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Southwestern Reporter

September 2005

In This Issue:


A Message from Dean Garth about Southwestern’s Katrina Relief Efforts

The Southwestern Law School community has an extraordinary opportunity to play a major role in helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina. One of our first-year evening students, Edward Anderson, is the Programs and Services Officer of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the American Red Cross, and he is one of the leaders in the relief efforts centered in Southern California. Working with Edward and the law school’s Public Interest Law Committee co-presidents, Linda Bradlyn and Alison Kleaver, we have sought to respond to his call for an unprecedented effort and to our student’s expressions of a willingness to find a way to join in the relief efforts.

The specific opportunities are in one or both of the following activities:

The first is to be at the front line of disaster relief, undertaking twelve hours of training over the course of a weekend (September 24 and 25), and going to one of the affected sites where help is needed at the close of the fall semester exams for a minimum of nine and maximum of twenty-one days. The Family Services Training Component has been added to the upcoming Southwestern training session for deployment at the caseworker level to conduct intake and have full authority to distribute Red Cross resources. The Red Cross will cover the expenses for this volunteer commitment.

The second opportunity is to help in what will be, in effect, a Southwestern Law School clinic devoted to the legal problems of Katrina’s refugees re-located in Southern California. We believe that we will be the first law school to undertake such an effort. The details of how this clinic will operate, including potential partners from the wider legal community, remain to be worked out, but we want to encourage volunteers whatever their possible time commitments. There may also be the possibility for externship credit for upper class law students. I am working with Edward Anderson, the Red Cross, and the Public Interest Law Committee, but the success of our effort depends on a strong expression of commitment from the students, faculty, and staff of the Southwestern Law community.

Please write as soon as possible to declare your interest in helping to the Public Interest Law Society

- Dean Bryant G. Garth



For a list of recent faculty activities, click here.


Moot Court Announces Members
The Moot Court Honors Program is proud to announce its members for the 2005-2006 school year. They are: Joelle Berle, David Bodnariuk, Vyshnavi Chandrasekara , Howard Chernin, Brian Cruz, Jon Decker, Jenn Dolan, Andrea Duckworth, Todd Fertig, Mariel Gerlt, Rachel Gezerseh, Vered Golan, Colin Hardacre, Michelle Holmes, Zeina Jafar, Rebecca Jannol, Jason Joyal, Alison Kleaver, John Lackner, Simon Rust Lamb, Menely Lari-Joni, Helyn Lau, Jessica Mandelberg, Lindsay Michelson, Angela Miller, Jennifer Moore, James Motter, Chris Peterson, Joshua Post, Sumithra Rao, Rebecca Reed, C. Graydon Schlicter, III, Stephen Sullivan, Kendall Swanson, Jason Tokoro, Tracy Valencia, Sarah Wolk and Zigmas Woodward.

Law Review Names Staff
Recently selected Southwestern University Law Review staff members for the 2005-2006 academic year are: Christopher Barkley, Kimberly Belvedere, Arash Beral, Debra Black, Laura Buckley, Kyndra Casper, Christine Chaloub, Michelle Chamberlain, Georgia Chudoba, Angela Corcetti, Brian Cruz, Andrea Duckworth, Jennifer Felten, Andrea Figler, Aaron Fontana, Mariel Gerlt, Rachel Gezerseh, Stephan Horbelt, Alberto Jimenez, Alison

Kleaver, Anh Nguyen, Kristina Pentek, Christopher Petersen, Joshua Post, Alexandria Sawoya, Susanna Seekins, Reeve Segal, John Stephenson, Stephen Sullivan, Jason Tokoro, Joshua Wade and James Witmondt.


Law Journal Welcomes Staff
The Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas welcomes 2005-2006 staff members Courtney Artzner, Joelle Berle, Christine Chung, Joel Elkins, Jordan Everakes, Todd Fertig, William Frank, Jason Freeman, Hillary Gerber, Danielle Greene, Brendan Joy, Stephanie Klein, Lauren Liebes, Jason Miller, Joshua Milon, Jessica Monroe, Marisa-Andrea Moore, Sumithra Rao, Rebecca Reed, Rebecca Rexroad, Antonio Riggio, Jack Sung, Kendal Swanson, Morgan Tanumihardjo and Jessica Trotter.

