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Southwestern Reporter

Fall 2010, Number 2

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

A number of practitioners and experts in a variety of fields have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for the remainder of the 2010-2011 academic year.


J. Anthony Borrego

J. Anthony Borrego, Of Counsel in the Los Angeles Office of Winston & Strawn LLP, taught Mergers and Acquisitions during the Fall 2010 Semester. He specializes and has significant experience in representing companies across many industry sectors in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, project finance, distressed transactions, reorganizations, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and general corporate and securities matters. Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, LLP, he was Counsel in the Transactions Department, Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group, and Employment Committee of O'Melveny & Myers LLP in both Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and served as Assistant General Counsel at American Capital Strategies, a publicly traded private equity and asset management company. He also frequently serves as pro bono counsel, having represented Holocaust survivors in claims against the German and Hungarian governments, Hurricane Katrina victims with their FEMA-related appeals, an international human rights organization in various cross-border transactional matters, and a public charter school board in various corporate and policy matters. He earned his J.D. from the University of California Berkely, where he was a member of La Raza Law Journal, and his B.S., cum laude, in Psychology from California Lutheran University.

Robert B. Carrasco '04

Robert Carrasco, Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Comcast Entertainment Group, Inc./Comcast International Media Group, is teaching Advertising Law Practice in the 2011 Spring semester. In his position, he negotiates the business and legal aspects of the development and production of Comcast Entertainment's original programming for their domestic and international channels; negotiates and draft agreements for talent, production companies, executive producers, locations, trade-outs, product placement, and all other aspects of production; oversees the legal aspects of international format licensing and music for all programming; and reviews program materials for compliance with contractual, proprietary ownership and legal requirements; among other responsibilities. Prior to joining Comcast, he was the Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Fox Entertainment Group/Twentieth Television and the Manager of Business and Legal Affairs for Warner Home Video. He has spoken on a number of entertainment and media related matters, including Internet privacy issues, promotion law, and the marketing of cable networks and programming. He earned his J.D. from Southwestern and his B.A. in English from California State University, Fullerton.

Peggy A. Farrell

Peggy A. Farrell, Sr. Litigation Counsel with Lon B. Isaacson & Associates, is teaching Nonprofit Organizations in the 2011 Spring semester. She specializes in labor and employment litigation, including failure to accommodate, wrongful termination, whistle-blower, labor code, civil rights, police misconduct, first amendment, catastrophic injury, mass torts and appellate law in state and federal court. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Common Ground - The Westside HIV Community Center, where she serves as Secretary and a member of the Development Committee. She has previously served as the Legal Director/Employment Discrimination and Privacy Attorney for HIV/AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA), a board member and volunteer attorney for Clean Needles Now (CNN), and in fellowships for such organizations as the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Professor Farrell is an active member with the California Employment Law Association (CELA), LA County Bar Association, and National Lawyers Guild (Los Angeles and National Chapters) and has lectured extensively on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS Discrimination to Practical Deposition Tips. She earned her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law, where she was an Executive Articles Editor for the law review, and her A.B.A. with distinction in Politics from Occidental College.

Hon. Gilbert T. Gembacz '79

Hon. Gilbert T. Gembacz, a United States Immigration Judge, retired, is teaching Asylum Law in the 2011 Spring semester. Prior to taking the bench in 1996, he was an Assistant District Counsel with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, a Tax Litigation and Criminal Tax Attorney with the Internal Revenue Service, and Staff Counsel with the California State Board of Equalization; he is also a Certified Specialist in Taxation and served on active duty with the United States Army, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He has served as an adjunct faculty member of the National Judicial College, training new immigration judges, and has participated is numerous panels regarding immigration topics at law schools and legal organizations. He was named Southwestern's Outstanding Judicial Officer of the Year in 2004 and elected to Southwestern's Alumni Board of Directors in 2009. He has also been extensively quoted in newspapers and legal publications regarding immigration matters. Judge Gembacz earned his J.D. from Southwestern, his M.B.A. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and his B.A. from Southwestern State University in Oklahoma.

