New Magazine Debuts
Soon to hit a mailbox near you, the law school's new magazine, swlawnow
includes features on the people, programs and events of Southwestern.
The first issue of this semi-annual periodical recaps highlights of the
Fall 2005 semester. Copies of the magazine will be mailed to students
and alumni shortly.
Mohrman, Clanton Named Top Oralists and Rosas Named Best Writer at Annual Intramural Moot Court Competition
Mohrman and Clanton (sitting) with Hon. Kistler, Dean Garth, Hon. Levinson and Hon. Butler
Following thoughtful arguments that covered a range of thorny legal issues, Greg Mohrman was named Best Oralist
Southwestern's 2006 Intramural Moot Court Competition held on Saturday,
April 1; Amy Clanton took the Second Place Oralist title. The final
bench of leading jurists included Hon. Louis B. Butler, Jr., Justice of
the Supreme Court of Wisconsin; Hon. Rives Kistler, Associate Justice
of the Supreme Court of Oregon; and Hon. Steven Levinson, Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. In the writing competition,
China Rosas took the Best Writer Award. Read more.
Rosas with Moot Court Board Member Marlene Nicolas
ABA/LSD 9th Circuit Board to Include 8 Lt. Governors from Southwestern
addition to Alex Raminfar, who was recently elected as Governor of the
9th Circuit, the Southwestern contingent to serve on the
American Bar Association/Law Student Division 9th Circuit Board will
include the following recently appointed Lieutenant Governors:
Executive Lieutenant Governors
Tara Rose & Tessa King
Lieutenant Governor of the Student Bar Associations
Lieutenant Governor of Resolutions and Bylaws
Lieutenant Governors of Programming
Megan Genovese & Britton Light
Lieutenant Governor of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Programs (VITA)
Lieutenant Governor of Los Angeles Affairs
SBA Honors Students and Organizations with Awards
month, at the Annual Student Awards Banquet, the following "SBA Awards"
were presented in recognition of outstanding service during the
2005-2006 school year:
Community Service Award
Linda K. Bradlyn (Public Interest Law Society)
SBA Organization of the Year
Latino Law Student Association
SBA Class Representative of the Year
SBA Commissioner of the Year
SBA Most Service to the School Award
Tessa King (SBA Vice-President)
ABA Governor of the Year
SBA President of the Year
Honors Programs Announce 2006-2007 Leadership
congratulates the following students on their appointments to
leadership positions in the school's honors programs:
Moot Court Board of Governors
Todd Fertig - Chair
Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program
Board of Governors
Peter Brockenbrow - Chair
Yan Gershfeld - Academics
Britton Light - Alumni Relations & Special Events
Hena Patel - Competitions
Heather Patrick - Communications
Students Elect 2006-2007 SBA Executive Board
elections held last month, the Student Bar Association announced next
year's governing board. The elected officers for the 2006-2007 are:
Law Review & Law Journal Announce Write-on Competition for 2006
Don't miss the opportunity to become a member of Law Review or Law Journal! The Southwestern University Law Review and Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas 2006 Write-on Competition packet will be available Friday, July 28 at the Library Circulation Desk or online. The deadline to submit is Thursday, August 10. More information will be mailed to eligible students and is also available on online. Questions should be directed to Alison Kleaver, Law Review Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com); Chris Petersen, Law Review Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org); William Frank, Law Journal Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com); Lauren Liebes, Law Journal Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org); or the Student Affairs Office.
Student Awarded Buhai Center's Distinguished Service Award
K. Bradlyn has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the
Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law. The award is meant to highlight
an exceptional volunteer who has gone beyond the Center's expectations
and demonstrated their remarkable ability to both engage and provide
quality services to clients and the needs of the Center.
is one of our cherished volunteers - her dedication and commitment make
her a real asset to our program and we immediately thought of her when
selecting our 'Distinguished Service Award,'" shared Nicola Kennedy,
Volunteer Coordinator at the Buhai Center.
The Buhai Center is a
co-sponsored family law/domestic violence project of Black Women
Lawyers of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Women
Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and is one of the largest providers
of family law and domestic violence assistance to low-income persons in
Los Angeles. The focus of the Center's efforts is on legal problems
involving custody, visitation, support of children, domestic violence,
and establishing parentage. Information regarding opportunities with
the Buhai Center is available online at www.hbcfl.org.
Enriquez Continues to 'Swim With Mike'
If you live in the San Gabriel Valley, you might have seen a familiar name in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune
last month. Third-year evening student Nick Enriquez, who has been
receiving scholarships through the "Swim With Mike" organization and
the USC Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund since 1998, was
profiled by the paper about his participation in the scholarship
Enriquez was contacted by the organization upon
learning about his diving accident in the newspaper - an accident that
left him tetraplegic. The scholarships provided by the program,
which helped fund his accounting degree at USC and the degree he is
currently seeking at Southwestern, have allowed him to "move forward so
seamlessly," he said in a recent Trojan Daily News article.
