For this mandatory component of SCALE I, guest lecturers are invited to conduct presentations on current events, legislation, interesting legal areas, ethical issues or other matters. During the inaugural year, Mr. Gordon Greenberg, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP presented "The Flat World of Money Laundering Enforcement;" Mr. Paul Irving, an attorney and retired Assistant Director of the U.S. Secret Service, 1983-2008, presented "Homeland Security. One insider's account - The creation of a new department, related issues, and a look at an established, yet emerging, area of law. Are we any safer today?" Southwestern Law School alumnus Professor Irene Banias, who flew in from Turkey, delivered "Highlights from the European System for the Protection of Human Rights." Students are required to complete an Independent Study paper based on a topic inspired by one lecture of the series.