Your Personal Perspective Can Make a Difference
Keep an eye on your Southwestern email inbox. At the end of March, all students will be receiving an email invitation from Dean Garth to participate
in the annual Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE). Students are
encouraged to complete the survey to assist Southwestern in achieving a more
representative sample of student respondents. 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. The survey is completed online through
a secure website, and may be submitted through the end of April. Student input
provides valuable information to assist Southwestern in improving and enhancing
the law school experience. More information for students about LSSSE, and how
Southwestern has utilized it to enhance student experiences in the past, is
Southwestern to Honor Three with Honorary Degrees
At a recent meeting of Southwestern's Board of Trustees, the Board voted to
award honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to three deserving individuals who have
contributed significantly to Southwestern, legal education and the community.
Justice Carole A. Corrigan, Mr. Daniel Grunfeld, and Associate Dean Doreen
Heyer will be honored on May 18 during the law school's 93rd Commencement Ceremony
at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Read
Tony Award-Winning Student to Sing National Anthem at Commencement
SCALE II student Michael Maguire has been chosen to sing the National Anthem
at Southwestern's 93rd Commencement Ceremony. Maguire completed his undergraduate work
at Oberlin Conservatory and earned a master's degree in opera from the University
of Michigan. Growing up in Virginia, he was a strolling troubadour in Williamsburg
and was eventually cast in the original Broadway production of "Les Misérables," playing
Enjolras, for which he won the 1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a
Musical. He is also featured in "Les Misérables - The Dreamcast
in Concert." Maguire continued to perform on stage and in film, eventually
settling in Los Angeles. Until he began his legal education at Southwestern,
he was an international symphony soloist.
A Conversation with...
On Wednesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m., the Institute's "Conversations
With..." series will feature Douglas P. Jacobs, Senior Vice President & General
Counsel, A&E Television Networks, in a discussion titled "Real
News to Reality TV: The Changing Face of Television." The event
offers one unit of MCLE credit and a reception will follow. For more
information on this free event, contact Tamara Moore in the Biederman Institute.
Don't miss "Table Days" in April
"Table Days" are intended to provide students with the opportunity
to receive advice from faculty, deans and staff on planning their schedule
for the upcoming academic year and preparing for their legal career.
Tables will be grouped by areas of interests, including entertainment
law, business law, criminal law, international law, skills courses, bar preparation,
public interest, student honors groups and much more. The event will
take place on the Promenade during the following dates and times:
- Monday, April 7, 5 - 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 8, 12 - 2 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 9, 12 – 2 p.m.
Bestselling Author Returns to Southwestern
Southwestern's Children's Rights and Street Law Clinics are sponsoring a presentation by Andrew Bridge, author of the New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestselling memoir, Hope's Boy (Hyperion, 2008), and former Managing Director of Child Welfare Reform at the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles. Mr. Bridge, a former member of the Southwestern adjunct faculty and the inaugural professor of the Children and the Law class, will speak to the Southwestern community on Thursday, April 10 at 12:30 p.m. in BW370.
Hope's Boy chronicles the life of Mr. Bridge. After his mother's health deteriorated, he was forced to spend 11 years in foster care. Despite living in one of the country's most notorious children's facilities and being adopted into a family that refused to accept him, he went on to Harvard Law School and became a Fulbright Scholar. The former Executive Director of the Alliance for Children's Rights, Mr. Bridge has dedicated his life to helping children living in poverty and in the foster care system.
Leading State Jurists to Preside Over Final Intramural Moot Court
On Saturday, April 12, Southwestern's top two oralists, selected
that day after earlier rounds, will present their arguments before five of the
nation's leading jurists in the final round of the law school's 2008
Intramural Moot Court Competition. The event will take place at 4 p.m.
at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,
125 S. Grand Avenue, Pasadena. Presiding over the competition are Hon.
Louis B. Butler, Jr., Wisconsin Supreme Court; Hon. Rives Kistler,
Supreme Court of Oregon; Hon. Elizabeth B. Lacy, Supreme Court of Virginia;
Hon. Steven H. Levinson, Supreme Court of Hawaii; and Hon. Charles
R. Wilson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Presiding over the semi-final competition, immediately prior at 2
p.m., are Hon. J. Gary Hastings '72 (ret.), Hon. Paul Turner and Hon. Thomas L. Willhire, Jr. of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District; Hon. George P. Schiavelli, Hon. Andrew J. Wistrich, and Hon. Otis D. Wright, II of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California; and Hon. Erithe A. Smith of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California. All members of the Southwestern community are invited to attend the events (please RSVP to the Moot Court Office).
