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Southwestern Reporter

May 2006

In This Issue:

SWLAWNOW Spring 2006

New Magazine Debuts

Soon to hit a mailbox near you, the law school's new magazine, swlawnow includes features on the people, programs and events of Southwestern. The first issue of this semi-annual periodical recaps highlights of the Fall 2005 semester. Copies of the magazine will be mailed to students and alumni shortly.




Mohrman, Clanton Named Top Oralists and Rosas Named Best Writer at Annual Intramural Moot Court Competition

Moot Court 2006
Mohrman and Clanton (sitting) with Hon. Kistler, Dean Garth, Hon. Levinson and Hon. Butler


Following thoughtful arguments that covered a range of thorny legal issues, Greg Mohrman was named Best Oralist
Moot Court 2006
Rosas with Moot Court Board Member Marlene Nicolas
in Southwestern's 2006 Intramural Moot Court Competition held on Saturday, April 1; Amy Clanton took the Second Place Oralist title. The final bench of leading jurists included Hon. Louis B. Butler, Jr., Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin; Hon. Rives Kistler, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon; and Hon. Steven Levinson, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. In the writing competition, China Rosas took the Best Writer Award. Read more.


ABA/LSD 9th Circuit Board to Include 8 Lt. Governors from Southwestern

In addition to Alex Raminfar, who was recently elected as Governor of the 9th Circuit, the Southwestern contingent to serve on the American Bar Association/Law Student Division 9th Circuit Board will include the following recently appointed Lieutenant Governors: 

Executive Lieutenant Governors
Tara Rose & Tessa King

Lieutenant Governor of the Student Bar Associations
Siannah Collado

Lieutenant Governor of Resolutions and Bylaws
David Paletz

Lieutenant Governors of Programming
Megan Genovese & Britton Light

Lieutenant Governor of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Programs (VITA)
Marc Gerelick

Lieutenant Governor of Los Angeles Affairs
Chris Harmon

SBA Honors Students and Organizations with Awards

Last month, at the Annual Student Awards Banquet, the following "SBA Awards" were presented in recognition of outstanding service during the 2005-2006 school year:

Community Service Award
Linda K. Bradlyn (Public Interest Law Society)

SBA Organization of the Year
Latino Law Student Association

SBA Class Representative of the Year
Yoav Sarraf

SBA Commissioner of the Year
David Paletz

SBA Most Service to the School Award
Tessa King (SBA Vice-President)

ABA Governor of the Year

Alex Raminfar

SBA President of the Year
Chris Harmon

Honors Programs Announce 2006-2007 Leadership

Southwestern congratulates the following students on their appointments to leadership positions in the school's honors programs:

Moot Court Board 06-07

Moot Court Board of Governors

Todd Fertig - Chair
Lindsay Michaelson
James Motter
Sumithra Rao
Kendall Swanson
Sarah Wolk

ITAP Board 06-07

Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program
Board of Governors

Peter Brockenbrow - Chair
Yan Gershfeld - Academics
Britton Light - Alumni Relations & Special Events
Hena Patel - Competitions
Heather Patrick - Communications

Students Elect 2006-2007 SBA Executive Board

Following elections held last month, the Student Bar Association announced next year's governing board. The elected officers for the 2006-2007 are:

Greg Mohrman

Vice-President (Day)
Marc Baranov

Vice-President (Evening)
Hannah Lee

Miriam Yoo

Carmen Yates

ABA Representative
Armen Amirkhanian

Law Review & Law Journal Announce Write-on Competition for 2006

Don't miss the opportunity to become a member of Law Review or Law Journal! The Southwestern University Law Review and Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas 2006 Write-on Competition packet will be available Friday, July 28 at the Library Circulation Desk or online. The deadline to submit is Thursday, August 10. More information will be mailed to eligible students and is also available on online. Questions should be directed to Alison Kleaver, Law Review Editor-in-Chief (; Chris Petersen, Law Review Managing Editor (; William Frank, Law Journal Editor-in-Chief (; Lauren Liebes, Law Journal Managing Editor (; or the Student Affairs Office.

Student Awarded Buhai Center's Distinguished Service Award

Linda K. Bradlyn
Linda K. Bradlyn has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law. The award is meant to highlight an exceptional volunteer who has gone beyond the Center's expectations and demonstrated their remarkable ability to both engage and provide quality services to clients and the needs of the Center.