Supported by an annual swim-a-thon fundraiser established 25 years ago,
"Swim With Mike" provides scholarships to students who had
life-changing accidents or diseases. For more information, visit
ITAP, BLSA and LLSA Put on a Performance for High School and College Students
in the Spring Semester, a group of students from Dorsey High School and
Los Angeles City College visited Southwestern as part of a minority
outreach program to encourage inner city students to pursue higher
education and consider careers in the law. During the program
co-sponsored by ITAP, BLSA and LLSA, Southwestern students presented a
mock trial demonstration in the Dixon Courtroom, followed by
discussions about law school, various law concentrations, and higher
education in general with students and
Karen Smith and Tara Walters. This event is part of a continuing effort
by Southwestern students to mentor and inspire local disadvantaged
children and youth through a variety of activities.
Smith welcomes the students to Southwestern. Above, left: Daniel Varon
questions "witness" Antoine Williams - both helped plan the event.
Above, right: Elisabeth Duarte cross-examines Williams.
(Click any of the images to view more photos of the event)
'Adoption Day' Unites 40 Children and Families with Help from Southwestern Students and Special "Guest Stars"
their skills to practice in the real world, Southwestern students
facilitated the legal union of 40 foster children with their adoptive
families at ceremonies on Friday, April 21 at Edelman Children's Court
in Monterey Park. The event, as a component of the "Children and the
Law" class, is now in its fourth year and was the brainchild of
Commissioner Amy Pellman, a member of Southwestern's adjunct faculty
and former legal director of the Los Angeles-based Alliance for
Children's Rights; she was appointed as a Los Angeles Superior Court
Commissioner in 2005.
Fourth-year evening student Jonathan Ro assisted in the adoption of this little girl.
side-by-side with the Alliance's pro bono attorneys, Commissioner
Pellman's students led the children and their families through the
final legal step in the adoption process - a process in which they have
been playing an integral role for several weeks. Special guests Angie
Harmon and Constance Marie of the George Lopez Show, were also on hand to assist with the adoptions - a unique treat for this yearly event.
Commissioner Pellman speaks with Angie Harmon outside the courtroom.
Pellman says the students play a crucial role in ensuring that the
adoptions are successful. Throughout the process, they work with the
Alliance's pro bono attorneys, but take the lead in seeing the
adoptions through, right down to the very end. "I tell my students
'This is the closest you're going to get to practicing law without a
The judge formally announces the adoption official. Dean Garth looks on from the audience.
PROFESSOR RONALD ARONOVSKY
- Elected, Executive Committee, AALS Litigation Section
- Re-elected, Executive Committee, AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
PROFESSOR PAUL BATEMAN
- Instructor with Professor Michael Frost, Logic and Opinion Writing Seminar,
National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno
PROFESSOR ALAN CALNAN
- In Defense of the Liberal Justice Theory of Torts: A Reply to Professors
Goldberg and Zipursky, 1 NYU JOURNAL OF LAW & LIBERTY 1022 (2006)
Mathis and Dean Emeritus Taylor to Receive Honorary Degrees
this month at Southwestern’s 91st Commencement ceremony, Honorary
Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degrees will be presented to Karen J. Mathis,
President-Elect of the American Bar Association and keynote speaker at
this year’s festivities, and Leigh H. Taylor, the law school's former dean, for his twenty-seven years of leadership. Read more.
President of British Columbia Premier's Technology Council to Discuss the Global Economy and Commercialization
President of British Columbia Premier's Technology Council, Jim Mutter,
will be the featured speaker in the third installment of Southwestern
Law School's 2006 Distinguished Speaker Series on "Technology
Innovation and Commercialization: Law, Policy and Business." The event
will take place on Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of
the Bullocks Wilshire building.
Mr. Mutter’s lecture, which is
titled "Global Economic Leadership and Better Commercialization Models
for North America: Competing and Winning in the Global Knowledge
Economy," will address his and the Technology Council's focus on
technology commercialization and innovation as they complete a
comprehensive study on the topic for the British Columbia government;
how British Columbia has streamlined its business laws and regulations
to attract investment; and examples of successful collaborations and
outcomes including the ongoing efforts between California and British
Columbia to extend the collaboration beyond our borders. Read more.
Smith, Lind and Hoose Receive Excellence in Teaching Awards
is pleased to announce that Professors Karen Smith, Robert Lind and
Mark Hoose have been selected to receive the 2006 Excellence in
Teaching Awards. For the first time in this award's history, the
recipients were recognized by the student body through a unique
nomination and selection process. All members of the Southwestern
Community were encouraged to submit nominations in three categories -
First-Year Professor, Upper Division Professor and Adjunct Professor.
