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Southwestern Reporter

January 2007


California Supreme Court Justice to Speak at Commencement

Justice Baxter

The Hon. Marvin R. Baxter, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, will be the keynote speaker at Southwestern's 92nd Commencement Ceremony to be held at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 20, 2007. With a long and distinguished career in the law, including 25 years in public service, Justice Baxter has served on the Supreme Court since 1991. He was reelected to a new term in 2002 and currently chairs the Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee for the Judicial Council of California. He previously chaired the Council's Appellate Advisory Committee and the California Supreme Court's Building, Official Reports and Library Committees.

Justice Baxter earned a degree in economics at California State University, Fresno, in 1962 and was selected as a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs that same year. He completed his J.D. degree at Hastings College of the Law in 1966 and began his legal career as a deputy district attorney, serving in the Fresno County District Attorney's Office for two years. He went on to practice civil law for 13 years with the firm of Andrews, Andrews, Thaxter, Jones & Baxter, and held numerous leadership posts in the Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno County Legal Services, Inc. (Legal Aid), and the California Young Lawyers Association, among other organizations. He also served on the board of directors of Hastings College of the Law.

Justice Baxter returned to public service in 1983 when he was selected by Governor George Deukmejian to serve as Appointments Secretary. In this position, Justice Baxter was the principal advisor on all gubernatorial appointments made to the executive and judicial branches of the state government. He served in this capacity for six years during which time he assisted in the appointment of more than 700 judges. Subsequently, in 1988, the governor nominated Justice Baxter to the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District. Three years later, he was elevated to the Supreme Court of California.

Justice Baxter has earned numerous accolades, including the1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Hastings College of the Law; the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from California State University, Fresno; the 1996 Mentor Award from the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association; the 1993 Man of the Year Award from the Armenian Professional Society; and the 1991 Man of the Year Award from the Armenian National Committee, among many others. Justice Baxter served as commencement speaker and received an honorary LL.D. degree from Southwestern in 1993.


Summer 2007 International Law Programs

Southwestern will again offer students the opportunity to study law overseas this summer through its programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, London, England, and 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, 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. Questions may be addressed to program directors Professor Silvia Faerman, Buenos Aires; Professor Austen Parrish, Vancouver; Professor Lon Sobel, London; as well as the Student Affairs Office.

London, England
The program in International Entertainment and Media Law will be held from June 24 to July 27, 2007 at the University of London. It will include two and three unit courses on international entertainment, media, art and sports law; U.S. and British faculty with extensive international experience; guest lectures by leading members of the British entertainment and media law bar; and field excursions to the Royal Courts of Justice, the legal, entertainment, media and cultural facilities of London and several informal social events. With classes meeting four days a week, students also will have ample opportunity to explore London and other European cities on their own.

The University of London, the site of the program, is one of the oldest and largest universities in the United Kingdom. It is a "federation" of 19 separate colleges, plus many specialized Institutes, and several residence halls. All of Southwestern's courses will be taught in the Brunei Gallery, which is a comfortable, modern building located on the University of London campus in the heart of central London, across the street from the northwest corner of Russell Square in the Bloomsbury district, just one block north of the British Museum.

The program's academic offerings include: International Entertainment Law taught by Southwestern Professor Lon Sobel; International and Comparative Media Law, taught by Southwestern Professor Michael Epstein; International Sports Law, taught by Southwestern Associate Dean Christopher Cameron and Professor Simon Gardiner, adjunct professor of sports law at the Griffith University Law School in Australia; and International Art Law taught by Professor Henry Lydiate, a Barrister who has specialized in the law relating to visual art and design for over 25 years. He is currently a legal and business consultant, specializing in visual art and design, in addition to teaching at the Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge; Birkbeck College, University of London; and the University of the Arts, London.

Tuition is $5,750 for five or six units, and includes housing, books and materials. Single occupancy living accommodations will be provided at the University of London's Commonwealth Hall from Saturday June 23 to Saturday, July 28. Housing does not include meals, but there is a cafeteria in Commonwealth Hall where students may purchase meals, if they choose to do so. Although there are no cooking facilities available to students in Commonwealth Hall, the hall is located in the University of London/Russell Square/Bloomsbury district of London, where a wide variety of eating establishments are located. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to London.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
The program in Buenos Aires, offering a rich array of activities in a cosmopolitan city unlike any other in Latin America, will be held from May 27 to June 30. This year's course offerings are: Corruption and White Collar Crime taught by and Professor Nicolas Dassen of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) and Professor Guillermo Jorge of San Andrés University; International Business Transactions, taught by Professor Miguel de Dios, who has litigated many of Argentina's most important cases involving international financial operations, and Professor Alejandro Fiuza, a partner with the Buenos Aires firm of Marval, O'Farrell and Mairal and an expert in international business transactions; International Protection of Human Rights taught by UBA Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (Vice Decana) Mónica Pinto, also professor of human rights and international law; Settlement of Transnational Disputes taught by Southwestern Professor Robert Lutz; Latin American Laws and Institutions taught by UBA Professor Macelo Alegre and Professor Julio Alberto Kelly, a partner with Cabanellas, Etchebarne, Kelly & Dell' Oro Maini in Buenos Aires, who has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and has also taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Louisiana State University; and Globalization and the Transformation of Roles of Lawyers and Law in Latin America taught by Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth, visiting scholar Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Hewlett-Georgetown Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving and Georgetown University Law Center, and Professor Yves Dezelay, Director of Research for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifque (CNRS).

