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Southwestern Reporter

January 2010


Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

A number of practitioners and experts in a variety of fields have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty.


Charles Bakaly - Courts and Public Opinion (Intersession)

Charles Bakaly, Senior Counsel and head of the Litigation and Crisis Communications practice of Edelman, the world's largest independent public relations firm, taught Courts and Public Opinion in the January 2010 Intersession. A lawyer and a communications counselor with nearly 30 years experience, Professor Bakaly provides strategic counsel to clients at the intersection of the courts of law and public opinion, and develops and manages communications programs around litigation and crises to protect brand reputations. At Edelman, he has counseled corporate clients in the areas of litigation, government investigations, crisis management and labor relations, and has been selected for his judgment and crisis management skills to counsel government and business leaders in many high profile situations. Past projects include the release of the Iraq Study Group recommendations for former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III and Congressman Lee Hamilton; counselor and spokesperson for the Office of Independent Counsel (appointed by Kenneth W. Starr); and counsel to Judge William Webster in the Los Angeles Police Department investigation following the verdict in the first Rodney King case. Professor Bakaly earned his J.D. from Southwestern.

Farrell Binder - White Collar Crime

Farrell Binder, a Special Agent on the Public Corruption Squad for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is co-teaching White Collar Crime in the Spring 2010 semester with Professor Elisa Fernandez. In her position, she investigates corruption by public officials and law enforcement officers, including drafting and executing search warrants; drafting indictments, informations and complaints; interviewing witnesses; interrogating subjects; and testifying at grand jury, hearings, trials and sentencing. She has also served the FBI as Associate Division Counsel, researching and advising other special agents on legal issues involved in searches arrests and investigations, as well as planning and providing legal training to other special agents regarding criminal justice and law enforcement issues, and as a Special Agent in the Government Fraud Squad, investigating fraud and abuse of government contracts, mortgage fraud, and environmental crimes. Prior to joining the FBI, Professor Binder was an Assistant State's Attorney in Maryland and a law clerk for Judge Graydon S. McKee III. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University and her J.D. from George Washington University.

Kevin Boyle - California Civil Procedure

Kevin Boyle, a partner with the law firm of Panish, Shea & Boyle, is teaching California Civil Procedure in the Spring 2010 semester. He specializes in resolving large high-profile plaintiffs cases by trial or settlement, representing a number of clients in a wide range of matters - from catastrophic personal injuries to mass torts to intellectual property infringement to major breach of contract. Professor Boyle was named on both "The Top 100 Lawyers in California" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and "The Best Lawyers in America" by American Lawyer Media, and was profiled as one of "The Best Lawyers in Los Angeles" by the Los Angeles Times. Prior to founding Panish, Shea & Boyle, he was an attorney with the Santa Monica office of Greene, Broillet, Panish & Wheeler and the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis. He also served as law clerk to the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court and to Judge Melvin T. Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Boyle is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice (formerly ATLA); the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Los Angeles; the Amicus Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles; and the Consumer Attorneys of California. He also serves as an editor of the ABA's Aviation Law Quarterly. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Arizona College of Law, he was the Business Editor of the Arizona Law Review, and published an article concerning manufacturers' duties to retrofit defective products before they cause further injury.

Elisa Fernandez - White Collar Crime

Elisa Fernandez, an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division for the Central District of California, is co-teaching White Collar Crime in the Spring 2010 semester with Professor Farrell Binder. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, she was a Litigation Associate with the Los Angeles office of Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges; a Staff Attorney/Skadden Public Interest Attorney with the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and a law clerk to Hon. Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Hon. Richard A. Paez of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Professor Fernandez was also a part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Trial Advocacy Program, where she completed an eight-week trial advocacy training program, trying a criminal jury trial to verdict. Prior to her legal studies, she was an Education Specialist at the National Council of La Raza and served as both the Director of Special Projects and Special Assistant to the Commissioner/New York Urban Fellow for the New York City Department of Transportation. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Hon. Luis A. Lavin - Select Problems/Evidence Lab (Intersession)

Hon. Luis A. Lavin, a Superior Court Judge, co-taught Select Problems/Evidence Lab in January 2010 Intersession with Professor Andrea Tischler. Since his appointment to the bench by Governor Gray Davis in 2001, he has held criminal, family law, and civil assignments. Currently assigned to a fast-track, general jurisdiction civil court with an inventory of 400 cases, he is responsible for all law and motion matters, including class certification and summary judgment motions, and trials relating to complex commercial, products liability, employment, and professional liability cases; he also conducts mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences in highly-contested cases. As Assistant Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division, he oversaw the activities of 50 judges and commissioners assigned to limited jurisdiction criminal cases in the Central District, and while assigned to the felony trial panel, he presided over some of the most serious cases prosecuted in Los Angeles County. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Lavin was Director of Enforcement and General Counsel for the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission; a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; Associate General Counsel for the Directors Guild of America; Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office; and an attorney with the law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen. He earned his B.S. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Harvard University.