"Linda is one of our cherished volunteers - her dedication and commitment make her a real asset to our program and we immediately thought of her when selecting our 'Distinguished Service Award,'" shared Nicola Kennedy, Volunteer Coordinator at the Buhai Center.

The Buhai Center is a co-sponsored family law/domestic violence project of Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and is one of the largest providers of family law and domestic violence assistance to low-income persons in Los Angeles. The focus of the Center's efforts is on legal problems involving custody, visitation, support of children, domestic violence, and establishing parentage. Information regarding opportunities with the Buhai Center is available online at


Enriquez Continues to 'Swim With Mike'

Nick Enriquez
If you live in the San Gabriel Valley, you might have seen a familiar name in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune last month. Third-year evening student Nick Enriquez, who has been receiving scholarships through the "Swim With Mike" organization and the USC Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund since 1998, was profiled by the paper about his participation in the scholarship program.

Enriquez was contacted by the organization upon learning about his diving accident in the newspaper - an accident that left him tetraplegic. The scholarships provided by the program, which helped fund his accounting degree at USC and the degree he is currently seeking at Southwestern, have allowed him to "move forward so seamlessly," he said in a recent Trojan Daily News article. Supported by an annual swim-a-thon fundraiser established 25 years ago, "Swim With Mike" provides scholarships to students who had life-changing accidents or diseases. For more information, visit

ITAP, BLSA and LLSA Put on a Performance for High School and College Students

Mock Trial Demonstration
Late in the Spring Semester, a group of students from Dorsey High School and Los Angeles City College visited Southwestern as part of a minority outreach program to encourage inner city students to pursue higher education and consider careers in the law. During the program co-sponsored by ITAP, BLSA and LLSA, Southwestern students presented a mock trial demonstration in the Dixon Courtroom, followed by discussions about law school, various law concentrations, and higher education in general with students and
Mock Trial Demonstration
Professors Karen Smith and Tara Walters. This event is part of a continuing effort by Southwestern students to mentor and inspire local disadvantaged children and youth through a variety of activities.

Mock Trial Demonstration
Professor Smith welcomes the students to Southwestern. Above, left: Daniel Varon questions "witness" Antoine Williams - both helped plan the event. Above, right: Elisabeth Duarte cross-examines Williams.
(Click any of the images to view more photos of the event)


'Adoption Day' Unites 40 Children and Families with Help from Southwestern Students and Special "Guest Stars"

Adoption Day
Fourth-year evening student Jonathan Ro assisted in the adoption of this little girl.
Putting their skills to practice in the real world, Southwestern students facilitated the legal union of 40 foster children with their adoptive families at ceremonies on Friday, April 21 at Edelman Children's Court in Monterey Park. The event, as a component of the "Children and the Law" class, is now in its fourth year and was the brainchild of Commissioner Amy Pellman, a member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty and former legal director of the Los Angeles-based Alliance for Children's Rights; she was appointed as a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner in 2005.

Adoption Day
Commissioner Pellman speaks with Angie Harmon outside the courtroom.
Working side-by-side with the Alliance's pro bono attorneys, Commissioner Pellman's students led the children and their families through the final legal step in the adoption process - a process in which they have been playing an integral role for several weeks. Special guests Angie Harmon and Constance Marie of the George Lopez Show, were also on hand to assist with the adoptions - a unique treat for this yearly event.

Commissioner Pellman says the students play a crucial role in ensuring that the adoptions are successful. Throughout the process, they work with the Alliance's pro bono attorneys, but take the lead in seeing the adoptions through, right down to the very end. "I tell my students 'This is the closest you're going to get to practicing law without a license.'"

Adoption Day
The judge formally announces the adoption official. Dean Garth looks on from the audience.





  • Elected, Executive Committee, AALS Litigation Section
  • Re-elected, Executive Committee, AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section


  • Instructor with Professor Michael Frost, Logic and Opinion Writing Seminar, National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno


  • In Defense of the Liberal Justice Theory of Torts: A Reply to Professors Goldberg and Zipursky, 1 NYU JOURNAL OF LAW & LIBERTY 1022 (2006)



Mathis and Dean Emeritus Taylor to Receive Honorary Degrees

Karen J. Mathis
Later this month at Southwestern’s 91st Commencement ceremony, Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degrees will be presented to Karen J. Mathis, President-Elect of the American Bar Association and keynote speaker at this year’s festivities, and Leigh H. Taylor, the law school's former dean, for his twenty-seven years of leadership. Read more.