Attilio J.V. Gorini '04

Attilio J.V. Gorini, a partner with Dannemann Siemsen Advogados and Dannemann Siemsen Bigler & Ipanema Moreira in Rio de Janeiro, is teaching Moral Rights in the 2011 January Intersession. In his practice, he handles complex trademark prosecution and litigation matters as well as most of the entertainment and media law practice of the firm. Previous experience includes trademark prosecution before the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office, trademark and unfair competition litigation before the federal and state courts, and more intricate cases related to entertainment and media law. Professor Gorini also serves as a member of the Board at IDS - Dannemann Siemsen Institute for Legal Research, teaches entertainment law and related courses at Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and Escola Superior de Advocacia, has published numerous articles on intellectual property and copyright, and received the ILO Client Choice Awards for Best Intellectual Property Counsel of Brazil in 2010. He earned his LL.M. in Entertainment and Media Law from Southwestern and his Abogado (law degree) from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.

Guy R. Gruppie

Guy R. Gruppie, a Senior Partner and Chair of the Emerging Risks & Specialty Tort Practice Group in the Los Angeles Office of Murchison & Cumming, LLP, is co-teaching California Civil Procedure in the 2011 Spring semester with Professor Kevin Boyle. A senior member of the Firm's Product Liability, General Liability and Business Litigation practice groups, he specializes in the defense of complex and high-risk litigation, serves as National Trial Counsel for Fuji Film, USA, and regularly represents a diverse group of international, national and local businesses and high net-worth individuals in business and tort litigation. He is also a member of various legal organizations, including the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and is a former Co-Chair of the Trial Tactics Section of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC). A frequent author and speaker on trial, tort and litigation topics, he was named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine and a Top Attorney in the San Gabriel Valley by Pasadena Magazine, both for two consecutive years. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times. He earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School and his B.A. with Honors in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Southern California.

Zeina K. Hamzeh '06

Zeina Hamzeh, Director of Legal and Business Affairs at Warner Chappell Music, Inc., is co-teaching Entertainment Law in the 2011 Spring semester with Professor Edward Pierson. In her position, she drafts and negotiates various music publishing agreements; reviews, drafts and negotiates blanket digital licenses with video-sharing websites and entertainment companies; handles day-to-day publishing administration issues requiring interpretation of domestic/international copyright law and contractual provisions; analyzes the U.S. Copyright Act and provides guidance on various provisions; participates in regular meetings to review pending deals as well as preservation and growth of the standards catalogue; actively participates in all stages of music production library acquisitions; and serves as the in-house point person on all music production library day-to-day matters. She is active in various legal entertainment organizations, including the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section of the L.A. County Bar Association and the Association of Independent Music Publishers, and serves as Vice Chair on the Committee on Music and Personal Appearances for the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law. She earned her J.D. from Southwestern, where she was an award-winning member of Moot Court and co-authored “Use of Loan-out Corporations in the Entertainment Industry” with Professor Robert Lind (Andrews Entertainment Industry Litigation Reporter, January 2006), and her B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Larraine Segil '79

Larraine Segil, Partner Emerita of Vantage Partners, a privately held consulting firm specializing in internal and external relationship management, is teaching Strategic Alliances in the 2011 January Intersession. Professor Segil is a trailblazer in developing the methodology used to create strategic alliances for multiple industries, including healthcare, technology, consumer products, manufacturing, aerospace, and financial services, and believes that strategic alliances are a critical component of corporate leadership. She is a member of the Board of Frontier Communications, a senior research fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, and advises Global 100 and Fortune 500 companies on creating and managing critical business relationships. She has also taught executive education at The California Institute of Technology for more than 20 years, in addition to serving on boards at the UCLA Anderson School of Management; the Committee of 200, a global network of Women CEOs; and the World Health Organization (WHO) Tropical Diseases Group, advising on their Strategic Alliances with the countries of the United Nations. A regular commentator for CNN and CNBC, she is a frequent speaker on domestic and global alliances and mergers, the author of numerous books, and has been recognized by The Financial Times Knowledge Dialogue Group and The Corporate Strategy Board as a thought leader in alliances. Professor Segil earned her J.D. from Southwestern, her M.B.A. from the Presidential Key Executive (PKE) program at Pepperdine, and her B.A. with honors from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Hon. Paul G. Stark '75

