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Southwestern Reporter

Fall 2011, Number 3

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 2011-2012 academic year.

Brian D. Fitch

Brian D. Fitch, a Lieutenant and Program Director for Education Based Incarceration with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, will co-teach Alternative Sentencing and Correctional Education with Professor Anahid Gharakhanian during the 2012 January Intersession. Through his current position with the Sheriff's Department, Professor Fitch provides leadership and guidance for all activities pertaining to Education Based Incarceration (EBI), including supervising and training of staff, facilitators and volunteers; creating inmate briefings; managing project funds; acting as a liaison with the Inmate Welfare Commission; and representing EBI at local and national conferences and speaking engagements. Previous appointments within the department include Training Coordinator/Primary Instructor for the Deputy Leadership Institute, Training Coordinator for the LASD University Consortium, Training/Curriculum Development for the Advanced Training Bureau (Field Training Officer and Advanced Training units), and Fraud Detective in the Commercial Crimes Bureau. A prolific writer, speaker and lecturer, Professor Fitch has been awarded numerous awards from the Sheriff's Department in recognition of his training and leadership programs. His recent publications include Ethical Leadership in Education, Corrections, and Law Enforcement: A Commitment to Excellence and Inclusiveness (with A. Normore; Emerald Books, 2011) and Education-based Incarceration: The Ultimate Social Justice Crime-fighting Tool (with A. Normore; Information Age Publishing, 2011). He holds a B.S. in Business Administration; an M.A. in Speech Communication; and both an M.A. and Ph.D in Human Development.

David Goldberg

David Goldberg, a Senior Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Computers and Communications Law (Queen Mary College, University of London) and an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford), will be teaching Media as an International Human Right during the 2012 January Intersession. He also teaches Comparative Information Privacy Law and Regulations in Southwestern's International IT Summer Law Program in London. Professor Goldberg is currently working with the Data Protection and the Open Society (DPOS) project and teaches communications/media law at Glasgow Caledonian University and Queen Mary College (University of London). He is a regular contributor to the European Audiovisual Observatory's IRIS; an ad-hoc expert on access to information and media law for the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the BBC World Service Trust; a founding member of the International Media Lawyers Association; a co-convener of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland; a co-external examiner for the LL.M. in Information Rights, Northumbria University; and sits on the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Free Expression Panel. His publications include Media Law and Practice (with G. Sutter and I. Walden; Oxford University Press, 2009); Blogging, Bloggers, Politics and Freedom of Expression (Centre for Internet Development: Belgrade, 2009); and "The Child and the Media" in Childrens' Rights in Scotland, 3rd ed. (A. Cleland and E. Sutherland, eds; W. Greens, 2009). He holds an LL.B from the University of Glasgow.

Richard S. Gruner

Richard S. Gruner, Emeritus Professor of Law at John Marshall Law School, will be teaching White Collar Crime during the 2012 Spring Semester. A Guest Research Fellow of the Institute for International Intellectual Property at Peking University, Professor Gruner has been a member of the John Marshall faculty since 2007, where he served as Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and the Founding Director of the China IP Summer Program at Peking University. He also served as chair of the Law School Outreach Committee for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and served on the Editorial Board of Landslide, the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law's Journal; the United States Sentencing Commission's Advisory Group on the Organizational Sentencing Guidelines; and the LACBA Law and Technology Section, where he held a term as Secretary. He was previously a professor at Whittier Law School, where he taught courses in patent law, computers and law, corporate law, and white collar crime; a staff attorney for IBM; and a consultant to the U.S. Sentencing Commission concerning corporate sentencing standards. Among his many publications are Intellectual Property: Private Rights, the Public Interest, and the Regulation of Creative Activity, 2nd ed. (with S. Ghosh, J. Kesan and R. Reis; West/Thomson/Foundation Press, 2010) and "How High is Too High? Reflections on the Sources and Meaning of Claim Construction Reversal Rates at the Federal Circuit," Loyola Law Review (2010). Professor Gruner holds a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology, a J.D. from the University of Southern California, an LL.M. from Columbia University, and most recently, a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.