President of British Columbia Premier's Technology Council to Discuss the Global Economy and Commercialization

Jim Mutter
The President of British Columbia Premier's Technology Council, Jim Mutter, will be the featured speaker in the third installment of Southwestern Law School's 2006 Distinguished Speaker Series on "Technology Innovation and Commercialization: Law, Policy and Business." The event will take place on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Bullocks Wilshire building.

Mr. Mutter’s lecture, which is titled "Global Economic Leadership and Better Commercialization Models for North America: Competing and Winning in the Global Knowledge Economy," will address his and the Technology Council's focus on technology commercialization and innovation as they complete a comprehensive study on the topic for the British Columbia government; how British Columbia has streamlined its business laws and regulations to attract investment; and examples of successful collaborations and outcomes including the ongoing efforts between California and British Columbia to extend the collaboration beyond our borders. Read more.



Smith, Lind and Hoose Receive Excellence in Teaching Awards

2006 Teaching Award Recipients

Southwestern is pleased to announce that Professors Karen Smith, Robert Lind and Mark Hoose have been selected to receive the 2006 Excellence in Teaching Awards. For the first time in this award's history, the recipients were recognized by the student body through a unique nomination and selection process. All members of the Southwestern Community were encouraged to submit nominations in three categories - First-Year Professor, Upper Division Professor and Adjunct Professor. The top award recipient nominees from each of the three categories were chosen by the SBA Board, and the winner in each category was then voted on by the student body.

The awards are intended to recognize Southwestern's belief that the day-to-day teaching of students is of primary importance. The goal is to acknowledge outstanding teaching contributions that are especially noteworthy as an example of excellence. Comments submitted in support of this year's faculty honorees follow below.

Professor Smith - First-Year Professor


  • "Professor Smith is interesting, charismatic and humorous while teaching her class."
  • "Through analysis and personal experience - she makes the subject matter come alive."
  • "She intentionally involves everyone wishing to contribute to any class discussion and manages to include students who don't normally participate."
  • "As a student, I always look forward to her class because time passes so quickly and I always have fun."
  • "She encourages students to seek her help in office hours while understanding the demands on law students."

Professor Robert Lind - Upper Division Professor

  • "Professor Lind is a dedicated, engaging, challenging, and approachable professor, who not only teaches his students daily in the classroom, but also gives back to the school and his students through his vast resources and immense legal expertise."
  • "Professor Lind's dedication to our school is evidenced by his sincere commitment to the school's extensive and constantly evolving Entertainment Law program." 
  • "Professor Lind engages students in the classroom by presenting dense and challenging material in an interesting and informative way, often creating cutting edge hypothetical situations and assignments for students to tackle."
  • "Professor Lind is always available to help students with advice and assistance, whether it is looking for externship opportunities, questions about class, interesting legal issues, or deciding what course to take."

Professor Mark Hoose - Adjunct Professor

  • "It is such a pleasure to be in class with a professor who teaches in such an organized and clear manner."
  • "He makes difficult topics like tax transactions that are quite foreign to most, manageable and easy to understand."
  • "Due to the manner in which he taught our class, I was actually able to really learn a topic and fully understand the boundaries of tax."

Professor Rolnick Named SCALE Director

Professor Harriet Rolnick
Dean Garth announced that Professor Harriet Rolnick has been appointed director of the SCALE Program, describing her new role as "another example of her great commitment to her alma mater." Professor Rolnick earned her J.D. from Southwestern in 1979 and returned twenty years later to teach Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor. Soon thereafter, she joined the full-time faculty, expanding her courses to include Torts; Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating; and SCALE. A former psychiatric social worker, Professor Rolnick was a litigator in San Francisco and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California for 14 years.


"As the new Director of SCALE, I take great pleasure in both acknowledging and celebrating the 30th anniversary of our first graduating class and look forward to participating in a very exciting future," said Professor Rolnick.

Faculty Involved in Texas Death Penalty Appeals

Professor Jonathan Miller, with the assistance of Southwestern students Renee Daughtetee, Nima Ghazvini, Sarah Intelligator, Rebecca Padilla and Raffi Ohanian, prepared the Direct Appeal in Saldano v. Texas, a death penalty appeal before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and will be responsible for oral argument in November.

Professor Kenneth Williams' client, Howard Guidry, a Texas death row inmate, was granted a new trial after the Supreme Court refused to review a ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that Mr. Guidry's Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights were violated as a result of police misconduct in obtaining his confession and the admission of hearsay testimony.



