Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

April 14, 2008
Gregory and Leah Bergman, Hon. Scott Gordon, Robert Lind to be Honored at Southwestern Awards Event

Four outstanding members of the Southwestern Law School community will be honored at the 21st Annual Awards Recognition Reception and Auction on Thursday, April 17. Gregory Bergman '75, founding partner and managing shareholder of Bergman & Dacey, Inc., and Leah Bergman '75, Of Counsel at Bergman & Dacey and a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, will be named "Alumni of the Year"; Hon. Scott Gordon '85, Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner and Southwestern Adjunct Faculty member will be recognized as "Outstanding Judicial Officer"; and Southwestern Professor Robert Lind will be honored as "Outstanding Friend."

The event, sponsored by the Southwestern Alumni Association, is designed to help recognize individuals for their extraordinary service to the law school, community, and the legal profession, as well as raise money from the annual auction to benefit the Alumni Association's Scholarship Fund. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Jonathan Club (Third Floor), 545 South Figueroa St. in Los Angeles. The cost to attend is $50 for alumni and friends. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Southwestern's Development Office at (213) 738-6814. Funds raised at the event are applied toward scholarships for deserving Southwestern students. This year's recipients include Christopher Harmon, class of 2008, and Lesley Braswell, class of 2009.

Gregory Bergman and Leah Bergman
Gregory Bergman and Leah Bergman, "Alumni of the Year"

A founding partner and managing shareholder of Bergman & Dacey, Inc., a 25-year-old full service litigation and trial firm specializing in complex civil and class action matters, Mr. Bergman engages in complex trials and appeals in many areas of business, including construction, labor and employment, environmental, real property, professional liability, securities, and insurance litigation. He also serves as a Judge Pro Tem and an Arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court and is also a prolific writer and lecturer on trial preparation, use of experts, misuse of electronic media, risk management and professional liability, among other issues. Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine for the past three years, Mr. Bergman was also named "One of the 2007 Top Ten Environmental Lawyers" in the country by United States Lawyer, and is currently serving as Co-Chair of the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association Environmental Law Committee.

Ms. Bergman, now Of Counsel at Bergman & Dacey, was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles for 28 years, serving in the felony preliminary hearing courts in downtown Los Angeles, Inglewood, West Los Angeles, and Van Nuys until her retirement in 2005. She is also a former teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District and holds a Master of Arts degree in guidance and counseling. An alumna of UCLA's elite Symphonic Wind Ensemble, she is co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of the West Los Angeles Symphony and a performing member of this all-professional orchestra which presents world class soloists and conductors free of charge to the greater Los Angeles community. Ms. Bergman has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Opera since 1998, and serves on the Blue Ribbon and Costume Council.

Mr. and Ms. Bergman are graduates of the University of California, Los Angeles, and members of the Southwestern class of 1975.  They play prominent roles in fundraising for both schools and established a scholarship fund at Southwestern in memory of their fathers.

Commissioner Scott M. Gordon
Commissioner Scott M. Gordon, "Outstanding Judicial Officer"

Commissioner Gordon has served on the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2002. Currently assigned to the Family Law Department, he has presided over several high profile cases garnering international media attention. He previously served for 16 years with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office where he was a founding member of the Stalking and Threat Assessment Team and was responsible for policy and legislative issues relating to child abuse, domestic violence and sex crimes. In 1997, Commissioner Gordon was one of three U.S. prosecutors selected to serve as a Legal Specialist for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands. A 1980 graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, he spent the early years of his career as a police officer and detective for the Santa Monica Police Department while attending Southwestern, where he completed his law degree in 1985. Commissioner Gordon returned to his alma mater as a popular and highly respected member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty in 1990, and for over 17 years has taught Family Law, Community Property, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Forensic Evidence, and the Criminal Response to Terrorism Seminar. He was recognized with the law school's Adjunct Professor Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003. Commissioner Gordon is the recipient of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women "Humanitarian of the Year" award, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association's "Prosecutor of the Year" award, among numerous other commendations. His book, with A. Abella, Shadow Enemies: Hitler's Secret Terrorist Plot Against the United States, was published by Lyons Press in 2003.

Professor Robert Lind
Professor Robert Lind, "Outstanding Friend"

Professor Lind is an inspiring teacher whose students continue to consult him as a trusted advisor long after they have ascended to the General Counsel's office of a major studio or music company executive. A highly respected authority on entertainment and media law, he is the author or co-author of widely used casebooks and treatises on entertainment law, art law, museum law, and newsgathering, as well as copyright and trademark law. Professor Lind serves as a consultant to museums and other nonprofit arts organizations, motion picture studios, record companies, music publishers, advertising agencies, and the news media. He began his career as a consultant to the American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), and the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C. Since 1981, Professor Lind has served on the faculty at Southwestern where he initiated the creation of an entertainment and media law curriculum unmatched by any other law school, including the most extensive entertainment externship program in the country. He currently teaches Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, Trademark Law, Art and Museum Law, Defamation and Privacy Law, and Television Production Law. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the law school, he was honored as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law in 2001 and as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law in 2005. In 2006, he was honored with the Upper Division Professor Excellence in Teaching Award. He was also named as a CALI Trademark Fellow and CALI Copyright Fellow. Professor Lind received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, and his Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from The National Law Center of George Washington University.

NOTE: Media representatives may arrange coverage of the event by contacting Southwestern's Public Affairs Office.