The top award recipient nominees from each of the three categories were
chosen by the SBA Board, and the winner in each category was then voted
on by the student body.
The awards are intended to recognize
Southwestern's belief that the day-to-day teaching of students is of
primary importance. The goal is to acknowledge outstanding teaching
contributions that are especially noteworthy as an example of
excellence. Comments submitted in support of this year's faculty
honorees follow below.
Professor Smith - First-Year Professor
- "Professor Smith is interesting, charismatic and humorous while teaching her class."
- "Through analysis and personal experience - she makes the subject matter come alive."
intentionally involves everyone wishing to contribute to any class
discussion and manages to include students who don't normally
- "As a student, I always look forward to her class because time passes so quickly and I always have fun."
- "She encourages students to seek her help in office hours while understanding the demands on law students."
Professor Robert Lind - Upper Division Professor
Lind is a dedicated, engaging, challenging, and approachable professor,
who not only teaches his students daily in the classroom, but also
gives back to the school and his students through his vast resources
and immense legal expertise."
- "Professor Lind's dedication to
our school is evidenced by his sincere commitment to the school's
extensive and constantly evolving Entertainment Law program."
Lind engages students in the classroom by presenting dense and
challenging material in an interesting and informative way, often
creating cutting edge hypothetical situations and assignments for
students to tackle."
- "Professor Lind is always available to
help students with advice and assistance, whether it is looking for
externship opportunities, questions about class, interesting legal
issues, or deciding what course to take."
Professor Mark Hoose - Adjunct Professor
- "It is such a pleasure to be in class with a professor who teaches in such an organized and clear manner."
- "He makes difficult topics like tax transactions that are quite foreign to most, manageable and easy to understand."
to the manner in which he taught our class, I was actually able to
really learn a topic and fully understand the boundaries of tax."
Professor Rolnick Named SCALE Director
Garth announced that Professor Harriet Rolnick has been appointed
director of the SCALE Program, describing her new role as "another
example of her great commitment to her alma mater." Professor Rolnick
earned her J.D. from Southwestern in 1979 and returned twenty years
later to teach Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor. Soon thereafter,
she joined the full-time faculty, expanding her courses to include
Torts; Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating; and SCALE. A former
psychiatric social worker, Professor Rolnick was a litigator in San
Francisco and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central
District of California for 14 years.
"As the new Director of
SCALE, I take great pleasure in both acknowledging and celebrating the
30th anniversary of our first graduating class and look forward to
participating in a very exciting future," said Professor Rolnick.
Faculty Involved in Texas Death Penalty Appeals
Jonathan Miller, with the assistance of Southwestern students Renee
Daughtetee, Nima Ghazvini, Sarah Intelligator, Rebecca Padilla and
Raffi Ohanian, prepared the Direct Appeal in Saldano v. Texas, a death penalty appeal before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and will be responsible for oral argument in November.
Kenneth Williams' client, Howard Guidry, a Texas death row inmate, was
granted a new trial after the Supreme Court refused to review a ruling
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that Mr. Guidry's
Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights were violated as a result of police
misconduct in obtaining his confession and the admission of hearsay
LSSSE Survey Meets Southwestern’s Goal
is proud to announce that the final response rate for the 2006 Law
School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) was 52.54%, exceeding the
law school’s goal of 50%. Gratitude is extended to everyone throughout
the Southwestern community who participated in making the survey a
success. Southwestern will receive a comprehensive report from LSSSE in
late summer and will be able to use the data to continue to generate
ideas on how to better serve students.
A random drawing will
be held shortly to select 20 student respondents, each of whom will
receive a $20 gift certificate from iTunes, Border Books, or Starbucks,
among others. Below is the final tabulation of respondents within each
competition category. Those groups listed in bold had the highest
response rate in their category and will be invited to join faculty and
deans for lunch or dinner in early Fall 2006.
- 1st year day Section A (55% response rate)
- 1st year day Section B (includes PLEAS 1 & 2) (54% response rate)
- 1st year day Section C (85% response rate)
- 2nd Year Day/3rd Year PLEAS (64% response rate)
- 3rd Year Day/4th Year PLEAS (39% response rate)
- Evening 1st (53% response rate)
- Evening 2nd (40% response rate)
- Evening 3rd (34% response rate)
- Evening 4th (31% response rate)
- SCALE I (66% response rate)
- SCALE II (38% response rate)
YOUTH IN TRANSITION
a real and lasting difference in the lives of abused or neglected
children can be one of the most fulfilling ways that law students can
use their new legal and counseling skills. Through a special externship
placement offered in association with the Alliance for Children's
Rights, Southwestern students can do just that, beginning in Fall 2006.