LSSSE Survey Meets Southwestern’s Goal

Southwestern is proud to announce that the final response rate for the 2006 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) was 52.54%, exceeding the law school’s goal of 50%. Gratitude is extended to everyone throughout the Southwestern community who participated in making the survey a success. Southwestern will receive a comprehensive report from LSSSE in late summer and will be able to use the data to continue to generate ideas on how to better serve students.

A random drawing will be held shortly to select 20 student respondents, each of whom will receive a $20 gift certificate from iTunes, Border Books, or Starbucks, among others. Below is the final tabulation of respondents within each competition category. Those groups listed in bold had the highest response rate in their category and will be invited to join faculty and deans for lunch or dinner in early Fall 2006.


Category One
- 1st year day Section A (55% response rate)
- 1st year day Section B (includes PLEAS 1 & 2) (54% response rate)
- 1st year day Section C (85% response rate)

Category Two
- 2nd Year Day/3rd Year PLEAS (64% response rate)
- 3rd Year Day/4th Year PLEAS (39% response rate)

Category Three
- Evening 1st (53% response rate)
- Evening 2nd (40% response rate)
- Evening 3rd (34% response rate)
- Evening 4th (31% response rate)

Category Four
- SCALE I (66% response rate)
- SCALE II (38% response rate)

Street Law - Youth in Transition
New externship to help at-risk youth

Making a real and lasting difference in the lives of abused or neglected children can be one of the most fulfilling ways that law students can use their new legal and counseling skills. Through a special externship placement offered in association with the Alliance for Children's Rights, Southwestern students can do just that, beginning in Fall 2006.

According to Adjunct Professor Laura Cohen who is coordinating the program, student externs will utilize the Street Law "Youth in Transition" curriculum to teach at-risk youth who are in foster care, on probation, or special education students and need help preparing for independent living.

The externship will include a weekly seminar and a clinical teaching component, visits to the Children's Courthouse and meetings with hearing officers and attorneys, as well as guest speakers from a wide range of agencies including the Public Defender's Office, LA County Emancipation Program, Public Council, Housing Rights Center and California Youth Connection, among others.

To download a PDF of the full program description, click here. Students interested in Street Law - Youth in Transition must apply through Southwestern's Externship Office. Questions may also be directed to Professor Cohen at or 310-552-9784.

Externships Hot Topic of Discussion at Conference Held in March

Bringing together many of the most thoughtful and innovative people in the field nationwide to learn from each other in developing innovative approaches in improving externship pedagogy at individual law schools, externship program directors, faculty and administrators from law schools around the country convened in Los Angeles for their national conference, Externships 3: Learning From Practice. Hosted by GLACE (The Greater Los Angeles Consortium on Externships*), the event was held on the campuses of Southwestern and Loyola law schools - the event was planned in collaboration between the two schools.

*A consortium of law school externship program directors from Chapman, Loyola, Pepperdine, Southwestern, UCLA, USC and Whittier Law Schools.

Externship Conference

Pictured: Two panels held on the Southwestern campus and (center) Professor Catherine Carpenter presented the second plenary session key address on "A Survey of Law School Curricula 1992-2002 and Beyond - The Status of Externships."

Alumni Reception Pays Tribute to Alumni, Faculty and Students

Alumni Recognition Reception
Professor Sloan with her husband, Dr. William Sloan
The Southwestern community celebrated the Alumni Association's 19th Annual Awards Recognition Reception on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. with an auction and wine tasting event. This year’s honorees included Alumna of the Year Lauren B. Leichtman '77, Chief Executive Officer, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners; Outstanding Judicial Officer, Hon. Gilbert T. Gembacz '79, United States Immigration Court; and Outstanding Friend, Professor Judy Sloan.

Alumni Recognition Reception
Collado and Beral with Alumni Association President Gary Guess

In addition, two students were be presented with scholarships during the annual event that is held to raise money for the scholarship fund. This year’s recipients, second-year SCALE student Arash Beral and second-year day student Siannah Collado, were selected based on their active involvement in community and law school activities while upholding academic excellence.


Southwestern Implements New Student Services Fees

In response to student comments regarding the numerous fees that are charged to students, and the staff time involved in processing these fees, Southwestern has implemented a new Student Services Fee (SSF) effective with Summer 2006. This new fee will enhance and streamline student services at Southwestern in the upcoming year. Questions may be directed to the Records and Registration Office.

