based regulatory approach to addressing the multi-billion dollar problem of cleaning up hundreds of thousands of polluted sites across the country," he said. "The symposium will examine CERCLA's legacy 30 years after its enactment, its successes and failures, and what the future may hold for CERCLA's liability-based environmental regulatory model." Read more.

Save the Date!

Biederman Institute/MLRC's Annual Conference
Angels and Demons: Navigating Tricky Entertainment and Media Issues to Reach Legal Nirvana

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel

Complete details will be posted online shortly.


The Career Services Office (CSO) offers many exciting and helpful events that explore everything from resume writing to informative presentations by alumni from a variety of practice areas. Questions may be directed to the Career Services Office.

Public Interest Employer Fair

Co-sponsored by Southwestern's Public Interest Law Committee and the Career Services Office, this event coincides with the annual Public Interest Law Week on campus (see story above). The Public Interest Employer Fair is designed to educate students about the many volunteer and public service opportunities and provide an opportunity for public interest organizations to inform students about the work they do. There will be many employer representatives in attendance, so come and network with lawyers on Thursday, October 27 at 12:15 on the Promenade.

CSO Open House

On Tuesday, November 1, the Career Services Office (W323) will be open all day and welcomes students to visit, meet the CSO team and become acquainted with the Career library and facilities. Refreshments will be served.

Off the Record with... Transactional Lawyers versus Civil Litigators

Ever wondered about the difference between transactional practice and litigation practice? Are there different skill sets or different personality types needed for these areas? You can find out all about it on Monday, November 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the Salle Moderne. Bring your lunch (drinks and snacks will be provided), and chat with alums about the above topic. Here is your chance to network with alumni and get some great advice from attorneys who were once in your position!

Resume Writing

Learn how to draft effective resumes and cover letters for legal employment, including presentation of qualifications, prior work experience, overall content and legal format on Wednesday, November 9 at 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. in W311.


Southwestern Alumna Helps Bring OneJustice to So Cal

Cynthia Luna - OneJustice

Cynthia Luna '10 is one of two attorneys bringing the services of OneJustice to Southern California. Formerly called Public Interest Clearinghouse, OneJustice is a nonprofit legal services program that has a mission to increase access to legal help for underserved Californians by building infrastructure and partnerships in the legal community. OneJustice also gives nonprofit leaders the skills they need to most effectively run their organizations. As a result, some of the state's most vulnerable residents can get the legal help necessary to meet their essential needs.

The organization's main office is in San Francisco. Luna is part of OneJustice's expansion into Southern California. As an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Luna will work with local public interest legal services and pro bono attorneys. She will also be leading the annual Justice Bus® trip, where a group of law students volunteer in collaboration with OneJustice to serve a rural California community. Luna wants to expand the Justice Bus® program to include more area law schools. In her position, she will also help provide support to the SoCal Pro Bono Managers.

Luna credits Southwestern for opening doors to public interest law. "Having the opportunity to apply my legal knowledge outside of the classroom by providing essential legal services to clients in need was the most important aspect of my law school experience that helped me prepare for my work with OneJustice," she said. Read more.

Alumni Q&A with Heidi Yoshioka '89, Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and President of Southwestern's Alumni Association

Heidi YoshiokaHeidi Yoshioka '89, who recently became president of Southwestern's Alumni Association, is a Partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. She has a broad based civil litigation practice, including representation of individuals, corporations, non-profit organizations, and public entities. Ms. Yoshioka has successfully litigated jury trials in matters involving premises liability, civil assault and battery, and vehicular accidents involving significant injuries. She also has extensive arbitration, mediation and other ADR experience involving personal injury, trucking-transportation, and products liability matters. A member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Ms. Yoshioka and the Alumni Board look forward to working closely with Southwestern's students in 2011-12 through a variety of programs.

Q: When (and why) did you first become involved with Southwestern's Alumni Association?

