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Southwestern Reporter

January 2009

Summer Programs

Another Summer to Study Law in Foreign Destinations

This summer, Southwestern students will once again have the opportunity to study law outside the U.S. through the school's programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Guanajuato, Mexico; and TWO programs in London, England - the new International Information Technology Law Program and the International Entertainment Law Program. Each one 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 below, brochures and application forms are available on the 6th floor of the Westmoreland Building and online; brochures for the London programs are also available in the Biederman Institute Office. Questions may be addressed to program directors Professor Silvia Faerman, Buenos Aires; Vice Dean Austen Parrish and Professor Gowri Ramachandran, Vancouver; Professor Christopher Cameron, London (Entertainment Law); and Professor Michael Scott, London (IT Law). For info on the program in Guanajuato, contact Anne Wilson.


NEW! International IT Law in London, England

Southwestern will offer a new summer abroad program in London, England focusing on International Information Technology (IT) Law. The five-week curriculum at the University of London will run from June 21 through July 24, 2009.

Students who participate in this unique and innovative curriculum will have the opportunity to partake in academic, cultural and social experiences through courses on international and comparative IT law topics, guest lectures and related field excursions. Participating students will attend class four days per week in order to complete six units of coursework. Classes offered include: Comparative Electronic Commerce Law and Regulations taught by Dr. Julia Hörnle, Lecturer in Internet Law, Queen Mary School of Law, University of London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies; Comparative Information Privacy Law and Regulations taught by Professor Ian Walden, Queen Mary School of Law, University of London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies; International Cybercrimes taught by Professor Susan Brenner, Dayton Law School; and Drafting Information Technology Agreements taught by Southwestern Professor Michael Scott.

International Entertainment Law in London, England

The London program in International Entertainment and Media Law will be held from June 21 to July 24 at the University of London. It will include three unit courses on international entertainment, media, art and sports law taught by 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 program's academic offerings include: International Entertainment Law taught by Professor Mary LaFrance of the William S. Boyd Professor of Law at the University of Nevada Las Vegas; International and Comparative Media Law taught by Southwestern Professor Michael Epstein; International Sports Law taught by Southwestern Professor (and summer program director) Christopher Cameron and Professor Simon Gardiner, Associate Professor and Reader in Sports Law at Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, U.K.; 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.

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 31 to July 3. This year's course offerings are: Corruption and Government taught by 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 a professor of human rights and international law; Latin American Laws and Institutions taught by UBA Professor Macelo Alegre and Professor Martin Sigal, LL.M. Program Professor at the University of Palermo.

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 31 to July 14. Preference for positions at the Argentine Supreme Court will be given to students entering their final year of law school.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Now in its 17th 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 24 to June 24 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 Southwestern Dean Emeritus Leigh H. Taylor; Comparative Environmental Law taught by Professor Robert Percival, the Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law; Comparative Sexual Orientation Law taught by Professor Bruce MacDougall, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law; International Criminal Law taught by Professor Kristen Boon of Seton Hall Law School and Southwestern Professor Kenneth Williams; and International Environmental Law taught by Professor Jaye D. Ellis, McGill Faculty of Law and Southwestern Vice Dean Austen Parrish.

As an alternative to the regular course offerings, a limited number of part-time, 144-hour 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 Centre for Global Environmental and Natural Resources Law (with Professor 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 29.

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. This program, established in 1989, focuses on Mexican and international law and will be held from May 31 to July 28 with two week externships in Mexican Legal Systems and Social Development available to a limited number of students who participate in the course component (June 29 to July 11).

Participating students may enroll in two of the following three-unit 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 Professor Jorge A. Ramírez, Director of International Programs at Texas Tech and Southwestern Professor Warren Grimes; Latin American Law taught by Professor Laura E. Gómez, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, University of New Mexico, and Southwestern Dean Bryant Garth; Global Issues in Financial Institution Regulation taught by Professor Ann Graham, Texas Tech University School of Law; and Political, Economic, and Social Issues' Impact on Mexican Law taught by Professor Fernando Patrón, Universidad de Guanajuato School of Law.

