Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
Southwestern Reporter

August 2006

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

Experts in subjects ranging from Law and Sexual Orientation to California Civil Procedure have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for 2006-2007.

Drew L. Alexis - Law and Sexual Orientation Seminar Professor Alexis, First Vice President and Senior Counsel at IndyMac Bank, will teach the Law and Sexual Orientation Seminar during the 2006 Fall semester. He earned his B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Colgate University; his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center; and obtained his certificate as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute. He previously held positions at various law firms, most recently Jackson Lewis LLP, where he served as an employment litigator, and advice and counsel lawyer. Professor Alexis is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences on topics in employment law including disability discrimination and same-sex sexual harassment. He is also a contributing author to text books used by Council on Education in Management (CEM) in their national certification courses.

Holly N. Boyer - California Civil Procedure
Professor Boyer, an associate with the law firm of McNicholas & McNicholas LLP, will be teaching California Civil Procedure in the 2007 Spring semester. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona and her J.D. from Southwestern's SCALE Program, where she was a member of the law review and moot court. Previously an associate with the Law and Motion Department of Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Professor Boyer is currently the firm's research and writing attorney in law and appeals, where she assists in all phases of litigation, including drafting and arguing Superior Court and appellate motions, petitions and oppositions, as well as drafting briefs for class action and other complex cases. She has several published appellate opinions and articles, including "Home Sweet Hell: An Analysis of the Eight Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause As Applied to Supermax Prisons," 32 Southwestern University Law Review 317 (2003).

Laura Dym Cohen - "Street Law-Youth in Transition" Externship
Professor Cohen, a Transitional Age Youth Consulting Attorney who works with the Alliance for Children's Rights, will oversee the new externship program that educates and assists former foster youth with legal problems after they "age out" of the system, titled "Street Law - Youth in Transition." She earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her J.D. from the University of San Francisco. A co-chair of the Juvenile Task Force of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, she is active on the Youth Development sub-committee, part of the Education Coordinating Council, and is a member of the Juvenile Court Bar Association. She has completed ongoing trainings in Mediation, Juvenile and Family Law; Group Home Licensing; and helps many legal agencies to recruit and train pro-bono attorneys in the non-profit area of the law.

Pamela E. Dunn - California Writs and Appeals
Professor Dunn, a partner in the law firm of Dunn Koes LLP, will teach California Writs and Appeals during the 2007 Spring semester, together with Daniel Koes. She earned her B.A. from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from Southwestern. During law school, she served as a Judicial Extern to Judge Edward Rafeedie of the United States District Court, Central District of California and immediately following law school, served as a Judicial Clerk at the Nevada Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, she was an attorney with two firms in California, in addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Southwestern and Loyola law schools. She has also lectured at many continuing legal education seminars and conferences on litigation, advocacy, and the appellate process and has participated in many published opinions. Professor Dunn was one of the first California attorneys to be certified as an Appellate Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has served the State Bar as chair of the Appellate Courts Committee, a position she also held with the same committee for the L.A. County Bar Association. Professor Dunn also volunteers as a settlement conference officer and mediator in both trial and appellate courts throughout the state.

Hon. J. Gary Hastings - Trial Advocacy and Trial Advocacy Seminar: The Parameters of Advocacy
The Honorable J. Gary Hastings, an Associate Justice for the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, will teach Trial Advocacy during the 2006 Fall and 2007 Spring semesters, and will also teach a trial advocacy seminar on the subject of the parameters of advocacy in the 2007 Spring semester. Justice Hastings earned his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and his J.D. from Southwestern, where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Southwestern University Law Review. He entered private practice in 1972 with the law firm of Belcher, Henzie & Biegenzahn, specializing in civil trials. He was then appointed as a Superior Court Judge in 1985, followed by an appointment to Division Four of the Court of Appeal in 1993. Justice Hastings has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern, and received the Outstanding Judicial Officer award from Southwestern, as well as the Honorable William E. McFaden Award for Dedicated Service to the Bench and Bar from the South Bay Bar Association.