SBA Commissioner and Representative Slots Filled
The Student Bar Association is Proud to Announce the Commissioners and First-Year Representatives for the 2005 -2006 school year:
• Academic Affairs Commissioner - Yan Gershfeld
• Alumni Affairs Commissioner - David Paletz
• Athletic Affairs Commissioner - David Kroh
• Community Affairs Commissioners - Rachael Shapiro & Jenny Wood
• Ethnic Affairs Commissioners - Nicole Charney & Avital Ferd
• Student Welfare Commissioners - Lee Gale, Amanda Kent, Britton Light & Rachel Solomon
• Student Welfare Commissioner (Evening) - Robert Wernick
• SCALE I Representative - Bryan Brady
• SCALE II Representative
- Arash Beral
• 1st Year Representative - Section A - Raffi Kasabbian
• 1st Year Representatives - Section B - Aric Isaacson & Yoav Sarraf
• 1st Year Representatives - Section C - Thommaas Cassaro, Greg Mohrman & Julia Romano
• 1st Year Evening Representatives - Charles Fairchild & Dan Kramer
• PLEAS Representatives - Brian Craig & Josh Passman

Southwestern Student Places in ABA Writing Contest
Southwestern student Jennifer Felten earned the third place award in the 2005 Jacques T. Schlenger Student Writing Contest sponsored by the ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and the Venable Foundation. The goal of the contest is to encourage and reward law student writings on real property, probate, and trust law subjects of general and current interest. The contest is named in honor of the late Jacques T. Schlenger, a nationally renowned estate planning lawyer, founder of the Venable Foundation, and section member for 45 years. Established in 1981, the Venable Foundation supports a wide range of civic, cultural, and charitable endeavors as well as public interest law and legal education.

The Advocates
Be a Part of YOUR Yearbook The creative and those who would like to be are encouraged to apply ASAP to become a staff member of Southwestern’s Yearbook, The Advocates. Further information and sign-up sheets are available in the Student Affairs Office.



Bilingual Volunteers Needed
Centinela Youth Services is in need of volunteer translators for their Victim Offender Restitution Services (VORS) mediation program and/or their Families Able to Resolve Situations (FARS) mediation program. For those who have a caring heart, are able to volunteer a couple of daytime hours a month, and desire to help a youth make the right choices, this is a great opportunity to acquire mediation skills through training and on-the-job experience, broaden your professional network, and impact and change the life of a youth.

Training is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2005, 9am – 5pm. For more information, contact Stephanie Winlock or Cathleen Bravo at Centinela Youth Services, (310) 675-8700, or visit


Monday (Evening), October 3 and Tuesday, October 4 in observance of Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday (Evening), October 12 and Thursday, October 13 in observance of Yom Kippur


Dean Bryant G. Garth
Investiture of the Dean
The Investiture of Dean Bryant G. Garth will be held at the Southwestern campus on Thursday, September 29, 2005. That evening, alumni, students, faculty and staff, and members of the bench, bar and academic communities will gather to mark the beginning of Dean Garth’s tenure as the tenth dean of Southwestern. A brief program at 5 p.m., featuring prominent guest speakers representing legal education and the profession, will be followed by a reception in the Bullocks Wilshire building at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending the event must RSVP to the Development Office by Monday, September 26.

The following adjustments will be made to class schedules (new times in parenthesis), so that all interested faculty and students may attend the event.

Afternoon classes:
Interviewing Counseling & Negotiating/Gunning (BWJDC) 2-5:15 p.m. (1:30-4:45 p.m.)
Constitutional Law Seminar/Horwitz (BW3) 3:45-5:45 p.m. (3:30-4:45 p.m.)
Political Trials Seminar/Lowenstein (W335) 3:45-5:45 p.m. (3:30-4:45 p.m.)