A: I first became involved in the Southwestern Alumni Association in 2003. I was invited by a colleague at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith to join the Alumni Association. My primary purpose and focus at that time was to assist students of Southwestern by advising them about what I had learned throughout my years in practice and to provide some advice about what they could do to enhance their legal career once they graduated from Southwestern.

Q: What are some of the Alumni Board's overall priorities for the coming year?

A: We would like to continue to grow our alumni base and have them participate in the various events that assist prospective and current Southwestern students.

Q: How will the soon-to-be launched Alumni Online Directory (called SWLAW Connect) improve the Alumni Resource Network?

A: SWLAW Connect will hopefully improve the ability of alums to connect with one another, and will allow students to connect with alums in their respective fields of interest. We hope to bring the Southwestern legal community, both students and alums, closer. Read more.


A Dozen Questions for

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

Matthew RudesThis month - Mathew Rudes, Second-year SCALE Student
Mathew Rudes refuses to let the enormity of his medical challenges interfere with the phenomenal workings of his mind. His intellect, humor and ability to delve into his studies has allowed him to achieve academic excellence while dealing with a debilitating disease and the growing list of side effects that put additional strain on his body.

Rudes was born with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. It affects the heart, skeleton, skin, spine, eyes and nearly every other part of the body. Unfortunately for Rudes, his case is the rarest and most severe form - Spontaneous Infantile Marfan syndrome, meaning neither of his parents had the Marfan gene. Rudes has been a medical enigma since birth, and has endured fourteen major surgeries - including two heart operations - and dealt with complications that included losing the ability to walk and developing an excruciating Chronic Pain Syndrome that began before he reached adolescence. In 2008, he was featured in an ABC News story that detailed his condition and interviewed doctors who have been astonished by his resilience.

But Marfan syndrome does not impinge on the mind. And Rudes has endured his physical ailments and debilitating pain by delving into school and utilizing a hearty dose of wit. "I developed this Gallows humor out of necessity," he said. "One time I was in the emergency room with a really intense headache. My mom told a joke to turn my screams of pain into laughter. A nurse overheard us and yelled at us to be quiet, 'There are sick people here, an emergency room is no place to be laughing!' This only made us laugh harder. Growing up in that environment of constant hospitalization, keeping up the humor was a necessity."

Despite his physical issues, Rudes' desire to help others has provided the impetus for him to study law. He wants to become a prosecutor and give voice to those victims of crime who cannot speak for themselves. After graduating as valedictorian from James Monroe High School's Law and Government Magnet in Van Nuys, he earned a bachelor's degree in English from UCLA, graduating summa cum laude with college honors.

He applied to Southwestern's day program, but Rudes likes to say that SCALE® came looking for him. Professor Harriet Rolnick, Director of the SCALE Program, saw his application and contacted him to interview for the two-year course of study. "She told me about the benefits of the program," Rudes explained. "The two years wasn't the biggest factor for me. The idea of a smaller and consistent class, a group of people I could depend on, really appealed to me. The way I was treated when I came here to interview made me feel so fantastic. I knew it was the right option for me."

The close-knit community that SCALE offers has made a huge difference for Rudes, whose mother, Carol, drives him to school and remains on campus with him to make sure she can help him if his pain issues become too overwhelming. "Although I loved my experience at UCLA, my four years there were very difficult for me," Rudes said. "The campus is huge, and every quarter there were new classes and a whole new group of people to try to connect with. SCALE has given me a closer set of friends with a unified sense of purpose."

He has especially enjoyed taking Professor Karen Smith's Criminal Procedure course as well as Evidence with Professor Isabelle Gunning. He is grateful to Professor Christine Lorillard, his LAWS professor, for training him to "write like a lawyer," and for giving him his first paying job as a research assistant. He considers Professor Ron Aronovsky, who taught his Civil Procedure class, a mentor. "He was willing to meet with me right before finals in the first quarter, even to discuss other subjects, just to give me an idea of what to anticipate," Rudes said. "His tips and advice were reassuring and helpful. He's just so friendly and patient, not only in his approach to students, but in his receptiveness. He is definitely a role model for me of the kind of lawyer I want to be."

