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Southwestern Alumni: Leading the Way

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

NEWS MAY 28, 2016

Entertainment Journal Enters New Phase with Wide-Ranging New Issue

Volume 6, Issue 1 of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (JIMEL) has been published and covers a wide...

NEWS MAY 18, 2016

Southwestern to host second annual MCLE event focusing on key aspects of family law

On Saturday, June 4, 2016 the Southwestern Alumni Association will present the second annual Signing on the Dotted Line: A...

NEWS MAY 17, 2016

Class of 2016 Celebrates at Southwestern Law School's 101st Commencement

Members of the Class of 2016 and their families, friends and faculty gathered at the Shrine Auditorium on May 15 for...

NEWS MAY 12, 2016

Professor Julia Vazquez to be Honored by National Lawyers Guild

Professor Julia Vázquez is being honored by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in recognition of her outstanding work as a...

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NEWS MAY 09, 2016

Professor Norman Garland to Receive Honorary Degree

The Southwestern Board of Trustees has selected Professor Norman M. Garland to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at...

NEWS APRIL 29, 2016

Southwestern Law Review Wins Annual Honors Program Members' Challenge

Congratulations to the members of the Southwestern Law Review, the 2016 winners of Southwestern's annual Honors Program...

NEWS APRIL 28, 2016

Commencement 2016 Student Speaker and Singer Selected

At Southwestern's 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 15 at the Shrine Auditorium, Damaris Santamaria will deliver the student...

NEWS APRIL 22, 2016

Southwestern Students Honored for Public Service Contributions at Annual Lunch

Public interest is a central component of Southwestern’s curriculum and philosophy, and students are encouraged to...

NEWS APRIL 22, 2016

Southwestern Alumna Receives Two Prestigious Criminal Defense Practice Awards

Steffeny Holtz '94 is the 2016 recipient of the Criminal Courts Bar Association’s Jerry Giesler Memorial Award and the Los...

NEWS APRIL 21, 2016

Southwestern Featured Among Hollywood Reporter's "Top Entertainment Law Schools"

Since 2012, when The Hollywood Reporter initiated its annual "Top Entertainment Law Schools" list, Southwestern has been...

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