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SCALE Students Win First Place at National Negotiation Competition

April 24, 2017

SCALE Students Win First Place at National Negotiation Competition

On April 20, SCALE II students Joe Nuñez and Nico Mamone won the ABA Representation in Mediation competition in San Francisco....

Southwestern Alumna completes White House Internship Program

April 24, 2017

Southwestern Alumna completes White House Internship Program

Southwestern Alumna Davetta Selma ’14 has completed the Spring 2016 White House Internship Program, an intensive, unpaid,...

Southwestern Ranked Tallest Law School and Recognized for Practical Training and Intellectual Property Programs in preLaw Magazine.

April 21, 2017

Southwestern Ranked Tallest Law School and Recognized for Practical Training and Intellectual Property Programs in preLaw Magazine.

In its Spring 2017 issue, preLaw Magazine ranked Southwestern as the tallest law school in the country (page 4), towering over...

Negotiation Team Takes Second Place at Competition

April 17, 2017

Negotiation Team Takes Second Place at Competition

At the recent National Basketball Negotiation Competition, hosted by the Fordham Sports Law Forum in New York, Southwestern’s...

First Year Students Compete in Intramural Competitions

April 12, 2017

First Year Students Compete in Intramural Competitions

For the ninth consecutive year, Southwestern’s three-track Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS) curriculum has enabled...

Moot Court Team Reaches Semifinals and Wins Best Brief at Competition in New York

April 07, 2017

Moot Court Team Reaches Semifinals and Wins Best Brief at Competition in New York

At the 32nd Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition held at Brooklyn Law School in New York during the first...

Professors Heilman, Waisman and Stark Receive 2017 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Southwestern Law School

March 29, 2017

Professors Heilman, Waisman and Stark Receive 2017 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School is pleased to announce that Professors Dov Waisman, John Heilman, and Edward Stark have been selected...

BLSA Teams Excel at National Competition

March 17, 2017

BLSA Teams Excel at National Competition

At the 49th Annual National Black Law Students Association convention held March 7 to 12 in Houston, Texas, two teams...

Mobile App Challenge Teaches Law Students Tech for the Trade

March 14, 2017

Mobile App Challenge Teaches Law Students Tech for the Trade

Southwestern Law School is in the midst of an exciting new addition to its curriculum—a hands-on course that takes students...

Moot Court Team Wins Best Advocate, Reaches Semi-Finals

March 13, 2017

Moot Court Team Wins Best Advocate, Reaches Semi-Finals

At the Bryant-Moore Moot Court Competition held the first weekend of March at Howard University School of Law in Washington,...

Professor Rachel Vanlandingham in Multiple National Media Outlets to Comment on Marine Nude Photo Scandal

March 13, 2017

Professor Rachel Vanlandingham in Multiple National Media Outlets to Comment on Marine Nude Photo Scandal

In an opinion piece published in USA Today, Professor Rachel VanLandingham, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who served...

Southwestern Triumphs at ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

March 09, 2017

Southwestern Triumphs at ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

Last weekend, Southwestern’s Negotiation Honors Program sent two teams to the regional round of ABA Representation in...

On Shifting Sands: Immigration under the New Administration

March 08, 2017

On Shifting Sands: Immigration under the New Administration

The panel discussion, “On Shifting Sands: Immigration under the New Administration” assembled on Tuesday evening at...

Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief

March 02, 2017

Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief

At the 22nd Annual Tulane Law School Mardi Gras Invitational National Sports Law Moot Court Competition held on February 21 to...

Southwestern Team Reaches Semi-finals at TAHP Competition

February 28, 2017

Southwestern Team Reaches Semi-finals at TAHP Competition

In February at the regional round of the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition, Southwestern’s team of...

Professor Robert Lutz Appointed to Task Force on International Commercial Arbitration

February 21, 2017

Professor Robert Lutz Appointed to Task Force on International Commercial Arbitration

Professor Robert Lutz has been appointed to the Supreme Court International Commercial Arbitration Working Group by Hon. Tani...

Southwestern to Offer Dual LL.M. Degree Program with Law School in India

February 16, 2017

Southwestern to Offer Dual LL.M. Degree Program with Law School in India

Southwestern has partnered with the Jindal Global Law School in India to offer an 18-month dual LL.M. degree program. Upon...

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

February 13, 2017

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

On Thursday, March 9, the Southwestern Alumni Association will honor distinguished members of the Southwestern Law School...

Southwestern Recognized for Diversity and International Programs in preLaw Magazine

February 06, 2017

Southwestern Recognized for Diversity and International Programs in preLaw Magazine

In its Winter 2017 issue, preLaw Magazine ranked Southwestern 8th in the nation for diversity among law schools (page 29). In...

