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Southwestern Reporter

October 2005

In This Issue:



Take a spin around Southwestern's site and discover the new and updated features, including:

Interactive Course Listings 

  • Sort by Professor, Area of Law, Seminars, etc.

An Interactive Calendar

  • Sort by Event Type: Academic Calendar, Special Guest Speakers, Career Services, etc.
  • Roll-over an event in calendar month view for a pop-out with details or click on the event for further information

The Current Students page includes:

  • A summary of current news & event highlights for easy access
  • One log-in area to gain access to all secured areas of the site - log-in once per session and access what you need!

Make sure to check out:

  • Enhanced Full-time Faculty Bios
  • Videos interspersed in various places throughout the site

* Please note: Initially, upon launch, a few bugs will need to be worked out. We appreciate your patience while we work on making all site elements operational.



ITAP Appointments

The Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) has announced its 2005-2006 board of governors, advocates and members. They are:

Board of Governors: Daniel Varon, Chair; Michael Carroll, Academics; Elizabeth L. Huynh, Communications; Oksana Sigal, Competitions; Brian Yasuzawa, Special Events and Alumni Relations

Senior Advocates: Bobby Berger, Alyse Bloomfield, Brandy Chase, Ryan Conger, Steven Derryberry, Karla Flores, LaShon Harris, Vanessa Herzog, Daniel Jimenez, Jesse Morrisson, Jasen Rosen and Oksana Sigal.

Junior Advocates: Aylin Algan, Torsten Bassell, Linda Bradlyn, Peter Brockenbrow, Ron Carey, Georgia Chudoba, Elisabeth Duarte, Mia Floisand, Gilda Gazor, Yan Gershfeld, Allison Gray, Clinton Hare, Tessa King, Keya Koul, Sharon Liang, Britton Light, Evan Okamurra, Heena Patel, Heather Patrick, Autumn Puro, Kristie Shields, Jennifer Turner, Antoine Williams and Chris Young.

Southwestern Hosts Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition

On November 5 and 6, 2005, the Second Annual Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition, a competition among law schools in California, Arizona and Nevada, will be held at Southwestern. The Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association established the Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition to introduce law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor litigation. For more information on the program, visit

Phi Alpha Delta Sponsors Eyeglasses Donation Drive


Phi Alpha Delta will be organizing an eyeglasses donation drive November 1-16. All interested students, faculty, and staff who have old, unwanted prescription eyeglasses and prescription as well as non-prescription sunglasses are encouraged to drop them off on campus in specially marked bins around campus.

The donated eyeglasses will then be given to the Lion's Club Recycle for Sight Program. Collected glasses are shipped to Lions' regional eyeglass recycling centers where they are cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution around the world by the Lions and other health organizations.

For further information, please contact Heidi Bitterman, Clerk of Southwestern's Phi Alpha Delta chapter, at

Spotlight on the SBA - Getting to Know the Executive Board

This year's SBA Executive Board wanted the Southwestern Community to know a little more about them, so they were given the opportunity to provide some background information, as well as a choice of three "entertaining" questions. What follows below are their responses and a little insight into who they are, where they came from, and where they are going.

President: Chris Harmon, 2nd Year Part-Time Evening Program
Hometown: Rosemead, California
Undergrad University and Major: University of California, Irvine, Double Major - Psychology and Political Science
Area of law you are interested in and would like to practice upon graduation: Corporate, Entertainment, Mass Media, Civil Litigation
What is your favorite law-themed television show? Probably "Boston Legal." Despite the fact that the attorney Alan Shore practices law without morals and ethics, his in-court presence is both persuasive and powerful. He commands the attention of the jury through his rhetoric, which is a characteristic I hope to one day achieve.