The application deadline is April 1 or or until maximum enrollment is reached, so students are advised to submit their applications early. 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 the program directors and past participants. The Argentina, Vancouver, London and Mexico programs are ABA-approved.


The Evolution of a Courtroom
by Professor Norman Garland

In late summer 1975, I entered W623 in the Westmoreland Building of Southwestern University School of Law - the newly remodeled SCALE classroom - to face the 66 students of the school's new, innovative two-year legal education program. The segment of SCALE that I was teaching was the first phase of the "Skills" track of the program. The subject of Evidence in the very beginning of law school! And, it was not just reading cases and engaging in dialogue between student and professor. The students, almost immediately, got on their feet and, pretending to be lawyers and witnesses, simulated presentation of Evidence and argument before a judge and jury. The name of the class was Evidence Labs.

The new look of W623
On January 5, 2009, I entered W623 in the Westmoreland Building of Southwestern Law School, a newly created mock trial courtroom, to face the 20 students of the new, innovative intersession course titled Selective Problems in Evidence (Evidence Labs). The class was a five day, intensive examination of a series of challenging, cutting-edge trial evidence problems, with the students acting as lawyers and judges to argue all sides of the issues. Again, this was not just students reading cases and engaging in dialogue between others students and professor.





As I sat in the new courtroom, stood up and engaged the students and my colleague (and former student), Andrea Tischler, I was awed by the warmth, utility and realism of the environment we had created in this new courtroom. The experience of using it far exceeded what I had imagined during the planning process for the installation. And, of course, the courtroom has all the technological bells and whistles that I hoped for.

W623 before recent construction
Since that first day in 1975, I cannot be sure how many classes I taught in W623. I taught trial advocacy there. I judged so many moot court rounds, both intramural and team practice rounds, that I cannot even guess how many. The new Southwestern that has emerged in recent years is truly a great place to teach and a great place to learn. The new courtroom is another mark of that greatness, I think.

A few days after the intersession ended, I was discussing the name for this new courtroom with Dean Garth. He asked me if I would like if it was named after me. Even though it seemed rather self-indulgent, I did not hesitate to say yes. So, I, with a bit of help from Andrea Tischler, came up with "The Norman M. Garland Southwestern Superior Court Mock Trial Courtroom." I hope that my love for the law, legal education, and the Southwestern Law School community is clearly reflected in this honor of naming this room.


  • Elected Chair, AALS Litigation Section, AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego
  • Appointed Chair, Academic Assistance Workshop Planning Committee, LSAC
  • Panelist, BLSA Exam Skills Workshop, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles and BLSA/Pepperdine, Loyola Law School
  • Reasonableness, Justice, and the No-Duty-to-Rescue Rule of Torts in TORT REFORM DEBATE: EMERGING TRENDS (Amicus Books, 2008)
  • Presenter, Standards and Review Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, San Diego
  • Participant, Curriculum Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, San Diego
  • Participant, Accreditation Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Los Angeles
  • Quoted, "Law Schools Customize Degrees to Students' Taste," The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Presenter, "Talk Derby to Me: Emergent Property Norms in Pseudonymous Performance Subcultures," PrawfsFest! Conference on Public Law and Legal Theory, University of Miami Law School; and Workshop on the Public Nature of Private Property, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Presenter, "Property Rhetoric and the Public Domain," Southern California Junior Law Faculty Workshop, California Western School of Law
  • Invited Participant, Law and Rhetoric Workshop, Mercer University School of Law and the Legal Writing Institute, San Diego
  • Merchants of Law as Moral Entrepreneurs: Constructing International Justice from the Competition for Transnational Business Disputes in ANALYZING LAW'S REACH: EMPIRICAL RESEARCH ON LAW AND SOCIETY, American Bar Foundation (with Y. Dezalay; American Bar Association, 2008)
  • Presenter/Moderator, "Progress? The Academy, Profession, Race and Gender: Empirical Findings, Research Issues, Potential Projects and Funding Opportunities," AALS Workshop, AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego
  • Organizer/Presenter/Moderator, "Citations, SSRN Downloads, U.S. News, Carnegie, Bar Passage, Careers: Competing Methods of Assessing Law Schools," AALS Committee on Research Program, AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego
  • Chair, LSSSE Advisory Committee Meeting, San Diego
  • Participant, Journal of Legal Education Editorial Board Meeting, San Diego
  • 2008 Supplement, NEWSGATHERING AND THE LAW, 3rd ed. (LexisNexis, 2008)
  • Fall 2008 Supplement, ENTERTAINMENT LAW: LEGAL CONCEPTS AND BUSINESS PRACTICES (Thomson Reuters, 2008)
  • Retelling Stories of Indian Families: Judicial Narratives that Determine the Placement of Indian Children under the Indian Child Welfare Act, 8 WHITTIER JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCACY (Summer 2009)

