Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

July 01, 2003
Professor Sheehan Selected Irwin R. Buchalter Professor for 2003-2004

Southwestern is pleased to announce that Professor K.C. Sheehan was selected as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law for 2003-2004. Established in 1985, the Buchalter Professorship was named after Irwin R. Buchalter, class of 1933, and was Southwestern's first endowed professorship. Mr. Buchalter was a long-time member and former Chair of our Board of Trustees and senior partner in the firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger. Mr. Buchalter passed away in August of 1994.

Professor Sheehan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in History from Ohio State University (1974) where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences (1982) from the University of Chicago. Soon after, she earned her Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School (1986) where she served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Vice President of the Harvard Voluntary Defenders, and a Legal Methods Instructor. Following graduation, Professor Sheehan served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California from 1986-87. From 1987-93, she was an associate with the firm of Tuttle & Taylor. Her area of practice was business litigation in state and federal court. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee from 1990-91, and as Chair of the firm's Appellate Practice Group from 1991-93.

Professor Sheehan joined the Southwestern faculty in 1993. In 2002, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award. She teaches Civil Procedure, Advanced Civil Procedure, Remedies, and in SCALE. Professor Sheehan's recent publications include: "Caring for Deconstruction," 12 Yale J. L. & Feminism 85 (2000); "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle," 32 U. Tol. L. Rev. 229 (2001) reprinted from 6 Murdoch U. Elec. J. Law (March 1999); and "Predicting the Future: Personal Jurisdiction for the Twenty-First Century," 66 U. of Cin. L. Rev. 385 (1998). In the community, she is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, the Los Angeles Labor Community Strategy Center, and Bus Riders Union.