Professor Tracy L. Turner Appointed Director of LAWS Program
Tracy L. Turner, Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS), has been appointed as director of the LAWS Program. She succeeds Professor Dennis Yokoyama who directed Southwestern’s legal research and writing program for the past 12 years and will now concentrate his teaching efforts in civil procedure, remedies and related areas.
According to Dean Bryant G. Garth, "Professor Turner brings outstanding academic and professional experience to the classroom and was instrumental in the transformation of Southwestern's legal research and writing course into our new cutting-edge Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills curriculum."
Professor Turner demonstrated her writing and editing skills during both undergraduate and law school. She earned her B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1994 in International Relations/Russion Studies at Tufts, where she was senior editor of Politica, and her J.D. degree cum laude at Harvard, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Women's Law Journal. While in law school she was also a volunteer with the Harvard Battered Women's Advocacy Project and the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in protective custody in Boston. In addition, she served as a legal clerk conducting research and drafting for the Connecticut State Attorney's Office and the New York Civil Liberties Union.
Following law school, Professor Turner moved to Los Angeles and began her career in civil and appellate practice at the firms of Proskauer Rose and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where she handled labor and employment law cases. There she gained extensive experience in state and federal court litigation, Equal Employment Opportunities Commission investigations, National Labor Relations Board and workers' compensation hearings, National Association of Securities Dealers arbitrations, and private mediation.
In 2001, Professor Turner joined the firm of Horvitz & Levy as an appellate law associate handling cases in state and federal appellate courts involving medical malpractice, commercial disputes, consumer litigation, and employment policies and practices. She joined Southwestern's full-time legal research and writing faculty in 2004.