Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
Southwestern Reporter

August 2005

In This Issue:

 

EVENTS

Dean Bryant G. Garth
 
Dean’s Investiture Scheduled
The Investiture of Dean Bryant G. Garth will be held at the Southwestern campus on Thursday, September 29, 2005. That evening, alumni, students, faculty and staff, and members of the bench, bar and academic communities will gather to mark the beginning of Dean Garth’s tenure as the tenth dean of Southwestern. He assumed the position in July following the retirement of Dean Leigh H. Taylor who served from 1978 to 2005. A brief program featuring prominent guest speakers representing legal education and the profession will be followed by a reception in the Bullocks Wilshire building. Further information on the event may be obtained from the Development Office.

 

Commissioner Gordon '85 to Speak at Orientation
Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner and Southwestern Adjunct Professor Scott Gordon will help welcome new Southwestern students as the keynote speaker during Orientation on August 17. Formerly a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney and a founding member of the office's Stalking and Threat Assessment Team, Professor Gordon is a nationally recognized expert in child abuse and domestic violence. Among his high-profile cases as a prosecutor were the O.J. Simpson criminal trial and the trial of a man accused of stalking actress Brooke Shields. read more.

 

Prominent Entertainment Attorneys Featured in Upcoming Conversation Series
This fall, the Biederman Institute proudly continues its popular lecture series, "A Conversation With..." featuring:

Daniel Petrocelli '80
Partner, O'Melveny & Myers
September 20, 7:30 p.m.

John Schulman
Executive Vice President/General Counsel, Warner Brothers
October 26, 7:30 p.m.

The series is designed to present dialogues with prominent publishers, television and film producers, senior counsel, and public officials involved with the entertainment and media industries. The conversation format allows students and members of the legal profession to explore contemporary and sometimes controversial issues confronting the entertainment industry and the media with featured guests. The events take place on the second floor of the Bullocks Wilshire building, with receptions following the program. Reservations are requested and can be made through the Institute Office.


FACULTY ACTIVITIES

For a list of recent faculty activities, click here.


STUDENTS

Reed and Jannol Take Top Honors in SCALE Appellate Advocacy Competition
Top honors for the 2005 SCALE Appellate Advocacy Competition, announced in June, went to Rebecca Reed as first-place oralist and Rebecca Jannol as first-place writer. Other honors went to Reagan Boyce (2nd-place oralist), Rudi Baldwin (second-place writer), Laura Buckley (alternate oralist) and Stephen Sullivan (alternate writer).

Southwestern Students Selected for 2005 Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program
Five Southwestern students spent this summer interning with nonprofit public interest law organizations as a part of Equal Justice Works' Summer Corps program. Danielle Greene, Daniel Jimenez, Karen Lac, Lauren Liebes and Kenneth Meyer each received a $1,000 education award voucher through the national AmeriCorps-funded program. These students were among 505 applicants for 250 participant slots nationwide. read more.

 

 

NIAF
 
Southwestern Student Selected for Graduates to Leaders Law Program
This past summer, Southwestern student Anthony Riggio was one of thirty students in the United States selected to participate in the Graduates to Leaders (G2L) Law Program, an educational workshop program for first and second year Italian American law students in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF).

The two-day leadership program in the nation's capitol, included lecture and discussion sessions on public interest and advocacy law; statutory and administrative law; criminal and business law; private practice versus public interest law; and the federal court system and the role of specialized courts. It is intended to provide the graduate law students with an "insider's" view of the inner workings of the legal world. The seminars also served as networking forums, introducing participants to a professional support group of Italian Americans in law, including prominent Italian American leaders in the legal field.

NIAF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. The NIAF organizes cultural activities and helps young people with scholarships, internships and other programs.

 

For more information on these and other programs, visit the Career Services Office.

Students Sound Off on Judge Roberts' Nomination
On the eve of President Bush’s nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court, many were scrambling to learn more about the man who, if appointed, will play a crucial role in the country’s future. Those who turned to local TV news stations might have seen an unexpected group of legal experts sounding off on the nomination: Southwestern students.

