Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
Southwestern Reporter

January 2006

In This Issue:

 

PROGRAMS

Southwestern’s Summer 2006 International Law Programs

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Next summer, Southwestern will again offer students the opportunity for international legal study through its established programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; its newer Entertainment and Media Law program in London, England; and a collaborative program in Guanajuato, Mexico. Each program features international law courses taught in English by leading experts and scholars, highlighted by visits to courts, law offices, and government agencies, and social events that explore local areas and culture.

In addition to the program descriptions that follow, brochures and application forms are available in the Student Affairs Office and online; brochures for the London program are also available in the Biederman Institute Office. In addition, questions may be addressed to program directors Professor Silvia Faerman, Argentina; Professor Austen Parrish, Vancouver; Professor Lon Sobel, London; as well as the Student Affairs Office. More.

 

Public Interest Law Week 2005 A Huge Success

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The Public Interest Law Committee thanks the entire Southwestern Community for participating in the 15th Annual Public Interest Law Week. Due to the overwhelming response and tremendous efforts, the Committee is pleased to announce that more than $22,000 was raised this year to provide students with 2006 Summer Public Interest Law Grants and proceeds toward loan forgiveness - more than any previous Public Interest Law Week to date.

Public Interest Law Grant applications are now available online. Students must also email a resume to the Financial Aid Office in addition to filling out the online form. Completed applications are due no later than February 13, 2006 at midnight. For more information, click here.

Information regarding all summer public interest opportunities is available from the Career Services Office.

 

ITAP Earns Best Advocate Honors at Multiple Competitions

Southwestern’s Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) recently sent teams to competitions across the country and returned with honors for Best Advocates at two. The team of Brandy Chase, Steve Derryberry, Elizabeth Huyhn and Daniel Varon competed in the Cat Bennett National Criminal Defense Trial Competition in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they won two out of the three preliminary rounds, and tied for fourth place with three other teams. Daniel Varon, chair of the ITAP Board of Governors, was awarded the Best Advocate award for the third round. The team argued a case dealing with the penalty phase of a trial. In the hypothetical problem, a boy (who might have been a minor and mentally retarded) was convicted of murder in the first degree and up for sentencing. The defense (round one) argued for life, while the prosecution (rounds two and three) argued for death. Twelve teams competed overall in 3 preliminary rounds, and four teams were selected to advance.

In addition, the team of Karla Flores, LaShon Harris, Jesse Morrison and Brian Yasuzawa competed in the National White Collar Crime Competition in Washington, D.C., where they won two out of the three preliminary rounds; eight other teams competed, including George Washington University and John Marshall Law School, who were defeated by the Southwestern team in preliminary rounds. Team members Karla Flores and Brian Yasuzawa were awarded two of the eight “Top Advocate” awards, selected from the 40 competitors. The issue of the competition was commercial bribery, and the hypothetical problem dealt with a defendant who was the primary contractor accused of entering a kickback scheme with one of the subcontractors for a large government building project. The defendant was charged with one count of commercial bribery and one count of giving a false statement to a government agent. The competition had no semi-final rounds and the Southwestern team narrowly missed the final round.

 

AROUND CAMPUS

Wireless Networking - Coming Soon to the Library

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Installation of a new wireless network in the library is nearing completion. The new network will offer encryption to provide greater security for students with newer cards; however, non-encrypted access will still be possible for students with older wireless cards. Once the law library project is complete, the existing wireless service areas on campus will be upgraded to provide the more secure access. Watch for details in the next few weeks.

 

Staff Promotions

Six Southwestern staff members have recently received promotions. They are:

  • Joan Bautista - Assistant Director, Development
  • Erika Fierro - Senior Counselor, Financial Aid
  • Johanna Gan - Administrative Services Associate
  • Debra Johnson - Support Coordinator II, MIS
  • Ken Kallin - Technical Support Specialist II, MIS
  • Joyce Lam - Counselor, Financial Aid
  • Jennifer Robley - Senior Designer/Web Developer, Public Information

Don't Miss Your SWLAW Email!

You can now find detailed instructions online to assist you in setting up your law school (@swlaw.edu) email account through your preferred email client, such as Outlook or Netscape. 

 

FACULTY ACTIVITIES

For a list of recent faculty activities, click here.

