Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

June 15, 2006
Southwestern Names Four Faculty Members for 2006-07 Professorships

Southwestern Law School has honored four of its highly respected faculty members with professorships for 2006-07: Professor Michael H. Frost as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor; Professor Warren S. Grimes as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor; Professor Karen R. Smith as the Paul E. Treusch Professor; and Professor Catherine L. Carpenter as the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor. Criteria for the selection of the recipients is based on excellence in teaching, service to the law school and its students as well as outstanding scholarship and assistance to the legal profession and the community.

2006-07 Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law:
Michael H. Frost

A teacher of legal writing and advisor to the Southwestern University Law Review, Professor Michael Frost emphasizes the close relationship between writing style and legal analysis.  He earned a Ph.D. in English from State University of New York at Binghamton in 1984, an M.A. in English from California State University, Sacramento in 1974, and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Davis in 1967.

Professor Frost has served as a legal writing consultant for the National Judicial College for more than 15 years and authored several articles on classical legal rhetoric and its connections to modern legal discourse, including his recently published book, Introduction to Classical Legal Rhetoric: A Lost Heritage. He joined Southwestern's faculty in 1979 after teaching at the State University of New York for several years.

Established in 1985, the Buchalter Professorship was named after Irwin R. Buchalter '33, and was Southwestern's first endowed professorship.  Mr. Buchalter was a long-time member and former Chair of the Board of Trustees and senior partner in the firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger.

2006-07 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law: Warren S. Grimes

With 16 years in government service that included a stint as attorney advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel and drafting opinions for the President and other executive branch officials, Professor Grimes was recruited by the Federal Trade Commission and represented the agency in many federal court antitrust proceedings. He then moved to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as chief counsel to the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Monopolies and Trade Law. 

A graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in History (1965), Professor Grimes earned his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1968 and spent several years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Columbus School of Law of Catholic University. Co-author of the text The Law of Antitrust: An Integrated Handbook, he was appointed to Southwestern's full-time faculty in 1988, and teaches courses in administrative and antitrust law.

The Rosenberg Professorship was established in 1993 through a gift from Mrs. Florence Rosenberg to Southwestern. The late Irving D. Rosenberg was an astute real estate investor in Chicago and Los Angeles.

2006-07 Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law:
Karen R. Smith

Professor Smith began her career as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the California Attorney General's Office, eventually transferring to the State Public Defender's Office and then to the Federal Public Defender's Office where she was appointed senior deputy federal public defender.

A University of California, Berkeley graduate who earned an A.B. in 1969 and a J.D. in 1972, Professor Smith joined the faculty at Southwestern in 1982 and became the director of Southwestern's Conceptual Approach to Legal Education (SCALE) program in 1991, a position she held for a decade. She teaches criminal law and lectures regularly on criminal procedure and related issues for the National Judicial College and the ABA Appellate Judges Seminars.     The late Professor Paul Treusch and his wife Phyllis established the Paul E. Treusch Professorship in 1998 as a gift to Southwestern.  He was a member of the faculty from 1979 to 2004 and an internationally recognized expert on tax law.

2006-07 Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law: Catherine L. Carpenter

A Southwestern alumna, Professor Carpenter '76, used her English degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. 1973) to develop her organizational and analytical skills and became a Notes and Comments editor of the Southwestern University Law Review as a law student. She returned to Southwestern as a faculty member in 1980 and spent more than a decade as Assistant Dean/Dean of Students and Associate Dean in addition to teaching criminal law.

The director of a comprehensive nationwide study and principal drafter of the American Bar Association's resulting report, A Survey of Law School Curricula, Professor Carpenter was instrumental in the creation of Southwestern's new first-year curriculum, to be implemented beginning in fall 2006, which is tailored to the academic and professional needs of Southwestern students.

The Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation awarded a grant to Southwestern in 2005 to establish the Professorship in the name of the late California Supreme Court Justice.