Law school is full of smart and creative people. And Paul Miailovich is no exception. An award-winning playwright, his background in theater is just one component of his diverse resume that includes everything from running a business to earning an advanced degree in religion.
While studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate student at Claremont McKenna College, the interdisciplinary program gave him the opportunity to participate in a rotary scholarship. He spent a year in Adelaide, Australia, as an ambassador for this cultural exchange program. There, he studied educational theater and took many types of classes. He discovered that he loved directing. (In fact, his work has won multiple awards at consecutive Adelaide Fringe Festivals.) When he returned to Claremont, he was allowed to pursue any kind of project he wanted for his senior thesis, so he chose to write and produce an original play. It was so successful that he decided to start a nonprofit theater company, Psyche and Eros, which he ran for 10 years.
For the last five years, he has worked with the National American Shakespeare Company, adapting and directing classic plays at the Knightsbridge Theatre in Silverlake. Last summer, he helmed a production of Bikini Beach Bacchae, based on his adaptation of Euripide's Bacchae. "Almost all of my plays are contemporary re-workings of ancient Greek, Roman or classical mythology texts, and I make them more accessible to audiences," Miailovich said. "I enjoy taking very ancient text and retelling it in an original way."
Miailovich eventually earned master's degrees in religious studies and playwriting from the University of Southern California. While in grad school, he started a full service hair salon in Covina with his partner, who is a hair stylist. He worked there as the on-site manager for five years. While grateful that things ran so well at the salon, he needed a new intellectual challenge. "I promised myself that if I wasn't on a career trajectory that I wanted to be on by age 40, I would take the plunge into pursuing a professional degree," he said. "Some people buy a Porsche when they have a midlife crisis; I decided to go to law school."
Miailovich has found Southwestern to be a perfect fit and loved the immediate connection he felt to the law school community. "I'm so glad I chose to come here," he said. "My first two years have been amazing."
He has especially enjoyed taking Professor Carpenter's Criminal Law class. He has externed at Los Angeles Superior Court for the Hon. Georgina Rizk, a criminal misdemeanor judge who previously taught at Southwestern. He spent most of that time researching a big case on remand from the Ninth Circuit. The opportunity also gave him the chance to observe different criminal proceedings and get to know the court system. He most recently completed an externship at the LA County Public Defender's office.
Active on campus, last year Miailovich was the SBA Director of Social Events, planning the most successful Barrister's Ball in Southwestern's history. He was a member of the Moot Court team that competed in the Kaufman Securities Law competition in NYC and participated in Teen Court as well as the Street Law Clinic.
Miailovich is currently the Operations Chair of the Moot Court Board of Governors and President of OUTLaw. He will be competing in two Moot Court competitions this year: the Weschler First Amendment competition in Washington D.C. as an oralist and a writer, and the ABA Constitutional Law Competition (regionals in San Francisco and nationals in NYC). He will also be participating in the Children's Rights Clinic in the Spring. Working in criminal juvenile justice is definitely something Miailovich is considering. "It's not set in stone," he said. "It's not 'criminal law or nothing,' but it has captured my interest."