Evening classes:
Criminal Law/Williams (W311) 6-7:30 p.m. (7-8 p.m.)
Contracts/Hart (W311) 7:45-8:45 p.m. (8:15-9:15 p.m.)
Civil Procedure/Sheehan (W611) 6-7:30 p.m. (7-8 p.m.)
Evidence/Raeder (W511) 6-8 p.m. (7-8:30 p.m.)
Wills and Trusts/Shafiroff (BW370) 6-8 p.m. (7-8:30 p.m.)
Cultural Property Seminar/Riley (BW3) 6-8 p.m. (7-8:30 p.m.)
Media Law/Epstein (BW370) 8:10-10:10 p.m. (8:40-10:10 p.m.)
Alternative Dispute Resolution/Aronovsky (BWJDC) 8:10-10:10 p.m. (8:40-10:10 p.m.)
Commercial Payment Systems/Metzger (BW1) 8:10-10:10 p.m. (8:40-10:10 p.m.)



Parents and Partners Invited to Be Law Students for a Day
Southwestern’s annual Parents and Partners Day gives students the opportunity to show loved ones the day-to-day rigors of law school, through a first-hand experience. Taking place on Saturday, October 15, the day includes a breakfast and lunch with members of Moot Court, Law Review, Law Journal, ITAP and the SBA, giving visitors an informal introduction to Southwestern and its academic programs. Other activities include a simulated first-year classroom experience, a demonstration of the Moot Court and ITAP programs, an overview of career services, a workshop for spouses and partners, and a tour of the Bullocks Wilshire building, exhibiting Southwestern’s history and a collection of faculty publications. Further information is available from the Development Office.

Upcoming Biederman Institute Events
The Biederman Institute is working with leading organizations in the entertainment industry and the legal profession to present an array of outstanding programs for practitioners, students and faculty this semester.

John Schulman
On October 26, the Institute's "Conversations With..." series will feature 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." The series is designed to present dialogues with prominent members of the entertainment and media industries. The conversation format allows students and members of the legal profession to explore contemporary and sometimes controversial issues confronting the entertainment industry and the media with featured guests. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Bullocks Wilshire building, with a reception following the program. Reservations are requested and can be made through the Institute Office.

On October 29, the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Section, in conjunction with the Biederman Institute, will hold its 29th Annual Symposium. This year’s event, “The Sound of the Deal,” will feature a keynote speech by Les Bider, Immediate Former Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. and panels on Artist/Publishing Deals; Royalties, Rights and Remuneration; and the Future of Digital Distribution. For more information and to register online, visit the LACBA website or contact the Institute Office.

Entertainment Without Borders
On November 1, the Institute will present “Entertainment Without Borders: Practicing Entertainment Law in a Global Environment,” co-sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. The event, examining three critically important aspects of doing business on a global scale, will feature panels on Navigating Territorial and Cultural Barriers; Repatriating Royalties from Abroad; and Strategies for Resolving Cross Border Disputes. More information can be found online or through the Institute Office.




Hispanic Business Magazine
Southwestern a “Top 10” Law School for Hispanic Students
Hispanic Business Magazine has named Southwestern on its 2005 list of “Top 10 Law Schools for Hispanic Students.” The magazine, which has recognized Southwestern for several years running, bases its selections on enrollment, faculty, student services, retention rate, and reputation. This year’s first place spot was awarded to the University of Miami. Others on the list include Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Arizona.



A Snapshot of the Entering Class
Of the 336 students that enrolled at Southwestern in fall 2005, 51% are women, 49% are men and 33% are minorities. The average age for traditional full-time day students is 24, while traditional part-time day and evening is 28 and SCALE is 27, with age range from 21 to 50+. Twenty three percent of students entered law school the fall after college graduation, while 29% entered law school one year after college and 48% entered law school at least 2 years after college.

Over 100 undergraduate institutions are represented throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries, with the largest contingents coming from the University of California (31%, including large groups from UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine); the University of Southern California; the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; George Washington University; and the University of Colorado – Boulder, and 16 states are represented as the students’ permanent residence.

Over 73% of the students earned undergraduate honors, from Dean’s List to summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. The students are fluent in 26 foreign languages including Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Cambodian, Cantonese, Chiu Chan, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Taiwanese, Tamil, Turkish, Vietnamese and Urdu.

