Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

August 25, 2008
Southwestern Names Four Faculty Members to 2008-09 Professorships

Southwestern has honored four of its highly respected faculty members to professorships for 2008-09: Associate Dean Michael B. Dorff as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law; Professor Ronald G. Aronovsky as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law; Professor Norman M. Garland as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law; and Professor Myrna S. Raeder 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.

Michael B. Dorff: 2008-09 Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Dean Dorff served as a law clerk for Judge Levin H. Campbell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In 1997, he began his career in private practice as a litigation associate primarily handling contract disputes, first with the firm of Gibbs & Bruns in Houston, and later at Friedman, Kaplan & Seiler in New York. In 2000, he joined the full-time faculty at Rutgers University School of Law-Camden where he taught contracts, business organizations and securities regulation.

In 2003, Dean Dorff returned to his native Los Angeles upon his appointment to the faculty at Southwestern where he teaches courses in Contract, Business Associations and Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2006, he was appointed as Associate Dean for Research, a position that entails responsibilities directed toward the support and development of faculty scholarly research and publications. His own publications have focused on a variety of issues in corporate law including policy distinctions between tort and contract claims, corporate successor liability and non-compete agreements, and the philosophical and moral underpinnings of welfare economics. He has addressed several forums on these subjects and recently presented a paper advocating social welfare reforms at the European Association of Law and Economics Conference in Athens, Greece. His current area of focus is executive compensation reform.

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.

Ronald G. Aronovsky: 2008-09 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law

After earning his A.B. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Aronovsky spent 20 years in private law practice, serving as lead counsel in numerous multi-million dollar cases involving environmental and complex business litigation. A former law clerk to Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Professor Aronovsky has served as a judge pro tem for the San Francisco and Contra Costa County Superior Courts, and as a neutral case evaluator for the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Since law school, when he was associate editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly, Professor Aronovsky has continued to research and write about environmental and corporate law issues, including an article cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, and served on the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Forensics. He has often shared his expertise as a featured speaker for programs sponsored by the American Bar Association; California State Bar; County Counsel Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; San Francisco Bar Association; the Practising Law Institute; and law schools including the University of California, Berkeley, Penn State, and Golden Gate University. He also serves on the executive committees of the Association of American Law Schools Sections on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Environmental Law Section.

Professor Aronovsky began a new career in legal education in 2002 as a visiting assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. He joined Southwestern's full time faculty in 2003, teaching courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, the Legal Profession, Civil Practice, and Jurisdiction.

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.

Norman M. Garland: 2009-09 Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law

After earning his J.D. degree from Northwestern University, Professor Garland moved to Washington, D.C., where he tried real cases by day and hypothetical cases by night while earning his LL.M. degree in trial advocacy at Georgetown University. He practiced with the corporate antitrust firm of Howrey & Simon before returning to his alma mater to teach law and serve as assistant dean of admissions.

Professor Garland was appointed to the Southwestern faculty in 1975. He teaches courses in Advanced Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Evidence, and Trial Advocacy. Always interested in methods to improve law teaching, he has incorporated computer and internet-related resources for a number of years. In 1998, he received the first "TWEN Innovation in Teaching Award" from West Group. A year later, his expertise was recognized by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction which awarded him one of five CALI Fellowships to create computer-based learning materials. He has also served on the faculty of Emory University School of Law's Trial Advocacy Program. He has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association during the past two decades. In 1992, Professor Garland was named the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law.

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.

Myrna Raeder: 2008-09 Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law

Professor Raeder's expertise in evidence and procedure combined with her efforts to promote gender equity in the criminal justice system and expanded opportunities for women lawyers has earned her one of the American Bar Association's highest honors - the 2002 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

After experiencing the role of both a prosecutor and defense attorney as a Prettyman Fellow, Professor Raeder took an appointment as an assistant professor and co-director of clinical programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She then spent several years as a litigator with O'Melveny & Myers. She joined Southwestern's full-time faculty in 1979. The law school named her as the 1991 Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law, and as the 2002 Paul Treusch Professor of Law. She teaches courses in Civil Pretrial Practice, Evidence , Race and Gender in Criminal Justice Policy Seminar, and Trial Advocacy.

The author of Federal Pre-Trial Practice, Professor Raeder is the co-author of two books on evidence in addition to scores of scholarly articles on procedural issues, evidence, federal sentencing guidelines, and women in the criminal justice system that have been cited in judicial opinions and law journals around the country. An instructor for the National Judicial College for many years, she has testified before judicial panels regarding revision of the Rules of Evidence and gender bias issues. She served two terms as president of the National Association of Women Lawyers and has chaired the ABA Criminal Justice Section, as well as the Association of American Law Schools Evidence Section and Section on Women in Legal Education.

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.