Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
Southwestern Reporter

August 2007

In This Issue:

 

EVENTS

 

Hon. Charles McCoy to Speak at Orientation

Hon. Charles W. McCoy, Jr., Assistant Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, will be the special guest speaker at Southwestern's 2007 Orientation Program on August 13. Judge McCoy is a member of California's Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the California courts, and has served as Supervising Judge of the Civil Courts in Los Angeles and as Managing Judge of the city's Complex Litigation Courts.

Before his appointment to the bench in 1992, Judge McCoy was a partner with the firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (1975-1992). He earned his B.S. degree in industrial management at Purdue University, and his J.D. degree with honors at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Judge McCoy has been a member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty since 1995, teaching Trial Advocacy. He has been published extensively in law journals throughout the country and is the author of the book Why Didn't I Think of That? Think the Unthinkable and Achieve Creative Greatness, a 2002 Prentice Hall Press publication.

 

Don't Miss Externship Day on 9/4

For many students, some of the most rewarding hours in law school are those spent in an externship getting hands-on experience. About 300 Southwestern students participate in externships each year, in placements that range from Warner Bros. to the Public Defender's Office to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 
On Tuesday, September 4, a special Externship Day will be held on the Promenade at 12:30 and 5 p.m. to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the program and the application process. There will be food and drinks, and Externship Program staff will be on hand to answer questions about field placements, how to prepare, and what to expect during an externship.

Externships are graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and may be taken for 2 to 10 units, during the summer, fall or spring. Placements are available in public interest, government, courts and entertainment settings, as well as the new "Street Law - Youth in Transition" program in which participants work with at-risk Los Angeles teens.

Don't miss this event - especially since applications for spring externships are due by September 15th, and it's not too soon to plan for summer placements! For more information, contact the Externship Office.

 


CAREER CORNER

On-Campus Interview Program

Beginning September 11, 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 August 22, 2007: 1) submit a signed copy of the OCIP registration form to the Career Services Office by 6 p.m.; 2) fill out a profile and upload a copy of their resume to the Symplicity system; 3) read and review the 2007 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 11p.m. on August 22, 2007. For employers visiting campus in October, bids must be placed by 11:00 p.m. on September 13, 2007.

 
Students must also attend a "How to Participate in the OCIP" seminar on either August 16 at 12 or 3 p.m. in W511 or August 21 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 Career Services Office (also, see below). Questions may be directed to the Career Services Office.

 

Career Services Office Events

The Career Services Office (CSO) will be hosting the following upcoming workshops and events. Students should plan on attending accordingly:

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Learn how to draft all of your important marketing materials: August 16 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in W511 and August 22 at 12:30 and 5 p.m. in W311.

Interviewing Workshop: CSO will show you how to make a great first impression in the interview setting: August 16 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in W511; August 23 at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in W311; and September 10 at 12:30 and 5 p.m. in W311.

Mocktails, Makeovers & More: Learn about proper dress and etiquette with special break out sessions to discuss issues unique to men and women: September 4 at 4:30 p.m. in W311

Interviewing from the Employers' Perspective: A panel of experienced attorneys will talk about what interviewers like to see and hear in the interview setting: September 5 at 12:30 p.m. in W311.

Southwestern Hosts Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles' First Career Fair

The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles' First Career Fair will be held on August 18 at Southwestern. Several law firms will attend this event, which is open to all Los Angeles County law school students. The day will start with a 9 a.m. panel of law firm recruiters and attorneys talking about issues pertaining to the job search of GLBT students. Students can then chat with and conduct on the spot interviews with employers at designated tables at the Career Fair. Attending students will have the opportunity to network with participating employers at the noontime lunch event. Students are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resumes, wear a suit, and be prepared to network and interview. There is no cost to students, but the Association asks that you RSVP in advance to the Co-President of LGLA of LA, Arlene Anderson.


STUDENTS

Bidrossian and Howland Take Top Honors in 2007 SCALE Moot Court Intramural Competition

Do your research. Know your facts. Trust your fellow advocates. And you may just win SCALE Moot Court. It worked for Linet Bidrossian, who won Best Oralist, and Susannah Howland, who took honors as Best Writer and Second Place Oralist, in Southwestern's 2007 SCALE Moot Court Competition.