Jihad Turk - Islamic Law

Jihad Turk, the director of religious affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California, co-taught Islamic Law in the Fall and Spring 2009 semesters with Professor Mark Cammack. He was recently profiled in the Los Angeles Times for his efforts to promote religious understanding and acceptance. In addition to his current role teaching History, Religion, and Language Instructor through the University of California, Los Angeles' Extension Program, Professor Turk has previously taught weekly courses for Los Angeles Unified School District teachers; taught religious studies at New Horizon Private Islamic School in West Los Angeles; developed religious studies curriculum and teacher training for the four full-time Islamic Schools run by the Islamic Center of Southern California; and given presentations on Islam to various universities, as well as LAPD Chief Bratton and Command Staff. He has also been honored with the Islamic Studies Fellowship, the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship, and the Valley Interfaith Council's Religious Leadership Award. Professor Turk earned his B.A. in History and Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley; his M.A. Islamic Law and Theology, Arabic from the University of Texas, Austin; and is a Doctoral Candidate at the Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.


  • Quoted in "Home of the Asbestos Litigation 'Gold Rush'?" Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Presentation, "Is Necessary Still the Mother of Rejection? The Treatment of Collective Bargaining Agreements in Bankruptcy on the 25th Anniversary of Section 1113," 3rd Annual CLE Conference, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, Washington DC
  • "Discovering" Islamic Law, 88 INDONESIA 165 (2009)
  • Appointed Chair, Curriculum Survey Drafting Board, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Site Team Chair, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, The Judge Advocate General School, Charlottesville, VA
  • Participant, Council of Legal Education, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Miami, FL
  • Interviewed regarding Prop. 8 trial and pending federal court ruling on cameras in the courtroom, "News Conference," KNBC-TV
  • Participant, Special U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Agency-sponsored Delegation of Los Angeles Law Enforcement Executives to Bogota, Columbia, for briefings on cocaine problems in Columbia, Mexico and Los Angeles
  • Presenter, Medical Marijuana Issues, California Narcotics Officers Association and Los Angeles County Prosecutors Association
  • Interviewed regarding medical marijuana and marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, KTLA News, NPR and French24 Television
  • Panelist, "What Hath eBay v. MercEchange Wrought?" Intellectual Property Remedies, Business Law Fall Forum, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR
  • Exploring Inequality in the Corporate Law Firm Apprenticeship: Doing the Time, Finding the Love, 22 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LEGAL ETHICS 1361 (with J. Sterling; 2009)
  • Book Presentation, ASIAN LEGAL REVIVALS: LAWYERS IN THE SHADOW OF EMPIRE (with Y. Dezalay; University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2010), American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL
  • LAWYERS AND CLIENTS: CRITICAL ISSUES IN INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING (with S. Ellmann, R. Dinerstein, K. Kruse and A. Shelleck; West 2009)
  • Contract Formation and the Entrenchment of Power, 41 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO LAW JOURNAL 175 (2009)
  • Op-ed article, "Guantanamo Detainees to Resettle in the U.S.?" Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Discussant regarding a presentation on "Climate change and a policy research agenda" by Dr. Hilda Blanco, Urban Growth Seminar Series, USC School of Policy, Planning and Development

  • Guest Lecturer, "The Law of International Trade and the Trade System: Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Opportunities," International Law Undergraduate Course, University of Southern California
  • Guest Lecturer, "Recent IL Developments and Their Significance," Seminar on Public Diplomacy, USC Graduate School of Public Diplomacy
  • Participant/Member, ABA Center of Human Rights, Washington, DC
  • Participant/ Member, American Bar Foundation Fellows' Research Advisory Committee, Chicago, IL
  • Participant/Member, Committee on International Legal Education, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Chicago, IL
  • Participant/ Member, Meeting of U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law, Washington, DC
  • Speaker, "Reforming California's International Arbitration Law," San Francisco Bar Association's International Law Section, San Francisco
  • Selected for inclusion, International Trade and Finance category, The Best Lawyers in America (2010 Edition)
  • Guest Blogger, "DOJ dynamics and the unlikelihood of retaliatory political prosecutions," PrawfsBlawg
  • Presented argument, Victor SaldaƱo v. United States of America before Inter-American Commission of Human Rights; and held meetings regarding the case with officials of U.S. Department of State, Washington DC
  • Quoted in "Anthony Sowell pleads insanity - legal tactic rarely works," Christian Science Monitor
  • Against the Right to Bodily Integrity: Of Cyborgs and Human Rights, 87 DENVER UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1
  • Postconviction Claims of Innocence, 24 CRIMINAL JUSTICE 14 (Symposium Issue, Fall 2009)
  • Book review, Hope's Boy: A Memoir (A. Bridge; Hyperion 2008) in 4 CALIFORNIA LEGAL HISTORY 533 (2009)
  • Meeting Participant and Presenter, "Resolutions Designed to Strengthen Bonds Between Incarcerated Parents and Their Children," Fall Council Meeting, ABA Criminal Justice Section, Washington DC
  • Meeting Participant, ABA Juvenile Justice Standards Committee, Washington DC
  • Presenter (with C. Saco), "Immigration Options for Victims of Crimes & Domestic Violence," A New Beginning for Partnerships for Children & Families in Los Angeles County, Dependency Court Partnership Conference, Los Angeles
  • Profiled, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, ABA Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
  • Creator, iPhone Application, Survey of Federal Income Tax and SCALE Federal Income Tax courses
  • Selected for inclusion, Intellectual Property Law category, The Best Lawyers in America (2010 Edition)
  • Quoted in "Home of the Asbestos Litigation 'Gold Rush'?" Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Interviewed regarding the California Attorney General's $200 million lawsuit against State Street Bank, KNX News Radio Business Hour

ABA - American Bar Association
- Association of American Law Schools
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- National Association for Law Placement

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