During the summer, Rudes split his time between working as a Research Assistant and externing for eight weeks at the Van Nuys Hardcore Gang Division, a satellite branch of the District Attorney's Office. There, he worked for SCALE alumnus Daniel Akemon '95, researching legal topics, writing motions, and assisting with trial exhibit preparations. In the Spring, Rudes hopes to return to this office and split his time with the preliminary hearing department. His goal is to work for the DA's office.
Rudes is also currently participating as a Senior Advocate in the Trial Advocacy Honors Program and has signed up for a fall competition. "The storyteller in me likes to come out when writing my argument," he said. "I enjoy using my creative writing talents, and my propensity to argue anything helps. TAHP also allows me to express my creative side through closing arguments."
When he's not studying, he likes to play video games, play with his cat Oreo, and write. He has squirreled away the first draft of a novel he wrote during his second year at UCLA. Academia remains his salvation. "I think the desire to strive academically and immersing myself in my studies has become my way of coping with the pain," Rudes said. "It's a means of distraction, and it's what I love to do. Giving up was never a choice. I refuse to let the pain dictate where my life will go."

Southwestern Selected for New Consortium on Innovative Teaching

Educating Tomorrows LawyersSouthwestern has been at the vanguard of legal education reform since its founding and was recognized as one of the leading law schools in curricular innovation in the 2007 Carnegie Foundation report, Educating Lawyers. This year, the law school was selected as a member of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers (ETL), a new consortium committed to challenging traditional legal education and creating new models for success.

Under the auspices of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, ETL provides a platform through its website and other initiatives to encourage law schools in the U.S. to showcase innovative teaching to produce more practice-ready lawyers who can better meet the needs of an evolving profession.

William M. Sullivan, the lead author of Educating Lawyers, is serving as director of Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers. "Our goal is to encourage law schools that are already committed to innovation to share what they know in a structured, collaborative place so that other law professors may discuss and develop new teaching techniques," Sullivan said. Read more.


  • Participant, 2011 Summit on Austrian Economics, Mises Institute, Vienna, Austria
  • Quoted in "Legal Students Bone up on Kafka and Jesus," ThomsonReuters News & Insight
  • Quoted in "Oil spill report boosts case against BP, others," Reuters
  • Quoted in "Analysis: Damages ruling may be pivotal in BP case," Reuters; reprinted in Claims Journal
  • Quoted in "BP cuts oil spill burden with $1.1 billion Mitsui deal," Reuters; reprinted in Daily Times of Pakistan
  • 2011 Supplement to WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES, MATERIALS, AND PROBLEMS, 2d ed. (LexisNexis, 2009)
  • Presenter, "Developing Group Skills Exercises," Incorporating Skills, and Presenter/Moderator, Raising Sexual Orientation Issues in the Criminal Classroom, West Publishing Criminal Law Retreat, San Diego, CA
  • Interviewed regarding "gay panic" defense as it was used in Lawrence King murder trial and other cases, KPFK (Pacifica Radio)



Professor John GallagherSouthwestern Mourns the Loss of Professor John Gallagher

Professor John Gallagher, who served on the Southwestern faculty for more than four decades, passed away on October 12, 2011 at the age of 80. He was instrumental in the founding of Southwestern's Moot Court Honors Program and development of the law school's property curriculum.

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School, John Gallagher began his legal career with the Los Angeles firm of Thompson, Waters & Moss as a general practitioner with an emphasis in real estate law. By 1963, he had opened his own practice specializing in business and property law. He was a member of the Real Estate Financing Committee of the Probate Trust and Real Estate Section of the American Bar Association and served a term as chair of its Subcommittee on Foreclosure Proceedings.

