Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

August 23, 2011
Professors Kushner and Martin take Emeritus in Residence Status

Two distinguished members of Southwestern's faculty have taken Emeritus in Residence status. Professors James Kushner and Susan Martin, who both joined the law school faculty in 1975, have each contributed more than 35 years of their talent and intellect to enriching the law school's faculty and enhancing students' learning experience.

"I know from talking to countless alumni how much these two professors have been treasured by their students over a long period of time," Dean Bryant Garth said. "They were both also key individuals in the major transformation of Southwestern that began in the 1970s and continues today. We look forward to their continued involvement as Professors Emeriti."

Professor James Kushner
Professor James Kushner

An internationally recognized expert in land use, community development and constitutional law whose numerous publications stand as some of the most highly regarded treatises on the art, science and law of urban planning, Professor Kushner has enjoyed a diverse career in the legal profession. He has served as director of housing for the Office of Economic Opportunity in Ohio, as managing attorney of the Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid and Defender Society of Greater Kansas City, and as project attorney for the Earl Warren Legal Institute's National Housing and Economic Development Law Project in Berkeley.

Professor Kushner joined Southwestern's full-time faculty in 1975, and most recently taught courses in Climate Change Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law and Constitutional Law. During his tenure with the law school, he has been honored with the Buchalter and Rosenberg Professorships. In 2011, Professor Kushner completed a Fulbright Scholarship as Visiting Professor in the Fulbright Chair, Politecnico di Torino (within the graduate school of Urban Planning), in Turin, Italy. He has also been in demand as a visiting professor at law schools around the country, as well as the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Dortmund University School of Regional Planning, and the University of Utrecht and Saxion University, Deventer, in the Netherlands. 

Over the past decade, Professor Kushner has served as an advisor on fair housing enforcement, law and policy to the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development and other government entities. A former president of the Board of Directors of the Fair Housing Congress of Southern California, he has served on numerous executive boards, including those of the Association of American Law Schools Sections on Constitutional Law, Local Government Law, and Poverty Law.

Professor Susan MartinProfessor Susan Martin

Professor Martin began her legal career as law clerk to Justice David Zenoff of the Nevada Supreme Court. She later became an associate with the San Jose firm of Sylva, Rubnitz, DiNapoli, Hastings & Livak. In 1975, Professor Martin was recruited for Southwestern's faculty and taught exclusively in the SCALE program her first four years, eventually adding courses in the traditional programs. She has served as an advisor to various interscholastic teams competing in moot court as well as negotiation and client counseling competitions. In recent years, she taught courses in Constitutional Criminal Procedure, Contracts, Sales and Secured Transactions and SCALE classes in Contractual Intent and UCC Transactions.

Professor Martin has also been an active participant in the law school's Community Outreach Program that brings local elementary school children to the campus for mock trials and other activities. During the 1982-83 academic year, she took a leave of absence from teaching to direct the Santa Monica office of the Pacific Legal Foundation.

Active in the professional community, Professor Martin is a former chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Advisory Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Legal Profession, has spoken on the topic before numerous forums, and was instrumental in the development of the LACBA-sponsored substance abuse awareness program for law schools. She has focused her recent scholarly research in the areas of comparative secured transactions and sales aspects of the Uniform Commercial Code.