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Southwestern Reporter

August 2005


Scott GordonCommissioner 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.

In earlier positions, Professor Gordon served as special assistant to the Chief Deputy District Attorney, where he was responsible for policy and legislative issues related to child abuse, domestic violence and sex crimes, and as a member of the District Attorney's Special Investigations Division, focusing on criminal conduct by public officials. He has worked with the California State Legislature to draft and review legislation and is the author of four statutes enacted into California law.

In 1997, Professor Gordon was appointed by the U.S. State Department to the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague where he spent two months evaluating alleged war crimes in the former Yugoslavia. Most recently, he co-authored the book Shadow Enemies, a non- fiction thriller based on a World War II German terrorist plot against the United States.

Professor Gordon is a 1979 graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills. He completed his J.D. degree at Southwestern in 1985 while serving as a Santa Monica police officer.


Southwestern Students Selected for 2005 Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program
Equal Justice WorksFive 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.

The 2005 Summer Corps participants are first-year and second-year law students from 113 law schools. They each spent at least 300 hours at public interest internships, providing critically needed legal assistance to low-income or underserved communities in 39 states. The Summer Corps members also gained first-hand experience and lawyering skills in areas such as client intake, individual representation, and legal research and writing.

Placements included the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, Los Angeles (Greene), Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Los Angeles (Jimenez), the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Los Angeles (Lac) and Public Counsel, Los Angeles (Liebes and Meyer).

Equal Justice Works (formerly the National Association for Public Interest Law) was founded in 1986 by law students dedicated to working for equal justice on behalf of underserved communities and causes. Today, Equal Justice Works is the national leader in creating summer and postgraduate public interest opportunities for law students and lawyers, as well as in urging more public interest programming at law schools.

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.

“I’m really concerned,” said Jennifer Turner, explaining that Roberts’ past criticism of Roe v. Wade could pose a threat to legalized abortion. “Even though we’re not exactly sure where he’ll go, because he doesn’t have any published opinions as of yet, we really need to be concerned about women potentially losing their right to choose.”

David Likens warned against jumping to conclusions about Roberts. “He might surprise some people,” he said. “He might not be as conservative as everybody assumes that he is.” The students’ observations were aired in segments* that featured commentary from senators Bill Frist, Patrick Leahy and Charles Schumer. Not bad for a study group that had been in law school for just under a month.

*Portions of the interviews were used in segments on KTTV’s 10pm and KCOP’s 11pm news programs.


Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty
Ira Gottlieb, a partner with the law firm of Geffner & Bush, will teach labor law during the fall semester. Specializing in the representation of public and private sector labor organizations, he has litigated before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Professor Gottlieb has appeared before the National Labor Relations Board, National Transportation Safety Board and California Public Utilities Commission, among others, and has experience in arbitration under collective bargaining agreement and counseling union clients. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney in the legal department of the United Farm Workers. A member of many professional organizations, including the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and the Labor and Employment Law Sections of both the American Bar Association (ABA) and California State Bar, Professor Gottlieb is a senior editor of the forthcoming ABA publication, The Railway Labor Act, 2nd edition; he also served as an editor of the first edition. He earned his B.A. from Columbia University, his J.D. from Rutgers University and is a member of the California and New York State Bars.

Hope Singer, a partner with the law firm of Geffner & Bush, will teach labor law during the fall semester. Specializing in the representation and counseling of public and private sector labor organizations, she has extensive experience arbitrating under collective bargaining agreements and advocacy before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and civil service commissions. A former field attorney with the NLRB, Professor Singer has written extensively on a variety of labor law issues. She has served as contributing editor of Construction Organizing, a publication of the AFL-CIO, and How to Bring a Case Before the NLRB, a publication of the American Bar Association (ABA). She is co-chair of the ABA’s NLRB “Practice and Procedure” Committee, as well as a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and has been a featured speaker at a range of symposia. She earned her B.A. from the City University of New York, her J.D. from Rutgers University and is a member of the California, New Jersey and Nevada State Bars.


Southwestern Board
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."

Daniel Petrocelli has led a distinguished career as a trial attorney specializing in complex litigation. He began his career with Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp. As a partner at the firm, he served as lead counsel for the family of Fred Goldman in the wrongful death suit against O.J. Simpson, winning a unanimous jury verdict. Over the years, he has represented clients such as the Walt Disney Co., Barnes & Noble, Guess and other prominent companies as well as numerous celebrities in a variety of areas, including entertainment, intellectual property, unfair competition, business torts, securities, and employment law.

