Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

June 07, 2007
Southwestern Names Four Faculty Members to 2007-08 Professorships

Southwestern has honored four of its highly respected faculty members to professorships for 2007-08: Professor Austen L. Parrish as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law; Professor Angela R. Riley as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law; Professor Dennis T. Yokoyama as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law; and Professor Robert E. Lutz as the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law. Criteria for the selection of the recipients includes: 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.

Austen L. Parrish: 2006-07 Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law

After representing various companies, individuals and government entities in complex business litigation for several years at O'Melveny & Myers, Professor Austen Parrish joined Southwestern's faculty in 2002. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Washington in 1994 and a J.D. degree from Columbia University in 1997. Professor Parrish was a Harland Fiske Stone Scholar in Law school and honed his legal writing skills as managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and as a student-editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law.

In addition to teaching courses in Civil Procedure and International Environmental Law, Professor Parrish is also the Director of the law school's Summer Program in Vancouver. A prolific scholar, his book Effective Lawyering: A Checklist Approach To Legal Writing And Oral Advocacy (co-authored with Professor Dennis Yokoyama; Carolina Academic Press, 2007) was just published and his recent articles have been included in the University of Illinois Law Review, American Indian Law Review and Wake Forest Law Review.

Professor Parrish was also recently granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Professor of Law.

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.

Angela R. Riley: 2007-08 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law

Within five years of graduating from Harvard Law School in 1998, Professor Angela Riley had already been appointed as an attorney, law professor and justice. A veteran litigator when she joined Southwestern's faculty in 2003, she was also named that year as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, the court that hears all civil and criminal appeals arising from the Tribal District Court.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Oklahoma in 1995, Professor Riley is a recipient of the Wilfred Bibb Scholarship awarded by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She was a former co-chair of the Native American Law Students Association at Harvard. She then served as a judicial clerk to Chief Judge Terry Kern of the Northern District of Oklahoma in Tulsa. Before she started teaching law, she worked as a litigation associate in Los Angeles with the law firms Katten Muchin Zavis and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges.

Her recent scholarship has been featured in the book Intellectual Property and Information Wealth (P. Yu, Ed., Praeger Publishers, 2006) and her articles have been published in the California Law Review and the North Dakota Law Review.

Professor Riley teaches courses in Property and Federal Indian Law and was also recently granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Professor of 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.

Dennis T. Yokoyama: 2007-08 Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law

For 12 years, Professor Dennis Yokoyama served as Director of the Legal Research and Writing program at Southwestern. He was instrumental in restructuring and expanding the program - now called Legal Analysis Writing and Skills (LAWS) - last year to provide concentrated instruction in legal methods and reasoning, promote broad-based skills training more systematically during students' first year of law school and to sensitize student to professionalism issues from the time they begin their legal studies.

Intrigued by human behavior, Professor Yokoyama was a counselor and therapist before he pursued a career in law. As a law student, he was a judicial extern for Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He joined Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Los Angeles, where he was an associate with the law firm's environmental and commercial litigation practice group.

Professor Yokoyama earned his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA in 1982, his M.S. in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles in 1987, and his J.D. (cum laude) from Loyola Law School in 1990. He joined the Southwestern faculty in 1992 and in addition to LAWS, Professor Yokoyama teaches Civil Procedure and Remedies. He is also President-Elect of the Japanese American Bar Association.

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.

Robert E. Lutz, II: 2007-08 Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law

One of legal education's foremost authorities on public and private international law, Professor Robert Lutz has held the top post in several of the most influential organizations in the international law community. He has chaired the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association, as well as the International Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and the Los Angeles County Bar Association and was a co-founder of the California State Bar Section of International Law. He has served on arbitration panels under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and several organizations, from the U.S. State Department to the World Trade Organization, often seek his expertise as well.

Professor Lutz earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California in 1968 and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. He has served as editor-in-chief of leading periodicals including The International Lawyer and has been on editorial advisory boards for several international law journals. He serves as a faculty advisor to the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas. In 1978, Professor Lutz joined Southwestern where he has since been honored as both the Irwin R. Buchalter and Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law. He teaches several courses at Southwestern, including International and Comparative Law Seminar, Public International Law, National Security & Foreign Policy Seminar and International Trade Law.

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.