Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

July 20, 2009
Southwestern Names Four Faculty Members for 2009-10 Professorships

Southwestern has honored four of its highly respected faculty members with professorships for the 2009-10 academic year: Professor Christopher D. Ruiz Cameron as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor; Professor Byron G. Stier as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor; Professor Arthur F. McEvoy as the Paul E. Treusch Professor; and Professor Debra Lyn Bassett as the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor. Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth says of these appointments, "The four professors selected exemplify the commitment to scholarship, service and teaching that makes Southwestern's faculty so outstanding. The Board of Trustees has selected very wisely."

Professor Christopher D.R. Cameron
Christopher D.R. Cameron
- 2009-10 Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law

Professor Cameron is an authority on the intersection between employment law and the worlds of bankruptcy, immigration, entertainment and sports, and speaks frequently on the unique legal challenges facing Latino workers. He has published articles on the law of the workplace in the California Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, UCLA Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, and other top law journals, and is co-author of two Thomson West books: the treatise Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts and Boycotts and the textbook Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Cameron is also past chair of the Labor Relations and Employment Law Sections of both the Association of American Law Schools and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. As a trustee of the Mexican American Bar Foundation, Professor Cameron has helped raise and award over $500,000 in scholarships for more than 150 students of Latino heritage.

A member of the Southwestern faculty since 1991, Professor Cameron served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for 10 years. He is now the Director of the London Summer Program in International Entertainment & Media Law and teaches courses in Civil Procedure, Employment Law and Sports Law. He was honored with Southwestern's inaugural Excellence in Teaching Award and was named as the Rosenberg Professor of Law in 1998.

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.

Professor Byron G. Stier
Byron G. Stier
- 2009-10 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law

An expert in mass tort litigation, Professor Stier began his legal career in 1996 with the firm of Jones Day in New York, where he primarily handled cases involving products liability and commercial litigation and served on a lead counsel team that defended the tobacco industry against numerous class action lawsuits.

A Harvard Law School graduate who served as senior editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy before earning his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Temple University, Professor Stier has focused his current research and writing on mass tort litigation. He has been published in the Widener Law Review, Charleston Law Review and Temple Law Review. He has also been quoted on related issues in major newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Professor Stier joined Southwestern's faculty in 2005 and teaches courses in Torts, Products Liability and a Capstone course in Mass Tort Litigation. He was also recently granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Professor of Law.

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.

Professor Arthur F. McEvoy
Arthur F. McEvoy
- 2009-10 Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law

Professor McEvoy came to Southwestern in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he had been a member of the faculty since 1994. He held joint appointments in the Department of History and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at Madison, where served as chair of the Environment and Resources Program. Prior to joining the Wisconsin faculty, he spent 14 years on the History faculty at Northwestern University. At Southwestern, he teaches American Legal History, History of American Law, Torts and Water Law.

Professor McEvoy has been honored for his teaching and research on legal history, the environment, and labor. His book, The Fisherman's Problem: Ecology and Law in the California Fisheries, 1895-1980 (Cambridge University Press, 1986), has garnered awards from the Law and Society Association, the American Historical Association, the American Society for Environmental History, and the North American Society for Oceanic History. His writing on law-and-environment issues has been translated into Spanish and Russian, and he has published articles on workplace safety and on natural disasters. He is currently at work on a book on the development of modern U.S. environmental law. Professor McEvoy has also served as amicus counsel in several U.S. Supreme Court cases, all of them dealing with tort damages.

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.

Professor Debra Lyn Bassett
Debra Lyn Bassett
- 2009-10 Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law

Professor Bassett recently joined Southwestern's faculty as a tenured Professor of Law and will teach Civil Procedure, Federal Courts and Complex Civil Litigation. Before coming to Southwestern, she taught at the University of Alabama School of Law; University of California, Davis; McGeorge School of Law; Michigan State University; and Florida State University. Earlier in her career, she clerked for the Hon. Mary M. Schroeder, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; was a senior attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in Sacramento; and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.

Focusing her scholarship primarily on federal litigation and legal ethics, Professor Bassett also writes regularly about rural issues. She is the author or co-author of several casebooks, including two 2008 publications, Federal Courts, 12th Ed. (Foundation Press; with C. Wright and J. Oakley) and Cases and Materials on Civil Procedure, 5th Ed. (Lexis Publishing; with D. Crump, W. Dorsaneo, and R. Perschbacher), as well as more than 20 articles that have been published in major law reviews. She has presented papers on issues such as legal ethics, rural poverty and class action reform at numerous national and international conferences. An elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Bassett received the UC Davis William and Sally Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award and the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services, among other honors.

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.