Bidrossian and Howland paired up to prepare their arguments, and their partnership paid off. "I'd been working on the paper for two months. But I knew that I really needed to know the facts of the case, so I read them over and over," Bidrossian said.

Howland gives her teammate credit for helping her. "We're great friends and have a mutual respect for each other," she said. They also have great respect for their entire SCALE class, as it completes the first half of its two-year accelerated J.D. degree program at Southwestern. Read more.

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2007 SCALE Moot Court Competition Results:

First Place Oralist: Linet Bidrossian
Second Place Oralist: Sussanah Howland
Third Place Oralist: Michael Keating
Alternate Oralist: Adam LeCuyer & Hanna Gershfeld


First Place Writer: Sussanah Howland
Second Place Writer: Ann Hendrix
Third Place Writer: Sanaz Aryanpanah
Alternate Writer: Crystal Wong & Michael Coats

TAHP Tryouts Scheduled

Students who wish to polish their advocacy skills through competition are invited to participate in the selection process for the 2007-2008 Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP). Informational meetings will be held on August 27 at 12:30 and 5 p.m., with the first round of tryouts taking place September 10 -11 & 14. Further information is available from the TAHP Chair, Douglas Baek, as well as through the TAHP Office or the Student Affairs Office.

Mexican American Bar Foundation Awards Scholarships to Seven Southwestern Students

Seven Southwestern students received scholarship awards at the Mexican American Bar Foundation's 2007 Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 9. The recipients included: Isela Barrios '09, Robert Blanco '09, Stacy Marquez '08, Angelica Ramos '08, China Rosas '08, Carmen Yates '08, and Belén Goméz '08. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation's Scholarship Committee considers the applicant's financial need, commitment to community service, and academic achievement.

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This year, the MABF awarded a record $100,000 in scholarships to a total of 24 students of Latin heritage attending approved law schools in Los Angeles County. By contrast, in 1998, the Foundation awarded a total of only $6,000 to six students attending Los Angeles area law schools. The massive increase in awarded scholarships is due not only to the growing awareness among major law firms and corporate law departments of the need to diversify the legal profession, but also to their increased commitment to making diversity happen. All scholarships awarded were $5,000, except for four exceptional scholars who were awarded $7,500. Southwestern's China Rosas was one of these exceptional scholars. Read More.

 

Five Southwestern Students Awarded ABOTA Fellowships

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has selected five members of Southwestern's Class of 2007 for its Fellowship program. Graduates Siannah Collado, Paula Clamurro, Jordan Everakes, Lauren Liebes, and Ilana Schoenbach will spend three months working for a defense firm, a plaintiffs firm and a Superior Court Judge.

"The Fellows will work with senior partners, giving them immediate and full immersion into trial law practice, so instead of starting at the bottom, they start at the top," said Steven C. Glickman, President of the Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA and Chairman of the Fellowship Committee. Read more.

The Landau Lawyers League Seeks Sports Enthusiasts

The Landau Lawyers League (LLL) now offers law school students the opportunity to join its ranks as a "Free Agent". As Free Agents, there is no registration fee involved, but law school students can be picked up to enjoy the excitement and competition of organized Basketball and Softball games with their colleagues. When teams are short players due to business or personal obligations, they go to the Free Agents list to complete their team and to avoid forfeitures. The benefits for law school students are huge: great stress relief, and networking in ability-balanced leagues with teams who have participated with LLL for over 40 years. Register online at www.landaulawyersleague.com.

 

ALUMNI

Spirit of Alumnus

Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England (right), Robert Rosenthal (center) and Charlie Daniels, of the internationally acclaimed Charlie Daniels Band
Robert Rosenthal '76 has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest accolade given to civilians for their support of the military. He was honored for creating the Spirit of America Tour, a non-profit organization that brings live entertainment to stateside military bases. Read more.

