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National Survey Needs Your Input
Your personal perspective can make a difference
an eye on your Southwestern in-box - This spring, all Southwestern
students will be receiving an email invitation from Dean Garth to participate in the Law School
Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE).
by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and the Carnegie
Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the LSSSE survey is
designed to collect information about student behaviors and law school
environments throughout the country to help law faculty and administrators focus attention and
resources in ways that will enhance student learning and law school
effectiveness. It provides law schools with information they can use
almost immediately to improve various aspects of their performance and
help students get the most out of their law school experience.
to Dean Garth, who chairs the LSSSE Advisory Board, "I have been
pleased to work with LSSSE for several years, and I think it is a nice
tool generally to help law schools improve in a variety of ways. I
encourage all of our students to participate as I am optimistic that we
can use the survey results to understand and improve legal education
and student life at Southwestern."
The survey poses questions
regarding how students organize their time, what they feel they've
gained from their classes, their assessment of interactions with
faculty, staff and peers, and their involvement in campus activities.
Students complete the survey online through a secure website.
input will provide valuable information to assist Southwestern in improving and enhancing your
law school experience and best ensure the success of all Southwestern
students. More information for students about the LSSSE is available
Expert in Political Affairs Joins Southwestern Board
Peter D. Kelly, III '76, a partner in the firm of Kelly Lytton &
Vann LLP, has been elected to Southwestern's Board of Trustees. A
prominent Los Angeles attorney who has long been active in local, state
and national politics, Kelly brings a background of problem-solving and
relationship-building to the board.
"Peter Kelly is a great addition to the board," said
Dean Bryant Garth. "He has the energy, record of accomplishment and
interest in Southwestern to help push us to be the school we aspire to
Southwestern Takes Top Prize in Two Moot Court Competitions
this month, Southwestern became the unofficial king of moot court in
the nation's capital, taking first place in the National
Telecommunications Competition and the Wechsler Moot Court Competition,
both of which were held in Washington D.C. More.
Essay Earns Student a Seat at the Grammys
Power, a third-year day student, found himself rubbing elbows with the
likes of Paul Simon and Neil Young during Grammy Week, having been
chosen a finalist in the Grammy Foundation's Entertainment Law
Initiative essay contest. Power’s essay, "A Fair Use Defense of
Mashups," was one of four finalist papers. The selection scored him
$1,500, and the chance to attend not only the Grammy ceremony on
February 9, but a series of VIP events in the days leading up to the big
show, including a MusicCares fundraiser in which several songwriting
legends paid tribute to James Taylor. "I saw Bruce Springsteen play
three times in two days," Power gushed.
learning about the contest last year from Professor Robert Lind, but
passed on it, feeling too busy to enter. This year, having already
written a 15,000-word essay for Southwestern Law Review, he
decided to pare it down to the required 3,000 words for the contest.
His paper argued that "mashups" - a relatively new pop music phenomenon
created entirely by using two pre-existing works - are legitimate,
since they are more in line with a parody than traditional sampling.
Power said that while many law students feel they don’t have time to
enter writing contests, it's worth the effort. "If you think about what
you write for a seminar paper, 3,000 words isn’t a lot," he said. "If
you’ve already got an idea, it can be done pretty quickly." And
regardless of whether you win or lose, "It's good writing experience,"
Information about essay competitions may always be found online.
Southwestern Welcomes Two Visiting Scholars for the Spring Semester
Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow,
A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure
and Director of the Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution
and Legal Problem Solving at Georgetown University Law Center, will be
spending her sabbatical at Southwestern this spring as a visiting
scholar. This past September, Professor Menkel-Meadow participated as a
featured speaker at the Investiture of Dean Garth.
legal educator and scholar in the burgeoning field of alternative
dispute resolution, as well as civil procedure and legal ethics,
Professor Menkel-Meadow joined the faculty at Georgetown University Law
Center in 1996 after teaching at the University of California, Los
Angeles School of Law for 20 years. In 2005, she was named as the
inaugural A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor in Dispute Resolution and Civil
Procedure, one of the most prestigious faculty honors at Georgetown.
She has also taught law at Stanford and Harvard universities, among
other law schools, and is the author of several books and over 100
articles on subjects ranging from dispute and conflict resolution,
negotiation, mediation, legal procedure, legal theory, legal ethics,
feminist theory, law and popular culture and legal education.
is also hosting Professor Fernando Basch this semester as a Fulbright
Scholar and this year’s winner of the Genaro Carrió Fellowship.
Professor Basch is a junior professor in both criminal law and legal
philosophy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where he works closely
with Dr. Edmundo Hendler, a leading comparative criminal law scholar.
