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Southwestern alumni have always been trailblazers and continue to have tremendous influence in the legal profession as well as the civic and business sectors.

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The law school's first graduate was Betty Trier Berry, who became the first woman lawyer to work for a public defender's office in the United States. The next year, among Southwestern graduates was B. Rey Schauer who went on to serve as a distinguished member of the California Supreme Court, setting the path to be followed by other Southwestern alumni such as Justice Stanley Mosk, the longest serving justice in the Court's history, and Justice Paul Peek who also served as California Secretary of State and Speaker of the Assembly. In the many decades since, Southwestern alumni have continued that tradition of leadership, distinguishing themselves as independent thinkers and legal pioneers.

But Southwestern alumni are much more than an historical footnote. They are an integral part of the ongoing success of the school. They serve as mentors, sponsors, advisors, and the source of a far-reaching network opening doors for current students and graduates. They pave the way in a wide range of law and law-related professions, and they demonstrate - in board rooms and court rooms, in front of television cameras and behind the scenes - the real strength of a Southwestern education.

News and Events

Southwestern Alumni - 'Super Lawyers'

Over 500 Southwestern alumni were selected for inclusion in the 2011 Super Lawyers listings. Super Lawyers magazine names five percent of the attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics (click here for selection process).

NEWS APRIL 24, 2014

Grammy and Oscar Winning Composer, Lyricist Paul Williams "In Conversation" at Southwestern

Paul Williams, one of the most beloved and respected music creators in the world today, will be the next guest for the...

NEWS APRIL 24, 2014

Southwestern Student Andrew Pletcher Helps Professors File Amicus Brief in Major U.S. Supreme Court Case

As part of Southwestern's Amicus Project, third-year day student Andrew Pletcher, under the supervision of Professors Warren...

NEWS APRIL 23, 2014

First-year Students Wow Judges in Annual LAWS Competitions

The Hon. Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, one of five bench judges to preside over the final round of...

NEWS APRIL 03, 2014

Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat a Success at Southwestern

On March 21 and 22, Southwestern hosted the 16th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat. This two-day...

NEWS APRIL 02, 2014

Siderman Fellow Examines the US Adversarial System and the Differences of US/Argentinian Criminal Law

As at Fulbright-Jose Siderman Human Rights Fellow pursuing his LL.M. degree, Mariano Gaitan has been enjoying his education at...

NEWS APRIL 01, 2014

Southwestern to Honor Prominent Alumni and Friends at Annual Awards Event

On Thursday, April 24, the Southwestern Alumni Association will honor three distinguished members of the Southwestern...

NEWS APRIL 01, 2014

Trustee Jana Greer to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

During Southwestern's 26th Annual Awards Recognition Reception, the Southwestern Board of Trustees will confer an Honorary...

NEWS MARCH 24, 2014

Leah Weil, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Sony Pictures Entertainment, "In Conversation" at Southwestern

Leah Weil, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be the next guest for...

NEWS MARCH 19, 2014

Southwestern's Winning Client Counseling Team Headed to National ABA Competition

In February, Southwestern's Negotiation Honors Program (NHP) competed in the regional round of the ABA Client Counseling...

NEWS MARCH 13, 2014

Southwestern Hosts the 60th Annual National Conference of Law Reviews

Every year, law review and law journal editors from around the country gather to collaborate on ideas and discuss issues...