 


Alum Featured in Michael Moore Film

 
As an attorney, you never know where or when your work might be subject to media scrutiny. Gordon Turner '02, a Deputy City Attorney for Los Angeles, recently found himself in the limelight when he was featured in "Sicko," Michael Moore's latest documentary that takes the American health care system to task. In 2006, Turner began working on cases that involved hospitals dumping patients on Skid Row. He was at a Union Rescue Mission press conference discussing the case of a 63-year-old homeless woman suffering from dementia who had been released onto the streets wearing a hospital gown and slippers when Michael Moore's film crew was there. At the same time, Turner got a tip about another dumping case, where the patient was just across the street. So Moore's crew followed him there and wound up interviewing him extensively for the movie. Turner is now working on several similar cases of 'patient dumping.' "In terms of high profile cases, there's more pressure, of course, when the media are watching," Turner said. "But the level of conscientiousness for every case is the same."

 

 

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

 
A Dozen Questions for Associate Dean Michael Dorff

Q: Because Harvard - where you attended both undergrad and law school - is perceived as the pinnacle of higher education, what are some aspects of the school that people who haven't gone there might find surprising?

A: Every year, the students at Harvard Law put on a musical parody of the school. Students do everything - write the songs (at least the lyrics), the script, act, produce, direct, etc. It's surprisingly good.

Q: You practiced law in Texas and New York. Where are you from originally?

A: I grew up here in Los Angeles, less than two miles from where I live now. I'm very glad to be home again!

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of handling contract disputes?

A: I was very surprised by the extent to which personalities and personal conflicts impacted the resolution of business disputes. Even though my clients were very large, sophisticated entities, disputes often continued even though a sensible economic settlement was on the table because one side (or both!) felt it had been wronged. This experience sparked my interest in studying how people and entities (such as corporations) make decisions.

Q: Did you find that the kind of cases you handled for Gibbs & Bruns in Houston differed greatly from Friedman, Kaplan & Seiler in New York? If so, was it because of the difference between the firms or the difference between where they're located?

A: They were pretty similar. I moved to New York for personal, not professional reasons, so I looked for a firm similar to Gibbs in New York. Interestingly, one of the reasons I thought Friedman would be a good place for me is that Professor Riley, who had spent part of a summer at Gibbs, had also spent part of a summer at Friedman. She and I didn't actually get to know one another until we both started teaching at Southwestern, but the partners at Gibbs advised me that Friedman must be a good place if Professor Riley had chosen to spend a summer there. Fortunately, that turned out to be very much the case.

Q: What was it about Southwestern that was most appealing to you?

A: It's hard to pick just one thing. The unparalleled facilities and desirable location near downtown Los Angeles were obvious right away. But ultimately more important to me were the wonderful, warm faculty and the bright and dedicated students here. I feel very lucky to be here.

Q: As Associate Dean for Research at Southwestern, what are some of your goals?

A: I serve as a sort of head cheerleader for scholarship. My goals are to facilitate the production of first-class scholarship by our faculty and to foster an energetic and welcoming intellectual community on campus. Both goals are important because they are core aspects of any serious institution of higher learning. They're also critical to our efforts to enhance our national reputation.

Q: What are some of the hottest topics in legal scholarship right now?

A: In terms of theory, I think Behavioral Law and Economics is clearly the rising star. Behavioral Law and Economics uses empirical studies to figure out how people actually behave, and then applies those insights to refine and improve economic models of behavior (which have previously relied primarily on a rational actor model). As far as substantive areas, intellectual property (and its conflict with innovation) and international law are both very popular now.

Q: What are some of your favorite areas to explore in your own scholarship?

A: I am fascinated by the human decision-making process, both individually and in groups. I have generally explored this topic through the substantive lens of corporate governance, but in my next few projects I plan to think about how these areas interact with legal policy more broadly.

Q: What is the sagest piece of advice that you typically try to impart to your law students?

A: I think there are two pieces of advice that are equally important. The first is active learning. The more you actively engage with the material, the better you'll understand and remember it. Reading, taking notes, class time, outlining, and practice problems are all opportunities for active learning if done correctly. Unfortunately, they're also all susceptible to the most passive kinds of interactions. You have to wrestle with the material to really master it.