In 1969, Professor Gallagher joined the faculty at Southwestern where he taught Evidence, Ethics and several property courses. He became Professor Emeritus in Residence in 2001. Since retiring, Professor Gallagher continued to team-teach SCALE II Property Transactions with Professor Butler Shaffer and was scheduled to teach Property Transactions Practice with Professor Shaffer this Spring in the traditional program. Read more.


Negotiation Teams Take 1st and 3rd Place at National Competition

Negotiation Honors Program TeamsIn a dominant performance, a pair of teams from Southwestern's Negotiation Honors Program earned First and Third Place at the 2011 National Sports Law Negotiation Competition & Symposium hosted by the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. The team of Jennifer Allen (second-year day) and Timothy Sutton (third-year evening) won the competition while the team of Antwoin Wall (fourth-year evening) and Gayane Zorabian (third-year day) finished in a close third.

Southwestern's contingent competed against 20 teams from 15 law schools including UCLA School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, George Mason University School of Law, and University of Michigan Law School. In a four-to-one decision, the winning duo of Allen and Sutton defeated a team from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. The final bench consisted of three appellate court justices, the President/CEO of the San Diego Padres as well as a sports agent.

"I am so proud of our program and this performance is such a wonderful reflection of the commitment of the entire team,"Associate Dean Nyree Gray said. "What a nice way to start the season!" Read more.

2011-12 Biederman Scholars Selected

Biederman ScholarsIn an effort to recognize excellence in academic achievement, and encourage and facilitate career success, the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute established the Biederman Scholars program to help expand opportunities for promising future entertainment lawyers. This year, four outstanding students were selected to actively participate in a variety of initiatives and programs. The 2011-2012 Biederman Scholars are Dora Clements, Grace Clements, Mark Humphrey and Ryan Powers.

"Dora, Grace, Mark and Ryan were selected from among an extraordinarily talented group of Southwestern students," said Professor Steve Krone, Director of the Biederman Institute. "Each of them combines outstanding academic credentials, a rich and interesting background and a fabulous work ethic. They have consistently excelled, and I expect great things of them in the future."

As Biederman scholars, they will participate in a variety of Institute initiatives, including an industry mentor program, behind-the-scenes participation in Biederman Institute programs such as the "A Conversation with..." series, and priority placement in entertainment and media company externships and law firm practicums. The Biederman Scholars will also participate in further developing new Biederman Institute programs such as an entertainment and media law blog, an awards dinner to honor outstanding members of the Southwestern entertainment and media law community, a new summer international program in India, and an Entertainment and the Arts Legal Aid Clinic. Read more.

Click here to read a Q&A with Biederman Scholar Grace Clements.

SCALE I Students Participate in Fall Intramural TAHP Competition; Junior Advocates Named

Eighteen SCALE I students participated in the Fall 2011 Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP) Intramural Competition, which serves as part of the tryout process for Southwestern's Trial Advocacy Honors Program. Mackenzie Brown was named Best Advocate and Bahareh Aghajani was the Finalist Advocate. James Cole, Jordana Kleinau, Jared Ramirez and Christine Wood received honorable mentions.

The advocates argued a fictitious criminal case, People v. Bowdin. The defendant (Dr. Eric Bowdin) was owner and operator of "Finding Your Inner Warrior" Health Retreats. The state contended that Dr. Bowdin murdered Amanda Blunda by causing her to fall from an obstacle that he forced her to attempt during the Health Retreat. Dr. Bowdin was charged with second degree murder and could have been found guilty of second degree murder or involuntary manslaughter.

TAHP Program Directors, Professors Bill Seki and Joseph Esposito, along with TAHP Senior Advocates, judged the first two rounds of the competition. The final round was judged by two Los Angeles Superior Court Judges, Hon. David Herriford and Hon. Akemi Arakaki.

The TAHP Board also announced that the following SCALE students have been selected to join this year's Junior Advocates: Bahareh Aghajani, Mackenzie Brown, James Cole and Christine Wood.