Hon. Paul G. Stark, a Judge in Family Law Court (Tel Aviv, Israel), is teaching Child Abduction in the 2011 January Intersession. Prior to his current appointment, he was a judge in the Magistrates Court of the Tel Aviv District, where he presided over local affairs. On the bench and in private practice, he has appeared in all levels of the courts in Israel, including the Israel Supreme Court, and has managed or overseen cases ranging from severe criminal issues, such as homicides, to family law matters, including child-napping under the Hague convention. He has also been called upon to testify as an expert witness in matters pertaining to law in the United States and has acted as a guardian ad litem for minors upon the request of the court. Before moving to Israel, Judge Stark was in both private practice (family and criminal law, among other matters) and served on both sides of criminal law cases with private firms as well as with the Orange County Public Defender's Office. Judge Stark is active in civic and legal organizations, including lecturing to immigrant attorneys preparing for the foreign attorney bar exam in Israel, and has published numerous articles. He earned his J.D. from Southwestern and his B.A. in Political Science with departmental honors from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Vered N. Yakovee

Vered N. Yakovee, an attorney in private practice, is teaching Amateur Sports Law during the 2011 Spring semester. In her practice, she drafts agreements related to all aspects of indemnity and insurance for the sports and music industries; drafts other sports-related agreements, including those for corporate sponsorship of NBA franchise and team participation on behalf of major collegiate Bowl Games; litigates all aspects of policyholder side insurance coverage, real estate and general business disputes; and reviews insurance and risk management programs for adequacy and efficiency. Prior to that, she was Counsel with Gilbert Shinsky LLP and an Associate with Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP, where she was co-founder and co-leader of the firm's Sports Insurance Initiative. Professor Yakovee has previously taught Sports Law at USC and sits on numerous boards, including the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries Governing Committee, including serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, and the Sports Lawyers Association Sponsorship Committee and Research Subcommittee, where she serves as Chair. A prolific speaker and author, she earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California and her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.


  • 2010 Annual Supplement, FEDERAL COURTS, 12th ed. (with C. Wright and J. Oakley; Foundation Press, 2008)
  • 2010 Annual Supplement, CASES AND MATERIALS ON CIVIL PROCEDURE, 5th ed. (with D. Crump, W. Dorsaneo, III and R. Perschbacher; Lexis Publishing, 2008)
  • Symposium: Reasonableness in E-Discovery, 32 CAMPBELL LAW REVIEW 435 (2010)
    Elected, Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Presenter, "Eight Simple Rules for Persuading the Neutral Arbitrator," Meet the Arbitrators Workshop, National Academy of Arbitrators and American Arbitration Association, Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Invited Participant, California Pro Bono Conference 2010, Los Angeles, CA
  • Organizer/Moderator, "Emerging International Issues in Defamation Law," Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law Colloquium, Southwestern
  • Panelist, "Substance Abuse and Legal Practice - Research, Programs, Risk Management and Insurance," National Pro Bono Week, SoCal Pro Bono Managers and Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers and Senior Lawyers
  • ASIAN LEGAL REVIVALS: LAWYERS IN THE SHADOW OF EMPIRE (with Y. Dezalay; University of Chicago Press, 2010)
  • Selected, 2010 Person of the Year, Metropolitan News Enterprise (will be honored in January 2011)
  • Presenter, "Colonialism, the Cold War and the Rule of Law in Asia," Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Presenter, "Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyers in the Shadow of Empire" (forthcoming book), Law and Development Workshop, Harvard Law School
  • Presenter (with co-author Y. Dezalay), "Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyers in the Shadow of Empire" (forthcoming book), Faculty Workshop, Harvard Law School
  • LAWYERS AND CLIENTS: CRITICAL ISSUES IN INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING (with R. Dinerstein, S. Ellmann, K. Kruse and A. Shalleck; West, 2009 and Teacher's Manual, 2010)
  • Presenter (with R. Dinerstein, S. Ellmann, K. Kruse and A. Shalleck), "Lawyers And Clients: Critical Issues in Interviewing and Counseling," Opening Plenary, 25th Anniversary of the Clinical Legal Theory Workshop, New York Law School
  • Ph.D., American History, University of Chicago; Dissertation, "In Convention Assembled: Constitutional Conventions, Law, and Democracy in 19th Century America"
  • SUBDIVISION LAW AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT 2010-2011, Volume 2 (West Group, 2010)
  • Co-author, "15 Year Retrospective of the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Dispute Resolution"
  • Member/participant, ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 meeting: hearings on issues of technology and globalization on legal profession, crafted ABA resolution on outsourcing and Technology Working Group meetings, Chicago, IL
  • Panel Organizer/Commentator, "Educating the Future Transnational Lawyer: European Approaches and Innovations," ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Paris, France
    Moderator/Commentator, "ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 Forum for Foreign Lawyers and U.S. Lawyers Practicing Abroad," Paris, France
  • Presenter, ABA 20/20 Proposed Resolution and ABA Section of Legal Education Proposal on Accreditation of Foreign Law Schools, ABA Section of International Law Council, Paris, France
  • Guest Arbitrator/Judge, Final Round, Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition, Pepperdine Law School
  • Installed, Benjamin Aranda Branch - Southbay, Inn of Court
  • Rehabilitating Territoriality in Human Rights, CARDOZO LAW REVIEW (lead article, forthcoming Spring 2011)
  • Selected for presentation, Rehabilitating Territoriality in Human Rights, International Section on Human Rights, AALS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Panelist, "Integrating Law-and-Society into the Law School Curriculum: Innovations for the New Millennium," University of Wisconsin and the Institute for Legal Studies, Madison, WI
  • Moderator, "Trial Strategies in High Profile, Public Policy Cases: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and Proposition 8," Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles, CA
  • Interviewed regarding his new book, HARD-NOSED ADVICE FROM A CRANKY LAW PROFESSOR (with C. Knolton), National Law Journal