The second piece of advice is to be sure to do one fun thing every day. It's easy to submerge yourself in the work in law school and forget the other aspects of your life. To some extent, that's appropriate given the immense task law students face in mastering a new discipline. But you'll burn out pretty quickly if you don't maintain a life outside the law. I think this lesson is equally important for after students graduate. Law is an intense career. Students need to learn now the habits and skills for coping with the high workloads (and often high stress) that they'll likely face when they leave.

Q: Is it true that you sing to your classes on occasion?

A: I'm not sure I'd call it singing . . . .

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: My favorite activities are playing tennis, reading, and spending time with my wife and daughter (not necessarily in that order!).

Q: If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?

A: It's a tie between working as a stand-up comic and a rock star. But standing in front of a classroom is challenge enough for someone as inherently shy as I am.

 

FACULTY ACTIVITIES

PROFESSOR RONALD ARONOVSKY
  • Reappointed, Executive Committee, and Appointed Vice Chair, Law School, Government and Public Interest Outreach Sub-Committee, Environmental Law Section, LACBA
  • Moderator, Cost Recovery Litigation Roundtable, 12th Annual Spring Roundtables on Contaminated Sites, State Bar of California Environmental Law Section, San Diego 
PROFESSOR PAUL BATEMAN
  • Member, Organizing Committee and Speaker/Workshop Leader, Academic Assistance Workshop, LSAC, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL
PROFESSOR ALAN CALNAN
  • Acknowledged in Reconciling Strict Liability With Corrective Justice In Contract Law, 75 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 3013 (C. Bridgeman; 2007)

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TRUSTEES

Hon. Otis Wright Inducted as U.S. District Judge

 
On July 26, Judge Otis Wright II '80 was inducted as a judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. One of five nominees selected by President George Bush for the federal bench in January, the U.S. Senate confirmed him to the court in March with enthusiastic bipartisan approval.

Several prominent members of the federal bench were on hand to praise Judge Wright, including: the Hon. Alicemarie H. Stotler, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; the Hon. Mary M. Schroeder, Chief Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; the Hon. Charles S. Vogel (Ret.), Former Administrative Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District and former President of the California State Bar; and Patrick M. Kelly, Esq., Regional Managing Partner of Wilson Elser (where Judge Wright was a litigator for more than 20 years) and former President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Judge Wright with the Hon. Alicemarie H. Stotler, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Serving the Central District, Judge Wright hears cases from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. He continues Southwestern's legacy of distinguished public servants and is the fourth alumnus to serve on the United States District Court in recent years. The other Southwestern alumni who have worked in this capacity are Ronald S. Lew '71, Gordon Thompson, Jr. '56 (Southern District), and Robert S. Bardwil '79 (Eastern District). Read more .

 


FACULTY AND STAFF

Southwestern Welcomes Four Full-time Faculty Members

As the Fall 2007 semester begins, Southwestern’s full-time faculty will include four new members who bring impressive academic credentials and practice experience to the classroom. David Fagundes will teach in the areas of copyright and property law, and Julie Waterstone will direct the activities of the new Children's Rights Clinic and teach a related course. Kemba Taylor and Dov Waisman will both teach Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills.

"We are very excited to welcome these talented new teachers to our faculty," said Dean Garth." They have outstanding academic and professional credentials in addition to a tremendous enthusiasm for teaching and research." Read more.

 

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

Experts in Workers' Compensation and Museum law have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for the 2007 Fall semester. Read more.

 
Four Faculty Members Named to 2007-08 Professorships

Southwestern has honored four of its highly respected faculty members to professorships for 2007-08: Professor Austen L. Parrish as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law; Professor Angela R. Riley as the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law; Professor Dennis T. Yokoyama as the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law; and Professor Robert E. Lutz as the Justice Marshall F. McComb Professor of Law. Criteria for the selection of the recipients includes: excellence in teaching, service to the law school and its students as well as outstanding scholarship and assistance to the legal profession and the community. Read more.

