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Southwestern Law Review Wins Annual Honors Program Members' Challenge

April 29, 2016

Southwestern Law Review Wins Annual Honors Program Members' Challenge

Congratulations to the members of the Southwestern Law Review, the 2016 winners of Southwestern's annual Honors Program...

Commencement 2016 Student Speaker and Singer Selected

April 28, 2016

Commencement 2016 Student Speaker and Singer Selected

At Southwestern's 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 15 at the Shrine Auditorium, Damaris Santamaria will deliver the student...

Southwestern Students Honored for Public Service Contributions at Annual Lunch

April 22, 2016

Southwestern Students Honored for Public Service Contributions at Annual Lunch

Public interest is a central component of Southwestern’s curriculum and philosophy, and students are encouraged to...

Southwestern Alumna Receives Two Prestigious Criminal Defense Practice Awards

April 22, 2016

Southwestern Alumna Receives Two Prestigious Criminal Defense Practice Awards

Steffeny Holtz '94 is the 2016 recipient of the Criminal Courts Bar Association’s Jerry Giesler Memorial Award and the Los...

Southwestern Featured Among Hollywood Reporter's "Top Entertainment Law Schools"

April 21, 2016

Southwestern Featured Among Hollywood Reporter's "Top Entertainment Law Schools"

Since 2012, when The Hollywood Reporter initiated its annual "Top Entertainment Law Schools" list, Southwestern has been...

Southwestern and the "Trial of the Century"

April 15, 2016

Southwestern and the "Trial of the Century"

FX Network’s “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson” recently concluded its 10-episode run and sparked a...

Strong advocacy skills help first-year LAWS students excel in Intramural Competitions

April 14, 2016

Strong advocacy skills help first-year LAWS students excel in Intramural Competitions

Since 2009, Southwestern has offered a unique, three-track Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS) curriculum for students....

Southwestern Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the U.S. District Court's Central District

April 13, 2016

Southwestern Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the U.S. District Court's Central District

On March 18, 2016 Southwestern Law School and the Southwestern Journal of International Law hosted a symposium. The U.S....

Southwestern Community Salutes Outstanding Alumni and Friends

March 29, 2016

Southwestern Community Salutes Outstanding Alumni and Friends

Distinguished members of the bench and bar were feted at the 27th Annual Alumni Awards Gala and Reunion hosted by the...

Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court to Speak at  Southwestern Law School Commencement Ceremony

March 23, 2016

Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court to Speak at Southwestern Law School Commencement Ceremony

The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, will deliver the keynote address at...

Vice Dean Carpenter and Professors Heilman and Segil Receive 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Southwestern Law School

March 18, 2016

Vice Dean Carpenter and Professors Heilman and Segil Receive 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School is pleased to announce that Vice Dean Catherine Carpenter, Professor John Heilman, and Professor...

Southwestern Launches 'Big Interview' Series with Author and Legal Scholar Jeremy Geltzer '04

March 17, 2016

Southwestern Launches 'Big Interview' Series with Author and Legal Scholar Jeremy Geltzer '04

On March 14, Southwestern's Media Law Forum premiered its Big Interview series with special guest Jeremy Geltzer '04, a...

Negotiation Team Takes Second Place at Competition

March 09, 2016

Negotiation Team Takes Second Place at Competition

Last month, at the NFL Football Negotiation Tournament hosted by Liberty University School of Law in Virginia, Southwestern’s...

Alumni and friends celebrate and Support Southwestern's Inaugural Summer Abroad Program in Armenia

March 03, 2016

Alumni and friends celebrate and Support Southwestern's Inaugural Summer Abroad Program in Armenia

February 17 was a dark and stormy night in Pasadena. Vice Dean Anahid Gharakhanian worried that the weather would keep people...

Faculty in the News

March 01, 2016

Faculty in the News

Several media outlets, from the Huffington Post to the Los Angeles Times, recently sought the expert commentary of Southwestern...

Symposium Commemorates 50 Years of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

February 26, 2016

Symposium Commemorates 50 Years of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Sixteen sitting and former judges of the Federal District Court and the Court of Appeals will be speaking at Southwestern Law...

Moot Court Team Earns Second Place Brief

February 25, 2016

Moot Court Team Earns Second Place Brief

Earlier this month at the 21st Annual Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational Moot Court Competition, Southwestern’s team...

Southwestern Student Earns Prestigious MLB Labor Studies Scholarship

February 22, 2016

Southwestern Student Earns Prestigious MLB Labor Studies Scholarship

Second-year day student Nathalie Meza Contreras is one of the five 2016 recipients of the Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor...

Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief at Invitational Competition

February 18, 2016

Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief at Invitational Competition

At the 45th Annual William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg,...

Southwestern Student Prepares Amicus Brief for Supreme Court's Consideration

February 18, 2016

Southwestern Student Prepares Amicus Brief for Supreme Court's Consideration

During the Fall 2015 semester, Southwestern student Melissa Agnetti researched and wrote an amicus brief on behalf of the...

