Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

May 25, 2005
Hart, Fischer and Lind Selected for Southwestern Professorships

Southwestern Law School’s Board of Trustees has honored Danielle Kie Hart, James M. Fischer and Robert C. Lind with professorships for 2005-06. "These are among our highest accolades," said Dean Leigh H. Taylor. "They are given in recognition of outstanding teaching, professional accomplishment, and service to our law school and community, and we congratulate Professors Hart, Fischer and Lind on their achievement."

Danielle Kie Hart, 2005-06 Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law

Professor Hart began her legal career as a judicial clerk to Chief Justice Herman T.F. Lum and Associate Justice Mario Ramil of the Hawaii Supreme Court. She then entered private practice as a commercial litigation associate with the firm of Paul, Johnson, Park & Niles, where her areas of practice included contracts, real property, insurance, construction, and bankruptcy. A few years later, Professor Hart moved to the nonprofit sector as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, where she established and supervised the poverty law hotline for senior citizens.

After receiving an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1998, Professor Hart began teaching at her alma mater, the University of Hawaii. In 1999, she joined the faculty at Southwestern, where she teaches courses in contracts, sales, secured transactions and the SCALE program. She has also served as a faculty advisor to the school’s Law Review. Professor Hart’s research has covered a wide range of topics, including procedural reform and the strategic uses of procedure to same-sex marriage. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Gay and Lesbian Legal Issues.

Professor Hart received bachelor degrees in history and economics from Whitman College in 1988, and a J.D. from the University of Hawaii in 1992. She is a member of the Hawaii State Bar.

James M. Fischer, 2005-06 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law

Professor Fischer graduated magna cum laude from Loyola Law School in 1973. After serving as a law clerk to Justice Clarke E. Stephens of the California Court of Appeal, he went on to join the firm then known as Beardsley, Hufstedler & Kemble. Appointed to Southwestern’s faculty in 1976, Professor Fischer was recognized for his outstanding teaching and contributions to Southwestern and the legal community as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law in 1993. He has authored two books, The Federal Trial Procedure Handbook and Understanding Remedies, as well as numerous articles on the federal court system, insurance law, and professional responsibility and liability.

Active in community and professional organizations, Professor Fischer has served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and as a long-term member of the Hearing Board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. For the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), he chaired the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Ethics and led a team of volunteer students in compiling a reference guide on current case law regarding HIV and insurance law for the LACBA Barristers' HIV Law Project.

A member of the California State Bar, Professor Fischer has held leadership posts in the Property Insurance Committee of the ABA Torts and Insurance Practice Section. He has also served on the California State Bar Committees on Legal Malpractice Insurance and the Administration of Justice. He is currently a member of the board of the North Los Angeles County Regional Center, which serves the developmentally disabled community.

Robert C. Lind, 2005-06 Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law

Professor Lind was a semi-professional musician before combining his interest in the arts and law to become an expert in several aspects of entertainment, media and intellectual property law. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of widely used casebooks, treatises and study guides on entertainment law, art law, museum law, and newsgathering and the law, as well as copyright and trademark. He also addresses these issues as a frequent guest speaker at numerous law association programs.
Professor Lind began his law career as a consultant to the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), and the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C. A former teaching fellow at the National Law Center at George Washington University, he returned to the Center as a lecturer in law and also taught classes at Marymount College of Virginia. Since 1981, Professor Lind has been a member of the faculty at Southwestern where he has developed entertainment, intellectual property, and media law courses, seminars and externships. In 2001, he was honored as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law.

He was recently appointed to the board of directors of Journey Home, a nonprofit organization that assists artists and writers who have a history of homelessness and mental health problems. He has also served as a volunteer attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

Professor Lind graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 1976 with a B.E.S. in legal and intellectual history. He received a J.D. in 1979, and an LL.M. in 1983, with highest honors, from George Washington University. He is a member of the California State and District of Columbia Bars.