Vice President - Day: Tessa King, 2nd Year Full-Time Day Program
Hometown: Moorpark, California
Undergrad University and Major: Pepperdine University, Political Science and Telecommunications Broadcast News
Area of law you are interested in and would like to practice upon graduation: Business Law
What is your favorite law-themed television show? "Boston Legal"

Vice President - Evening: Alex Raminfar, 2nd Year Part-Time Evening Program
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Undergrad University and Major: University of California, Santa Barbara, Business-Economics
Area of law you are interested in and would like to practice upon graduation: Corporate, Entertainment, Securities, Real Estate
Who would you want to play you in a movie? Vince Vaughn. I like to believe that I, like Vince, have a sophisticated wit but know when I have to be serious. You can't be a successful law student if you live your life as a dramatic actor because when finals come around, you need a good laugh and the ability to be a little laid back.

Secretary: Jennifer Scher, 3rd Year Full-Time Day Program
Hometown: Toronto/Burlington, ON, Canada
Undergrad University and Major: University of Toronto, English Literature Specialist
Area of law you are interested in and would like to practice upon graduation:
Entertainment, Mass Media, Ending Reality Television, and Taking Over the World
What is your favorite law-themed television show?
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" - it isn't really about the law ... but it's really funny and emotionally intelligent ... and she fights evil (much like lawyers do ... wink, wink)... plus Buffy quotes keep oddly enough ending up in the SBA Newsletter
"Veronica Mars" - once again ... not a law-themed television show ... but it is really good television ... and she is a private investigator, her father is the ex-sheriff, and she has a lawyer friend who makes jokes about failing criminal law.

Treasurer: Siannah Collado, 2nd Year Full-Time Day Program
Hometown: San Pedro, California and Panama (no, not Panama City, Florida - Panama, Republic of Panama)
Undergrad University and Major: University of Southern California (FIGHT ON!!!), International Relations with a minor in Public Policy & Law
Area of law you are interested in and would like to practice upon graduation: Entertainment Law, primarily Sports Law (the female version of Jerry Maguire)
What is your favorite law-themed television show? "The Practice"

ABA Representative: Shahrokh Sheik, 3rd Year Full-Time Day Program
Hometown: Palos Verdes, California
Undergrad University and Major: California State University-Long Beach, Business Management
Area of law you are interested in and would like to practice upon graduation: Open
What was the last CD you purchased? "The Killers"

Nominations Being Accepted for California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award

California Lawyer magazine is currently seeking nominations for the 2005 CLAY (California Lawyer Attorney of the Year) Awards. Each year the magazine honors California attorneys whose noteworthy achievements in 2005 have helped shape the law, the profession, or a particular industry, or have greatly benefited the general public.

To nominate a California attorney who has scored a huge success or made a significant impact through their work this year, visit to fill out a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, December 1, 2005.



For a list of recent faculty activities, click here.


Investiture of the Dean
Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Professor David B. Wilkins, Dean Bryant G. Garth, Dean Emeritus Leigh H. Taylor and Dennis P.R. Codon, Chair of Southwestern's Board of Trustees, at the Investiture of Dean Garth.

The "After the J.D." research team meets at Southwestern
After the Investiture: Following the Investiture of Dean Garth, a meeting of the "After the J.D." research team was held on campus. In attendance were: (standing, from left) Robert Nelson, Terry Adams, David Wilkins, Paula Patton, Gita Wilder
(sitting, from left) Joyce Sterling, Ronit Dinovitzer, Dean Bryant Garth ("After the JD: The First Results of a National Study of Legal Careers" can be found online at


15th Annual Public Interest Law Week is Just Around the Corner

After a very productive start to the school year with the coordinations of Katrina relief efforts, the Public Interest Law Committee is excited to announce the events for the 15th Annual Public Interest Law Week, November 3 - 10, designed to raise awareness of public interest law opportunities and raise funds for public interest summer grants.

Connie Rice

This year's keynote speaker has been called one of the "most experienced, civic-minded and thoughtful people on the subject of Los Angeles" by the Los Angeles Times and "one of California's top 10 most influential lawyers" by California Law Business. Constance Rice, who will speak to the Southwestern community on Tuesday, November 8 at 12:30 p.m. in BW390, is co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project, a public policy and legal action group that supports organizations working to end community problems and address racial, class and other barriers to opportunity.