Jonathan Handel

Jonathan Handel, Of Counsel with TroyGould PC, will be teaching Writers Guild: Agreements & Negotiations during the 2012 January Intersession. Professor Handel is a seasoned attorney and journalist with a broad range of experience in the entertainment and technology industries. He practices in the areas of digital media, entertainment, technology and intellectual property transactions at TroyGould, in addition to covering entertainment labor and other topics as a contributing editor at The Hollywood Reporter and blogs at, the Huffington Post and His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Variety, the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Daily Journal. His new book, Hollywood on Strike: An Industry at War in the Internet Age (Hollywood Analytics, 2011), explores the contracts, economics and politics of Hollywood labor relations. Professor Handel was previously associate counsel at the Writers Guild and worked at a boutique law firm representing actors, writers and directors. He also clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced appellate and commercial litigation earlier in his career. Professor Handel is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, has served as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, and has taught a film appreciation and screening class for UCLA Extension. He earned his A.B. degree in Applied Math/Computer Science from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (cum laude).

Neville Johnson '75

Neville L. Johnson, a Founding Partner with the law firm of Johnson & Johnson, LLP, will be co-teaching Media Litigation: Fundamentals & Practical Aspects of Entertainment & Media Litigation with Professor Douglas Johnson during the 2012 January Intersession. Through his practice, he specializes in media, entertainment, class action, privacy and complex business litigation matters. Professor Johnson has substantial trial experience, with over 23 civil jury trials, dozens of bench trials, and over 100 criminal cases; chaired three jury verdicts in excess of seven figures, including obtaining a 2004 award for nearly $15 million in a business fraud case; effectuated a variety of settlements, including numerous settlements in excess of $1 million and two in excess of $10 million; and worked on a case that obtained a unanimous California Supreme Court decision in a landmark ruling enhancing the right of privacy for all Californians (Sanders v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., 987 P.2d 67 (Cal. 1999)). In addition, he has lectured and spoken on entertainment, copyright and media law, as well as the right of privacy, other media matters and litigation for a number of entities, including national television and radio shows. He is the author of the biography of legendary basketball coach John Wooden, The John Wooden Pyramid of Success, Second Revised Edition, and his work was the subject of the Albany Law Review article "Suing the Media, Supporting the First Amendment: The Paradox of Neville Johnson and the Battle for Privacy" (2004). Professor Johnson holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa) and Southwestern. He is an active member of Southwestern's Alumni Association and serves on the Executive Board of the Biederman Institute. Click here for an Alumni Q&A with Professor Johnson.

Douglas Johnson

Douglas L. Johnson, a Partner with the law firm of Johnson & Johnson, LLP, will be co-teaching Media Litigation: Fundamentals & Practical Aspects of Entertainment & Media Litigation with Professor Neville Johnson during the 2012 January Intersession. Through his practice, he specializes in entertainment, class actions, and complex business litigation matters with clients including producers, actors, directors, production companies, music artists and record labels, and he is well known for handling numerous high-profile and wide-reaching entertainment matters. In the past year, he settled five right-of-publicity cases for the firm's clients, including television celebrities, models and professional athletes, and he recently settled two class actions against the Directors Guild of America and Writers Guild of America for tens of millions of dollars of unpaid foreign levies. He is also well known for his successes in theft of idea cases and continues to litigate television, film, and music royalty cases. He has contributed to, authored and argued appeals before the California Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Johnson has been named a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in the area of intellectual property litigation for the last five consecutive years (2005-2010). He earned his B.A. from the University of Southern California and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.



