Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

June 10, 2011
Southwestern Names Four Faculty Members for 2011-12 Professorships

Southwestern has honored four of its highly respected faculty members with professorships for the 2011-12 academic year: Professor John Tehranian as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor; Professor David Fagundes 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 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 John TehranianJohn Tehranian - 2011-2012 Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law

John Tehranian was appointed to Southwestern's faculty in 2011 and will teach Constitutional and Trademark Law. He was most recently a tenured Professor of Law and Director of the Entertainment Law Center at Chapman University School of Law, was previously a tenured Professor of Law at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, and has served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Loyola Law School. Among other subjects, he has taught Constitutional Law, Cyberlaw, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, and Law and Literature. He is also an experienced entertainment and intellectual property litigator, having represented prominent Hollywood, publishing, new media and technology clients in high-profile litigation at O'Melveny & Myers LLP and One LLP.
Professor Tehranian's scholarship focuses on the interface between law and culture, with an emphasis on issues of technology, entertainment and race. In particular, his work explores the impact of the emerging intellectual property and cyberlaw regimes on technological innovation and artistic creation; the growing tension between ownership of knowledge and expressive rights; the link between cultural formation and intellectual property law; and the relationship between legal systems and racial identity. Professor Tehranian's articles have appeared in such publications as the Yale Law Journal, UC Davis Law Review, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Connecticut Law Review, University of Colorado Law Review, Journal of Intellectual Property Law, BYU Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Utah Law Review, University of Cincinnati Law Review, and University of Hawaii Law Review. He earned his A.B. in Government from Harvard and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
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 David FagundesDavid Fagundes - 2011-2012 Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law

Professor Fagundes joined the Southwestern faculty in 2007 and teaches courses in Copyright, Property and Trademark Law. Prior to becoming a law professor, he clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then worked as an associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C. He served as a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University Law Center and then spent two years teaching the first-year legal research and writing course as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.
Professor Fagundes' research and teaching interests cover a variety of property law issues, including copyright, real property and trademark. His most recent work studies the extralegal regulation of roller derby pseudonyms as an object lesson in how and why some close-knit groups use norms rather than formal law to govern the intangible goods they generate. His work has been selected for presentation at numerous national and international conferences, including the Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum (2009), the plenary session of the Intellectual Property Scholars Conference (2009), the Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property Workshop at Michigan State University College of Law (2010 and 2011), and the Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law & Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law; he was also a Visiting Scholar at ETH Zurich in Summer 2010. His scholarship has been published in the Texas Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review and Harvard Law Review. Professor Fagundes earned his A.B. in History from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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 McEvoyArthur 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 third 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.

Professor Debra BassettDebra 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 third 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.