Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

June 26, 2009
Southwestern Alumni and Faculty Play Prominent Roles on City Attorney Transition Team

Los Angeles City Attorney-Elect Carmen Trutanich has named ten members of the Southwestern community to his transition team. Eight alumni and two professors are among the 70 volunteers helping to prepare Trutanich to take office on July 1. Former Los Angeles County District Attorney and Southwestern Trustee Robert Philibosian '67 (Of Counsel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton), who is co-chair of the Transition Team, said, "The City Attorney-Elect Carmen Trutanich and I, along with my transition team co-chair Bob Hertzberg, are very pleased that such an outstanding group of attorneys and community leaders have responded enthusiastically to our invitations to assist with the City Attorney-Elect's transition into office. As a Southwestern alum and trustee, I am particularly proud of the significant number of Southwestern alumni and faculty who are contributing their knowledge and commitment to the new spirit of change coming to the City Attorney's Office."

Southwestern alumni are Team Leaders of five of the 12 working groups, including:

  • Civil/General/Outside Counsel
    Frank Cooley '79, Assistant General Counsel, Southern California Gas Company
  • Environment
    Barry Groveman '78, partner, Musick, Peeler & Garrett; former environmental prosecutor; and Mayor Pro Tem of Calabasas
  • Bureau of Investigation
    Gary Schram '93, Assistant Chief, Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • Proprietary Departments
    Patricia Tubert '77, former Deputy Director, Department of Airports
  • Gang Prevention and Prosecution
    Marty Vranicar '79, Assistant Chief Executive Officer, California District Attorneys Association

In addition, Brent Braun '76, former Special Agent, FBI and Manager, Investigative and Protective Services, Southern California Edison, is also a member of the Bureau of Investigation working group and Mario Trujillo '96, Deputy Los Angeles County District Attorney and President of the Mexican American Bar Association, is on the Criminal Prosecutions working group. Two Southwestern faculty members are also contributing key roles to the transition as well: Professor Karen Smith, a former Senior Deputy Federal Public Defender and California Deputy Attorney General, is on the Academy of Justice working group, and Professor James Kushner, author of numerous books on land use, urban planning and housing, is on the Land Use/Code Enforcement working group.