He is also an advisor on Constitutional and Criminal Law issues at the
Argentine Congress, on the staff of two of Argentina’s leading
political reformers, Elisa Carrió and Adrian Perez. He is a 2001
graduate of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and is presently also
engaged in graduate studies at both the Universidad de Buenos Aires and
the Universidad de Palermo. In February 2005 he spent several weeks at
Yale Law School on its Linkage Exchange Program, and he is the author
of several articles on criminal law.
Professor Basch was
selected to come to Southwestern after a nationwide competition
organized by the Argentine Fulbright Commission, and was selected by a
panel made up of Professor Owen Fiss (Yale), Juan Mendez (Special
Advisor to the United Nations on the Prevention of Genocide) and Hector
Mairal (Universidad de Buenos Aires and partner at Marval, O’Farrell
& Mairal). He is the seventh Genaro Carrió Fellow to be selected to
spend a semester at Southwestern. Professor Basch will be participating
in classes in the Criminal Law and Constitutional Law areas and will
serve as a valuable comparative law resource for students and
Nominations Open for Teaching Awards
members of the Southwestern Community are encouraged to submit
nominations for the Excellence in Teaching Awards in each of the following
categories: First-Year Professor, Upper Division Professor and Adjunct
Professor. The top three award recipient nominees from each of the
three categories will be chosen by the SBA Board and the winner in
each category will be chosen by the student body.
are intended to recognize Southwestern’s belief that the day-to-day
teaching of students is of primary importance. The goal is to
acknowledge an outstanding teaching contribution that is especially
noteworthy as an example of excellence. Nomination forms are available
at the SBA Office and also at the Student Affairs Office. Contact Tessa
King, SBA Day Vice President, in the SBA Office for more information. The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, March 14.
Graduating Students Invited to Apply for Commencement Student Speaker
you are graduating in 2006 and have an interest in serving as the
student speaker at this year's Commencement ceremonies, be sure to pick
up an application packet from the Dean of
Students Office. The application deadline has been extended to Friday,
February 24 at 6 p.m. Finalists will be announced in early March and
the Speaker will be selected in mid-March. For more information,
contact Annie Lynn in the Dean of Students Office.
SBA Offers ‘A Law Student’s Checklist for the Bar’
order to assist those students preparing to take the bar exam, the
SBA’s ABA Representatives, Tara Rose and Shahrokh Sheik, have created a
packet of information for students with valuable information, including
details from the California State Bar website, a checklist and relevant
bar exam prep course specifics. For more information or a copy of the
packet, visit the SBA Office.
Southwestern welcomes its newest staff members to campus and acknowledges promotions:
New to Southwestern:
- Gregg Hinton - Secretary/Word Processor, Faculty Services -
Previously a contract employee, Gregg recently joined the full-time
staff. Prior to joining Southwestern, Gregg was a Freelance
Administrative Assistant in the fields of Entertainment, Advertising,
Legal, Sales and Fundraising, working for such companies as worked at Blair
Television, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Working Assets Funding,
GTE/US Sprint, Allnet Communications and Johnson & Johnson. He
also works in TV, film, print and commercials.
- Robert Mena - Assistant Director, Student Affairs -
Prior to joining Southwestern, Robert worked in the Department of
Registration and Records at USC. He was also a math teacher and head
varsity basketball coach at Providence High School in Burbank. Robert
earned his Masters degree in Education, with a concentration in
Educational Psychology, from USC and his Bachelor's degree in
Mathematics from Pepperdine.
- Sarah Chavez - Accounts Payable/Clerk, Payroll/Benefits Supervisor, Accounting Office
- Carolyn Haith - Director, Registration and Academic Records Office
- Gayla Hamik-Beckley - Assistant Director, Admissions
- Anne Lynn - Secretary, Dean of Students Office
- Ayumi Nakomoto - Assistant Director, Registration and Academic Records Office
- Phi Ramli - Accounting Manager, Accounting Office
For a summary of recent faculty activities, click here.
