New Externship Provides a Unique Opportunity to Work with the Family Law Courts
Commissioner Scott Gordon '85 and Judge Mark Juhas, members of Southwestern's adjunct faculty, have created an outstanding new externship opportunity in family law - the Max Goodman Family Law Fellows Program, available only to Southwestern students.
The pilot program with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Family Law Court, is named in honor of Professor Max Goodman, one of the foremost family law experts in California, and a member of the Southwestern faculty for 40 years. The four-unit externship requires a 20 hour per week commitment. The first three Goodman Fellows - Kailin Ho, Katherine Donahue and Joan Park - began their externships this semester.
"This a perfect way both to honor Professor Goodman and to help build the next generation of superb family lawyers," said Dean Garth.
As Max Goodman Family Law Fellows, externs work with various family law judicial officers, assisting them with hearing and trial preparation and drafting bench memoranda. Students observe various court proceedings, including long-cause cases and high-profile matters. In addition, externs benefit from formal and informal training, including an orientation, overview of family law and the applicable judicial process, and informal lunches with family law judicial officers. The new program is being supervised by Commissioner Gordon and Judge Juhas.
In announcing the program, Professor Anahid Gharakhanian, Director of the Externship Program, said, "The Max Goodman Family Law Fellows Program provides an invaluable educational opportunity for Southwestern students interested in family law. It promises to be a particularly rich externship course because it teaches students through immersion in Family Law Court and the opportunity to learn from a number of different judges. Southwestern is very fortunate to benefit from Commissioner Gordon and Judge Juhas's excellent teaching and mentoring."
Students interested in applying as future Goodman Fellows should contact the Externship Office. The application process requires a resume, writing sample and cover letter to be sent along with the student's transcript to the Court, which then schedules an interview. Family law courses are not a prerequisite, but are helpful.