Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

August 30, 2006
Symposium Commemorates 40 Years of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Marking the 40th anniversary of the present design of California's Federal judicial districts, Southwestern Law School, under the auspices of the Southwestern University Law Review, will hold a symposium titled "The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context" on October 27, 2006. The daylong event will examine the history of the Central District, major changes and some of the key cases decided by its judges. Academic co-sponsors include the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

"The Federal Courts are major actors in the history of Los Angeles," Southwestern's Dean Bryant Garth said. "The Central District has had a huge impact on the region, and this symposium will assess the way it has affected everything from schools to roads."

Speakers include 13 sitting Federal District Court and Court of Appeals judges: U.S. Central District Chief Judge Alicemarie Stotler, as well as Judges Robert Takasugi, Florence-Marie Cooper, Ronald Lew, Manuel Real, Stephen Wilson, and Consuelo Marshall; Ninth Circuit Judges Arthur Alarcon, Richard Paez, Stephen Reinhardt, A. Wallace Tashima, and Harry Pregerson; director of the federal judicial center, Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein; as well as Federal Court scholars from Southwestern Law School, Duke, Yale, Stanford, University of Southern California, Cal State Fullerton, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and prominent historians.

Morning panels will focus on the early history of the Court, changes in U.S. litigation practice since the 1960's, and how changes in Southern California and American society generally have influenced the work of the District Court. Afternoon panels will focus on the desegregation of Pasadena schools, the Century (105) Freeway litigation and settlement, the interaction of the entertainment and technology industries, and law enforcement. Corporate sponsors of the symposium include Arnold & Porter LLP; Jones Day; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Pachulski Stang Ziehl Young Jones & Weintraub LLP; Sidley Austin LLP; and Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP. Bar Association sponsors include the Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters of the Federal Bar Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, Immigration Law Section, and Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section.

Articles written in coordination with the symposium will be published in the Southwestern University Law Review; copies of the issue will be sent to participants and will also be available for purchase. For further information about the Law Review, contact the Student Affairs Office.

The symposium will take place from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the historic Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, in Los Angeles. The cost, including lunch, is $75 for non-Southwestern Alumni seeking 6.25 hours of CLE credit; $50 for Southwestern Alumni seeking 6.25 hours of CLE credit; and $40 for those not seeking CLE credit. Information on registering for the event can be found in the Law Review section. For a map and directions, click here.

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