  • The Elusive Goal of Impartiality, 97 IOWA LAW REVIEW 181 (with R. Perschbacher; 2011)
  • Presenter, "Regulation by Litigation;" "Uncivilized Retribution: The Problem of Punitive Damages;" "Capitalism and the Right to Civil Defense;" "Liberalism, Capitalism and Products Liability;" and "Anticapitalism in Civil Law," Free Market Conference, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Kearney, NE
  • Panel Presentation, "Three Thoughts About the Status of Independent Contractors in the International Workplace," 5th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, Seattle, WA
  • Presenter, "What Happens During a Site Visit," New Site Evaluators' Workshop, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Presenter, "Lessons from the 2010 Curriculum Survey," Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, IN
  • Participant, Foreign Programs Committee Meeting, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Participant, Standards Review Committee Meeting, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Participant, online broadcast led by Attorney General Eric Holder, "Champions of Change: Closing the Justice Gap in America," joint project of the White House and the Department of Justice
  • From MacCrate to Carnegie: Very Different Movements for Curricular Reform, 17 THE JOURNAL OF THE LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE (Symposium Issue: Yes, We CArNegie! Conference; 2011)
  • Presentation (with Yves Dezalay), "Corporate Law Firms, NGOs, and Legal Globalization: Issues of Spillover and Legitimacy," Fordham Law School, New York, NY
  • Paper Presentation, "Consenting Under Stress: The Case of Legal Misunderstanding." Southern California Junior Law Faculty Workshop, University of California, Irvine School of Law, Irvine, CA
  • SUBDIVISION LAW AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT, Vol. 2, 2nd ed. (West-Thompson, 2011-12)
  • NEWSGATHERING AND THE LAW, 4th ed. (with S. Berlin, C. Dienes and L. Levine; Matthew Bender, 2011)
  • Quoted in "The New World: Despite globalization of the economy, lawyers are finding new barriers to practice on foreign soil," ABA Journal (November 2011)
  • Blind Mules? New Data and New Case Law on the Border Smuggling Industry, 26 CRIMINAL JUSTICE 16 (Fall 2011)
  • Presentation, "The Market for Mules: Risk and Compensation of Cross-Border Drug Smugglers," Empirical Legal Studies Conference, Chicago, IL
  • Organizer, Southern California Junior Law Faculty Workshop, University of California, Irvine School of Law, Irvine, CA
  • The Origin and Civil Law Foundation of the Community Property System, Why California Adopted It and Why Community Property Principles Benefit Women, 11 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND LAW JOURNAL OF RACE, RELIGION GENDER AND CLASS (Spring 2011)
  • Quoted in "Natalie Wood case reopened: Could investigation lead to new charges?" and "Occupy LA report card: Was LAPD fair in evicting Protesters?" Christian Science Monitor

  • Presenter, Three Forensic Science Resolutions for Approval, ABA Criminal Justice Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Participant, Fall Meeting, ABA Domestic Violence Commission, Washington DC
  • Participant, Gender Responsive Strategies Commission Meeting, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Chowchilla, CA
  • Speaker, "Legal Issues Concerning Female Offenders," Adult and Juvenile Female Offender Organization Biyearly Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Interviewed regarding wrongful convictions and forensic evidence, Heads Up! Radio, KGNU-FM (Boulder) and KGNU-AM (Denver)
  • Quoted in a story about informant who made $9 million, Associated Press (story published in numerous media outlets from ABC News to the Wall Street Journal)
  • Excluding Sexual Pattern Evidence of Rape Complainants When the Defense is Consent, article review of Judging Sex, 97 CORNELL LAW REVIEW (D. Tuerkheimer; forthcoming 2012),
  • Interview regarding student engagement, The Steve Spierer Show,
  • Presenter, "The Desire for Liberty is Not Rational," and Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award "for a lifetime contribution to advancing the ideas of sovereign individual, peace, freedom and a voluntary society," Libertopia Conference, San Diego, CA
  • The Gulf Coast Claims Facility as Quasi-Public Fund: Transparency and Independence in Claim Administrator Compensation, 30 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE SCHOOL OF LAW REVIEW 255 (Symposium Issue; 2011)
  • UNDERSTANDING WHITE COLLAR CRIME, 3rd ed. (LexisNexis Publishing, 2011)
  • Re-elected Chair, Board of Governors, Queen Margaret's School, Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
  • Panel Presentation, "Law School Clinics: Education and Access," 19th Annual Rothgerber Conference, Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law, University of Colorado Law School, Denver, CO
  • Panel Presentation, "Rethinking the Manifestation Determination Review Process: The Need for Meaningful Procedural Safeguards," Emerging Scholars Conference: Exploring Difference: Disability and Diversity in Education, Law, and Society, Chapman University, Orange, CA
  • Speaker, "Remedies: Exploring the Options, Scope and Source of an Administrative Law Judge's Authority," 2011 California Special Education Hearing Officer and Mediation Training, Sacramento, CA


  • 2011 Supplement, STATE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: LITIGATING RIGHTS, CLAIMS AND DEFENSE (J. Friesen, ed.; LexisNexis, 2008)
  • Teeth, SOUTH LOOP REVIEW (Issue 4; Spring/Summer 2011)
  • Interviewed regarding "Dodger Fans Celebrate as McCourt's Ownership Comes to a Close," CBS-2 News (among others)
  • Paper Presentation, "From NAFTA to Narcos: Socio-historical Considerations and Best Practices in Representing Clients Escaping by Mexican Narco-Violence," Clinical Law Review Workshop New York University School of Law, New York, NY


  • Quoted in "International students generate revenue for law schools: Law schools value international students, who equally value what an American law degree can do for them," Daily Journal

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