Dean Prager and Professor Carpenter Among "Most Influential People in Legal Education 2016"

January 17, 2017

Dean Prager and Professor Carpenter Among "Most Influential People in Legal Education 2016"

Once again, Dean Susan Prager and Professor Catherine Carpenter have landed in the National Jurist’s Top 25 "Most Influential...

Southwestern Shines at Western Regional BLSA Convention

January 10, 2017

Southwestern Shines at Western Regional BLSA Convention

Last weekend, at the Western Regional Black Law Students Association Convention held at Seattle University School of Law,...

Alumnus Elected to Board of Directors of San Francisco's Federal Reserve Bank

January 10, 2017

Alumnus Elected to Board of Directors of San Francisco's Federal Reserve Bank

Sanford Michelman '95, co-founder and chairman of Michelman & Robinson LLP in Los Angeles, was elected to the Board of...

Southwestern and the Media Law Resource Center Present 14th Annual Conference

January 09, 2017

Southwestern and the Media Law Resource Center Present 14th Annual Conference

As the digital age makes it easier than ever for anyone to generate original and derivative works while expanding the reach of...

Alumna Appointed Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals

December 21, 2016

Alumna Appointed Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals

On January 2, Hon. Abbi Silver '89, will become the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals. She was...

Negotiation Team Earns Second Place at Regional Competition

December 19, 2016

Negotiation Team Earns Second Place at Regional Competition

Last month, at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in San Diego, Southwestern's team of Blanca Martinez and Nolan Scarr...

Moldovan Fulbright Scholar Enriches Legal and Cultural Education at Southwestern

November 30, 2016

Moldovan Fulbright Scholar Enriches Legal and Cultural Education at Southwestern

In August, Professor Aliona Cara-Rusnac, her husband Vlad and her daughter Caroline arrived in Los Angeles from Moldova, a...

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

November 21, 2016

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

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

New Co-Directors Neil Ollivierra and Robert Lind Catapult Southwestern's Biederman Institute Into New Era

November 17, 2016

New Co-Directors Neil Ollivierra and Robert Lind Catapult Southwestern's Biederman Institute Into New Era

Robert Lind is a Southwestern icon, renowned entertainment law expert, prolific author of preeminent texts and treatises, and a...

Gaspar Lopez, 2016-2017 Siderman Fellow

November 16, 2016

Gaspar Lopez, 2016-2017 Siderman Fellow

Gaspar Lopez, the 2016-2017 Jose Siderman-Fulbright Human Rights Fellow at Southwestern, became interested in human rights and...

Southwestern Named a "Military Friendly" School

November 16, 2016

Southwestern Named a "Military Friendly" School

Southwestern has been included in the 2017 Military Friendly® Schools list compiled by Victory Media, originator of Military...

Negotiation Teams Take Third and Fifth Place at Competition

November 14, 2016

Negotiation Teams Take Third and Fifth Place at Competition

At the William and Mary School of Law International Law Negotiation Competition in Virginia, two teams from Southwestern placed...

The Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law has released a new issue: Volume 6, Issue 2

November 11, 2016

The Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law has released a new issue: Volume 6, Issue 2

The Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law is proud to announce the release of its latest issue, Volume 6:2. The...

Hon. Vaino Spencer '52, Trailblazing Alumna, Dies at 96

November 10, 2016

Hon. Vaino Spencer '52, Trailblazing Alumna, Dies at 96

Retired Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Vaino Spencer ‘52, who became the first African American woman appointed to the...

A Mindful Approach to Law School: Southwestern offers New Peak Performance Program

November 02, 2016

A Mindful Approach to Law School: Southwestern offers New Peak Performance Program

Building on Southwestern’s dedication to student success, Professors Rebecca Simon and Jarrett Green have created the Peak...

Southwestern to host Annual Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law Symposium

October 28, 2016

Southwestern to host Annual Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law Symposium

On Saturday, November 12, Southwestern will host the Annual Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law Symposium. A Los...

Adjunct Professor and Judge Yvette Palazuelos Honored by Latina Lawyers Bar Association

October 24, 2016

Adjunct Professor and Judge Yvette Palazuelos Honored by Latina Lawyers Bar Association

On October 14, Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos, who teaches Trial Advocacy as a member Southwestern's adjunct faculty, was honored...

TAHP Team Earns Fourth Place at National Competition

October 20, 2016

TAHP Team Earns Fourth Place at National Competition

At the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition in San Francisco,...

Three Students Selected as 2016-2017 Biederman Scholars

October 19, 2016

Three Students Selected as 2016-2017 Biederman Scholars

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

Southwestern Evening Student Wins Prestigious Award from Federal Bar Association

October 14, 2016

Southwestern Evening Student Wins Prestigious Award from Federal Bar Association

On October 6 at the Biltmore Hotel, fourth year evening student Aron Hier received the Judge Barry Russell Federal Practice...

Southwestern Law School Receives 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

October 13, 2016

Southwestern Law School Receives 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Southwestern Law School has received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity...

