Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern Mourns the Passing of Pamela E. Dunn January 08, 2009
Southwestern Mourns the Passing of Pamela E. Dunn

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 24 at 4 p.m. on Southwestern's campus to mourn the passing of alumna and Adjunct Professor Pamela E. Dunn '84 who died on December 26. She was 59. For more information regarding the memorial service, contact Southwestern's Institutional Advancement Office.

Professor Dunn was a widely-respected appellate lawyer as well as a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Board of Trustees. While in law school, she served as a Judicial Extern to the Hon. Edward Rafeedie of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. After law school, she was a Judicial Clerk at the Nevada Supreme Court. A member of the California State Bar since 1985, Professor Dunn worked for two prominent California law firms before establishing her own appellate practice in 2003.

She was one of the first California attorneys to be certified as an Appellate Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and was consistently recognized by her peers as an exceptional appellate advocate. In 2008, Professor Dunn was named one of the top 50 women lawyers in southern California by California Super Lawyers magazine. In addition to her active practice, Professor Dunn volunteered as a settlement conference officer and mediator in both trial and appellate courts throughout California, and served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at both Southwestern and Loyola Law School.

An openly-gay lawyer, she was a trailblazer who provided exemplary leadership for women, people of color, LGBT people and others throughout her distinguished career. Professor Dunn was a long-time member of LACBA's Committee on Diversity in the Legal Profession. She was one of the founding members of LACBA's Committee on Sexual Orientation Bias, and co-authored that committee's ground-breaking 1994 report on sexual orientation bias in the Los Angeles legal profession. She was also an active member of California Women Lawyers, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

While a student at Southwestern, Professor Dunn served as chair of the Moot Court Board of Governors, and under her leadership, Southwestern's interscholastic teams placed in six competitions around the country. As an alum, she continued to volunteer as a judge for the Moot Court Intramural Competition. She served on the adjunct faculty for two decades, teaching in the area of appellate practice; hosted numerous alumni receptions at her offices; and hired many Southwestern graduates

Professor Dunn is survived by her life partner of over 25 years, Los Angeles attorney Maria Cousineau, also a Southwestern alumna, and their two children, Cary and Casey. A scholarship fund is planned in Dunn's name.