Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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John Schulman of Warner Bros. Selected as Keynote Speaker for 94th Commencement Ceremony January 29, 2009
John Schulman of Warner Bros. Selected as Keynote Speaker for 94th Commencement Ceremony

John A. Schulman, Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Warner Bros. Inc. (retired), will deliver the keynote address at Southwestern's 94th Commencement Ceremony, where J.D. degrees will be conferred on 290 graduates, and LL.M. degrees will be conferred on nine graduates. An Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree will also be presented to Mr. Schulman. The event will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 17, 2009.

Known as an inspiring lawyer, gifted advocate and educator, dedicated community leader and generous philanthropist, Mr. Schulman is one of the most highly respected attorneys in the entertainment industry.  He first joined Warner Bros. in 1984 as Vice President and General Counsel charged with creating and staffing the studio's in-house legal department. Five years later, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and in 1991, became Executive Vice President and General Counsel, leading a legal department of 150 lawyers involved in the financing, production and distribution of audio visual entertainment and related consumer products in the United States and throughout the world. He retired from his executive position in December 2008, but continues to serve as a consultant to the company.

Prior to joining Warner Bros., Mr. Schulman was in private practice specializing in entertainment industry litigation at two prominent Beverly Hills law firms. He was a founding partner in the law firm of Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman & Schulman and earlier, a partner in the firm of Kaplan, Livingston, Goodwin, Berkowitz & Selvin. He earned his A.B. degree from Yale University and his J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Mr. Schulman has maintained a close relationship with Southwestern as a member of the law school's Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of the Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute, as well as a popular speaker at such events as the "Conversation with..." series hosted by the Institute. He also serves on the boards of Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and is a former member of the boards of California Legal Corps, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Youth Law Center and the Center for Early Education, among other organizations. He has lectured at the law schools of the University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley, and the University of Southern California.

Among numerous honors for his professional accomplishments and dedication to pro bono, charitable and civic causes, Mr. Schulman was named Lawyer of the Year by the Beverly Hills Bar Association Entertainment Law Section, and along with his wife Toni, received the National Champion for Children Award from the Alliance for Children's Rights, and the Social Concern Award from the American Jewish Committee of Los Angeles (AJC/LA).