CAREER SERVICES CORNER
The Career Services Office (CSO) has several upcoming events to help
students make connections, obtain clerkships, learn about the Patent
to be a summer clerk. For more information on any of the following
programs, contact the Career Services Office.
Panel Presentations Feature Practitioners in Various Areas of Law
Lawyers speak about their experiences in various areas of the law in a series of panel presentations.
- Lawyers Working in Public Interest will take place on Wednesday, April 2 at 12:30 pm in W311. Panelists include Priscilla Musso, Los Angeles District Attorney's Office; Chris Newman, National Day Laborer Organizing Network; Pegah Kamrava, Bet Tzedek Legal Services; Dennis Smeal, Los Angeles Dependency Lawyers/Law Offices of Barry Allen Herzog; and moderated by Professor Laura Cohen.
- Find out what its like to be a litigator as well as the different types of law encompassed under this concept at What does it mean to be a "litigator?" This panel will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 12:30 pm in W311. Panelist include: Craig Breitman, Selman Breitman LLP; Cecilia Amo, The Cochran Firm; Heidi Yoshioka, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP; and others.
Early Planning Encouraged for 2009 Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkship
Applications for 2009 federal court clerkships will be due early September
2008, 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 Thursday, April 10 at 12:30 and 5 p.m in W311.
Summer Job Listings and Networking Reception
In an effort to assist students, the Alumni Association in conjunction
with the Institutional Relations and Career Services offices, have
contacted Southwestern alumni and encouraged them to list positions
students for the summer as well as for graduates pending bar results.
Last year, more than 100 paid and volunteer positions were listed.
The CSO has lists already published and more will come out every
Friday until the end of the semester. The CSO will also host a Networking
Reception on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
in the Salle Moderne, where many of these employers will be present
to chat with
is a great networking and career-building event and should not be missed!
Summer Clerk Boot Camp
Find out what to do to get the most out of summer clerking experiences at Summer Clerk Boot Camp on Tuesday, April 22 at 12:30 and 5 p.m. in W311.
Topics will include how to approach assignments, effective networking
skills, how to deal with billable hours, and everything else that students
need to know to make the summer a success.
Get Ready for the On-Campus Interview Program
The On-Campus Interview Program (OCIP) will begin in August - the week before school starts - so if you would like to participate, you should attend How to Participate in the On-Campus Interview Program and Other Things You Should Know about Finding a Job on Monday, April 24 at 12:30 and 5 pm in W311. During OCIP, employers will visit campus to interview students for summer 2009 and post-graduate positions. In order to participate in the OCIP, students must attend one of the mandatory sessions offered in April and again over the course of the summer. Learn about law firm recruiting, the mechanics of the OCIP, and what you will need to do to be ready for it.
Senior Staff Promotion
Linda Whisman, Associate Dean for Library Services
Professor Linda Whisman has been named Associate Dean for Library Services. She first
joined Southwestern in 1976 as a library assistant in the Serials Department
and was promoted to reference librarian, head of public services and acting
director before her appointment in 1983 as Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law. In 1994, Dean Whisman's art history background was
again put to good use when she worked with architects, designers and contractors
in the process of turning a third of the historic art deco Bullocks Wilshire
building into Southwestern's award-winning state-of-the-art Law Library.
In 2001, she was named the Paul E. Treusch Professor of Law. The author of
a number of legal bibliographies, Dean Whisman regularly serves on law
school site evaluation teams for the American Bar Association Section on
Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, and has served on the Section's
Technology Committee and Law School Facilities Committee.