KTTV Fox 11 sent reporters to Southwestern to gauge law students’ reactions to the conservative Roberts. News of the nomination had been leaked several hours earlier, and a group of seven SCALE I students had already been busily researching the judge’s background, using legal research programs on their laptops. Now, with the cameras rolling, they sat in the Salle Moderne watching the president formally announce his selection on television, and offering their opinions to reporters. read more.

ITAP Tryouts Scheduled
Students who wish to polish their advocacy skills through competition are invited to participate in the selection process for the 2005-2006 Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP). Informational meetings will be held on August 29 at 12:30 and 5 p.m., with the first round of tryouts taking place September 12-13 & 15. Further information is available from ITAP Chair Daniel Varon through the ITAP Office or the Student Affairs Office.

Job Opportunities Come Calling with OCIP
Beginning September 8, a variety of law firms, government entities, and public interest organizations will be taking part in Southwestern’s Fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCIP). Students in the 2nd and 3rd year Day; 3rd and 4th year Evening; 3rd and 4th year PLEAS; and SCALE II are invited to participate.

To be eligible, applicants must do the following by 6 p.m. on August 25, 2005: 1) submit a signed copy of the OCIP registration form to the Career Services Office; 2) fill out a profile and upload a copy of their resume to the e-Attorney/OCI+ website; 3) read and review the 2005 Fall OCIP information, which includes, but is not limited to, General Information, How to Participate, NALP Timing Guidelines, and Policies and Standards. Students must “bid” for interviews by the relevant and applicable deadlines. For employers coming to campus in September, employers who have not yet chosen a date, and all resume forward employers, bids must be placed by midnight on August 25, 2005. For employers visiting campus in October, bids must be placed by 11:59 p.m. on September 19, 2005.

Students must also attend a “How to Participate in the OCIP” seminar on either August 18 at 12 or 3 p.m. in W329 or August 23 at 12:30 or 5 p.m. in W311. Students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the resume writing workshops in preparation for the Fall OCIP as well as the many other workshops and seminars being sponsored by the Career Services Office. Complete schedules of workshops and events were mailed to students, and duplicate copies can be obtained in the CSO. Questions may be directed to the Career Services Office.


TRUSTEES

 
Leaders in Law and Business Join Southwestern Board
Daniel M. Petrocelli ’80
, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers; Daphne M. Anneet ‘95, a partner at Bergman & Dacey; and James A. Coufos, former managing director of Goldman Sachs, have been elected to the Southwestern Board of Trustees.

“We are very honored to have Dan, Daphne and Jim join the Board of Trustees,” said Dennis P.R. Codon, the Board’s chair. “They bring enormous prestige and talent, and we look forward to working with them in our continuing efforts to enhance Southwestern’s reputation, academic excellence and fiscal management." read more.

 


FACULTY

 
Buchalter, Rosenberg, Treusch 2005-06 Professors of Law Announced
Professors James M. Fischer, Danielle Kie Hart and Robert C. Lindwere honored with Professorships for 2005-06.

 

 
Professors Williams and Yokoyama Granted Tenure
At a recent meeting of the Board of Trustees, Professors Kenneth Williams and Dennis T. Yokoyama were granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Professor of Law. The Board action followed the positive recommendations by the Faculty Tenure Committee and acknowledged Professors Williams and Yokoyama’s exceptional teaching, scholarly research and writing, and service to Southwestern and the community.

 

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty
Professors Ira Gottlieb and Hope Singer, experts in labor law, have joined Southwestern’s adjunct faculty for Fall 2005. read more.


