Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern Honors Julia Mason for 20 Years of Service May 10, 2007
Southwestern Honors Julia Mason for 20 Years of Service

Members of Bench and Bar to Salute Externship Associate Director who placed thousands students

After almost two decades of dedicated service, Julia Mason, Associate Director of the Externship Program at Southwestern, will be honored on the occasion of her retirement. Former students, colleagues, family, and friends, as well as members of the bench and bar, will gather at the law school for a reception on Tuesday, May 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the campus' Bullocks Wilshire Building.

During her tenure at Southwestern, Ms. Mason has served as a committed, resourceful and caring member of the staff, working with thousands of students to help them make their first foray into the real world of the practicing attorney.

In 1990, she created the Externship Open Forum, an annual event held at the beginning of the spring semester, where externship placement supervisors and students meet and learn about the program. Ms. Mason has coordinated the event every year, bringing to campus representatives of various organizations, from the Los Angeles City and District Attorney's Offices to entertainment companies, and allowing them to learn more about Southwestern and its students who are interested in working for them.

Ms. Mason has worked with hundreds of government, judicial, public interest, and entertainment/sports placements and supervisors to create successful externship matches, benefiting both the law students and the placements. She is also responsible for ensuring that students partaking in Southwestern's two-year SCALE program have the opportunity for an 8-week externship to fit into their curriculum.

A strong supporter and advisor to the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Ms. Mason has offered counseling, guidance and encouragement on an individual basis to hundreds of diverse Southwestern law students.  Her own daughter, Joy Levy, graduated from Southwestern in 2001 and is now a partner in the firm of Arnstein & Lehr in Chicago.

To honor Ms. Mason's years of dedicated service to Southwestern, a scholarship has also been established in her name. Money raised through the Julia Mason Scholarship Fund will provide resources for Southwestern students who are BLSA members or who need financial assistance to study for the State Bar Exam.

To receive an invitation to the event or for more information about donating to the Julia Mason Scholarship Fund, contact Southwestern's Development Office.