Other events include the Public Interest Employer Fair (November 3, 12:15 p.m., Promenade), Past Participants/Practitioners Panels (Monday, November 7, 12:30 p.m.), Bake Sale, Raffle, Basketball Tournament, Documentary Presentation, and the always-popular Silent and Live Auctions. Student volunteers are needed for a variety of events, so if you are interested in joining the efforts, email Linda Bradlyn at the email address below.

The Public Interest Live Auction will be held Wednesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Commons. As an added twist this year, the Silent Auction will end on Thursday, November 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Promenade with live music, for those who would like to make their final bids in order to secure items of interest. All contributions (typically gift certificates, tickets to sports events, passes to recreational facilities services such as tennis lessons or bar preparation courses) are tax deductible.

For more information about Southwestern's Public Interest Law Week events, or to contribute an auction item, contact the Student Affairs Office or Linda Bradlyn, Public Interest Law Committee Co-Chair, at Click here for more information on the Public Interest Summer Grant Program.

Career Services' Fall Offerings

In addition to the Public Interest Law Week Employer Fair, a networking event where you can learn about gaining experience in almost any area of the law by working and/or volunteering for a public interest organization (Thursday, November 3, 12:15 p.m., Promenade), Career Services has a number of programs planned this Fall. They include:

  • Career Services for the First-Year Student
    Participate in a discussion about the Career Services Office events for the year, as well as the resources Career Services offers to students. This program for first-year students will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 12:30 and 5 p.m. in W311.
  • Career Services Open House
    Come visit the Career Services Office, meet the team, and see what is available to you. A Career Services Open House will take place on Tuesday, November 1 from 10 am to 6 pm. Drop by, check out the office, pick up some refreshments and learn what Career Services can do for you.
  • Practice Specialities Day
    Find out what it is like to work in Orange County or in a variety of different practice areas. Practice Specialities Day, co-sponsored by Southwestern and hosted by Chapman Law School in Orange, California, will be held on Saturday, November 5. Here is your chance to talk to practicing lawyers about what they like and dislike about their area of the law. There will also be a networking lunch. Registration will take place the morning of the event.

For more information, visit the Career Services Office.

"Entertainment Without Borders" to Discuss Business on a Global Scale

Entertainment Without Borders
As a truly global business, the entertainment industry knows no borders. Whether one's clients are in Los Angeles, London or Beijing, today's increasingly complex and dynamic entertainment environment brings new issues about which every entertainment lawyer must be aware. Three of the most critically important aspects of doing business on a global scale will be discussed in "Entertainment Without Borders," a conference co-sponsored by Southwestern's Biederman Institute and the Beverly Hills Bar Association.


The program will be held Tuesday, November 1, from 2:30 to 7 p.m., on the Southwestern campus. It will focus specifically on new challenges that have arisen in the cross border distribution of films and the repatriation of royalties from abroad, as well as strategies for resolving international disputes. The conference brochure and registration form can be found at Questions may be directed to the Institute Office.

Also coming up:

  • "A Conversation with..." John Schulman, Executive Vice President/General Counsel of Warner Bros discussing "From Burbank to Beijing: The Changing Face of Entertainment Law in a Global Environment," October 26, 7:30 pm, Southwestern Campus
  • "The Sound of the Deal," Los Angeles County Bar Association's Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Section's 29th Annual Symposium, in conjunction with the Biederman Institute, October 29, 8:30 am - 2pm, Bel Air Hotel

More about these and other Institute events is available online.


Staff Additions

Southwestern welcomes its newest staff member to campus:

Ayumi Nakamoto, Student Services Assistant, Registrar's Office - Prior to joining Southwestern, Ayumi was the Assistant Director of Course Services for the Princeton Review. Her responsibilities included organizing and managing all standardized test courses for high school students, instructors' support and student services. Ayumi earned her bachelor's degree in English from UCLA. While a student, she served on the board of directors for the Bruin Belles Service Association for three years and assisted in raising funds for the Aviva Center, a shelter for abused adolescent women.