AROUND CAMPUS

Alumni and Students Honored at Annual Awards Event
An enthusiastic crowd of alumni and friends gathered on campus to honor three outstanding members of the Southwestern community, and to support scholarships for students at the 2005 Annual Alumni Awards Reception and Auction this past Spring. Shinaan S. Krakowsky ’81, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for Greystone Communications was named “Alumnus of the Year”; The Hon. Candace J. Beason ’80, Judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, was selected as “Outstanding Judicial Officer”; and Dean Leigh H. Taylor was recognized for his tremendous contributions to Southwestern and legal education. Funds raised from the annual event support the Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment Fund from which awards were presented to Jennifer Dolan, LaShon Harris, Robert Minzner and Myle Phan during the program.

 

Notice Changes?
Summer may bring a big drop in classes, but that doesn’t mean campus is quiet. In fact, the break between semesters provides Southwestern with time to tackle various projects that cannot be completed during the regular school year. This summer’s primary undertaking has been a major upgrade of the Westmoreland building.

Janice Manis, Southwestern’s Director of Administrative Services, said the facility is being enhanced both functionally and aesthetically. “We want to bring it in line with the quality of the Bullocks Wilshire building, while retaining its basic character,” she explained. “Every year we take a look at campus facilities and determine what needs to be improved from an academic, service, operations or safety point of view.” read more.

 

The Library Gets a New Name
Announced at the October 2004 Gala Celebration (pictured, left), the Board of Trustees formally named the Law Library in Dean Taylor’s honor, in recognition of his “extraordinary dedication to Southwestern and to legal education.”

 

The Leigh H. Taylor Law Library now bears its new name on the glass door entrance and along the central corridor, where a formal portrait of the honoree, now Dean Emeritus, hangs.
 

Staff Additions
Southwestern announces new staff members in MIS:

• Vicki Bartmess, Systems Coordinator– Prior to joining Southwestern, Vicki spent 20 years at a software development company in various IT positions. She earned her bachelors degree in philosophy from Santa Clara University (SCU), and supplemented her education with math and IT courses at SCU and Santa Monica College.

• Tamara Imoto, Data Entry Operator– Prior to joining Southwestern, Tamara was a development assistant at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She earned her associates degree in liberal arts from East Los Angeles College.


Fall Security Workshops

Street Smarts
Orientation Fair, August 17

Vehicle Safety
Wednesday, September 14, 12:30 & 5pm

Emergency Preparedness
Wednesday, October 19, 12:30 & 5pm

Online Shopping/ATM Safety
Wednesday, November 16, 12:30 & 5pm

Holiday Safety
Thursday, December 1, 12:30 & 5pm

All security workshops are held on the Westmoreland Steps.




Students Participate in Summer Externships
Over the summer, a number of Southwestern students served in full- and part-time externships in judicial offices, government and public interest agencies, and companies that focus on entertainment law.


GETTING TO KNOW YOU


A dozen questions for: Professor Ronald Aronovsky

 

Q: When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: First baseman for the San Francisco Giants.

Q: If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
A: I would probably go back to my undergraduate history roots and write about American political history while moonlighting as a jazz clarinetist (because I could not fail, the fact that I cannot currently play the clarinet would not get in the way).

Q: After earning your bachelor’s degree in History, what influenced you to attend law school?
A: First, studying history (with its emphasis on research, writing, and analysis of human behavior) was excellent preparation for law school. Second, I was attracted by the role of a lawyer as a problem-solver. Finally, my lack of any apparent aptitude for math and science made medical and business school unlikely options.

Q: What is your favorite memory of law school?
A: For reasons that I still do not understand, the night before my first law school class I went to see the movie “The Paper Chase,” which turned out to be both foolish and lucky. Foolish, because I walked into law school that next day convinced that I would spend the next three years terrorized by one Professor Kingsfield after another. Lucky, because law school could never be as bad as I thought it was going to be when I walked into class that first day. In fact, I enjoyed law school, due in large part to a great group of classmates (many of whom I have stayed in touch with over the years).