President-Elect of the ABA, Karen J. Mathis, to be Commencement Speaker
J. Mathis, President-Elect of the American Bar Association (ABA), will
serve as featured speaker for Southwestern's 91st Commencement
Ceremonies on Sunday, May 21, 2006 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los
Angeles. Ms. Mathis will take office as ABA President in August 2006
during the Annual ABA Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
commercial and estate planning lawyer with more than 30 years
experience, she was a founder and shareholder in the Denver law firm of
Hall & Mathis, P.C., for 18 years before it merged in
November 2004 into the
national firm of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, where she is a partner in the Denver Office.
active member of the ABA for almost 30 years with an extensive roster
of involvement, Ms. Mathis served as chair of its House of Delegates, the Association’s second highest
officer. She is the fourth woman
elected to serve as an ABA officer, and only the second member from Colorado to
do so. In addition to the House of Delegates, she has been a member of
the ABA Board of Governors, including its Executive Committee and
Program and Planning Committee. Ms. Mathis has also held leadership
positions with numerous other ABA entities, and has chaired the
30,000-member General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, Commission on Women in the Profession; and the Standing
Committee on Membership.
On a local level, Ms. Mathis has been
active in the Denver Bar Association and Colorado Bar Association (CBA)
for many years. She has held offices in the Young Lawyers Sections of
both bar associations and served as First Vice President of the CBA.
She earned her law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law
in 1975 and her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from the University of
Denver in 1972. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Sienna
College and the University of Denver, and an honorary Order of the Coif
from the University of Colorado. A member of the Colorado and
International Women’s Forum, Ms. Mathis has been honored as an
outstanding attorney by the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, the
University of Colorado and the University of Albany School of Law.
Law Journal's Bi-Annual Symposium on CAFTA and Commercial Law Reform in the Americas
is Monday, February 27!
email@example.com to register - no charge for students and faculty.
However, the deadline to register for the luncheon has passed. Contact
the Student Affairs Office for more information.
New Speaker Series to Explore Technology Innovation and Commercialization: Law, Policy and Business
leaders continue to emphasize the need to focus on driving innovation
and resulting knowledge and technology transfer processes to remain
competitive in a dramatically changing global economy. North American
regions such as California and British Columbia, along with Mexico, are
working together to achieve competitive advantages through the analysis
and implementation of best practices in research/discovery, development
and commercialization. This topic will be the focus of the new
Distinguished Speaker Series in 2006, "Technology Innovation and
Commercialization: Law, Policy and Business." More.
EXTERNSHIP FALL APPLICATION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
Phi Alpha Delta and the Burbank Noon Lion's Club to Host a Barbeque at the Ronald McDonald House
Saturday, February 25 at 5 p.m., Southwestern’s chapter of Phi Alpha
Delta, together with the Burbank Noon Lion's Club, is hosting a barbeque
at the Ronald McDonald House in Los Angeles, a "home away from home"
for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby
hospitals. As accommodations for the child’s family can be very costly,
the Ronald McDonald House serves as a temporary residence near medical
facilities where family members can sleep, eat, relax and find support
from other families in similar situations.
encouraged to "just come ready to BBQ, and visit with the families,"
says Heidi Bitterman, organizer of the event for Phi Alpha Delta.
"That's the best part. The families are all so friendly and grateful.
They want to share their stories, and experiences. It will be a
wonderful experience, and it will mean so much to those who live there."
local Ronald McDonald House is at 4560 Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles.
A personal tour of the house will be provided the night of the dinner.
For more information or to RSVP for head count purposes, contact Heidi
Bitterman at (323) 447-5273 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alpha Delta is also organizing a cell phone donation drive throughout
the month of February. If you or someone you know has an old, unwanted
cell phone, you are encouraged to drop them in the specially marked
bins on campus.
Moot Court Workshops and Demonstrations
of the Moot Court Honors Program will conduct oral advocacy workshops
designed to assist first-year students in preparing for the upcoming
Intramural Moot Court Competitions. A workshop will take place on
Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. in W311 and demonstrations will take
place on Tuesday, February 28 at 12:30 and
8:10 p.m. and Thursday, March 2 at 12:30 p.m. in W611. All first-year
students are encouraged to attend.
Further information is available from the Moot Court Office.
Intramural Moot Court Schedule
First Round Oral Arguments
March 4 & 5
Appellate Brief Due
Second Round Oral Arguments
March 11 & 12
Third Round Oral Arguments
Octa & Quarter Final Rounds
Thursday, March 30
Semifinal & Final Rounds
Saturday, April 1
- Career Services Corner -
Barristers Panel to Discuss Tips on Starting Your Career Right
is hosting a panel discussing discussing how to start your career off
right - avoid the pitfalls and mistakes many new lawyers make -
in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Barristers, on March 7 at 6
p.m. in W229 (registration at 5:30 p.m.). A catered meet and greet
session will take place after the panel. Students interested in
attending must RSVP to the LACBA Barristers Section as soon as possible
by calling the Member Service Department at (213) 896-6560. Contact the
Career Services Office for more information.