 

EVENT REMINDERS

Don’t forget other upcoming events previously featured in the Southwestern Reporter Online

  • The Biederman Institute presents the conference, "Brave New World: Representing Entertainment Clients in an Evolving and Regulated Environment," - Thursday, January 26, 2 - 7:45 p.m. Click here for more information.
  • Stephen B. Bright to speak on "The Denial of Equal Justice When Life and Liberty are at Stake and the Responsibility of Lawyers to Respond" at Southwestern’s Annual Paul E. and Phyllis Treusch Public Service Lecture, Tuesday, February 7, 12:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
  • Inn of St. Ives: "Is a state law requiring parental notification for minors seeking an abortion too restrictive? Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court," Thursday, January 19, 6:30 p.m. Contact the Development Office for more information.
  • Southwestern's Alumni Association presents the ABC's of a Criminal Trial, Saturday, February 11, 1 - 4 p.m. Contact the Development Office for more information.

 

EVENTS

Law Journal Symposium to Examine CAFTA and Commercial Law Reform in the Americas

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In an increasingly global economy, individual countries are finding it more difficult to prosper alone. Multilateral trade agreements like the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) are setting the groundwork for commercial law reform in countries through regional harmonization, invigoration of business, reduction of the shadow economy, resolution of commercial disputes, and enforcement of the rule of law. The Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., is presenting "A Symposium on CAFTA and Commercial Reform in the Americas," focusing on the CAFTA example and what lies ahead for the people of Latin America.

 

The event will take place on Monday, February 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on the Southwestern Campus and is co-sponsored by the International Law Sections of the American Bar Association, California State Bar and Los Angeles County Bar Association; USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics; and the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade. Panel topics will include "CAFTA Overview: Regional Coordination, Harmonization and Law Reform;" "Property Institutions, Financing, Banks and the Invigoration of Small Business;" "Dealing with the Shadow Economy;" and "Dispute Resolution Processes and Enforcing the Law." More.

Students Can Meet Externship Reps at Upcoming Open Forum

The 15th Annual Externship Open Forum will be held in the Central Hall of the Bullocks Wilshire building at 12:30 p.m. on January 18 and 19. The event provides an opportunity for students to gain insight to various judicial, government, public interest and entertainment agencies throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Students benefit greatly from being able to talk one-on-one with representatives in a relaxed atmosphere; and in turn, each placement representative benefits from getting to know Southwestern’s students.

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Participants include representatives from the The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Body Glove International, California Attorney General’s Office, California Court of Appeal, California Women’s Law Center, CAL/OSHA, City of Los Angeles Housing Department, Fox Cable Networks, Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, HIV & AIDS Legal Services, Legal Aid, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Mental Health Advocacy, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, NLS Self Help Legal Access Center, Public Counsel, and United States District Court, among others.

 

Southwestern’s Annual Blood Drive

Southwestern’s Annual Blood Drive will be held on Wednesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bullocks Wilshire building’s fifth floor Salle Moderne. The sign-up sheet is available on the SBA bulletin board, located on the 2nd floor of the Westmoreland building. Further information is available from the Student Affairs Office.

More Summer Job Options

Additional interview and networking events for students seeking summer employment will be held during the spring semester. The Career Services Office (CSO) encourages students to take advantage of a number of programs and services, including:

  • Public Interest Career Day, February 4 on the UCLA campus, offers the opportunity to interview and network with various employers including public interest organizations, law firms, and government entities.
  • The Spring On-Campus Interview Program (OCIP), February 15-28, features a number of small to mid-size employers
  • The Alumni Outreach/Spring Job Fair Reception on April 11 provides a great way to network with local law firms who may be hiring for the summer.
  • Job and volunteer listings compiled in April by the Southwestern Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Career Services Office, includes alumni who offer paid and volunteer positions available through the CSO. Last year, over 100 positions were listed. Binders in the CSO and the website, LawMatch.com, offer updated job listings year-round.

To prepare for all of these opportunities, students are encouraged to attend the upcoming workshops offered by the Career Services Office, including:

  • "Effective Interviewing Techniques," January 25 at 12:30 and 5 p.m. in W311
  • "Researching and Applying to Small and Medium Sized Firms," January 31 at 12:30 and 5 p.m. in W311
  • "Interviewing with Small and Medium Sized Firms," February 9 at 12:30 and 5 p.m. in W311

In addition, students are always welcome to submit a resume to the Career Services Office for review.