New Student Organization Welcomes Federal Judge in Inaugural Event

It was standing room only when Southwestern's chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) presented "Our Courts and the Constitution, A Discussion with the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit." Judge Reinhardt shared his views on the state of the federal judiciary, indicating he believes that many of its judges are too conservative or centrist. He fears that separation of church and state "is becoming an endangered species."

Judge Reinhardt speaks to American Constitutional Society"The key difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals understand that the constitutional framers didn't have all the answers," he said. "They left us to work out how the Constitution should apply in our [now] very different world."

As a new student organization on campus, Southwestern's chapter of ACS aims to promote positive change by increasing the discourse on vital constitutional issues and the fundamental values the Constitution expresses: genuine equality, liberty, justice and the rule of law. ACS is a national organization of law students, lawyers, academics, judges and policymakers. With 16,000 members, 182 student chapters and 32 lawyer chapters, the expanding ACS community provides students the opportunity to develop the skills and network necessary to make a difference in legal and public policy debates.

Professor Gowri Ramachandran, Southwestern's ACS faculty advisor, clarified that the organization "welcomes thoughtful debate and discussion on the Constitution, so you'll often see an ACS chapter sponsoring a debate between conservative and liberal thinkers, but I would say the group is dedicated to the idea that the Constitution as correctly interpreted supports progressive values."

Southwestern's ACS chapter President Elliott Jung (4L PLEAS) met Vice President Kaley Lichtman (SCALE II) at the ACS Convention held in Washington, D.C., during the summer. "We both felt strongly about starting an ACS student chapter at Southwestern," Jung said. "We also both met Judge Reinhardt at the Convention. During the conference, I talked to him several times about speaking at our first event. And thankfully, he accepted our invitation." For more information on ACS, contact or


Centennial Founders DaySouthwestern Celebrates Founders Day with Town Fair, Time Capsule Opening

Southwestern's founder, "Dr. John J. Schumacher," was overwhelmed to see the progress the law school has made in 100 years as he addressed students, faculty and staff at the Centennial Town Fair and Founders Day Celebration held on campus on August 25.

"I am bursting with pride to know that our little collective of determined students and faculty that assembled a century ago to study law has become this magnificent institution - now known throughout the country and beyond," he said. "And that our original principle ideals - opportunity, diversity, public service, innovation, professionalism, practical training - are still the ideals you strive for today."

Centennial Founders DayDr. Schumacher was there in spirit, courtesy of Graydon Schlichter '06, who took on his persona for the day, along with Alumni Coordinator Debra Snyder who played the role of Southwestern's first graduate, Betty Trier Berry '15. "I was so proud to be Southwestern's first graduate - but that distinction means so much more to me now - to be part of the history of such an extraordinary school," Ms. Berry (Snyder) remarked.

Centennial Founders DayTheir visit was a highlight of the festive town fair held under tents on the Southwestern Promenade. With early 20th century-era decor, a fun photo booth and fair-themed treats, the event featured welcome remarks by Dean Bryant Garth and reminiscences of the "Special Guests," a cake-cutting ceremony, and music courtesy of Professor Caleb Mason and band mate Patrick Joseph.

"Founders Day was a fantastic embodiment of the noble principles upon which Southwestern was established," noted Michael Friedman, Student Bar Association President. "It reminded us of our rich and vibrant history as an institution and the law school's important role in the development of Los Angeles over the past 100 years." Read more.

2011 Treusch Public Service Lecture

2011 Treusch Public Service Lecture

The 2011 Treusch Public Service Lecture included a screening of "Hot Coffee - Is Justice Being Served?" - an HBO Documentary Film - followed by a cocktail reception with remarks by the filmmaker, Susan Saladoff, as well as Brian Panish '84. Click here for the story posted about the event in the Biederman Blog. (pictured above: Saladoff (center) and Panish (left) with fellow alumnus Neville Johnson '75)

Panel Discusses Controversial "Secure Communities Program"

Debate at SouthwesternWhen Southwestern presented a panel of diverse participants to discuss the Secure Communities Program on September 22, the event elicited a powerful discussion and audience response.

Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center at the American Immigration Council, who served as panel moderator, said, "There's never a better a way to have a conversation about something controversial and passionate than in a law school, where the idea is to think about inquiry and debate and really try to get to the heart of the matter."

The diverse panel who gathered to present their views about the issue included: L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca; Chris Newman, Legal Program Director, National Day Laborer Organizing Network; Nora Preciado, Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center; and Timothy S. Robbins, Los Angeles Field Office Director of the Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more.

Nominate Outstanding Alumni or Faculty for CLAY Awards

California Lawyer Magazine is now accepting nominations for its Annual CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) Awards. Those submitted for nominations must be California attorneys who have made significant contributions during 2011 to "the law, the profession, a particular industry or the general good of the public." The submission deadline is Thursday, December 1 (but early nominations are strongly encouraged). You can access the nomination form online, which has more than 30 categories to choose from, and nominate a Southwestern graduate or faculty member.

New Staff

Nicole Cagampan, Student Services Assistant, Career Services Office, earned her B.A. with a major in Psychology and Social Behavior and minor in Biology from the University of California, Irvine. While attending school full-time, Nicole worked as a Student Counselor for Pilipinos in Social Studies and a Peer Academic Advisor in UCI's School of Social Ecology while holding leadership roles as a Peer Educator Coordinator at UCI's Counseling Center and Co-Director of the community service student organization, Liwanag. Most recently, Nicole was an Administrative Assistant at Building Solutions Group and a Senior Sales Associate at Madewell, J. Crew Group, Inc.

Anna Leynes, Institute Assistant, Biederman Institute, earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. While in school, she worked as a writer for Addicted to Shows Online Magazine and was Shift Lead Manager at Pinkberry. She also interned at Sounds Like a Movement, Dilemma Strategic Marketing and Warner Bros. Music Group.


Laura Roland, Coordinator, Externship Office

Returning Staff

Bismarck Garcia, Payroll Assistant/Junior Accountant, Accounting


A selection of scholarships and essay contests are available on the portal, in the Financial Aid Office (W102), and posted on the bulletin board in the Westmoreland basement.
Please note: The information regarding scholarships and essay contests 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.



22 Public Interest Law Week (PILW) Casino Night with Live and Silent Auctions, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., BW Building, Second Floor
24 PILW Keynote Speaker: Stewart Kwoh, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, 12:30 p.m., BW390 and 5:00 p.m. (Playback), W511
PILW Bake Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Westmoreland Front Steps
25 PILW Dodgeball Tournament, 12:30 p.m., Basketball Court/Parking Lot
26 PILW Trivia Bowl Challenge, 12:30 p.m., Student Commons
27 PILW Public Interest Career Fair, 12:15 p.m., Promenade
PILW Bake Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Westmoreland Front Steps
28 PILW Service Day, 12:15 p.m., Meet in Student Commons
29 Family, Friends & Partner's Day


1 Career Services Office Open House, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., W323
7 Off the Record with... Transactional Lawyers versus Civil Litigators, 12:30 p.m., Salle Moderne
9 Table Days, 12:30 p.m., BW Second Floor
Resume Writing Workshop, 12:30 and 5:00 p.m., W311
11 Law Review Symposium: CERCLA and the Future of Liability-Based Environmental Regulation
22 Thursday Day and Evening Classes meet; No Tuesday Day or Evening Classes
23 No Traditional Classes - Thanksgiving
SCALE I Period 2 Ends
24-26 No Classes - Thanksgiving
28 Last Day for Monday Day and Evening Classes
SCALE I Period 3 Begins
29 Last Day for Tuesday Day and Evening Classes
30 Last Day for Wednesday Day and Evening Classes


1 Bar Passers Ceremony & Reception
Last Day for Thursday Day and Evening Classes
2 Last Day for Friday Classes; Last Day of Classes
3-7 Reading Period
8-20 Final Exams
19 SCALE II Period 6 Ends
20 2011 Fall Semester ends

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