Katrina Nierva, Student Services Assistant, Student Affairs
Office - Ms. Nierva earned her bachelor's degree in Political
Science from UCLA, where she worked as an Academic Peer Counselor
in a student-initiated and student-managed retention projects. In
this position, she designed and conducted workshops on a variety
of academic and social topics to ensure student development and satisfaction.
Southwestern Campus - Part of Angels Walk LA
Notice anything new near campus? The corner of Westmoreland and Wilshire
now sports an unusual new sculpture - a special "Angels
Walk" stanchion that is part of a self-guided historic trail
featuring the diverse architecture, culture and heritage of Los Angeles.
Southwestern's campus is one of the major landmarks on this new "Angels
Walk - Wilshire" that includes 15 historic markers along two miles through
the Westlake District and Wilshire Center. Other Angels Walk trails
have been installed along the Bunker Hill/Historic Core District downtown
and the Figueroa Corridor. Booklets with a map of the Angels Walk Wilshire
sites and a lot of interesting information about the neighborhood are
available in Room 100 of the Westmoreland building or the Security
Office in the Bullocks Wilshire building.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
A Dozen Questions for Professor
Sung Hui Kim
Q: At what point, and how, did you determine what area of law you
wanted to practice?
A: Believe it or not, I was pretty clueless about practice areas during
law school. In fact, I really didn't decide on a specific practice
area until probably a year into my law practice. These days law firms
expect that you have a concrete preference early on, which I think
forces young lawyers to commit prematurely. It was not until I practiced
at Hale and Dorr in Washington, D.C. (which has since merged into Wilmer
Cutler Hale and Dorr) that I decided that I really enjoyed corporate
finance transactions, such as IPOs and bond offerings.
Q: What was the biggest difference between working for law firms and
serving as General Counsel for Red Bull?
A: The biggest difference was the control I had over my workflow. In
many respects, law firm practitioners have become slaves to their clients
and their deadlines. As general counsel, you are much more of a strategic
player, so you have much more control over deadlines. In fact, you
are the client in many respects. Because I had a sizeable legal department
budget, I could cherry-pick which projects that I would personally
focus on and farm out the projects that I was less interested in or
that I had less expertise in. Law departments with small budgets don't
necessarily have that luxury.
But I will say that, as general counsel,
the ultimate buck stops with you, so it is your responsibility that
the necessary internal legal controls get implemented as soon as possible.
For some people, that would be too much stress, but I enjoyed that.
Also, as general counsel, you need to make sure that you have enough
time to devote to quality control. If you farm out work to law firms,
you need to supervise their work. Even the best firms have partners
with varying quality levels, and partners have incentives to create
more billable work that are not in the client's best interests.
one occasion when a top partner at a top law firm was persuading me
to engage in a variety of merger transactions that would suit our needs.
I asked him why we couldn't take an alternative route that would lead
to minimal legal fees, and he finally acknowledged that, in fact, that
was entirely feasible. Of course, we took that route, which was the
simplest and most cost-efficient.
Q: Why did you decide to leave practice to teach law?
A: One thing that I didn't enjoy about practice was the lack of time
for extended reflection. In private practice, you are juggling so
many deals at the same time and in-house you are putting out so many
fires that you actually don't have much time just to think. This
job is great because you can spend some time thinking about legal
issues that matter to you. Also, I was always the type of practitioner
who wasn't interested in just how things are, but about how things
should be. There were many aspects of legal practice that I believed
didn't have to be that way. Given my mindset, law teaching was more
suitable to my interests. Finally, I enjoyed training young associates
in practice. Here, I enjoy training young legal minds.
Q: Having lived on the East Coast and traveled the world, what do
you like most about living in Los Angeles? What do you think sets this
city apart from other places you've lived?
A: The great thing about Los Angeles is its deep cultural diversity.
It's filled with many different ethnicities located in different parts
of the city. What other city has Koreatown, Little Iran and Little
Armenia, as well as the significant Latino areas of the city?
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching at Southwestern?