Bar Association Fair Offers Networking Opportunity

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Southwestern’s Eleventh Annual Bar Association Fair, one of the only programs of its kind at a California law school, will take place on Tuesday, February 14 at 12:15 p.m. on the Westmoreland Promenade. The event offers students an important opportunity to network with lawyer-members about their practice areas and to learn about the benefits of bar association membership. Representatives from the various Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and other local bar associations will be available to talk with students.

Most bar associations have programs designed specifically for current law students, including scholarship programs and steeply discounted student memberships. Membership in bar associations allows students to attend meetings, participate in events, and interact with members of the legal profession. Graduates who have not joined bar associations while in law school are often precluded from joining until they have passed the bar exam.

The event will conclude with a drawing for prizes; all attending students will be eligible. For further information, please contact the Career Services Office or the Student Affairs Office.

 

The Eleventh Annual Entertainment Law Career Day

Saturday, February 18, 2006
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Westmoreland Building

Sponsored by the
Law School Career Advisors of Southern California

Opening Speaker: Thomas Hoberman
Partner, Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, who represents such clients as Jason Bateman, James Burrows and Elizabeth Taylor

Panels include:
Entertainment Law in the Law Firm Setting
Intellectual Property in the Entertainment Law Realm
Lawyers in the Music Industry
Lawyers in the Motion Picture Industry
Lawyers in the Television & Cable Industries
and Sports Law

Panelist include representatives from: ABC/Touchstone Television; Blitz Distribution; Concorde Music Group; Davis Wright Tremaine; Eisner & Frank; Fagerholm & Jefferson; Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark; Fox Broadcasting; Keats, McFarland & Wilson; Lewis Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith; Loeb & Loeb; Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod & Ramirez; NBC/Universal Pictures; NBC/Universal Television (USA Cable); NuImage Entertainment; Sanchez & Amador; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; United States Attorney’s Office; and Warner Bros.

The event is sponsored by the Law School Career Advisors of Southern California and hosted by Southwestern. For more information, contact the Career Services Office.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU


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A dozen questions for: Professor Ken Williams

Q: What inspired you to become involved in criminal law and capital punishment?
A: I attended a training program in 1990 for attorneys interested in working on capital cases. I subsequently agreed to represent an inmate and have found the work intellectually stimulating and at the same time it affords me the opportunity to help someone in dire need and to share my experiences with the law school community.

Q: What was the most valuable lesson you learned from working with the National Labor Relations Board or the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation?
A: During my stint at the NLRB, I was surprised by the fact that the agency seemed more interested in processing cases and meeting numerical timetables than actually enforcing what at one time was a very important law. As for my stint at legal aid, I derived a tremendous amount of satisfaction out of helping poor people and, as Hurricane Katrina demonstrated, there were plenty of really poor people in New Orleans.

Q: Given your ties to the city and the recent events in New Orleans, if there was one thing you could do to help, and money was not an object, what would you do?
A: I would love to be part of the rebuilding effort in some way. I haven't figured out yet how to do so other than donating money. My heart still aches at what has happened to the city I grew up in and have loved so much.

Q: What has been the most memorable experience you have in your time as a professor or an attorney?
A: My most memorable and gratifying experience as an attorney was the day that I received word that the 5th Circuit had ruled in favor of my client [in a death penalty case]. As a law professor, I find it gratifying every time I read that one of my former students passed the bar.

Q: What examples of your own experiences in the field do you share with your students?
A: I share the experiences that I have had representing death row inmates. Based upon the class discussions and the comments students make in my evaluations, I believe that they appreciate the fact that I share these "real world" experiences with them.

Q: Do you see a difference between law students in different states, and if so, what?
A: Some students tend to be more deferential to authority than I think a lawyer should be. Our criminal justice system is imperfect and it is important that lawyers serve as a check on the system's imperfections.

Q: What would you like your students to walk away from your classroom with, if it could only be one thing?
A: An understanding that the criminal justice system is imperfect and that a good lawyer is always skeptical.

Q: What would you like to be known for?
A: To quote the late, great Justice Thurgood Marshall, "he did the best he could with what he had."

Q: What is something you know now as a professor that you wish you knew as a law student?
A: How enjoyable and interesting the study of law is. If I had only stopped worrying so much, I might have recognized that and enjoyed law school more.

