Professor Anahid Gharakhanian Appointed as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor Anahid Gharakhanian, a member of the Southwestern faculty since 2002, has been appointed as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for the 2012-13 academic year. She will oversee the overall academic program, faculty appointments, faculty development, and Southwestern's self-study process, and will continue to serve as Director of the Externship Program.
As a member of the faculty for more than a decade, Dean Gharakhanian has taught legal research and writing and a unique course on Correctional Education, was instrumental in the redevelopment of Southwestern's unique Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS) program, greatly expanded the Externship Program to be one of the largest in the country, and served as Faculty Advisor to the PLEAS part-time day program. She is also Faculty Advisor to the Armenian Law Students Association and recently spearheaded efforts to create the new Southwestern Armenia Fellowship with the Ministry of Justice in Armenia.
In announcing the appointment, Dean Austen Parrish said, "Dean Gharakhanian is a very talented and dedicated teacher and administrator, and I am delighted that she has agreed to expand her administrative role, as we have a very busy year ahead."
Dean Gharakhanian earned her B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her J.D., cum laude, at Harvard Law School and is a member of the California State Bar. Upon graduation from law school, she joined the firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP in Los Angeles. During her six-year tenure there, she handled the pre-trial phases of a variety of civil litigation matters as well as arbitration proceedings. Subsequently, she was appointed Vice President of E-commerce Development for an online retailer. She has also served as a temporary judge in Los Angeles Superior Court's Small Claims Court and has worked on a pro bono basis in the areas of domestic violence and other family law matters.
Dean Gharakhanian is an active member of the Greater Los Angeles Consortium on Externships (GLACE), and was a lead organizer and a presenter at the national GLACE Externships 3 Conference in 2006, as well as for the GLACE 3rd Regional Externship Supervision Forum hosted at Southwestern in 2008. She has also been a presenter in national Legal Writing Institute and Externship conferences, including the most recent 2012 Externships 6 Conference.