Each student will be charged a non-refundable Student Services Fee, based on the following schedule:

Traditional and LL.M. students:
Fall/Spring - $200 (charged each August) for all students except December grads (charged $100).
Spring - $100 if the $200 Student Services Fee was not assessed for the preceding Fall.
Summer - $50 for all students, regardless of any prior or subsequent fees paid or due. 2.

SCALE I - $250 (charged at the beginning of Period 1)
SCALE II - $250 (charged at the be-inning of Period 4)

Visiting students:
Fall - $100
Spring - $100
Summer - $50

  • No fees will be charged for ExamSoft.
  • No fees will be charged for Fall & Spring Registration.
  • No fees will be charged for SCALE I & II Registration, Periods I through 6.
  • No fees will be charged during the add/drop period of each semester if a student drops units but still remains enrolled.
  • A graduation fee will no longer be charged.
  • Students participating in a non-Southwestern summer abroad program will no longer be charged Southwestern's $50 registration fee

Any fees not mentioned above will remain the same.


First-hand Witnesses - A Day in Los Angeles' History

For anyone who drives to school or work by way of Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles, Monday was not just an ordinary day. And, of course, that's almost anyone going to or from Southwestern. Signs were posted the week before announcing the street closure between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. that day.

May Day, traditionally a day that celebrates labor and workers, had transformed into a day dedicated to the "March for America" - not just in Los Angeles, but across the country. In Los Angeles, this March began in downtown Los Angeles and made its way down Wilshire Blvd., ending at La Brea Avenue that evening.

Anyone who was on campus that day couldn't help but hear the cheers and the rally cries of the 400,000 marchers as they walked past the Bullocks Wilshire building in support of immigrant rights. Most notably, a Los Angeles Times article titled, "Taking the City's Pulse From the Pavement," described the sounds heard from the building in a timeline of sights and sounds from that day.

"4:30 p.m. at the Tea Room at Southwestern Law School, on Wilshire near Virgil: From the fifth floor window you can hear the demonstrators who stretched for at least six blocks in each direction. Throngs of people are still joining the march from the subway. Some students are trying to study for finals, but most have given up to see the spectacle."

Below are photos of the march, taken from the Bullocks Wilshire building, as students, faculty and staff looked on and became witnesses to a day in the history of Los Angeles (click the image to view more photos).

March for America 5-1-06


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

Alicia Matricardi
This Month - Alicia Matricardi, Third-year Full-time Day Student


Alicia Matricardi went to law school to "gain a seat at the table." She knew the degree would help to open doors for her, enabling her to find ways to help neighborhoods grow through the use of the law: real estate law, health law, transportation planning law, and family law. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Matricardi worked at a non-profit economic development company that built housing specifically for low-income, single-parent families, targeting Latinas who needed safe, decent, affordable places to live and raise their families.  She taught financial literacy classes to teen moms at this development company, New Economics for Women, and worked to raise money and organize the construction and programming for a 10,000 sq. ft. building that would combine primary healthcare services and economic development programs for low-income families in Pico-Union. 

While at Southwestern, Matricardi has worked for Professors Michael Scott and Eileen Gauna, has been active in the Latino Law Students Association, and has served as the Law Student Liaison to the American Bar Association's Public Utilities, Communications, and Transportation Law Section. She wrote a paper on Transportation Equity and the Bus Riders Union versus the Los Angeles MTA, "Los Angeles Missed the Bus: Lessons in Transportation Equity," which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy. She was also awarded the Hagman Scholars Award for her performance in Professor Kushner's course on Land Use Planning and Control.

Matricardi has long been interested in the way that cities work with public and private institutions to create economic development programs that help to empower people to think broadly about what they could do to better their lives. Law school was the next step in her plan to work towards building a career in this direction, and she is excited about using her degree to continue this work in the future. 


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.




8-19 Final Exams
19 End of Spring Semester
21 Commencement
23 Distinguished Speaker Series on Technology Innovation and Commercialization: Law, Policy and Business
 presents Jim Mutter, 7:30 pm, Bullocks Wilshire 2nd Floor
29 Memorial Day - No Classes
31 First Day of Classes - Summer Session


27 SCALE I Orientation


3-4 Fourth of July Holiday - No Classes
20 Last Day of Classes - Summer Session
22-26 Summer Session Final Exams
26 End of Summer Session


14 Fall 2006 Semester begins - Orientation and First-Year Classes begin
21 First Day of Upper Division Classes

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