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Southwestern Reporter

April/May 2009


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Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

A number of practitioners and experts in a variety of fields have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Alison Kleaver '07, an associate with the Los Angeles Office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, will co-teach the Journal Seminar with Professor Faerman in the Fall Semester. As a member of the Business Trial Practice Group at her firm, she represents companies in insurance and general business matters; she is also a member of the firm's Hispanic Latino Practice Team. She is an active member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Bar Association, as well as first violinist of the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic. While a student at Southwestern, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Southwestern Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Honors Program. In addition, she co-founded Southwestern's Emergency Legal Clinic in 2005 as a response to the need for legal services in Los Angeles for transplanted victims of Hurricane Katrina. She earned her A.B., magna cum laude, in 2004 from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Steering Committee Member of the University's Ambassadors Program, and her J.D. from Southwestern in 2007.

Molly Selvin will teach Media Coverage, Law and Policy in the Fall Semester and How Did We Get Here? The History of Contemporary Policy Issues in the Spring Semester. She joined Southwestern in January as Senior Research Scholar and Associate Editor of the Journal of Legal Education and is Director of the Southwestern-Drucker dual-degree programs. Prior to joining Southwestern, she served on the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty for nearly 25 years, teaching courses on the U.S. Constitution, the uses of history in policy analysis and the role of the media in public policy, and she recently developed a workshop for international fellows on American government and culture. She also spent 10 years at RAND's Institute for Civil Justice, conducting research on a variety of issues, including asbestos litigation, jury behavior and civil case management. From 1990 to 2008, she was on the staff of the Los Angeles Times as an editorial writer and news reporter. She also served as a news writer and editor for radio stations and newspapers in San Diego, and her articles have been published in other major newspapers throughout California. She earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in American History and her Ph.D. degree in American Legal History at the University of California, San Diego and was twice awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, where she taught courses on U.S. constitutional law and urban politics at the University of Munich and wrote for the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich's daily newspaper. She was also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and has been a Senior Fellow in UCLA's School of Public Affairs for several years.

Maureen Whalen, Associate General Counsel of The J. Paul Getty Trust, will co-teach the Museum and Art Law Seminar with Professor Goldstein in the Spring Semester. In her position, she provides legal advice to the Trust and its operating programs (including the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute) on transactional matters and such intellectual property issues as copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity. She also drafts and reviews agreements for the acquisition of intellectual property rights and the use of the Trust's intellectual properties; reviews and approves acquisitions proposals and contracts, and loans to foreign venues; and conducts workshops and seminars for Trust staff on intellectual and cultural property laws. She has also conducted Summer Field Work at the Columbia University Libraries through a sabbatical granted by the Getty. Prior to joining the Trust, she was Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, for Disney TeleVentures, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company. Active in various legal organizations, she is currently co-chair of the ALI-ABA Legal Issues in Museum Administration and has published articles such as "Marooned in Storage: Rescuing Orphan Works," Museum News (September/October 2006). She earned B.A. degrees in English and Sociology and her J.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and her Masters of Library and Information Studies from UCLA.