Q: What was the most valuable lesson or piece of advice you obtained while working as a judicial clerk?
A: I was very lucky to work for Justice Mathew O. Tobriner of the California Supreme Court and Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the Ninth Circuit; both were wonderful role models. Justice Tobriner combined an extraordinary mind and passion for justice with humility and a gentle soul. Judge Goodwin is one of the brightest, funniest, and most down to earth people I have every met. I learned a great deal from his clear, efficient writing style, which he refined during his pre-law school career as a reporter.

Q: What is something you know now as a professor that you wish you knew as a law student?
A: The value of participating in class discussion and taking advantage of office hours. I wish I had done more of both in law school, now that I realize how much I enjoy (and think that students get a lot from) active class discussion and appreciate the dedication of students who ask questions reflecting a determination to master the course material.

Q: What encouraged you to become involved in environmental law?
A: The intersection of law and science presented by environmental law issues, as well as the public policy questions, statutory interpretation puzzles and complex litigation problems that frequently arise in the soil and groundwater contamination matters I came to handle as an environmental litigator.

Q: What has been your most memorable experience as a professor or an attorney?
A: I tried a CERCLA (Superfund) case in federal court in Fresno that presented a variety of logistical and substantive challenges. The trial itself was a net seven weeks long but took six months to try. This was a bench trial, and every time the judge had a criminal case in which the defendant insisted on his right to a speedy trial he sent all of us home so he could try the criminal case. When the criminal case ended, he called us back for a few days until the next criminal trial came up, and so on. Overall, the litigation took six years from the filing of the complaint to entry of final judgment, involved millions of pages of documents, three dozen parties, over a hundred depositions, and several dozen substantive, discovery or procedural motions. The cleanup (involving soil and groundwater contamination that occurred over the course of thirty years) will cost tens of millions of dollars and will take years to complete.

Q: What would you like to be known for?

A: Professionally, as someone who loved teaching and cared about whether his students took away something meaningful from class about critical legal analysis and the importance of doing things the right way in daily practice.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?
A: This is a question that is probably best answered by others, but professionally I am proud of the fact that I co-founded and managed my own law firm.

Q: What would you want your students to walk away from your classroom with, if it could only be one thing?
A: The responsibilities of a lawyer in our society, including our role as problem-solver, the need to look afresh at each client’s particular problem, and practicing with the knowledge that a lawyer’s reputation is her most precious and fragile asset.

Q: What do you do after you finish grading that last exam?
A: Exhale — grading is a very stressful process. The next step usually is turning to the next task. I try to put everything else aside when I begin grading, so by the time I have finished that last exam there is usually a backlog of class preparation and research projects waiting for me.


 

“ W.A.Y.” - Who Are You & Why Are You here?

This Month - Howard Chernin, Second-Year Full-Time Day Student
As an undergrad student at UCLA, Howard Chernin thought he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. His major was Spanish and Linguistics, and he dreamed of becoming a professor and translator of Spanish literature, plays and poetry. However, the L.A. native became active in political and social causes, eventually co-founding two Jewish student organizations on-campus. Those experiences led Howard to rethink his goals. “I realized I like to spur change, to affect the world in a positive way,” he recalls. Opting to forego his earlier plans to pursue a Ph.D., Howard decided that a law degree would empower him with the knowledge and marketability to become an advocate for the underrepresented.

After visiting several Southern California law schools, Howard chose Southwestern. “I decided that Southwestern would give me the best opportunities to become a leader and an advocate, based on its history and its continuing role as an institution for change,” he says. Spending time on the campus and meeting with students and faculty sealed the deal. “There was momentum here,” Howard explains. “There was a sense of place and a sense of pride.” Now, having completed his first year of law school, Howard says Southwestern has exceeded his expectations, particularly the faculty. “The professors are some of the friendliest people imaginable,” he says. He has also observed that “We have a lot of progressive professors – They are more interested in how the law affects society.”

