Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

June 21, 2010
Southwestern Names Four Faculty Members for 2010-11 Professorships

Southwestern has honored four of its highly respected faculty members with professorships for the 2010-11 academic year: Professor Alan L. Calnan as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor; Professor Gowri Ramachandran 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. Dean 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."

Alan L. Calnan - 2010-2011 Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law

An expert in tort law, Professor Calnan has authored several books on the topic, the most recent of which are Duty and Integrity in Tort Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2009), A Revisionist History of Tort Law: From Holmesian Realism to Neoclassical Rationalism (Carolina Academic Press, 2005) and Justice and Tort Law (Carolina Academic Press, 1997). His expertise has been tapped by such agencies as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Marking, Rendering Inert, and Licensing of Explosive Materials, in a study of means to combat terrorist bombings.
A graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and Syracuse University School of Law, Professor Calnan joined the Southwestern faculty in 1990 and has taught courses in Contracts, Defamation, Privacy & Publicity, Foundations of Tort Law Seminar, Jurisprudence, Products Liability, Remedies and Torts. He was named the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law in 1999, the same year he received the Excellence in Teaching Award. He was also named the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law in 2004.
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.

Gowri Ramachandran - 2010-2011 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law

Professor Ramachandran is co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education that is currently hosted by Southwestern. Her own research focuses on employment discrimination and employment law, constitutional law, human rights law and queer theory. Through her scholarship, which has been published in several leading law reviews, she challenges conventional notions of image and identity and the laws that shape them, particularly within institutions where personal freedoms are often thought irreconcilable with wider social good, such as workplaces, schools and prisons.

After earning her undergraduate and law degrees from Yale, and M.A. in statistics at Harvard, Professor Ramachandran served as law clerk to Judge Sidney R. Thomas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Billings, Montana. She was a Future Law Professor Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center where she earned an LL.M. degree and served as a visiting professor at Florida State University Law School before being appointed to the Southwestern faculty in 2006. In 2009, she was invited to teach as a visitor for the Fall semester at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Professor Ramachandran's courses range from Constitutional Law and Federal Courts, to Employment Discrimination and Feminist Legal Theory.
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.

Arthur F. McEvoy - 2010-2011 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.  He previously 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. He earned his A.B. and J.D. degrees at Stanford and his M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. economic history at UC San Diego. This will be his second consecutive year as the Paul E. Treusch Professor.
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.

Debra Lyn Bassett - 2010-2011 Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law

Professor Bassett joined Southwestern's faculty in 2009 and teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts and Complex Civil Litigation. She previously 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.
Professor Bassett focuses her scholarship primarily on federal litigation and legal ethics, and also writes regularly about rural issues. She is the co-author of four casebooks: Federal Courts (Foundation Press, 2008), Cases and Materials on Civil Procedure (Lexis Publishing, 2008), Problems in Legal Ethics (West Group, 9th ed., 2010) and California Legal Ethics (West Group, 7th ed., 2010); and the treatise Civil Procedure (Foundation Press, 6th ed., forthcoming 2011) 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. She earned her B.A. at the University of Vermont, her M.S. at San Diego State University and her J.D. at U.C. Davis. This is the second consecutive year Professor Bassett will serve as the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor.
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.