Government Career Day at Loyola Law School
event, co-sponsored by Southwestern, gives students an opportunity to
network and talk to a variety of government employers about career
opportunities. Bring your resume and your networking skills, and be
prepared to talk! More information is available in the Career Services Office.
Early Planning Encouraged for 2007 Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkship Applications
for 2007 federal court clerkships will be due early September 2006, but
students are encouraged to begin their planning now. Those interested
in State Court clerkships need to check deadline dates, as they vary
from state to state.
For more information, please see the Career Services Office
and plan on attending the Career Services Seminar on Post-Graduate
Judicial Clerkships, scheduled for April 6 at 12:30 & 5 p.m. in
Career Symposium Hosted by the California Young Lawyers Association
Saturday, April 22, the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) of
the State Bar of California is hosting the 2006 Career Symposium. This
day-long event will feature a variety of speakers on topics related to
new and young lawyers, such as career planning, making a lateral move,
refining interviewing skills and creative ways to use a law degree. The
event will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Loyola Law
School and will include lunch. Registration information and program
details will be posted as they become available on the CYLA web page. For further information, contact the Career Services Office.
Southwestern to Co-Host National Externship Conference
March 24 and 25, externship program directors, faculty and
administrators from law schools around the country will convene in
Los Angeles for their national conference, Externships 3: Learning From
Practice. Hosted by GLACE (The Greater Los Angeles Consortium on
Externships*), the event will be held at the Southwestern
and Loyola campuses. The purpose of the conference is to bring
together many of the most thoughtful and innovative people in the field
nationwide to learn from each other in developing innovative approaches
in improving externship pedagogy at individual law schools.
Catherine Carpenter will present the second plenary session key address
on "A Survey of Law School Curricula 1992-2002 and Beyond - The Status
of Externships." Dean Bryant Garth will make introductory remarks;
Professor Anahid Gharakhanian, Director of
Externships; Julia Mason, Associate Director, Externship Program and
Academic Support; and Mitzie Vitela, Externship and Academic Support
Associate will be among the panelists. Professor Gharakhanian and
Assistant Dean Doreen Heyer, along with Professor Barbara Blanco
of Loyola, are heading up GLACE's efforts in planning and organizing
According to Professor Gharakhanian, "I'm thrilled that Southwestern has taken on a
leadership role in hosting such a valuable conference. Developing
and improving legal education through practical experiences is so
important. Southwestern's initiative in organizing the conference
reflects our commitment to Southwestern students to enhance their
professional training through focus on practical skills and
Further information about the conference is available online.
consortium of law school externship program directors from Chapman,
Loyola, Pepperdine, Southwestern, UCLA, USC and Whittier Law Schools.
click on an image
from that event.
Top left: Stephen B. Bright speaks to the Southwestern community at the annual Treusch Public Service Lecture. for more photos
Top right: The
former students and colleagues of Professor Craig Christensen gathered
to honor him on the occasion of his retirement at a special
alumni- student networking reception hosted by OUTlaw (formerly the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Law Students and Friends
Association at Southwestern).
Southwestern and Hoover Elementary students participate in the 20th
Annual Hoover Mock Trial program, and the first one held in the Dixon
Center. A reporter from KPCC-AM was in attendance to tape the event and
a special report can be heard online (Note: 'Real Player' required).
Bottom right: The SBA celebrates the 2nd Annual Bison Week with a lunch break featuring Billy the Bison.
Q: What examples of your own experiences in the field do you share with your students?
Far too many to enumerate, but a common example involves the fact that
clients have a far better sense of how well their attorneys are
performing on their behalf than most lawyers think they do.
Q: Of all the publications you have written, what has been your favorite to research and write, and why?
A: My Calculated Chaos
book, as it provided me the opportunity to discover the most important
thing about writing: to explore and learn about something I hadn't
fully understood before. Writing that does not better inform the writer
is both a drudgery and waste of time.
Q: What would you want your students to walk away from your classroom with, if it could only be one thing?
A willingness to question - without fear of the consequences -
everything they have learned, regardless of how sacred such knowledge
may be regarded by themselves or others.
Q: What is one misconception about a law school professor you feel students have?
A: That we have the capacity to give them definitive answers to any legal question, and that we hide such answers from them.
Q: What has been the most memorable experience you have had as a professor?
Having an entire seminar class stay for about an hour-and-a-half after
the class was to have ended to continue discussing a topic; having
students proposing the continuation of the seminar even after the
semester has ended.
Q: What is something you know now as a professor that you wish you knew as a law student?