A: I really enjoy the one-on-one contact with students. I love the
fact that a student will seek me out to resolve any confusion that
he or she has. And I love to see the light bulb go off. Students
at Southwestern are, for the most part, genuinely really nice people
and I really do enjoy getting to know them. I especially love talking
to students who have taken all the courses that I teach. For me,
it's a huge compliment that they would be willing to put up with
me for three years, and I really get a kick out of shaping their
legal minds and helping them out with career advice.
Q: What is your favorite course to teach and why?
A: That's a tough one, because I love teaching all my courses for different
reasons. I love teaching first-year Contracts, because students are
enthusiastic, bold and generally well-prepared, so that energizes
me. Contracts is also an intellectually rigorous experience. But
I also love teaching Business Associations because the policy issues
are so profound, complex and timely. The role of corporations in
our world cannot be underestimated. I love teaching Legal Profession
because that goes to the heart of what I care about in my scholarship.
I also enjoy discussing professional values with my students.
Q: What is the most important piece of advice you give to your law
A: There are no shortcuts in law school, and real practice rewards
those who have developed the skill of self-teaching. If you spend your
law school career relying on commercial outlines like Emanuel's and
canned briefs and soliciting spoon-feeding from your professors without
struggling with the doctrines yourself, you will never learn to reason
(and write and research and argue) like a lawyer. If a student puts
in the extraordinary amount of time and effort to learn the law the
hard way, she will gain those skills that will make her a good lawyer.
Q: With scholarship focused on legal ethics, what aspect are you currently
A: Currently, I am writing an article on the struggles between the
SEC and the organized bar. For decades there's been conflict between
this federal agency and the organized bar about what lawyers' responsibilities
are when their clients commit or plan to commit fraud. Naturally, the
regulator wants lawyers to step up to the plate and stop the fraud
from happening and the organized bar constantly shouts, "But that's
not our role!" I am trying to analyze and explain this conflict.
Q: What do you consider some of the biggest ethical issues attorneys
face in the corporate world today?
A: Attorneys have difficulty when their clients ask them to do something
that is either illegal or unethical. Due to a number of psychological
factors, many attorneys end up acquiescing in client fraud. In my scholarship,
I have extensively explored those issues and the structural problems
that make acquiescence likely.
Q: What is the most recent novel or non-legal book you read?
A: I like to read non-fiction books about science. I think the last
book was a compendium on the best science articles of a particular
year. Currently, I am reading (albeit very slowly) a psychology book
by Jonathan Haidt called "The Happiness Hypothesis." It's
a fabulous book, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand
what makes humans happy.
Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of the legal profession?
A: I love yoga and try to do some every week. It's a great stress reducer.
I also love to hike, although I haven't done so in quite a while, and I play the violin. But most of my free time is taken up by my
Q: If you could not fail, what would you do?
A: To be honest, I love my job so much that I can't imagine doing anything
else! I will admit that, occasionally, I have fantasized about retiring
in England and sipping tea with cranberry-orange scones, clotted
cream and cucumber sandwiches as I watch a Hugh Grant film or read
an Oscar Wilde novel.
PROFESSOR IRA SHAFIROFF
PROFESSOR LON SOBEL
- 19th Release, INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE DESKBOOK,
3rd ed. (Practising Law Institute, 2008)
- Op-ed articles, "Multistate Sham" and "When There's a Will," Los
Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal
PROFESSOR BYRON STIER
- Presentation, "Top 10 Music Cases of the Last 50 Years," Grammy
Foundation Luncheon, Los Angeles
- Quoted, "Clemens hearing useless unless we learn from it," Press-Enterprise
- Now It's Personal: Punishment and Mass Tort Litigation After Philip Morris v. Williams, 2 CHARLESTON LAW REVIEW 433 (Symposium Issue, 2008)
- Presentation, "Applications Panel," Crimtorts, Widener
Law Journal Symposium, Harrisburg, PA
- Presentation, "Vexing Situations: Ethics and International Practice," State
Bar of California's 80th Annual Meeting, Anaheim, and to White & Case
- Interviewed in "Special Features," Damages: The Complete
First Season (FX Television Series DVD, 2008)
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Southwestern Faculty Extends Curricular Reform to Upper Division Offerings
Following on the momentum and success of the initiatives introduced last academic year to enhance the traditional first-year experience, the Southwestern
faculty has adopted several exciting new curricular innovations for the upper
Three new programs will be integrated into the curriculum commencing with
the Fall 2008 semester: a Capstone Course,
a January Intersession, and a Floating Mini-Term. The programs are designed to encourage student
engagement during the second, third, and (where applicable) fourth years
of study, respond to issues identified through the Law School Survey of Student
Engagement (LSSSE), and extend the momentum created by Southwestern's new
first-year curricular reforms. The latter have been well received by students
and commended by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Read
SCALE Program to Include 8-week Summer Session
Beginning with the 2008-09 entering class, the SCALE Program will introduce
a new innovative Summer Session designed to provide a menu of
alternative options to SCALE students.