 

Southwestern Appoints Nyree Gray '99 as
Diversity Director

 
Building on its longstanding commitment to diversity, Southwestern Law School has appointed Professor H. Nyree Gray as its first Director of Diversity Affairs. This new position entails the support, recruitment, retention, personal development and successful academic matriculation of students from varied racial, ethnic, cultural and other diverse backgrounds.

As an advocate for diversity, Professor Gray will work closely with the Admissions Office, faculty, alumni and the law school's other departments to develop and support programs that attract and retain students from various groups. Read more.

 

 
Southwestern Professors Win Prestigious Writing Award

Professor Warren Grimes and Professor Emeritus Lawrence Sullivan have been named winners of the Fifth Annual Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for their treatise, The Law Of Antitrust: An Integrated Handbook. They were honored at the meeting of the American Antitrust Institute at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on June 21.

The treatise was initially published in 1999 and is now in its second edition (West Publishing, 2006). It is widely used by law students and practitioners both in the United States and abroad, offering a comprehensive treatment of rules, principles, and issues relating to antitrust law In the second edition, Professors Sullivan and Grimes cover new areas and thoroughly reassess core concepts like monopolization and horizontal and vertical restraints. Read more.

Lisa Gear Appointed Admissions Director

 
Lisa Gear, a member of the Southwestern staff since 1999, was named as the law school's Director of Admissions in June. In this position, she is responsible for planning and implementation of a comprehensive admissions marketing and recruitment program. Ms. Gear most recently served as Interim Director of Admissions.

In announcing the appointment, Dean Bryant Garth said, "Lisa's experience in law school admissions is extensive and she has long demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm and dedication to Southwestern and our students. Her creativity and management skills will enhance our multifaceted recruitment program and will be most beneficial as we strive to ensure matriculation of a diverse and highly qualified entering class."

Ms. Gear earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Scripps College where she served as an administrative assistant to the school's president. She originally joined Southwestern as a Student Services Assistant working with the Dean's Office, Administrative Services, Career Services and Student Affairs. She began her affiliation with the Admissions Office in 2001 as Assistant Director and was promoted to Associate Director in 2003. In January of 2007, Ms. Gear was named Interim Director of Admissions.

"With all of the enthusiastic participation of faculty, staff, students and alumni in our recruitment efforts, our amazing facilities and our cutting-edge academic programs, this is an extremely gratifying and exciting time to be part of the Southwestern admissions team," Gear said. "As director, I welcome the opportunity to help expand our recruitment programming on campus, around the country, and internationally."

 

Robert Mena Named Student Affairs Director

 
Robert Mena has been appointed as Director of Student Affairs at Southwestern. In this position, Mr. Mena oversees the activities of the law school's four co-curricular honors programs - Moot Court, the Trial Advocacy Honors Program, Law Review, and the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas; the Student Bar Association and student organizations; and public interest activities. In addition, he coordinates the annual Orientation program and is responsible for services related to student welfare.

"Robert Mena has demonstrated in a relatively short time that he is the perfect person to serve as our Director of Student Affairs," Dean Bryant Garth said. "He brings excellent interpersonal skills, experience, insight, creativity and enthusiasm to the position. We look forward to his stellar contributions to Southwestern for many years to come."

Prior to joining Southwestern in 2006 as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Mr. Mena served as the Student Programs Advisor in the Degree Progress Department at the University of Southern California. Before moving into higher education, he spent four years as a math teacher and head varsity basketball coach at Providence High School in Burbank. He earned his B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from Pepperdine University and a M.S. degree in Educational Psychology from USC. He has also completed coursework and is in the process of writing his doctoral dissertation in Higher Education Leadership at USC’s Rossier School of Education.

 

"Our office works closely with the Student Bar Association to present a variety of events on campus designed to help students relax, have more opportunities for informal interaction with faculty and each other, and feel more comfortable throughout their Southwestern experience," Mena said. "As Student Affairs Director, my mission is to work as hard as I can for the students."

Southwestern Welcomes New Staff Members to Campus

Six new staff members bring a wealth of skills, experience and enthusiasm that will benefit Southwestern.