As an alternative to the regular course offerings, the program offers a limited number of judicial externships in the Argentine Supreme Court, appellate courts, criminal courts, and federal courts of first instance for students fluent in Spanish. The externship component runs from May 28 to July 10. Preference for positions at the Argentine Supreme Court will be given to students entering their final year of law school.

Tuition for the program in Argentina is $3050 for four credits and $4,500 for six credits or the externships. There is also a materials fee of $50 per course. Living accommodations with an Argentine family can be arranged for a fee of $600 for the regular program and $700 for externships, which includes a private room with weekday breakfasts and dinners.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Now in its 15th year, the program in Vancouver, a scenic metropolitan area that is the economic, cultural, and educational center of British Columbia, will be held from May 27 to June 27 in collaboration with the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Law Faculty.

Students may register for either two courses (4 units) or three courses (6 units). Students enrolling in any of the two-week courses may enroll in no more than one month-long course, but may enroll in the second two-week course. There are no course prerequisites. Courses include: Comparative Constitutional Law, taught by Cornell Law School Associate Professor Trevor W. Morrison; Comparative Sexual Orientation Law, taught by University of British Columbia Faculty of Law Professor Bruce MacDougall; Comparative Urban Planning Law, taught by Southwestern Professor James Kushner; International Environmental Law, taught by Southwestern Professor Austen Parrish and Professor Hari Osofsky, Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law; and International Law and Terrorism taught by Professor Dan Bodanksy, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law.

As an alternative to the regular course offerings, a limited number of two-unit, five-week externships are available to qualified applicants. Students who participate in the Externship Program will have the opportunity to work with either the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy; or the Dr. Andrew R. Thompson Natural Resources Law Program (with Professors Richard Paisley and Shi-Ling Hsu). Other placements may be available with other legal organizations in Vancouver. The Externship Program provides students with a unique opportunity to develop legal and professional skills in the area of comparative and international law. The externship component runs from May 24 to June 23.

The cost for the program is $2,900 for four units and $4,350 for six units, plus a $50 materials fee for each course. Housing costs will be finalized in the spring; last year's fees ranged from $600 - $1000. Vancouver offers an unending variety of captivating sights and activities. Among the many popular destinations within a few minutes of the city center are Stanley Park, one of North America's largest urban parks, and the continent's second largest Chinatown. There are also several cultural attractions within the university grounds, including the Museum of Anthropology and the Nitobe Japanese Gardens.

Guanajuato, Mexico
Southwestern's Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico, a colonial city defined by fountains and shady plazas surrounded by sidewalk cafes, is held in cooperation with the University of New Mexico School of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, and the Universidad de Guanajuato, Facultad de Derecho. The program, established in 1989, focuses on Mexican and international law and will be held from June 3 to July 1, 2007, with two-week, externships in Mexican Legal Systems and Social Development available to a limited number students who participate in the course component from July 2 to July 14.

Participating students may enroll in two of the following three-credit courses: Overview of Mexican Business Law, taught by Professor William MacPherson of the University of New Mexico and founding Director of Summer Law Institute, and Professor Pedro Vasquez Nieto, of the Universidad de Guanajuato, a Notario specializing in Mexican Business Law, and co-director of the Summer Law Institute; NAFTA and Trade in the Americas, taught by Profs. A. Sedillo Lopez, Director of Summer Law Institute, Professor and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at the Univeristy of New Mexico School of Law and Professor Jorge A. Ramírez, Director of International Programs at Texas Tech; Cross-Border Environmental Issues taught by Professor Gabriel Eckstein, George W. McCleskey Prof. of Water Law and Director, Center for Water Law & Policy, Texas Tech U. School of Law and Victoria Sutton, Robert H. Bean Prof., Texas Tech U. School of Law and Adjunct Prof., Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Lubbock, Texas; Comparative Constitutionalism, taught by Southwestern Professors Mark Cammack and Kelly Strader; Comparative Employment Law: U.S., Mexico and Canada, taught by Professor Margaret Montoya, University of New Mexico School of Law with secondary appointment in Department of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine; Mexican Legal Systems: Dynamics and Perspectives, taught by Universidad de Guanajuato Professor Luís Felipe Guerrero, Dean of Universidad de Guanajuato School of Law and Public Administration School of Law Professor Patricia Begné, Professor Fernando Patrón, Universidad de Guanajuato School of Law and Public Administration Department, and Universidad de Guanajuato Professor Francisco Tortolero Cervantes.