Southwestern included in 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

October 10, 2016

Southwestern included in 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

The 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was announced on September 21, and once again, Southwestern...

Southwestern to Honor Outstanding Members of the Entertainment Law Community

October 06, 2016

Southwestern to Honor Outstanding Members of the Entertainment Law Community

As one of the top entertainment law schools in the country, Southwestern will recognize three outstanding attorneys for their...

The Right to Know: Southwestern Law School to host symposium commemorating "Freedom of Information Laws on the Global Stage: Past, Present and Future."

September 20, 2016

The Right to Know: Southwestern Law School to host symposium commemorating "Freedom of Information Laws on the Global Stage: Past, Present and Future."

On Friday, November 4, 2016, Southwestern Law School will host a symposium on "Freedom of Information Laws on the Global Stage:...

Southwestern to Present First Clinical Conference on Closing the Justice Gap for California's Youth: Diverse Solutions for Diverse Communities

September 16, 2016

Southwestern to Present First Clinical Conference on Closing the Justice Gap for California's Youth: Diverse Solutions for Diverse Communities

On Thursday, September 29, Southwestern Law School will present Closing the Justice Gap for California’s Youth: Diverse...

Southwestern Law School Symposium Explores Modern Implications of the Laws of War

September 14, 2016

Southwestern Law School Symposium Explores Modern Implications of the Laws of War

Cicero famously said, "inter arma enim silent leges" – Latin for "in times of war, the law falls silent." Yet the media is...

Southwestern Recognized for Diversity by ABA Law Students Division

September 13, 2016

Southwestern Recognized for Diversity by ABA Law Students Division

Southwestern has won the 2016 Dean Henry J. Ramsey Jr. Diversity Award from the American Bar Association's Law Students...

Business Leader Charles P. Fairchild Joins Southwestern Law School Board of Trustees

September 12, 2016

Business Leader Charles P. Fairchild Joins Southwestern Law School Board of Trustees

Charles P. Fairchild '09, a general counsel and manager of several companies and cultural arts education advocate, has been...

Southwestern to Host a Celebration of Asian Pacific American Women Law Firm Partners in Los Angeles

September 08, 2016

Southwestern to Host a Celebration of Asian Pacific American Women Law Firm Partners in Los Angeles

On Friday, September 16, Southwestern will host the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance of Los Angeles (APAWLA),...

Eleven Southwestern Graduates Selected for ABOTA Fellowships

September 07, 2016

Eleven Southwestern Graduates Selected for ABOTA Fellowships

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has selected 11 members of Southwestern's Class of...

Michael Carter Appointed Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwestern Law School

September 06, 2016

Michael Carter Appointed Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwestern Law School

Dean Susan Westerberg Prager today announced the appointment of Michael Carter as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer...

Prominent Alumni Tell New Students "The Practice of Law Begins Today"

August 18, 2016

Prominent Alumni Tell New Students "The Practice of Law Begins Today"

Before setting foot into a classroom, students entering their first year at Southwestern received an important message from two...

Introduction to Legal Writing Course Gives Students a Glimpse into the Rigors of Law School

August 17, 2016

Introduction to Legal Writing Course Gives Students a Glimpse into the Rigors of Law School

Anyone who has been in law school will tell you that one of the first things they had to learn is how to write like a lawyer....

Southwestern Alumnus Judge David Wesley and Southwestern Students Play Key Roles in Award Winning Teen Court Program

August 02, 2016

Southwestern Alumnus Judge David Wesley and Southwestern Students Play Key Roles in Award Winning Teen Court Program

The Los Angeles Superior Court Teen Court Program has been awarded the California State Bar Education Pipeline Award. Teen...

Student Successfully Attains Parole for Client

June 29, 2016

Student Successfully Attains Parole for Client

Evening student Yessica Jovel was able to take the skills she has learned during her time at Southwestern and apply them to...

Professor Pugsley Retires

June 22, 2016

Professor Pugsley Retires

After 38 years with the Southwestern community, Professor Robert A. Pugsley retired at the end of the Spring 2016 semester....

Twelve Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation

June 15, 2016

Twelve Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation

The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) awarded scholarships to 12 Southwestern students at its 25th Anniversary Scholarship...

Alumni Honored at Family Law Event

June 14, 2016

Alumni Honored at Family Law Event

On June 4, the Southwestern Alumni Association presented the second annual Signing on the Dotted Line: A Family Law MCLE Event...

Los Angeles Lawyers Make Music for a Cause

June 09, 2016

Los Angeles Lawyers Make Music for a Cause

On Saturday, June 18, the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic & Legal Voices will honor legendary songwriter Richard M. Sherman at...

Recent Graduates Earn Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Scholarships

June 03, 2016

Recent Graduates Earn Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Scholarships

Lauren Fierro and Monique Moncayo, who both graduated from Southwestern's PLEAS program in May, have been awarded scholarships...