Samantha Albright, SOS Help Assistant, Administrative Services
Prior to joining Southwestern, Ms. Albright served as a Student Caller in the Office of College Advancement, an Assistant in the Summer Conference Special Programs, and an Administrative Assistant at Coastal Energy Management. Ms. Albright will provide office support and assistance to law school departments with temporary, seasonal and other clerical/office support needs. She earned her B.A. degree with honors in Political Studies and Gender and Feminist Studies from Pitzer College.

Berthania Carswell, SOS Help Assistant, Administrative Services
Prior to joining Southwestern, Ms. Carswell worked as an Administrative Assistant at Office Team, an Accounting Clerk at The Standard Hotel of Los Angeles, an Assistant at City Life Downtown Charter School, and as an Assistant to the Executive Director at the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles. She will provide office support and assistance to law school departments with temporary, seasonal and other clerical/office support needs. Ms. Carswell has experience in a variety of areas including Colleague data entry, record management, word processing, graphic design, proofreading, and general office duties. She earned her B.S. degree from Florida A & M University with a major in Nursing.

Elizabeth Peisner, Assistant Director of the Externship Program
Prior to joining Southwestern, Ms. Peisner worked at the USC Marshall School of Business as an Executive MBA Program Manager. Her professional experience also includes several years at the California State University, Northridge in various elected and appointed positions related to Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and other departments. Ms. Peisner has a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, where she also earned her B.A. degree in Political Science/International Relations. 

Paolo Raho, Student Services Assistant, Financial Aid
Mr. Raho - who is fluent in Italian - brings a wealth of customer service experience combined with a formal education in financial matters which will serve him well in explaining the intricate details of financial aid to students at Southwestern. He earned his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Southern California and will primarily handle student inquiries and requests regarding financial aid.

Christina Sandoval, Student Services Assistant, Student Affairs
Prior to joining Southwestern, Ms. Sandoval was a teacher with Jubilee Christian School where she taught elementary subjects and conducted meetings with parents and staff. She also served as a personal assistant with Upon This Rock International Ministries and a Guest Relations Specialist with Club Disney. In these roles, Ms. Sandoval organized and planned events and acted as a liaison with various other departments. She earned a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Education and Multi-Cultural Arts from California State University, Los Angeles. 

Kim Truong, Student Services Assistant, Student Affairs
Prior to joining Southwestern, Ms. Truong worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Student Loan Services and Collections Department at UCLA where she gained extensive knowledge and experience with administrative duties including database and record management, transcribing alphanumeric systems, proofreading documents and files, accessing computer data entries, and answering and directing office communications. She earned a B.S. degree in Psychobiology from UCLA.

 

AROUND CAMPUS

Library Adds New Electronic Services

 
The Leigh H. Taylor Law Library has added two new electronic services. The first is the CCH Business and Finance Research Network. It provides full-text primary source documents plus expert commentary and analysis in the areas of products liability, securities, banking, energy, trade regulation, information technology and transportation. The second new service is an e-journal portal that allows users to search for a journal by title to determine if the full text is available electronically in one of the library's databases. Both services are available online. To access these services off-campus, users will need to authenticate with their name and the bar code number that is printed on the back of their Southwestern ID cards. The library has also acquired new photocopiers and renovated the two computer learning centers on the lower level.

 

Fall Fitness Center Hours

Monday through Thursday, 6:15 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat and Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Upcoming Security Workshops

Street Smarts
Orientation Fair, August 13

Vehicle Safety
Wednesday, September 12, 2 p.m.

All security workshops (except when during Orientation) are held on the Westmoreland Steps.

 

 

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

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

 
This Month - Ann Hendrix, 2nd-Year SCALE Student

Change doesn't scare Ann Hendrix. She has worked a variety of jobs, from bartender to legal receptionist to bread shop proprietor and lived throughout the United States. Now she relishes the roles of law student and proud Angeleno. She credits her periodic year-long moves to the United Kingdom during her childhood for feeding her curiosity about the world. Born and raised primarily in Charleston, South Carolina, Hendrix said those stints in London during the early 1980s punk scene opened her eyes to "a whole different world of people and ideas."