Tuition for the program in Mexico is $3,000 ($3,500 for the externships). The institute does not provide housing, but can help students find inexpensive housing within walking distance of the school. Information on last year's Institute, including testimonies from past participants, can be found online.

The Argentina, Vancouver, London and Mexico programs are ABA-approved. The application deadline is April 2, 2007, but earlier submission is advised. All programs are open to law students in good standing who will have completed one year of study prior to the start of the programs - please see Southwestern's Student Handbook for additional requirements and the program brochures (available in print or online) for more detailed information on venues and courses. More information will be available throughout the spring, including information sessions with past participants and the program directors.



  • Reappointed, Executive Committee, Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, AALS
  • Participant, Wingspread Conference, Annual Meeting of the State Bar, Monterey, California
  • Quoted in "Get Ready for Law School Exams," The National Jurist
  • "Anomalies in Intentional Tort Law" (1 TENNESSEE JOURNAL OF LAW AND POLICY 187 (2005)), cited in "A Restatement (Third) of Intentional Torts?" (K.W. Simons), 48 ARIZONA LAW REVIEW 1061 (2006)
  • Speaker, "Islamic Law in the Constitutions of Muslim States," Section on Islamic Law, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
  • Panelist, "Proposals for Reform," Reclaiming the First Amendment: Constitutional Theories of Media Reform, Hofstra Law School, Hempstead, New York
  • Speaker, "Everything We Wish We Knew About the World of Legal Education: An Agenda for Research," Committee on Research Program, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
  • Quoted in article about LSSSE study results, U.S. States News
  • Provided Expert Testimony, Hearings on Single Firm Conduct under Section 2 of Sherman Act, Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission
  • Elected, Chair, Section on Gender Identity Issues, AALS
  • El Nuevo Urbanismo: Urbanismo e Integración  de la Inmigración Éntica en Europa y Los Estados Unidos in DERECHO URBANÍSTICO, VIVIENDA Y COHESIÓN SOCIAL Y TERRITORIAL (Juli Ponce ed.; Editorial Marcial Pons, 2006)
  • ENTERTAINMENT LAW: LEGAL CONCEPTS AND BUSINESS PRACTICES, 3rd ed., vol. 1, (with P. Acton, T. Selz and M. Simensky; Thomson/West, 2006)
  • Elected to Executive Committee, Section of North American Cooperation, AALS
  • Speaker, "International Environmental Lawmaking Through Litigation: Ontario's Trans-boundary Pollution Problem," Section on North American Cooperation, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington D.C (with Professor Shi-Ling Hsu, University of British Columbia)
  • Speaker, "Mixed Blessings; The Great Lakes Compact and Agreement, the IJC, and International Dispute Resolution," 2nd Annual Conference on Trade and Investment in the Americas, Michigan University College of Law
  • Interviewed regarding new federal e-discovery rules, "Marketplace," NPR
  • Interviewed regarding Florida Governor Jed Bush's death penalty moratorium pending procedural review, ABC Radio News Network
  • Interviewed regarding new laws that took effect January 1, 2007, "Airtalk," KPCC
  • Interviewed regarding the 9th Circuit's vacating of "millennium bomber's" Ahmed Ressam's sentence and jury selection in trial of I. "Scooter" Libby on charges of perjury/obstruction of justice, Radio America Network (national)
  • Quoted in "2 men freed in L.A. girl's killing," Los Angeles Times
  • Book Review, "Is Justice Gendered" (regarding three books on women in the criminal justice system), Criminal Justice Magazine (Winter 2007)
  • Panelist, "Children and Evidence Law: Special Rules of Competence, Hearsay and Confrontation," Evidence Section, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. (to be published in a forthcoming issue of  INDIANA LAW JOURNAL)
  • Participant, meeting regarding the status of women prisoners in the federal system, National Association of Women Judges, Women in Prisons Project and Director of the Bureau of Prisons
  • SCOTT ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LAW, 3rd ed. (Aspen Publishers 2006)
  • Presentation, "Alternative Medicine Is Libertarian Medicine," Conference on Revisionist Health and Finances, Foster City, California
  • Interviewed regarding marriage and the state, "Charles Goyette Show," KFNX (Phoenix)
  • Quoted in "They're not in concert: Wolfgang's Vault site opens a Pandora's box of copyright issue over rock performances," San Francisco Chronicle
  • Visiting Professor as part of a special international group of 12 legal experts and scholars, American Constitutional Law, University of Western Ontario
  • Elected, Board of Directors, Musica Intima: Musical Ensemble, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Elected, Board of Directors, North Shore Community Resources, North Vancouver, B.C. Canada


  • Quoted in "Mayor, L.A. Unified back in court to renew battle over school control," Los Angeles Times
  • Quoted in "Do It Yourself Divorce Doesn't Always Severe Ties," Los Angeles Times

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