Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

Natalie Rodriguez '12 Named Academic Support Fellow August 08, 2012
Natalie Rodriguez '12 Named Academic Support Fellow

Natalie Rodriguez has been appointed Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern commencing with the 2012-13 academic year. In this position, she will work closely with Professor Gabriela Ryan, Director of Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs, in the administration and continuing development of workshops, the supervision of student tutors and the growth of the academic support and bar-related course curriculum.

"We are thrilled that Professor Rodriguez is joining the Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Office as a Fellow," Professor Ryan said. "She brings two years of experience working with the office as a Dean's Fellow and Teaching Assistant. In that capacity, she was instrumental in building and leading the First-Year Academic Skills Program. She understands the vision and goals of the office, and as an alumna, brings an important perspective about how to achieve those goals and reach all of our students." While a law student, Professor Rodriguez also served as a Research and Teaching Assistant for Dean Austen Parrish's Civil Procedure class.

Active in numerous professional activities throughout her legal education, Professor Rodriguez served as a Judicial Extern to the Hon. Patrick Walsh of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and to the Hon. Frank Y. Jackson of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Seven. She was a Certified Law Clerk/Extern in the Sex Crimes Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and  Southwestern's Children's Rights Clinic.

"I have seen first-hand the difference a strong Academic Support Office can make in the culture of a school, and I want to be a part of that change," Professor Rodriguez said. "As a Southwestern graduate, I also have a vested interest in assisting other Southwestern students succeed in law school and beyond."

Prior to attending law school, Professor Rodriguez' background was in early education. She spent three years as the Site Director for 21st Century Community Learning Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where she worked with elementary students who were struggling academically and developed a curriculum for an after school program aimed at achieving academic success with low performing students and provided training to other educators on how to implement the curriculum. 

Professor Rodriguez has also been a Case Manager at Project Grad Los Angeles, providing resources for families from low socio-economic backgrounds to increase their children's achievement in the classroom. Additionally, she served as a Family Case Worker and Intern at the Alliance for Children's Rights in Los Angeles. Professor Rodriguez earned her B.A. in Political Science at Loyola Marymount University in 2002 and her J.D. at Southwestern in 2012.

The Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Fellowship was established at Southwestern to provide a unique opportunity for a young lawyer or recent law school graduate to gain experience in administration, counseling and teaching while expanding individualized and group academic support and bar preparation programs for Southwestern Students.