A member of the California State Bar, Mr. Petrocelli is a frequent national commentator on high profile trials and other legal issues, as well as a featured speaker to business groups, bar and judges associations, and citizens groups. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, most recently having been named Litigator of the Year by the Century City Bar Association, one of Los Angeles' Top 50 Litigators by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Malibu Bar Association Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year, and a Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer. He was honored as Southwestern Alumnus of the Year in 1999. Mr. Petrocelli is the author of Triumph of Justice: The Final Judgment on the Simpson Saga (Random House, 1998) as well as articles for California Litigation and Los Angeles Lawyer magazine.

Mr. Petrocelli earned his B.S. degree in Music at the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

Daphne Anneet is a successful litigator whose practice has focused on complex civil litigation in state and federal court as well as various administrative forums. She has handled cases involving employment discrimination and civil rights, employee benefits, product liability/toxic tort, and construction.

A member of the California State Bar, Ms. Anneet currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. She has authored numerous articles and presented lectures on contingent worker litigation, employment discrimination actions, and harassment in the workplace for such entities as the Association of California Water Agencies, the Southern California Public Labor Relations Council, Professionals in Human Resources Association, American Society of Appraisers, and the Orange County Human Services Conference.

Ms. Anneet completed her B.A. degree in Political Science/Latin American Studies at the University of Toronto, Trinity College while working for World University Services of Canada assisting students fleeing political or religious persecution. She also volunteered with Canada World Youth in Brazil and earned an M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern where she served as Note and Comment Editor of the Law Review and in the Moot Court Honors Program. In recent years, Ms. Anneet has served on the Southwestern adjunct faculty and as a member of the Southwestern Alumni Association Board of Directors.

James Coufos has led a highly successful career in the investment banking and securities industry. He served in the New York Stock Exchange’s Corporate Services division, in various capacities, for nearly 16 years. In 1974, he became director of Stock Watch, where he advised companies on news dissemination issues and served as an Exchange liaison with the trading floor. Four years later, he was appointed director of Corporate Services and was named managing director of Corporate Services and New Business in 1982.

Mr. Coufos joined, Spear, Leeds & Kellog LLC as a vice president in 1986 and established the firm’s Corporate Services and New Business Department. In 1991, he became a managing director and continued to oversee the corporate services and business areas for the firm's New York Stock Exchange specialist business. In 2000, Mr. Coufos became a managing director of Goldman Sachs when it acquired SLK. Three years later, upon his retirement as a full-time managing director, he was named an extended managing director.

A graduate of St. John's University, Mr. Coufos is active in a number of charities and currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of the Alliance for Children's Rights.




Around CampusNotice 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.”

This year’s project is threefold. First, the building’s façade is being repainted and weatherproofed. Manis said the new color palette was chosen to blend with the Bullocks Wilshire building and the Promenade. Second, the bathrooms throughout the edifice are undergoing a dramatic facelift. Aging equipment and finishes are being replaced with soothing tones and state-of-the-art, motion-sensing faucets, soap dispensers and paper towel holders. Also, many of the bathrooms will now feature handicap accessible door entries. The exterior painting is expected to wrap up in November, and the bathroom renovation should be completed by the end of the year.

By the time students and faculty return in the fall, Suite 102 on the Westmoreland building’s first floor will boast a new look and arrangement. Manis said the roughly 10,300-square-foot area is being reorganized “to make better use of its space and improve student services.”

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The offices in the northwest corner of the suite – which previously housed the Dean of Students, Career Services, Student Affairs and Externships – have been demolished . In their place, the school has constructed a new Admissions Office (pictured above, before and after construction).

Offices for the Dean of Students and Student AffairsOffices for the Dean of Students and Student Affairs have been relocated to the southeast corner of the suite, where the Admissions Office used to sit (pictured, after construction). Meanwhile, the Externship Office, which had been housed on the first floor since 1998, has been moved up to the second floor, adjacent to the Student Bar Association office.

Financial Aid OfficeThe Financial Aid Office and the Registrar will remain in the same spots with minor modifications in counter configurations, waiting areas and staff work areas (Financial Aid pictured, after construction). Career Services will continue to operate on the third floor, where it moved last year. Manis described the Suite 102 layout as “more efficient.” “Our goal was to improve the accessibility that students and applicants need to have with different offices,” she said.