Through a career fair in the Bullocks Wilshire building last semester, Howard landed a summer externship at the Civil Liabilities unit of the City Attorney’s Office. He said the experience has enabled him to learn about every aspect of civil litigation. “It’s really exciting,” he says. “I’m pushing myself to the edge of my abilities.” He’ll also be honing his skills as a new member of the Moot Court Honors Program this fall. Though he has yet to decide which area of law he plans to pursue, Howard says he’s confident that he’ll be well equipped to achieve his goal of impacting society in a positive way.

 

Helpful hints for students from Southwestern Staff

 

Janice says: With greater use of laptops at home, around campus, on airplanes, Starbuck’s etc., the following practices are important:

 

• Engrave your name or other identifying code on your notebook covers to discourage theft. Engraving can be done at time of purchase by the manufacturer or with a permanent marker.

Use security devices such as locking cables or notebook security alarm system.

Back-up all computer data onto a CD or zip-drive on a daily basis and store back-up in a secure location and separately from your notebook.

Never leave your notebook unattended on-campus, in a public place, or visible in the back seat of a car.

Purchase notebook insurance.

Save a copy of your purchase receipt. Copy the serial number and description of your notebook and store it in a safe place. If the laptop is stolen, police, security, and the insurance company will need the information and it could also help in the recovery of your laptop.

 

Janice Manis is the Director of Administrative Services. Prior to joining Southwestern in 1981, she worked as a research project/grant coordinator at the University of Minnesota — Minneapolis. She earned her bachelors degree (cum laude) in Psychology from Pomona College.


ESSAYS & SCHOLARSHIPS


A selection of scholarships and essay contests are available in the Financial Aid Office (W102), on the bulletin board in the Westmoreland basement and online.

Please note: The information regarding scholarships and essay contests on Southwestern's website provides a general list for informational purposes only. Students interested in applying for any scholarship should contact the sponsoring organization directly for specific details and deadlines. External sites are provided for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by Southwestern.


 

Below is a sample of available scholarships with deadlines approaching in the coming months. Please visit the organization's website for further information and specific details.

Los Angeles County Italian American Lawyers Association Annual Scholarship
Award: $2,500
Deadline: September 30, 2005

CALENDAR

   

August

    

17 New Student Orientation
17-19 Legal Process
18-19 Orientation Lunch & Dinner for Incoming Students
18 Workshop: Resume/Cover Letter Preparation, 10 am and 1 pm, W329
Workshop: Interviewing Techniques, 11 am and 2 pm, W329
Seminar: How to Participate in the Fall OCIP, 12 and 3 pm, W329
23 Seminar: How to Participate in the Fall OCIP, 12:30 and 5 pm, W311
22 First Day of Fall Semester classes
Externship Orientation, 5 pm, W511
24 Workshop: Resume/Cover Letter Preparation, 12:30 & 5 pm, W311
29 ITAP Information Session, 12:30 and 5 pm
30 SBA-Faculty Back to School Party, 12:30 and 5 pm
Workshop: Interviewing Techniques, 12:30 and 5 pm, W311
31 Mocktails, Makeovers and More, 4 pm, W311
Seminar: Getting Most Out of Second Year, 12:30 pm

 

September

    

17 New Student Orientation
17-19 Legal Process
18-19 Orientation Lunch & Dinner for Incoming Students
18 Workshop: Resume/Cover Letter Preparation, 10 am and 1 pm, W329
Workshop: Interviewing Techniques, 11 am and 2 pm, W329
Seminar: How to Participate in the Fall OCIP, 12 and 3 pm, W329
23 Seminar: How to Participate in the Fall OCIP, 12:30 and 5 pm, W311
22 First Day of Fall Semester classes
Externship Orientation, 5 pm, W511
24 Workshop: Resume/Cover Letter Preparation, 12:30 & 5 pm, W311
29 ITAP Information Session, 12:30 and 5 pm
30 SBA-Faculty Back to School Party, 12:30 and 5 pm
Workshop: Interviewing Techniques, 12:30 and 5 pm, W311
31 Mocktails, Makeovers and More, 4 pm, W311
Seminar: Getting Most Out of Second Year, 12:30 pm

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