Hendrix earned a B.A. in Sociology from Temple University and a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Wisconsin, where she graduated at the top of her class and received the Melvin Lurie Memorial Prize for academic excellence. When her husband wanted to move from Philadelphia to L.A. in 2004, she was "gung ho." She took a job as a contract recruiter and eventually became an HR specialist for AIG, one of the largest insurance companies in the world. But after years of experience working in human resources, Hendrix was ready to exit from the corporate world and redirect her career. "In HR there's a misguided notion that you're a liaison to help the employees, but the bottom line is that you work for the company because they sign your paycheck," she said. "I was always inclined to pick the employees' side."

Hendrix decided to go to law school, and Southwestern was her first choice. "For me it was an easy decision. I was so excited to find a two-year program. I'm an older student, and I'm very focused." Although the SCALE program demands an intense commitment, Hendrix has excelled, winning Second Place Writer in the 2007 SCALE Moot Court competition, earning a spot on the 2007-2008 Law Review, and working to re-establish the Labor and Employment Law Club with her fellow SCALE II classmates, Joshua Buck and Colleen Armstrong.

She finds time to mix her human resources experience with her legal education, volunteering weekly at the Workers' Rights Clinic in El Monte. There, she helps prepare wage claims, unemployment appeals, and expungement petitions for criminal records with minor offenses. "I'm really hoping to go into employment plaintiff litigation. My passion is for wronged employees," she said. "Work affects everybody. I see it at the clinic, and I saw it in my own experiences. People spend so many hours of their life at work that it's important to me to know that people are being treated well."

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 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.

 

CALENDAR

   

August

     13 Fall Semester begins; Orientation and LAWS Week begin
16 Orientation Dinner - Evening Students, 5pm, Louis XVI Room
 Career Services Workshop Series for 2L & 3L students, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., W511
17 Orientation Luncheon - Day, PLEAS, SCALE and LLM Students, 12:15pm, Louis XVI Room
18 The Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Career Fair
 Law Journal Orientation
 APALSA Welcome Event
18-19 Law Review Orientation
19 BLSA Welcome Event
20 First Day of Upper Division Classes
 Mandatory Externship Orientation, 5 p.m., W511
21 Career Services Mock Interview Program Deadline
 How to Participate in the Fall On Campus Interview Program, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., W311
22 On Campus Interview Registration & Phase I Deadline
 Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., W311
23 Post Graduate Judicial Clerkship Information Session, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., W311
27 Last Day to Add/Drop Classes
 Hoover School Supply Drive begins
 TAHP Information Session, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., BW370
28 SBA Mentor/Mentee Luncheon , 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., Louis XVI Room
29 Interviewing Skills Workshop, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., W311
29-30 SBA Club Fair, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., Promenade
31 Hoover School Supply Drive ends
 

September

     3 Labor Day - No Classes
4 Externship Day, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., Promenade
 Mocktails, Makeover, & More Workshop, 4:30 p.m., W311
5 SBA Representative Elections
 Interviewing From the Employer's Perspective, 12:30 p.m., W311
 Moot Court Alumni-Student Reception, 5:30 p.m., Louis XVI  
6 SBA Back to School Bash, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., Student Commons
10 "Adjusting to Law School" presentation, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., W229
 Interviewing Skills Workshop, 12:30 p.m., W311
10-20 TAHP Tryouts begin
11 SBA Brief Writing Workshop, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., BW370
12 Rosh Hashanah - No Evening classes
13 Rosh Hashanah - No classes
15 Alumni Dodger Day
17 SBA Student Leaders Lunch, 12:30 p.m, Louis XVI Room
18 Dean's Forum, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., BW370
19 APALSA Alumni-Student Reception, 5:30 p.m., Louis XVI Room
20 Inn of St. Ives, BW 5th Floor - Seminar Room
21 Yom Kippur - No Evening classes
22 Yom Kippur - No classes
25 SBA Student/Faculty Mixer, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., Promenade
27 Law Review Alumni-Student Reception, 5:30 p.m., Louis XVI Room
29-30 TAHP Interviews


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