• Lecturer, Opinion Writing Seminar, National Judicial College, University of Nevada
• Speaker, Academic Assistance Workshop, LSAC, University of Nevada, Las Vegas-Boyd Law School

• Interviewed on “AirTalk,” and “Past Sunset,” KPCC

• Principal Organizer, The Global and the Local in Accounting for and Judging War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain
• Interviewed on “The Abrams Report,” MSNBC

Does One Hand Wash the Other? Testing the Managerial Power and Optimal Contracting Theories of Executive Compensation, 30 JOURNAL OF CORPORATION LAW 255 (2005)

From Must-See-TV to Branded Counter-Programming: Syndicating ‘Seinfeld’ in MASTER OF ITS DOMAIN: REVISITING SEINFELD (Continuum, 2005) (with Mark C. Rogers and Jimmie L. Reeves)
From Scarcity to Market Power Quid Pro Quo: Toward a Workable Right of Access in U.S. Media in MEDIA OWNERSHIP: RESEARCH AND REGULATION (Hampton Press, 2005)
Surviving the Hit: HBO's Brand Equity after ‘The Sopranos’ in READING THE SOPRANOS: CAN THIS BE THE END OF TONY SOPRANO? (I.B. Taurus, 2005) (with Mark C. Rogers and Jimmie L. Reeves)

• Appointed, Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, California State Bar


• Quoted in “State’s Laws Make Good Breeding Ground,” Riverside Press Enterprise

• Quoted in “RIMS President Issues Challenge for Industry: Eliminate Contingents,” Business Insurance

Grutter’s First Amendment, 46 BOSTON COLLEGE LAW REVIEW 461 (2005)
• Interviewed on KABC-TV News

The Banality of Fraud: Resituating the Inside Counsel as Gatekeeper, FORDHAM LAW REVIEW (2005)

Forty Years After New York Times v. Sullivan: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, 83 OREGON LAW REVIEW 1203 (Winter 2004)

• Lecturer, Innovative European Urbanism, Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, Denver, CO

• Moderator, “Legal Stories of Empowerment/Disempowerment,” and presented a paper, “Making the Law Free: Literature as a Bridge Between the Law and the Culture in Which it Must Exist,” The Power of Stories: The Intersection of Law Culture and Literature, sponsored by Gloucester City Council, The Gloucester Initiative, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and University of Gloucestershire, England


• ENTERTAINMENT LAW: LEGAL CONCEPTS AND BUSINESS PRACTICES, 2nd ed., 5 vols. (Thomson/West, 2005) (with P. Acton, T. Selz and M. Simensky)
• NEWSGATHERING AND THE LAW, 3rd ed. (Matthew Bender, 2005) (with C. Dienes and L. Levine)

Ten Years of the WTO: Reflections on the Future of Regional and Global Trade, 34 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS: SPECIAL FOCUS ISSUE – THE WTO 1 (Spring 2005)
• Lecturer, “Legal Aspects of Terrorism,” Terrorism, Global Security and the Law, University of California, Los Angeles

• Co-Organizer and presented a paper, “Argentina’s ‘New’ International Human Rights Trials and Its Search for Domestic Political Legitimacy,” The Global and the Local in Accounting for and Judging War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain
• Chair and panelist, Comparative Constitutional Construction, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Trail Smelter Déjà Vu: Extraterritoriality, International Environmental Law, and the Search for Solutions to Canadian-U.S Transboundary Water Pollution Disputes, 85 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 363 (2005)

• Interviewed on Radio America, KPCC, KAHL (San Antonio, TX) and WNDB (Daytona Beach, FL)
• Quoted in Newsday and the Christian Science Monitor

• “A Primer on Gender-Related Issues That Affect Female Offenders,” Criminal Justice Magazine (Spring 2005)
• Quoted in ABA Journal e-Report

• WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES, MATERIALS, AND PROBLEMS (Lexis Publishing, 2005) (with S. Jordon)
• Interviewed on KCRW; KPCC; and “Marketplace” and “Morning Edition,” NPR

Resolving the Class Action Crisis: Mass Tort Litigation as Network, UTAH LAW REVIEW (2005)

You Can’t Always Use the Zippo Code: The Fallacy of a Uniform Theory of Internet Personal Jurisdiction, 54 DEPAUL LAW REVIEW 1147 (Summer 2005)


• Organizer, “Littles in Law,” Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program
• Quoted in “’Bigs’ Mentor ‘Littles,” Teach Them About Law, Los Angeles Daily Journal
• Interviewed on KCAL and KCBS news

• Speaker, Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Dinner, Temple Ner Maarav

• Appointed Superior Court Commissioner, County of Los Angeles

• Featured guest speaker, Land Use and Planning Methods Incorporating Protective Financial Incentives, University of Amsterdam

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