Bullocks Wilshire Building
Southwestern’s Bullocks Wilshire Building to be featured in Wilshire Boulevard Showcase Program
Visionaries, boosters, and planners have found many ways to praise Wilshire Boulevard, the symbolic spine of the city spanning nearly 16 miles from downtown to the ocean. Between Oct. 2 and Nov. 21, the Los Angeles Conservancy will showcase the history of Wilshire Boulevard through a new educational initiative called Curating the City, which will feature the Bullocks Wilshire building.

With new “exhibits” offered every few years, Curating the City will treat the city as a living museum, presenting a fresh framework with which to view the vivid architectural and cultural heritage of Los Angeles. Wilshire Boulevard is an ideal inaugural project – spanning three cities, it includes the most dense and ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles, represents virtually every dominant building type of the 20th century, and exemplifies the role of the automobile in the growth of the region. Wilshire embodies the story of L.A.’s architectural, urban, and cultural development. More.



LACBA Judicial Roundtable Aimed to Educate Young Lawyers
Judge Rolf M. Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court will host the next judicial roundtable of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Bench and Bar Relations Committee. "What Young Lawyers Need to Know about Practicing 'By the Book'" will take place on October 18, 2005 at 12:30 p.m. in Judge Treu's courtroom, Department 58 of the Los Angeles Superior Court (Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles). Attendance is limited. Contact LACBA Member Services at 213-896-6560 to pre-register.


Professor Angela Riley
A dozen questions for: Professor Angela Riley





Q: How did you develop an interest in Native American legal issues?
A: First and foremost, I am a tribal member and that has really shaped my interest. Also, I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma, in a county with a significant Indian population. There is much prejudice and racial bias against Indians in Oklahoma, and I knew growing up that I wanted to use my voice for positive change.

Q: What led you to become a Justice to the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation?
A: I am very fortunate to have developed a close relationship with many of my tribe’s leaders, including Chairman Barrett. When a vacancy opened up, I was appointed by the Business Committee and have since been re-elected for another term by the Potawatomi people.

Q: What have you gained by being a Justice of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation?
A: It’s been an amazing opportunity to get to know leaders in the Indian law community, including tribal elders who are experts in tribal common law but have never received formal legal training. Also, of course, it allows me to give back to my tribe by doing something I am (or at least strive to be) good at.

Q: Why did you decide to go into the legal field?
A: Growing up, I always felt there was a great deal of injustice in the world. I suppose I saw law as a way of addressing that injustice.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about your career?
A: Being a law professor is incredibly rewarding because it allows me to pursue my passions and use all my best skills. Because a law professor’s job is so multi-faceted – including teaching, writing, mentoring, doing administrative work and public service – I am able to delve wholeheartedly into all the things that I love.

Q: What do you hope to gain by being a law school professor?
A: I suppose I don’t see it so much as what I hope to gain, but what I hope to give: inspiration to my students, commitment to the Institution, outstanding scholarship to the academy, and genuine camaraderie to my colleagues.

Q: What is your favorite memory of law school?
A: After 21 years in Oklahoma, law school was culturally, intellectually and politically an incredible, mind-opening experience. And, of course, I met my husband in law school.

Q: What is your favorite law-themed novel, movie or television show?
A: Let’s see, does The Big Lebowski count? (Remember, he has that run-in with the Chief of Police of Malibu...)

Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three books would you want to have with you?
A: I suppose I’d want three long ones I’ve never had the patience to read. Perhaps Infinite Jest, The Recognitions, and (quite fittingly) One Hundred Years of Solitude. More importantly, I’d want a pen and a load of empty journals.

Q: If you could go any place in the world right now, where would you go?
Japan – so my baby (Avah) and I could meet my husband’s family.

Q: If you could spend time with any person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
A: I’d really like to meet my ancestors. In my father’s family, those who left Ireland to come to America, and, on my mother’s side, those who were forced to relocate to a reservation in Oklahoma. I’d want to hear their stories.

