Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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.

Alumni Map
More than 10,000 Southwestern Alumni Across the World - View Details

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 JULY 21, 2015

Lauren Fierro receives prestigious scholarship

Fourth year PLEAS student Lauren Fierro has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the Florence-Marie Cooper Scholarship, which...

NEWS JULY 06, 2015

Southwestern hosts launch celebration for innovative legal incubator consortium with UCLA and Pepperdine

Southwestern hosted the Launch Celebration for the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium (LAIC) to introduce the 10 lawyers selected...

NEWS JULY 02, 2015

New Issue of Entertainment Journal Explores Hot Topic of Drones

Volume 5, Issue 2 of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (JIMEL) has been published and is devoted...

NEWS JUNE 25, 2015

Southwestern Faculty in the News

Several Southwestern faculty have published op eds or provided commentary on a variety of legal issues for local, national and...

Show more...

NEWS JUNE 16, 2015

Korean Connections at Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School has a longstanding and historic commitment to diversity. Located in the heart of Los Angeles'...

NEWS JUNE 15, 2015

Eleven Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation

The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) awarded scholarships to 11 Southwestern students at its 24th Anniversary Scholarship...

NEWS JUNE 03, 2015

30th PLEAS Class Graduates from Southwestern

Southwestern's 100th Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 17 marked a day of milestones. Not only was this the centennial...

NEWS JUNE 03, 2015

Class of 2015 Celebrates at Southwestern Law School's 100 Commencement

A century after the first graduate completed her law degree and became the first female public defender in the country, the...

NEWS MAY 26, 2015

Prominent Environmental Attorney and Charitable Community Leader Peter Duchesneau Joins Southwestern Law School Board of Trustees

Peter Duchesneau '93, a prominent environmental law attorney, philanthropic leader and active Southwestern alumnus, has been...

NEWS MAY 13, 2015

Professor Gunning Appointed to LA County Human Relations Commission

On May 5, Professor Isabelle Gunning was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission by County Supervisor...

More news...