  • Quoted in "Why California OK'd, then delayed first execution in years," Christian Science Monitor
  • Invited Participant, ABA Criminal Justice Section Conference to Evaluate Ethical Issues Raised by Proposed ABA Standards on Prosecution and Defense Functions, Loyola Law School
  • Participant, Fall Working Meeting, ABA Domestic Violence Commission, Washington, DC
  • Participant, Board Meeting, California Forensic Science Institute and Los Angeles County Dependency Court's Incarcerated Parents Working Group, Los Angeles, CA
  • Article review (as a criminal law editor), Propensity or Stereotype?: A Misguided Evidence Experiment in Indian Country, (A. Orenstein; 19 CORNELL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY 173 (2009)), Jotwell blog
  • Panelist, "Pay Transparency," Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium, St. Louis, MO
  • Presenter, "Emerging International Issues in Defamation Law," Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law Colloquium, Southwestern
  • Keynote Speaker, "Freedom, Liberty, and Sovereignty" and Book Presentation, BOUNDARIES OF ORDER, Libertopia Festival, Universal City, CA
  • Speaker, "How Do We Know What We Know?" Mises Institute, Auburn AL
  • Interviewed regarding the TSA and its dehumanizing tactics, Ernest Hancock Show, Phoenix AZ
  • Invited Participant, ABA Criminal Justice Section Conference to Evaluate Ethical Issues Raised by Proposed ABA Standards on Prosecution and Defense Functions, Loyola Law School
  • Speaker, "International Income Tax Issues,"  ABA Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, Las Vegas, NV
  • Certificated, FAA Advanced Ground Instructor (in preparation for new course in Aviation Law)
  • Quoted in "Richmond lawyer vows to expand entertainment law beyond the coasts," Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • Quoted in "Asset Freeze Bids Surge In Post-Madoff Era," Law360
  • Elected, President, Board of Directors, North Shore Community Resources, North Vancouver, BC, Canada


  • Presenter/Speaker, "Back to Basics: The NINE Most Important Things Every Employer Should Know & Do in the First 90 Days," Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith's 2010 Workers' Compensation and Employment Law Seminars, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego
  • Co-Chair, Reception honoring Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Selected, Irish Legal 100 (Top 100 Irish American Attorneys in the U.S. for 2010), Irish Voice, Washington DC


  • Panelist, "HIV/AIDS in the U.S. in 2010: Forming New National Policies, Scaling Up Prevention Efforts, and Fighting Criminal Prosecutions" Lavender Law Conference, Miami, FL
  • Featured Speaker, "Law School Rankings: What Employer Should Know," Los Angeles Area Legal Recruiter's Association Quarterly Luncheon, Los Angeles, CA
  • "Law Schools Need to Be Ready for Further Changes in the US News Rankings Methodology," NALP Bulletin


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

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