How the learning process depends upon a continuing improvement in the
quality of questions, and not in getting definitive answers. My
favorite quotation is from Milton Mayer: "The questions that can be
answered aren’t worth asking."
Q: What is your favorite memory of your law school experience?
A: How much my learning was facilitated by the thinking and questioning provided by my fellow students.
Q: What was your favorite course in law school and why?
"Reasoning and the Law" seminars (two of them) offered by Prof. Malcolm
Sharp at the University of Chicago Law School. These seminars dealt
with topics tangential to the study of law (e.g., "epistemology," and
"utopian systems") using materials from philosophy, the sciences,
literature, psychology, jurisprudence, etc., that reinforced my
original purposes in going to law school (i.e., for intellectual
development, not simply for trade-school training).
Q: What have YOU learned from your students while teaching law?
No matter how frustrated they become with the Socratic method, almost
all trust my purposes in using it. I have also learned, from them, that
trusting in uncertainty is important for both students and instructors.
Q: What is your favorite law-themed novel, movie or television show?
I must include three movies (in no order of importance): "Judgment at
Nuremburg," "Inherit the Wind," and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three books would you want to have with you?
A: An unabridged dictionary, a thesaurus, and an historical atlas.
Q: When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A writer and director of radio dramatic programs (I once fashioned myself another Orson Wells).
"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?
This Month - Jennifer Turner, 1st-Year SCALE Student
always do everything as fast as I can," said Jennifer Turner, a
first-year SCALE student. Indeed, the Wilmington, Delaware native's
highly charged style has already enabled her to squeeze decades’ worth
of achievements and experiences into her young life. In between her
political science studies at the University of Delaware, Turner found
time to volunteer on various political campaigns, where she developed a
passion for politics. After graduating, she took a marketing job at
MBNA America Bank, a Fortune 500 company, but soon relocated to Orange
County after being chosen to help start a new bank branch there.
Following four years at the company (which she described as "corporate
boot camp"), politics came knocking in the form of a job offer from
Senator John Edwards to work on his presidential campaign in Iowa.
had a great run because we were the underdogs," Turner recalled of the
campaign, in which Edwards surprised many by coming in third in the
Iowa caucuses. When Edwards joined presidential hopeful Senator John
Kerry’s ticket, Turner and her boyfriend started a political action
committee to help raise funds for the pair in Orange County - which is
not exactly known as a bastion of liberalism. But after a frenetic
four-month effort that involved house parties, door-to-door canvassing,
and tens of thousands of bumper stickers, Turner's committee managed to
raise $60,000 in small donations.
Though the campaign was
unsuccessful, it did provide Turner with a new direction for her life.
She decided to pursue law thanks to the inspiration of Edwards, who’d
made his name as a trial attorney, as well as Orange County Democratic
Party Chairman Frank Barbero, also a trial attorney. "They’re there to
fight for people who don’t have a voice," she said. "They go out of
their way to take cases for people who have been wronged. That’s what
made me decide to go to law school."
Turner was lured by the
accelerated pace of Southwestern's SCALE program, which, after just one
semester, she says has proven invaluable. "The professors are killer,"
she said. "They have really just exceeded all the expectations I had."
Recently selected for the law school's ITAP team, Turner is also
juggling her role as Secretary of the Democratic Party of Orange
County. After receiving her J.D., she hopes to practice personal injury
and medical malpractice law in Orange County, targeting prescription
drug companies whose products have caused injury to consumers.
ESSAYS & SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
February - Black History Month
||24 Student Commencement Speaker Applications Due, 6pm
25 Government Law Career Day, Loyola Law School
Intramural Moot Court Workshop, 2pm, W311
PAD McDonald House BBQ, 5pm
27 Law Journal Symposium, 8:30am - 5:15pm
28 Intramural Moot Court Demonstration, 12:30 & 8:10pm, W611
Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations Due
||1 Externship Fall Application Deadline
2 Intramural Moot Court Demonstration, 12:30pm, W611
4&5 Intramural Moot Court First Round Oral Arguments
6 Intramural Moot Court Appellate Brief Due
7 LACBA Barristers Panel, 6pm, W229
11&12 Intramural Moot Court Second Round Oral Arguments
16 Career Services Practice Area Panels: Civil Litigation, 12:30pm, W311
18 Intramural Moot Court Third Round Oral Arguments
20-26 Spring Break
28 Career Services Practice Area Panels: Government Practice, 12:30pm, W311
30 Intramural Moot Court Octa & Quarter Final Rounds
||1 Intramural Moot Court Semi & Final Oral Arguments
6 Seminar: Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships, 12:30 & 5pm, W311
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