Q: How do you recommend that students in your class prepare for your exams?
A: I always tell them that analysis is important. Don't just memorize rules. They should join study groups and discuss scenarios.

Q: If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it?
A: Reading political and legal novels on the beach.

Q: What radio station(s) is your car radio programmed to?
A: I listen to NPR, Air America, and 92.3 FM (Hot 92 jams!).



"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?

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This Month - Keya Koul, Second-year Full-time Day Student

 

By the time Keya Koul graduated from high school, she'd already lived in three different states and one foreign country (India), thanks to her father's position as a consultant in the steel industry. "It made me easily adaptable to pretty much any situation," explains the second-year day student. "I had to kind of hit the ground running wherever we ended up." While a pre-med at Smith College, Koul found herself drawn to advocacy work. For example, she would volunteer at hospitals, often serving as translator between Spanish-speaking patients and the doctors. After graduation, she taught Spanish to elementary schoolers and ESL to foreign business professionals in Boston.

Koul then headed west to UCLA to get a masters degree in Medieval Spanish Literature. Opting to stay in Los Angeles, she spent the next five years managing the editorial team for PR Newswire, a financial wire service that disseminates press releases for publicly traded companies and entertainment studios. Eager to pursue a more altruistic career, she decided to attend law school. "I thought that law school would afford me the opportunity to really advocate in a way that would affect people’s lives in a more sustainable way," she says. "And give me the tools to help people successfully."

She says she was drawn to Southwestern’s "tight-knit community," as well as the school's unique resources such as the Biederman Institute. Since arriving on campus, Koul has taken on more than her share of benevolent extracurricular activities. "I’m on the Public Interest Law Committee, I volunteered at the Katrina clinic, I went down with the General Relief Advocacy Program to help homeless individuals get their public services and food stamps." She's also a member of OUTlaw and Law Students for Choice, and was recently admitted into the Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program. "I enjoy keeping busy," she says. "That has been the best part of law school - really getting involved with all these organizations."

Koul is exploring her interests in entertainment and labor law through an internship with the Screen Actors Guild this semester as she considers her professional path. Whatever her next step, Koul says law school has been richly rewarding. “Southwestern has lived up to everything that I hoped it would,” she says. “Everyone from the faculty to the staff to the students has been extremely kind and helpful. My classmates and I have developed a great rapport. I'm really enjoying myself.”



Helpful hints for students from Southwestern Staff

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Marcie says: "Did you know that Southwestern has an anonymous tip line, where students, faculty and staff may leave a crime tip (who, what, when, where, why, how much or with what)? Just call (213) 243-9832 - you do not need to leave your name or how came across the information."

 

Marcie Canal is the Assistant Director of the Office of Administrative Services. Prior to joining Southwestern in 2001, she worked for the Los Angeles Community Community College Police Department. She earned her B.A. degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles.

 

ESSAYS & SCHOLARSHIPS


A 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.

 

CALENDAR

   

January


18-19 Externship Open Forum
19 Inn of St. Ives
20 Alumni Scholarship Application Deadline
23 Mexico Summer Abroad Information Session, 12:30 & 5pm, BW390
25 Annual Blood Drive, 10am - 4pm, Salle Moderne
 Workshop: Interviewing and Networking, 12:30 & 5pm, W311
26 Argentina Summer Abroad Information Session, 12:30 & 5pm, BW370
 "Brave New World" Institute Conference, 2 - 7:45pm
31 Workshop: Research & Interviewing with the Small to Medium Firm, 12:30 & 5pm, W311

February


1-3 BLSA Black History Month Celebration Activities
4 Public Interest Career Day
6-10 SBA Bison Week
7 Vancouver Summer Abroad Information Session, 12:30 & 5pm, BW370
 Treusch Public Service Lecture featuring Stephen B. Bright, 12:30pm
8 Hoover Elementary School Mock Trial
9 Workshop: Interviewing and Networking, 12:30 & 5pm, W311
11 ABC's of a Criminal Trial, 1-4pm
14 Bar Association Fair, 12:15pm, Promenade
16 Argentina Summer Abroad Information Session, 12:30 & 5pm, BW370
18 Entertainment Law Career Day
20 President’s Day - No Classes
22 Mexico Summer Abroad Information Session, 12:30 & 5pm, BW390
22-23 Spring Bar Review Days
23 Inn of St. Ives
27 Law Journal Symposium, 8:30am - 5:15pm

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