  • Panelist, "U.S. Supreme Court Environmental Law Cases 2008-09," 23rd Annual LACBA Environmental Law Section Spring Symposium, Los Angeles
  • LABOR LAW IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORKPLACE (with K. Dau-Schmidt, M. Malin, R. Corrada and C. Fisk; West, 2009)
  • "Property Rhetoric and the Public Domain," 94 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2010)
  • Selected (as one of 12 junior law faculty members to participate), Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum; he will present "Property Rhetoric and the Public Domain" (see story)
  • Comment: A Revival of Access-to-Justice Research Symposium on "Access to Justice" in SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME, LAW AND DEVIANCE Vol. 13 (Rebecca L. Sandefur, ed.; Elsevier Press, 2009)
  • Presenter, "Building and Revamping Legal Virtue: Legal and Colonial Strategies in the Construction of Asian States," Indiana University Center on Law, Society and Humanities, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Presenter, "Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyer-Compradors and Colonial Strategies in the Reshaping of Asian States," Global Governance in Inequality Working Group, Brown University, RI
  • Presenter, "Evolution of Labor Markets, Types of Lawyers, and Practice Settings," After the JD: An International Conference on Research on Legal Careers in Transition, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
  • Quoted in "The Price is Right," California Lawyer
  • Op-Ed articles, "One Vote Too Many" and "Bonus Questions," Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Keynote Address, "Affordable Housing in the Time of Climate Change," Day of Housing Conference, Delaware Housing Coalition, Dover, DE
  • Quoted in "Judge Rules Density Bonuses are Illegal," Park La Brea News/Beverly Press
  • "Analysis of U.S. Licensure of Foreign Professionals" (with assistance of Nicholas Rosen '10), Special Committee on International Issues, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • "Report of the International Legal Exchange Program to India" (with assistance of Nicholas Dagher '10), ABA Section of International Law
  • Invited Participant, U.S. Government and International Organization General Counsel Reception and Dinner, Washington, DC
  • Meeting Chair, ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services, Washington, DC
  • Meeting Co-Chair, India-U.S. Trade Policy Forum Working Group on Legal Services, Washington, DC
  • Participant, "Decisions and Challenges after the Arbitral Proceedings: Disciplinary Hearing" Confronting Ethical Issues in International Arbitration - 20th Annual Institute of Transnational Arbitration Workshop, Dallas, TX
  • Presenter, "An Examination of Ethics Issues in International Arbitration," University of Augsburg, Germany
  • Presenter, "Legal Services and International Trade Law," University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Presenter, "The Future is Here: Globalization and the Regulation of the Legal Profession," ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, and the Georgetown Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Chicago, IL
  • Speaker, "Law Practice in China, India and the Middle East," "Standards of Qualification: Transparency in U.S. Bar Eligibility for foreign-Educated Law Graduates," and "The New Duel between State Law and Treaty Implementation: Medellin Moves the Target," ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC
  • "Comity and Parallel Foreign Proceedings: A Reply to Black and Swan," CANADIAN BUSINESS LAW JOURNAL (REVUE CANADIENNE DE DROIT DE COMMERCE), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Quoted in "In Arizona, cameras that nab speeders record a murder, too," Christian Science Monitor (also included in the premiere issue of the paper's subscription-based daily briefing edition)
  • "Litigating Sex Crimes in the United States: Has the Last Decade Made Any Difference?" 6 INTERNATIONAL COMMENTARY ON EVIDENCE (Special Issue on Evidence During the Ten Years of ICE; The Berkeley Electronic Press, 2008;
  • Panelist, "Children in the Courtroom: Special Accommodations" and "Children in the Courtroom: Competence Panelists," The Child Witness, Widener Law Review Symposium, Wilmington, DE
  • Meeting Participant, ABA Youth at Risk Commission, Washington DC
  • Participant, Gender Responsive Strategies Commission, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Live Oak, CA
  • Panelist, "Born Free - Making the Case for Unlocking and Monetizing Content and Relaxing Copyright Law" The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Mid-Winter Meeting, San Francisco
  • Speaker, "Data Breach Legislation and Consumer Privacy," Law Information Security Committee Meeting, ABA Section of Science & Technology, San Francisco
  • "Jackpot Justice: Verdict Variability and the Mass Tort Class Action," 80 TEMPLE LAW REVIEW 1013 (2007)
  • Participant, Board of Trustees, NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education, Washington, DC
  • Participant, Board of Directors, North Shore Community Resources, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Participant, Board of Governors, Queen Margaret's School, Duncan, BC, Canada


  • Honored, Outstanding Friend, 22nd Annual Awards Recognition Reception, Southwestern
  • Speaker, "Preparing Accountings and Reports for Trusts and Estates," California CPA Education Foundation (multiple daylong seminars)
  • Honored, Alumnus of the Year, 22nd Annual Awards Recognition Reception, Southwestern
  • Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Review Panel, Washington DC


ABA - American Bar Association
- Association of American Law Schools
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- National Association for Law Placement


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