Five Southwestern Students Awarded ABOTA Fellowships
The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has selected five members of Southwestern's Class of 2007 for its Fellowship program. Graduates Siannah Collado, Paula Clamurro, Jordan Everakes, Lauren Liebes, and Ilana Schoenbach will spend three months working for a defense firm, a plaintiffs firm and a Superior Court Judge.
"The Fellows will work with senior partners, giving them immediate and full immersion into trial law practice, so instead of starting at the bottom, they start at the top," said Steven C. Glickman, President of the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA and Chairman of the Fellowship Committee.
The ABOTA Fellowship is offered to the five major law schools in Los Angeles: Southwestern, UCLA, USC, Loyola, and Pepperdine. In addition to Southwestern's five recipients (the largest contingent of all the schools), four other fellowships were awarded this year. Eligible applicants had to finish law school in the top third of their graduating class, have a strong interest in civil jury trial practice, and intend to practice law in Los Angeles County. Fellows were selected based on their resumes and an interview.
Glickman, who is also a partner in the plaintiff litigation firm Glickman & Glickman helped select the recipients. "I'm looking for someone with an inquisitive mind, a desire to learn. I'm looking for someone who is willing to get out there and get their hands into a project," he said.
Participants take the bar exam in July and the Fellowship begins in September. Each Fellow will spend the first month in a civil defense firm, the second in a civil plaintiff's law firm, and the last month shadowing a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge both in the courtroom and in chambers. This often results in a job offer from one of the host law firms, according to Gary Greener, Assistant Dean for Career Services at Southwestern.
"The ABOTA Fellowship is really quite amazing," Dean Greener said. "I don't know of any other program that allows such comprehensive work experience within three months. Plus, the types of firms that participate are all top-notch. Students who have a chance to do an ABOTA Fellowship learn a great deal in a short amount of time."