The SCALE Summer Session will be held
during the eight-week period from the end of May to the end of July between
the two SCALE years. The SCALE I and SCALE II schedule
s are being adjusted to accommodate the summer
Andrea Ramos to Direct New Legal Clinic
Dean Bryant Garth announced the appointment of Andrea Ramos, a prominent children's rights and immigration rights lawyer, as Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the new Immigration Clinic commencing in July 2008.
Professor Ramos brings many years of expertise as a public interest attorney and law professor to Southwestern. For the past decade, she has served on the staff of Public Counsel, originally leading the School-Based Legal Assistance Program. During the past three years, she has directed the organization's largest program, the Children's Rights Project, which involves more than 700 volunteers assisting over 6,000 children and youth annually. As Directing Attorney, Professor Ramos represents children in Special Immigrant Juvenile cases, Violence Against Women Act and U-Visa cases, and provides training and workshops to lawyers and social service providers. The Project facilitates adoptions of foster children, securing legal guardianships, a Guardian Ad Litem program for children under the jurisdiction of the Dependency Court, special education assistance, and programs for pregnant and parenting teens, among other work. Since 2004, Professor Ramos has also served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern California Law Center as a co-teacher of the Children and the Law course.
Professor Miller named "Oficial" of the "Orden
Professor Miller with Counsel General of the Argentine Republic Jorge T. Lapsenson
In February, Professor Jonathan Miller was named an "Oficial" of
the "Orden de Mayo" of the Argentine Republic, pursuant to
a Presidential Decree, at a ceremony and dinner in his honor held at
the Residence of the Argentine Consul General. Professor Miller was
commended for his pro bono work on behalf of Víctor Hugo Saldaño,
an Argentine citizen on death row in Texas.
Professor Dennis Yokoyama Elected as JABA President
In February, Professor
Dennis Yokoyama officially began his term as
president of the Japanese
American Bar Association (JABA), one of the
minority bar associations in the country. He was elected to the position
last spring and will serve until January 2009. Read
Professors Lind and Gordon to be honored at Awards Recognition Event
At Southwestern's 21st Annual Awards Recognition Reception
and Auction, Professor Robert Lind will be honored as "Outstanding
Adjunct Professor/Commissioner Scott Gordon '85 will be feted as "Outstanding Judicial Officer" along with Leah and Gregory Bergman
'75, as "Alumni of the Year." The event will be held on
Thursday, April 17 at the Jonathan Club with proceeds going toward
the Alumni Scholarship Fund. This annual event allows the Alumni
Association and other members of the Southwestern community the opportunity
to recognize alumni and friends for their outstanding service to
the law school, the legal profession and the greater community. In
addition to the awards ceremony and cocktail reception, the evening
features a silent auction with great items on which guests can bid.
Additional information can be found online.
Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty
Three Southwestern alumni have joined the adjunct faculty for Summer
2008. Read more.
Southwestern Team Takes Top Honors at National Telecommunications
Southwestern's Andy Owen, Lee Previant, and Celia Beckwith
bested 10 other teams from around the country to win the 2008 National
Moot Court Competition with the First Place Team Award, and Owen
was also named Best Oralist. The competition, held in Washington
February, was based on telephone regulation and national security
issues. The event was cosponsored by the Catholic University of
School of Law Institute for Communications Law Studies and the Federal
Communications Bar Association. Read
Professor Epstein with Andy Owen, Celia Beckwith and Lee Previant
Wagner Team Takes Brief Honors
At New York Law School's Robert F. Wagner Sr. Labor and Employment
Law Moot Court Competition, the Southwestern team took Second Place
Respondents' Brief and advanced to the semifinals in the top four out
of 42 teams.