Hon. Mark A. Juhas - Family Law
The Honorable Mark Juhas, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge in the general jurisdiction family law department, will teach Family Law during the 2006 Fall semester, together with Commissioner Scott Gordon. Judge Juhas earned his B.A. from Colorado College and his J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review and the intramural moot court team. He entered the legal profession as an associate, later becoming an equity partner, at the Los Angeles office of Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter, where he practiced general civil litigation, including personal injury, products liability, insurance defense and business litigation before being appointed to the Superior Court. He has also served on the boards of AIDS Project Los Angeles and Pasadena Heritage, a non-profit organization concerned with conservancy.

Sean M. Kneafsey - Real Estate Sales Transactions
Professor Kneafsey, a founding and managing partner of Cathcart, Collins & Kneafsey LLP, will teach Real Estate Sales Transactions during the 2007 Spring semester. He earned his B.S. in Economics and his J.D. cum laude from Santa Clara University, where he was managing editor of the Santa Clara Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board of Governors, and published "The Fourth Amendment Rights Of Probationers: What Remains After Waiving Their Right To Be Free From Unreasonable Searches And Seizures?" 35 Santa Clara Law Review 1237 which was cited by the California Supreme Court in People v. Sanders, 31 Cal.4th 318, 329, (2003), as well as in numerous treatises on criminal and constitutional law including the Witkin Treatises. Professor Kneafsey was previously with the national recognized law form of Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman with whom he acts as co-counsel on a wide variety of matters, and he practices in the areas of real estate litigation and transactions, business and intellectual property litigation and has significant experience representing both insurers and policyholders in insurance coverage matters. He is also very active in pro bono matters and professional organizations, including the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, where he currently serves as Vice President.

Daniel J. Koes - California Writs and Appeals
Professor Koes, a partner in the law firm of Dunn Koes LLP, will teach California Writs and Appeals during the 2007 Spring semester, together with Pamela Dunn. He earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees through an accelerated program at Hamline University, where he was a Hamline Presidential Fellowship Scholar for academic achievement. Following law school, he served as a Judicial Extern to Justice Ramona Godoy Perez of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District; an intern at the Minnesota Court of Appeals; an adjunct instructor at Hamline University; and in the United States Marine Corps during the Gulf War. As an attorney, Professor Koes has been involved in several published opinions that have influenced the law in California. He is a Certified Appellate Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and is involved in a variety of professional organizations, serving on committees and boards focused on appellate law.

Hermez Moreno - Trial Advocacy
Professor Moreno, a partner in the law firm of Moreno & Perez, where he specializes in complex police and prosecutorial misconduct, litigation and appellate work, will teach Trial Advocacy during the 2007 Spring semester. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his J.D. from UCLA Law School. Through his practice, he helped to obtain the largest single civil rights verdict against the State of California and has been a consultant to various plaintiff's firms in civil rights cases. During the past 20 years, he has handled cases in the areas of medical and legal malpractice, labor law, mass toxic torts and commercial property damage claims. In addition, Professor Moreno has extensive pro bono experience; taught at both Southwestern and UCLA Law School; sat as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County; and has membership and board positions in various civic organizations. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, Conspiracy of Law, as well as two historical novels.



  • Rethinking the Role of Federal Law in Private Cleanup Cost Disputes, 33 ECOLOGY LAW QUARTERLY 1 (2006)


  • Lecturer (with PROFESOR MICHAEL FROST), Judicial Opinion Writing Seminar, National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Speaker, Understanding Academic Support, LSAC Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (with J. Harvest Koren, Miami Law School)


  • The Constitutionality of Strict Liability in Sex Offender Registration Laws, 86 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 295 (2006)


  • Lecturer (with Professor Paul Bateman), Judicial Opinion Writing Seminar, National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno


  • Keynote Speaker, Underdog Legal Knowledge and Globalization, Australasian Law Teachers Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • Speaker, Dealing with Increased Mobility and Globalization in Law, Australian Legal Education Forum, Melbourne, Australia
  • Quoted in "The Minority Partner Paradox: Law Professor Claims Lower Hiring Standards Lead to Exodus of African-Americans at Law Firms," ABA Journal eReport
  • Quoted in "Defending Skilling May Pay Dividends for Law Firm" and "Enron Ruling Should Prompt Settlements in Civil Suits," Los Angeles Times (May 2006)


  • At the Intersection of Comic Books and Third World Working Conditions: Is It Time to Re-Examine the Role of Commercial Interests in the Regulation of Expression? 28 HASTINGS COMMUNICATIONS AND ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL 145 (2006)
  • "Beware: Attorney-Client Privilege May Be at Risk," "Challenge to Military Recruiters Raises Key First Amendment Issue," "Going Postal with Free Speech," "Its Own Worst Enemy" and "'Zero Tolerance' Restricts Free Speech: Some educators are curbing students' First Amendment rights as if Columbine is lurking around every corner," Commentary Series, Fulton County Daily Report (American Lawyer Media, 2005/2006)


  • Quoted in "L.A. Plans to Petition Ruling That Banned City’s Homeless Ordinance," Copley News Service (May 2006)


  • Quoted in "A coverup? Not so fast," Los Angeles Times (June 2006) (on the moral rights of mural artists)


  • Stories That Make the Law Free: Literature as a Bridge Between the Law and the Culture in Which it Must Exist, 12 TEXAS WESLEYAN LAW REVIEW 251 (2005)


  • Selected, International Trade and Financing, Los Angeles Area Best Lawyers Special Section, Los Angeles Times’ West Magazine (forthcoming)

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


  • Expert witness, California Civil Procedure, case pending in the British Columbia courts involving the collection of a California judgment in Canada
  • Quoted in "Native Tribe Allowed to Sue Teck Cominco," "Teck Cominco to Pay $20 Million U.S. for Study of Pollution of Columbia River" and "Teck Cominco to Ask U.S. Appeals Court to Rehear Lawsuit 'En Banc,'" Canadian Business, Canadian Press and Resource Investor
  • Quoted in "United States Court Ruling Will Have Ripple Effect in Canada, U.S.," Canadian Press, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette and Vancouver Province


  • Quoted in "It's a Kite. It's a Model Airplane. It's ... the sheriff!" Christian Science Monitor
  • Quoted in "'Vultures': Compassion Trumped By Technology; Cell Photos of Death A Macabre New Twist; Mob Mentality Not Unusual, Experts Say," The Press Enterprise
  • Interviewed regarding the legal and political fallout from the FBI’s search and seizure of evidence from the House office of Representative William Jefferson; U.S. Supreme Court case, Garcetti v. Ceballos, denying First Amendment protection to government employees who file “whistleblower” memorandums as part of their employment capacity; and other topics, ABC Radio News Network, Air America Radio Network, Dateline Washington and KAHL-AM (San Antonio, TX)


  • Appointed, ABA Youth at Risk Commission
  • Panelist, "Innocence Issues," Annual Review of Supreme Court Decisions-Criminal Cases, Annual ABA Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Presentations, Board of Directors, National Conference of Bar Executives and Criminal Justice Section Council, ABA Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii


  • Can the State Survive in a Horizontal World? International Society for Individual Liberty, Prague, Czech Republic


  • Does the ICJ’s Decision in Avena Mean Anything to Mexicans on Death Row? 55 CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 351 (2006)



  • Legal Analyst, CBS Channel 2 News


  • Acknowledgement, REUTTER’S THE LAW OF PUBLIC EDUCATION, 6th ed.(C. Russo; Thomson West/Foundation Press, 2006)


  • Appointed, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge


  • Lecturer, Preparing Accountings and Reports for Trusts and Estates, as four all-day seminars to California CPAs, Trustees, Bankers and Lawyers in California



  • Appointed, Vice Chair, 2007 NALP Conference Committee


  • Elected, Vice President, California Supreme Historical Society
  • Moderator, Trading Spaces: International Law Library Exchanges and Visits, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference, St. Louis, Missouri


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