Q: If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
A: It’s not so much an issue of failure as it is an issue of talent. But, to answer the question: rock star. I definitely would have been a rock star.


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

Mei Ambriz
This Month - Mei Ambriz, Third-year Full-time Day Student




If there’s such a thing as a typical Angeleno, Mei Ambriz is it. Born to a Chinese mother and Mexican father, Mei (pronounced "May") attended Immaculate Heart High School in Hollywood before enrolling at UCLA. After graduating in 2001 with a degree in history, the die-hard Lakers fan contemplated going to film school. She’d grown up around the industry (her mother worked in production, and her dad was an actor and screenwriter), and she’d always harbored a desire to try acting. However, Mei says friends convinced her to pursue something "more stable, more of an investment" and she opted for law school. Wanting to stay close to home, she enrolled at Southwestern.

Now, in her third year, Mei is confident she made the right decision. "It’s been so challenging and so rewarding," she says. Having decided early on to pursue an entertainment law track, Mei participated in Southwestern’s five-week International Entertainment and Media Law Summer Program at the University of London this past summer . "I got really attached to the city" says Mei. She and other students were in the middle of a lecture class when the subway bombings occurred – one of them just around the corner from campus. "I will never forget that," Mei says, adding that she was moved by the city’s response to the tragedy. "People were very strong afterwards, they stuck together."

Next semester, Mei hopes to secure an externship at an entertainment company. While she’s leaning toward advertising, she’s not sure what her first career move will be – although she says it won’t be working for a firm. "I want to have a career that I can balance with my life," she explains. Mei hasn’t ruled out artistic possibilities either. "I’m really into exploring my creative side," she says. "But now I have a legal education as a basis for doing that." Whatever she chooses to pursue, Mei says she’s proud of being the first person in her family to obtain a graduate degree. "It was very important to me to get this degree just so that I can be a motivational figure for the rest of my family," she smiles. "Being able to do it, that’s huge for me."



Helpful hints for students from Southwestern Staff

Elizabeth Eck
Elizabeth says: "During law school, you are likely to have several different legal positions. While at each, record daily or weekly notes of your responsibilities to make resume-writing much simpler."





Elizabeth Eck is a Student Services Assistant in the Career Services Office. She completed her B.A. degree in History at The Ohio State University, prior to joining Southwestern in 2004.


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.

Applications are now being accepted for two Southwestern scholarships:

A scholarship will be awarded to a continuing student in the top 75% of his or her class who has demonstrated a commitment to our elders, as by educational achievement in the field of gerontology, by training in employment advocating for the needs of elders, by volunteering for ombudsmen programs or as a volunteer for social service programs concerned with the needs of elders.

A scholarship will be awarded to a continuing evening student(s) in their final year of study who have been employed throughout their law school career and who have demonstrated an interest in public service and governmental work in the field of corporate securities law.

Interested students should submit a letter of application which explains their qualifications for the scholarship AND a resume to Wayne Mahoney, Director of Financial Aid. The deadline to apply for either scholarship is Friday, October 14, 2005.

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.


Below is a sample of available scholarships with deadlines approaching in the coming months. Please contact the organization for further information and specific details.

John M. Langston Bar Association Scholarship
Award: Various
Deadline: September 28, 2005
For more information, contact Rupert Byrdsong.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarship Program
Award: Varies (from $1,000 - $3,000)
Deadline: October 15, 2005
For more information, visit

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 email.

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 or Kristie Prinz.

The American College of Truste 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






     29 Investiture of Dean Garth, 5pm


     2 LA Conservancy’s Curating the City
3 No Evening Classes – Rosh Hashanah
4 No Classes – Rosh Hashanah
11 SBA-Faculty Mixer, 12:30 & 5pm, Promenade
12 No Evening Classes – Yom Kippur
13 No Classes – Yom Kippur
15 Parents and Partners Day
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 Mock Trial with Hoover Elementary School
20 Inn of St. Ives
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, 8:15am – 2:15pm, Hotel Bel Air

1 "Entertainment Without Borders" Conference, 2:30 - 7pm, Southwestern Campus

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