Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

March 21, 2008
Southwestern to Honor Three with Honorary Degrees

At a recent meeting of Southwestern's Board of Trustees, the Board voted to award honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to three deserving individuals who have contributed significantly to Southwestern, legal education and the community. Justice Carole A. Corrigan, Mr. Daniel Grunfeld, and Associate Dean Doreen Heyer will be honored on May 18 during the law school's 93rd Commencement Ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Justice Carol A. Corrigan
Justice Carol A. Corrigan of the California Supreme Court, who will also deliver the keynote speech at Commencement

, has dedicated over 30 years to public service including more than two decades on the bench. She began her career in 1975 as a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County, and 10 years later was named Senior Deputy District Attorney. She was first appointed to the bench in 1987 as a Judge for the Oakland, Emeryville Piedmont Judicial District, and then moved to the Alameda County Superior Court. Beginning in 1994, she spent 12 years as an Associate Justice for the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, leading up to her appointment to the state Supreme Court in 2006. Justice Corrigan has chaired the Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions; served on the California Judicial Council (2003 Jurist of the Year), the Center for Judicial Education and Research Governing Board and the President's Commission on Organized Crime; and was special consultant to the President's Task Force on Victims of Violent Crime. An accomplished legal scholar, Justice Corrigan has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at several law schools, including U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Hastings, the University of San Francisco, and the University of Puget Sound, as well as a faculty member of the California Judicial College, the Continuing Judicial Studies Programs and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She earned her B.A. degree from Holy Names College (where she is currently a member and former chair of the Board of Directors), and completed her J.D. degree at Hastings, where she served as Law Journal Note and Comment Editor.


Daniel Grunfeld

A highly regarded community activist, Mr. Daniel Grunfeld was appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in October 2007. Mr. Grunfeld serves as the senior policy lead and oversees the coordination, prioritization, and implementation of the Mayor's policy agenda. During the prior ten years, he was among the country's most prominent public interest attorneys as President and Chief Executive Officer of Public Counsel, one of the largest pro bono organizations in the world. In that role, he oversaw a full time staff of 70 and more than 3,600 volunteers delivering pro bono legal services to indigent and underrepresented children and adults throughout Los Angeles County regarding employment, housing, domestic abuse, child advocacy and other issues. One of his initiatives involved establishing an emergency legal clinic with Southwestern Law School and the Red Cross for dislocated Hurricane Katrina victims. Mr. Grunfeld has also served on numerous commissions and boards, including as chair of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission, and as a member of the Mayor's Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Judicial Election Committee. Throughout his career, he has been recognized as one of the "Leading 500 Lawyers in America" (LawDragon), one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers" and among the state's "10 Most Influential Lawyers"(California Law Business), and "2007 Attorney of the Year - Pro Bono" (California Lawyer). Mr. Grunfeld is a summa cum laude graduate of Drexel University and Cornell Law School. Prior to joining Public Counsel, he was a litigation partner with McDermott, Will & Emery, an international law firm with over 1,000 attorneys serving clients in 70 countries.

Associate Dean Doreen E. Heyer
Associate Dean Doreen E. Heyer

has been a dedicated member of the Southwestern staff since 1980. After serving in administrative capacities supporting the SCALE Program and other aspects of the academic and cocurricular programs, she was appointed in 1988 as Assistant Dean for Academic Support. In 2008, she was promoted to Associate Dean for Academic Administration and continues to supervise the Registration and Academic Records Office, the Faculty Support Services Office and Externship Program staff; prepare the academic calendar and schedule of classes; and coordinate faculty teaching assignments, the faculty evaluation process, the faculty recruitment program and the annual faculty retreat. She also provides administrative support to several faculty committees and the Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills Program, and directs aspects of the annual Intramural Moot Court Program as well as other academic-related events. A graduate of California State University, Northridge, where she earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees, Dean Heyer is also active in the community, most recently as a mentor with the Bridges to the Future Program, a joint effort of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Departments of Children and Family Services and Probation which pairs foster youth transitioning to adulthood with concerned professionals who provide support and serve as role models.