TAHP Team Named Finalists at Regional Competition

February 17, 2016

TAHP Team Named Finalists at Regional Competition

At a regional round of the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition held in San Diego February 4 to 7, Southwestern’s...

 Southwestern Law School to Honor Prominent Alumni  and Friends at Annual Awards Event

February 17, 2016

Southwestern Law School to Honor Prominent Alumni and Friends at Annual Awards Event

On Thursday, March 10, the Southwestern Alumni Association will honor distinguished members of the Southwestern Law School...

Southwestern alum selected for prestigious federal judicial clerkship

February 11, 2016

Southwestern alum selected for prestigious federal judicial clerkship

Andres Holguin-Flores ’15 knows from firsthand experience that a great externship opportunity can make a big difference....

Juan Mendez, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, to deliver inaugural Jose Siderman Human Rights Lecture at Southwestern Law School

February 04, 2016

Juan Mendez, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, to deliver inaugural Jose Siderman Human Rights Lecture at Southwestern Law School

On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Southwestern Law School will present the inaugural José Siderman Human Rights Lecture, which...

Practice Spotlight on Medical Malpractice Attorney Linda Star '80

January 27, 2016

Practice Spotlight on Medical Malpractice Attorney Linda Star '80

Linda Star considers herself fortunate to have gotten an early start in trial work while having the chance to collaborate with...

New Intersession Course Explores How to Legally Protect the Elderly

January 22, 2016

New Intersession Course Explores How to Legally Protect the Elderly

During the first week of January, Southwestern Law School offered a unique, new intersession course, Medical/Legal Aspects of...

Megan Craig '15 Wins American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence

January 14, 2016

Megan Craig '15 Wins American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence

Megan Craig ’15, an associate at Bayer, Wishman & Leotta, has won a Medal of Excellence from the American Bankruptcy...

Southwestern BLSA Team Wins Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

January 13, 2016

Southwestern BLSA Team Wins Regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

At the Western Regional Black Law Student Association's Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, which was held at the...

Practice Spotlight on Family Law Attorney Neal Hersh '76

January 05, 2016

Practice Spotlight on Family Law Attorney Neal Hersh '76

This is the first in a series of profiles of Southwestern alumni who are prominent trial attorneys in wide-ranging areas of...

Oscar-winning Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin Among All-Star Panelists to Speak at Annual Entertainment and Media Law Conference presented by Southwestern and the Media Law Resource Center

January 04, 2016

Oscar-winning Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin Among All-Star Panelists to Speak at Annual Entertainment and Media Law Conference presented by Southwestern and the Media Law Resource Center

In the digital age, the ability to reveal private data that could destroy reputations and companies is more sophisticated—and...

Agustin Cavana, 2015-2016 Siderman Fellow

December 16, 2015

Agustin Cavana, 2015-2016 Siderman Fellow

Argentine human rights attorney Agustin Cavana is the 2015-2016 Fulbright – Jose Siderman Human Rights Fellow at Southwestern...

Southwestern's Biederman Blog Selected for ABA Journal's 9th Annual Blawg 100

December 08, 2015

Southwestern's Biederman Blog Selected for ABA Journal's 9th Annual Blawg 100

In an overcrowded blogosphere, Southwestern's Biederman Blog has once again distinguished itself as one of the most creative...

LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell Shares His Views on His First Year in Office

November 25, 2015

LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell Shares His Views on His First Year in Office

On November 23, Southwestern’s Criminal Law Society hosted a special program featuring an interview with Los Angeles County...

Southwestern Partners with "Giving Tuesday" to Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

November 24, 2015

Southwestern Partners with "Giving Tuesday" to Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

For the third year, Southwestern has joined the national movement and become a proud partner of Giving Tuesday, coinciding with...

Professor Christopher Cameron Named a Leader in Diversity

November 18, 2015

Professor Christopher Cameron Named a Leader in Diversity

Professor Christopher David Ruiz Cameron is one of 20 law professors from around the country to be named a Leader in Diversity...

Moot Court Team Takes Second Place at Regional Competition

November 17, 2015

Moot Court Team Takes Second Place at Regional Competition

Last weekend at the Regional Round of the New York City Bar National Moot Court Competition held at Loyola Law School,...

Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Clinic is Instrumental in Ninth Circuit Decision

November 05, 2015

Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Clinic is Instrumental in Ninth Circuit Decision

Under the supervision of Adjunct Professor Andrew Knapp, Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Clinic prevailed in Dimaya v....

Southwestern Student Receives Prestigious MALDEF Scholarship

October 26, 2015

Southwestern Student Receives Prestigious MALDEF Scholarship

Third-year day student Maritza Agundez has been awarded a scholarship from MALDEF.* "MALDEF represents to me a prevalent...

Southwestern to host Annual Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law Symposium

October 23, 2015

Southwestern to host Annual Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law Symposium

Law students from around Southern California who are interested in Entertainment Law are invited to attend the Annual...

Southwestern alumna wins prestigious award from Federal Bar Association

October 22, 2015

Southwestern alumna wins prestigious award from Federal Bar Association

On October 8, Southwestern alumna Megan Craig '15, a law clerk at Bayer, Wishman & Leotta, received the Judge Barry Russell...