During the quarterfinals, oralists Matt Soroky and Mark
Abell and writer Lindsay Schwartz defeated Charlotte School of
Law to advance to the Final Four where they lost a very close
match to Northern Kentucky. Competition officials said the final
four teams were within one point of each other. "For me,
the best part was watching three young people transform themselves
from students into professional advocates in just two months'
time," Associate Dean Christopher Cameron, the team's coach, said. "I
am very proud of them."
BLSA Team Excels at Western Regional Competition
Evening students Bernetta Hardy and Anne Cheung ruled BLSA's Western
Region competition recently held in Los Angeles, triumphing over the
team from Stanford to win the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
and earning the opportunity to compete in the national rounds in Detroit
at the end of March. In addition to their First Place Team honors,
the second-year students received the award for Best Brief, and Cheung
was named Best Oralist. Read more.
BLSA Mock Trial Team Reaches Semi-Finals
The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial team also performed well at BLSA's
Western Region competition, reaching the semi-final round. Professor
Isabelle Gunning, who coached the team, said Shara Davenport, Lucy
Kwak, Enrique Juarez, and Irma Martinez effectively argued a case involving
a criminal trial where the defendant was accused of using his job as
an interstate trucker to transport marijuana. The case was complicated
by the fact that the co-defendant-turned-government-informant had arguably
equal access to the truck with the drugs and had been recently
released from prison. Additionally, Southwestern's BLSA chapter received
the Second Place Award in Chapter of the Year honors.
Law Review/Law Journal Announce 2008-09 Leaders
Congratulations are extended to the following students on their appointment
to leadership positions on the boards of Law Review and Law Journal.
Special Projects Editor
Lead Articles Editors
Note and Comment Editors
Lead Article Editors
Note and Comment Editors
Special Project / Research Editors
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?
This month - Charles Fairchild, Third-Year Evening Student
For Charles Fairchild, adding some fun to challenging situations isn't
just a way to survive - it's a way to thrive. The third-year evening
student studied nonstop during his first semester at Southwestern and
wound up stressed out and sick during his exams. "After that,
I decided to enjoy law school," he said. He became more involved
in the Southwestern community, joining both the Business and Tax Law
Societies. "Apparently, I had to have a good time because the
more fun I had, the better my grades got." During summer school,
the Washington D.C. native also made sure he got to the beach every
weekend, an exercise in relaxation that gave him his highest grades;
he even earned a position on the Law Review. And along with teammate
John Greenwall, Fairchild won Second Place in the J.D. Division at
the ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge in January.
Prior to law school, Fairchild worked for ten years in sales and marketing
positions, including stints as a financial advisor for Morgan Stanley
and a sales account executive for Oil Price Information Services. Since
2002, he has served as a regional liaison at the American Arbitration
Association (AAA), where he sets up seminars and programs for law firms
to learn the ins and outs of the arbitration process and for businesses
to teach their employees more about arbitration. It was through the
AAA that he met Professor Robert Lutz.
When he decided to pursue a law degree, Fairchild's familiarity with
Southwestern through Professor Lutz and SCALE alumna Carolyn Childers
'94 (who successfully represented him in a legal matter) made the law
school a top choice for him. "My classroom focus has been tax
and I am passionate about civil rights," said Fairchild, who is
not quite sure how he plans to use his law degree. "I'm looking
forward to whatever I'm doing but I CAN wait for school to be over,
because I'm having a blast."
When he's not working, studying, editing for Law Review or preparing
for competition, Fairchild serves on the board of the Guild Opera Company,
providing marketing and membership recruitment and tracking for the
nonprofit, which presents abridged opera performances to children throughout