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
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.
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
On-Campus Interview Program
Beginning September 11, a variety of law firms, government
entities, and public interest organizations will be taking part in
Fall On-Campus Interview Program (OCIP). Students in the 2nd and
3rd year Day; 3rd and 4th year Evening; 3rd and 4th year PLEAS;
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
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,
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
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
2007 SCALE Moot Court Competition Results:
First Place Oralist: Linet
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
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.
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
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
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.
Spirit of Alumnus
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
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England (right), Robert Rosenthal (center) and Charlie Daniels, of the internationally acclaimed Charlie Daniels Band
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
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)
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
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
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.
PROFESSOR RONALD ARONOVSKY
PROFESSOR PAUL BATEMAN
- Reappointed, Executive Committee, and Appointed Vice Chair, Law School, Government
and Public Interest Outreach Sub-Committee, Environmental Law Section,
- Moderator, Cost Recovery Litigation Roundtable, 12th Annual Spring Roundtables
on Contaminated Sites, State Bar of California Environmental Law Section,
PROFESSOR ALAN CALNAN
- Member, Organizing Committee and Speaker/Workshop Leader, Academic Assistance
Workshop, LSAC, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL
- Acknowledged in Reconciling Strict Liability With Corrective Justice
In Contract Law, 75 FORDHAM LAW REVIEW 3013 (C. Bridgeman; 2007)
- CLICK HERE FOR MORE FACULTY ACTIVITIES -
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
the U.S. Senate confirmed him to the court in March with enthusiastic
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)
President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
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
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
Robert S. Bardwil '79 (Eastern District). Read
Judge Wright with the Hon. Alicemarie
H. Stotler, Chief Judge of the U.S.
District Court for the Central District of California
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
Southwestern Appoints Nyree Gray '99 as
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Orientation Fair, August 13
All security workshops (except when during Orientation)
are held on the Westmoreland Steps.
Wednesday, September 12, 2 p.m.
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'
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
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."