- American Bar Association
- Association of American Law Schools
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
LSSSE - Law School Survey of Student Engagement

- National Association for Law Placement
  • Transnational Legal Practice: 2008, 45 THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYER (with L. Terry, C. Silver, E. Rosen, C. Needham and P. Ehrenhaft; 2009)
  • The ABA Section of International Law Celebrating 75 Years as a Section and 130 Years as an ABA Entity, 37 INTERNATIONAL LAW NEWS 1 (Fall 2008)
  • Paper and Presentation, "New Paradigms for the Transnational Practice of Law," Asia Regional Meeting, U.S.-India Business Council, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Practising Law Institute, and ABA Section of International Law, New Delhi, India
  • Paper and Presentation, "Linking Trade, Intellectual Property, and Investment in a Globalizing Economy: The Interrelated Roles of FTAs, IP and the U.S.," Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  • Presenter, "Testimony to Moot State Bar Hearing on Transnational Legal Practice," Asia Regional Meeting, New Delhi, India
  • Presenter, "The U.S. Regulation of the Inbound and Outbound Transnational Practice of Law," Bar Council of India, New Delhi, India
  • Meeting Leader, Indo-U.S. Trade Policy Forum's Bilateral Working Group on Legal Services (as a member), Bar Council of India
  • Member, American Bar Association "International Legal Exchange" Delegation to India, Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi
  • Participant, ABA Section of Legal Education's International Issues Committee meetings
  • Meeting Chair, ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services
  • Interviewed regarding issues related to corruption charges, arrest, possible impeachment and Senate appointment battle of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, ABC Radio Network News, Radio America Network, and Mark Bernier Program, WNDB-AM (Daytona Beach)
  • Interviewed regarding OJ Simpson's conviction on robbery charges, SkyTelevision (UK and Europe)
  • Quoted, "Court Upholds Prison Term for Hawthorne-area Gang Member," Daily Breeze and Contra Costa Times
  • Introductory Remarks and Presentation, Wigmore Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Professor Margaret Berger, AALS Evidence Section Luncheon, AALS Annual Meeting, San Diego; remarks to be published in International Commentary on Evidence
  • An Assessment of the Law School Climate for GLBT Students, 58 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 214 (with B. Clark, R. Ingli, E. Kransberger, L. Levine and W. Perez; 2008)
  • Quoted, "Madoff Scandal a Huge Blow to SEC Credibility," Law 360
  • Elected Vice Chair, Board of Governors, Queen Margaret's School, Duncan, BC, Canada
  • Participant, ABA Site Evaluation Workshop for Site Team Chairs, Chicago, IL
  • Quoted, "Impeach Chester Arthur!" Ben Smith/


  • "Applying the Rules of Multidistrict Litigation," Los Angeles Lawyer
  • Recipient, Jefferson Award for her work on The Children's Ranch; featured in ABC News segment
  • Honored, Attorney of the Year,Ventura County District Attorney's Office (second consecutive year)
  • See this month's article, "Southwestern Unveils Another State-of-the-Art Courtroom"

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