Special Event for Korean Community to Be Hosted by Southwestern and  Korean Churches for Community Development

October 19, 2015

Special Event for Korean Community to Be Hosted by Southwestern and Korean Churches for Community Development

Southwestern Law School and Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD)* are hosting a Special Reception for the Korean...

Southwestern Faculty Approves Unique Summer Law Program in Armenia

October 19, 2015

Southwestern Faculty Approves Unique Summer Law Program in Armenia

For years, Los Angeles' second oldest law school has had a special relationship with the Armenian-American community. Image:...

Four Students Selected as 2015-2016 Biederman Scholars

October 14, 2015

Four Students Selected as 2015-2016 Biederman Scholars

In an effort to recognize excellence in academic achievement, and encourage and facilitate career success, Southwestern's...

Southwestern team wins National Sports Negotiation Competition

October 05, 2015

Southwestern team wins National Sports Negotiation Competition

Out of the 40 teams from across the nation that participated in the Thomas Jefferson National Sports Law Negotiation...

Armed Forces Law Society assists veterans on and off campus

September 28, 2015

Armed Forces Law Society assists veterans on and off campus

When Andy Beltran began his first year of law school in the Fall of 2013, he joined the Armed Forces Law Society (AFLS), a...

Professor VanLandingham wins international scholarly essay competition

September 21, 2015

Professor VanLandingham wins international scholarly essay competition

Professor Rachel VanLandingham has been selected as the winner of the second edition of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay...

Sex Offenses: Lessons from the Front Lines Southwestern Law School Symposium Explores How The Criminal Justice System Deals with Sex Crimes

September 17, 2015

Sex Offenses: Lessons from the Front Lines Southwestern Law School Symposium Explores How The Criminal Justice System Deals with Sex Crimes

Rape and sexual assault strike at the heart of a person’s autonomy, causing damage that ripples across society, both in the...

Southwestern Law School Receives 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

September 15, 2015

Southwestern Law School Receives 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Southwestern Law School has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity...

Dr. Hadian is First at Southwestern to Earn Bioscience Law Certificate

August 25, 2015

Dr. Hadian is First at Southwestern to Earn Bioscience Law Certificate

Southwestern/Keck partnership offers unique curriculum Dr. Mehrnaz Hadian, a critical care physician and fourth-year evening...

Alumni Q&A: Cindy Johnson '00

August 17, 2015

Alumni Q&A: Cindy Johnson '00

An interview with Cindy Johnson, President of the Southwestern Alumni Association, on the goals and priorities of the Alumni...

New LAWS and Academic Success Faculty Appointed

August 12, 2015

New LAWS and Academic Success Faculty Appointed

With the commencement of the 2015-2016 academic year, Southwestern welcomes two new faculty members. Kathryn Falk Fehrman has...

Southwestern Takes Top Honors at Delta Theta Phi Convention

August 06, 2015

Southwestern Takes Top Honors at Delta Theta Phi Convention

Southwestern's Hon. Marshall Francis McComb Delta Theta Phi Senate had a very impressive showing at the international legal...

Professor Cameron Elected Vice Chair of LA's Employee Relations Board

August 03, 2015

Professor Cameron Elected Vice Chair of LA's Employee Relations Board

Professor Christopher Cameron has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Los Angeles Employee Relations Board (LAERB), one...

Lauren Fierro receives prestigious scholarship

July 21, 2015

Lauren Fierro receives prestigious scholarship

Fourth year PLEAS student Lauren Fierro has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the Florence-Marie Cooper Scholarship, which...

Southwestern hosts launch celebration for innovative legal incubator consortium with UCLA and Pepperdine

July 06, 2015

Southwestern hosts launch celebration for innovative legal incubator consortium with UCLA and Pepperdine

Southwestern hosted the Launch Celebration for the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium (LAIC) to introduce the 10 lawyers selected...

New Issue of Entertainment Journal Explores Hot Topic of Drones

July 02, 2015

New Issue of Entertainment Journal Explores Hot Topic of Drones

Volume 5, Issue 2 of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (JIMEL) has been published and is devoted...

Southwestern Faculty in the News

June 25, 2015

Southwestern Faculty in the News

Several Southwestern faculty have published op eds or provided commentary on a variety of legal issues for local, national and...

Korean Connections at Southwestern Law School

June 16, 2015

Korean Connections at Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School has a longstanding and historic commitment to diversity. Located in the heart of Los Angeles'...

Eleven Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation

June 15, 2015

Eleven Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation

The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) awarded scholarships to 11 Southwestern students at its 24th Anniversary Scholarship...

30th PLEAS Class Graduates from Southwestern

June 03, 2015

30th PLEAS Class Graduates from Southwestern

Southwestern's 100th Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 17 marked a day of milestones. Not only was this the centennial...

Class of 2015 Celebrates at Southwestern Law School's 100 Commencement

June 03, 2015

Class of 2015 Celebrates at Southwestern Law School's 100 Commencement

A century after the first graduate completed her law degree and became the first female public defender in the country, the...