Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Southwestern Mourns the Loss of Professor John Gallagher October 14, 2011
Southwestern Mourns the Loss of Professor John Gallagher

Professor John Gallagher, who served on the Southwestern faculty for more than four decades, passed away on October 12, 2011 at the age of 80. He was instrumental in the founding of Southwestern's Moot Court Honors Program and development of the law school's property curriculum.

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School, John Gallagher began his legal career with the Los Angeles firm of Thompson, Waters & Moss as a general practitioner with an emphasis in real estate law. By 1963, he had opened his own practice specializing in business and property law. He was a member of the Real Estate Financing Committee of the Probate Trust and Real Estate Section of the American Bar Association and served a term as chair of its Subcommittee on Foreclosure Proceedings.

In 1969, Professor Gallagher joined the faculty at Southwestern where he taught Evidence, Ethics and several property courses. He became Professor Emeritus in Residence in 2001. Since retiring, Professor Gallagher continued to team-teach SCALE II Property Transactions with Professor Butler Shaffer and was scheduled to teach Property Transactions Practice with Professor Shaffer this Spring in the traditional program.

One of Professor Gallagher's abiding interests was moot court. While in law school, he was a member of the interscholastic moot court team that won both the California State Competition and the regional competition for a national meet, the only two competitions held at that time. As a legal educator, he continued his involvement by playing a key role in the development of Southwestern's Moot Court Honors Program and serving as the first faculty advisor. The program evolved from the Advanced Legal Writing course which sponsored on-campus competitions. Throughout his tenure at Southwestern, Professor Gallagher was active in coaching members of the interscholastic teams preparing for competition.

Dean Bryant Garth said, "Professor Gallagher cared deeply for and inspired several generations of Southwestern students throughout his many years of dedicated service to the law school. He was instrumental in the creation and growth of both our award-winning Moot Court Honors Program and the SCALE Program. He was a wonderful colleague and teacher who is an important part of Southwestern's history and will be missed greatly."

There will be an informal graveside gathering at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, 11160 Stranwood Avenue, Mission Hills, CA 91345, on Monday at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. It would be helpful to have an idea of the number of people planning to be there. If possible, please email if you plan to attend.