Flu Shots

Samaritan Health Care Center will be administering flu shots on campus.

Tuesday, October 18th
1 - 4 pm
$20 (cash or check)
W429 & W430

Be sure to wear a short sleeved shirt or something that will be easy to roll up. Stop by Administrative Services to complete your form and reserve your time slot. Space is limited.

Fit for Law, Fit for Life - Exercising Tips

Next time you visit Southwestern's Fitness Center, keep the following in mind:

Stretch for success

Southwestern's Fitness Center
Before stretching, take a few minutes to warm up as stretching cold muscles can cause injury. Begin with a simple, low-intensity warm-up, such as easy walking while swinging the arms in a wide circle. Spend at least 5 to 10 minutes warming up prior to stretching.

When performing any stretch:

  • Start each stretch slowly, exhaling as you gently stretch the muscle.
  • Try to hold each stretch for at least 10 to 30 seconds.

Avoid these stretching mistakes:

  • Don't bounce a stretch. Holding a stretch is more effective and there is less risk of injury.
  • Don't stretch a muscle that is not warmed up.
  • Don't strain or push a muscle too far. If a stretch hurts, ease up.
  • Don't hold your breath.

From Fit Facts: Flexible Benefits, reprinted from ACE FitnessMatters Magazine - American Council on Exercise - (Provided for informational purposes only - not endorsed by Southwestern)

Emergency Legal Clinic
Ed Anderson, Program and Services Officer for the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and Southwestern student, speaks to volunteers at a Emergency Legal Clinic meeting, as Linda K. Bradlyn, Public Interest Law Committee Co-Chair, looks on.



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

This Month - Neil Ollivierra, Second-year Full-time Day Student

Neil Ollivierra
"A lot of people who know me are completely shocked that I went to law school," says Neil Ollivierra, a second-year day student. That's because the 36-year-old Detroit native has spent most of his life exercising his right brain (the creative side) with remarkable success. After studying film at Chicago's Columbia College, Ollivierra began working as a freelance journalist for a number of European magazines, covering American movies and music. That led to a job at the electronic music record label Transmat, where he spent eight years learning the ins and outs of the independent music biz. He produced his own album of instrumental ambient music, which got scooped up by a label in London, and scored him a full-time producing gig. While Ollivierra - whose musical moniker is The Detroit Escalator Co. - was working on paintings for one of his album covers in his warehouse studio apartment, he was visited by a neighbor, who liked what she saw. She also happened to work for Detroit's well known C-Pop Gallery, and soon Ollivierra's paintings were being sold to buyers from all over the world.


Ollivierra says these experiences gave him the "confidence" to return to his first and greatest passion - filmmaking. But he decided that before jumping into the industry, he should "get a better idea of all the collaborative relationships" involved in the business. "I thought law school would be the quickest way to get a bird's eye view of how to develop film projects," he explains. Opting to study in the entertainment capital of the world, Ollivierra was drawn to Southwestern because of its longtime commitment to the film industry. "I figured these people have got to know what's going on," he recalls. Ollivierra says his studies have "filled lots of holes" in his knowledge, particularly his classes at Southwestern's International Entertainment and Media Law Summer Program in London. He says that while he has a bit more life experience than many of his classmates, getting to know them has been one of the highlights of his time at Southwestern. "There are really, really smart people here," he says. "I've been humbled."


Helpful hints for students from Southwestern Staff

Jane Powell
Dean Powell says:


Make sure to back up your computers and/or print out your class notes and outlines regularly, so you don't run the risk of losing them if your computer crashes.


Jane Powell is the Assistant Dean/Dean of Students. Prior to joining Southwestern in 1985, she worked as a high school English and drama teacher in American Fork, Utah. She earned her B.S. and B.A. degrees from Brigham Young University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles.




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.

