Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

June 01, 2006
Southwestern Welcomes New Full-Time Faculty for 2006-2007

Beginning this fall, Southwestern's faculty will include two new members, Professor Janine Young Kim and Professor Gowri Ramachandran, whose diverse areas of expertise will bring a wealth of new ideas and energy to the classroom. Initially, Professor Kim will teach Torts and Constitutional Criminal Procedure, and Professor Ramachandran will teach Constitutional Law and Employment Law.

"We are extremely pleased to have Professor Kim and Professor Ramachandran join the Southwestern faculty at this exciting time in the law school's development," said Dean Bryant Garth. "Each brings a unique scholarly background and commitment to the highest level of teaching, and we look forward to welcoming them into our community."


Janine Young Kim
Professor Kim earned her B.A. with honors and distinction in Humanities from Stanford University in 1995. She continued her studies at Stanford, receiving an M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature the following year. She earned her J.D. in 1999 from Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow and served as editor of the Yale Law Journal, executive editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, and articles editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. 

She was also a member of the Lowenstein Human Rights Project, which dealt with Shell Oil's conduct in Nigeria, and the Pacific Asian Native American Law Students' Association.

Professor Kim worked for three years as an associate in the corporate department of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where she handled primarily domestic and international loan transactions and securities offerings. She then served for as a clerk for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena. Since 2003, she has been an assistant professor of law at Whittier Law School, where she has taught courses on criminal law, criminal procedure and corporations, served as an adviser to the Asian Pacific American Law Students' Association, and organized the junior faculty discussion series on scholarship, pedagogy and other issues of interest to tenure-track and visiting professors.

In addition to criminal law and criminal procedure, Professor Kim's research and teaching interests include contracts, corporations, federal income tax, and the relationship between race and the law. Her publications include "Hate Crime Law and Limits of Inculpation," 84 NEBRASKA LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2006); and "Are Asians Black?: The Asian-American Civil Rights Agenda and the Contemporary Significance of the Black/White Paradigm," 108 YALE LAW JOURNAL 2385 (1999). Professor Kim is a member of the board of the Korean American Coalition and the Community Outreach Committee of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association.


Gowri Ramachandran
Professor Ramachandran earned her B.A. in Mathematics (graduating cum laude) in 1997 from Yale College, where she was awarded the John Meeker Prize for creative writing and the Anthony D. Stanley Prize for excellence in pure and applied mathematics, among other honors. Two years later she received an M.A. in Statistics from Harvard University, where her work as a teaching fellow garnered her the Derek Bok Prize for excellence in teaching, based on student evaluations. In 2003, she received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, 

served on the board of the Collective of Women of Color, and received an Olin Fellowship for Law, Economics and Public Policy Research.

Professor Ramachandran served as a clerk for the Hon. Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Billings, Montana. In 2004, she was named as a Future Law Professor Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center, and also taught feminist legal theory as a member of the adjunct faculty there. From January to May of this year, Professor Ramachandran is serving as a Visiting Professor at Florida State University Law School, teaching federal jurisdiction and a survey course in anti-discrimination law.

In addition to the subjects of her courses, Professor Ramachandran has researched employment discrimination, federal courts, constitutional law, criminal law, queer and critical race theory, immigration law and criminal procedure. Through her scholarship, she challenges conventional notions of image and identity and the laws that shape those concepts: "Intersectionality as 'Catch-22': Why Identity Performance Demands Are Neither Harmless nor Reasonable," ALBANY LAW REVIEW (Dec. 2005); "Women and Makeup at Work," with Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati, EMPLOYMENT LAW STORIES (forthcoming book chapter, Foundation Press); and "Freedom of Dress: State and Private Regulation of Clothing, Hair, Makeup, Tattoo and Piercing Choices" (work in progress).