Latham & Watkins' Latham Diversity Scholars Program
Award: Four $10,000 non-renewable scholarships
Deadline: December 1, 2005
For more information, visit

Legal Affairs Writing Contest for Law Students, sponsored by The Marbury Institute of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary
Award: 1st Place-$2,000 and publication, 2nd Place-$1,000, 3rd Place-$500
Deadline: December 1, 2005

National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws William J. Pierce Writing Contest
Award: $500
Deadline: December 1, 2005
For more information, contact the National Conference of Commissioners: 312-915-0195, 312-915-0187 (fax) or

2005 Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition of the New York State Bar Association's International Law and Practice Section
Award: $2,000 and publication
Deadline: December 6, 2005
For more information, contact Linda L. Castilla (

American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition in Legal Medicine - The Letourneau Award for Law Students
Award: $1,000
Deadline: January 10, 2006
For more information, visit

American College of Legal Medicine Student Writing Competition in Bioethics
Award: 1st Place-$1,000 and publication, 2nd Place-$500, 3rd Place-$250
Deadline: January 10, 2006
For more information, visit

American Indian Law Review (AIRL) Annual Writing Competition
Award: 1st Place-$1,000 and publication, 2nd Place-$500, 3rd Place-$250
Deadline: January 15, 2006
For more information, visit



Please note: The information regarding scholarships and essay contests on Southwestern's website provides a general 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.

National Center for Nonsmokers' Rights
Legal Research and Writing Competition
Award: 1st Place - $5,000, 2nd Place - $3,000, 3rd Place $1,000
Deadline: January 15, 2006
For more information, visit

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition
Chicago Kent College of Law's Institute for Law and the Workplace and the Jackson Lewis Law Firm
$3,000 (1) and $1,000 (2)
Deadline: January 18, 2006
For more information, visit

Kern County Women Lawyers Foundation Public Benefit Fund Scholarship
Award: Varies (from $250 - $3,000)
Deadline: February 1, 2006
For more information, contact Sheri C. Vining at 661-322-7383.

National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) First Annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Award: $500 and travel expenses to a NAWL Meeting
Deadline: March 1, 2006
For more information, contact Kathleen Harleston at or Kristie Prinz at

American Immigration Law Foundation's 23rd Annual Edward L. Dubroff Memorial Legal Writing Contest
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 13, 2006 (5:00pm EST)
For more information, visit

The American College of Trustee Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Mary Moers Wenig 2006 Law Student Writing Competition
Award: $5,000 (1st-place); $3,000 (2nd-place); $1,000 (3rd-place)
Deadline: April 1, 2006
For more information, visit






18 Career Services for the First Year Student, 12:30 & 5pm, W311
 LACBA Bench and Bar Relations Committee Judicial Roundtable, 12:30 pm, LA Superior Courthouse
19 Security Workshop, 12:30 & 5pm, Westmoreland Steps
20 Inn of St. Ives
21 Intellectual Property Job Fair, Whittier Law School
26 "Conversation With..." John Schulman, 7:30pm, Louis XVI Room
27 Cultural Food Fair, 12:30 & 5pm, Student Commons
29 IPELS "The Sound of the Deal" Symposium, 8:30am - 2 pm, Hotel Bel Air


1 Career Services Open House, 10am - 6pm, Career Services Office
 "Entertainment Without Borders" Conference, 2:30 - 7pm, Southwestern Campus
1-16 PAD Eyeglasses Donation Drive
3-10 Public Interest Law Week (PILW)
3 PILW Employer Fair, 12:15pm, Promenade
5 Practice Specialities Day Chapman Law School
7 PILW Past Participants/Practitioners Panel, 12:30pm
8 PILW Keynote Speaker, 12:30pm, BW390
 Seminar: How to Start Your Own Law Practice, 4:45pm, W311
9 PILW Live Auction, 12:30pm, Student Commons
10 Seminar: Besides OCIP, How Do I Get a Job? 12:30 & 5pm, W311
 PILW Silent Auction Finale, 3:30-5:45pm, Promenade
15 Workshop: Resume/Cover Letter Preparation for the First Year Student, 12:30 & 5pm, W311
24-25 No Classes - Thanksgiving

2 Last Day of Classes

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