New externship to help at-risk youth
According to Adjunct Professor Laura Cohen who is coordinating
the program, student externs will utilize the Street Law "Youth in
Transition" curriculum to teach at-risk youth who are in foster care,
on probation, or special education students and need help preparing for
The externship will include a weekly
seminar and a clinical teaching component, visits to the Children's
Courthouse and meetings with hearing officers and attorneys, as well as
guest speakers from a wide range of agencies including the Public
Defender's Office, LA County Emancipation Program, Public Council,
Housing Rights Center and California Youth Connection, among others.
To download a PDF of the full program description, click here.
Students interested in Street Law - Youth in Transition must apply
through Southwestern's Externship Office. Questions may also be
directed to Professor Cohen at email@example.com or 310-552-9784.
Externships Hot Topic of Discussion at Conference Held in March
together many of the most thoughtful and innovative people in the field
nationwide to learn from each other in developing innovative approaches
in improving externship pedagogy at individual law schools, externship
program directors, faculty and administrators from law schools around
the country convened in Los Angeles for their national conference,
Externships 3: Learning From Practice. Hosted by GLACE (The Greater Los
Angeles Consortium on Externships*), the event was held on the campuses
of Southwestern and Loyola law schools - the event was planned in
collaboration between the two schools.
*A consortium of law
school externship program directors from Chapman, Loyola, Pepperdine,
Southwestern, UCLA, USC and Whittier Law Schools.
Two panels held on the Southwestern campus and (center) Professor
Catherine Carpenter presented the second plenary session key address on
"A Survey of Law School Curricula 1992-2002 and Beyond - The Status of
Alumni Reception Pays Tribute to Alumni, Faculty and Students
Southwestern community celebrated the Alumni Association's 19th Annual
Awards Recognition Reception on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. with an
auction and wine tasting event. This year’s honorees included Alumna of
the Year Lauren B. Leichtman '77, Chief Executive Officer, Levine
Leichtman Capital Partners; Outstanding Judicial Officer, Hon. Gilbert
T. Gembacz '79, United States Immigration Court; and Outstanding
Friend, Professor Judy Sloan.
Professor Sloan with her husband, Dr. William Sloan
Collado and Beral with Alumni Association President Gary Guess
addition, two students were be presented with scholarships during the
annual event that is held to raise money for the scholarship fund. This
year’s recipients, second-year SCALE student Arash Beral and
second-year day student Siannah Collado, were selected based on their
active involvement in community and law school activities while
upholding academic excellence.
Southwestern Implements New Student Services Fees
response to student comments regarding the numerous fees that are
charged to students, and the staff time involved in processing these
fees, Southwestern has implemented a new Student Services Fee (SSF)
effective with Summer 2006. This new fee will enhance and streamline
student services at Southwestern in the upcoming year. Questions may be
directed to the Records and Registration Office.
Each student will be charged a non-refundable Student Services Fee, based on the following schedule:
Traditional and LL.M. students:
Fall/Spring - $200 (charged each August) for all students except December grads (charged $100).
Spring - $100 if the $200 Student Services Fee was not assessed for the preceding Fall.
Summer - $50 for all students, regardless of any prior or subsequent fees paid or due. 2.
SCALE I - $250 (charged at the beginning of Period 1)
SCALE II - $250 (charged at the be-inning of Period 4)
Fall - $100
Spring - $100
Summer - $50
- No fees will be charged for ExamSoft.
- No fees will be charged for Fall & Spring Registration.
- No fees will be charged for SCALE I & II Registration, Periods I through 6.
- No fees will be charged during the add/drop period of each semester if a student drops units but still remains enrolled.
- A graduation fee will no longer be charged.
- Students participating in a non-Southwestern summer abroad program will no longer be charged Southwestern's $50 registration fee
Any fees not mentioned above will remain the same.
First-hand Witnesses - A Day in Los Angeles' History
anyone who drives to school or work by way of Wilshire Blvd. in Los
Angeles, Monday was not just an ordinary day. And, of course, that's
almost anyone going to or from Southwestern. Signs were posted the week
before announcing the street closure between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. that day.
Day, traditionally a day that celebrates labor and workers, had
transformed into a day dedicated to the "March for America" - not just
in Los Angeles, but across the country. In Los Angeles, this March
began in downtown Los Angeles and made its way down Wilshire Blvd.,
ending at La Brea Avenue that evening.
Anyone who was on
campus that day couldn't help but hear the cheers and the rally cries
of the 400,000 marchers as they walked past the Bullocks Wilshire
building in support of immigrant rights. Most notably, a Los Angeles Times
article titled, "Taking the City's Pulse From the Pavement," described
the sounds heard from the building in a timeline of sights and sounds
from that day.
"4:30 p.m. at the Tea Room at Southwestern Law
School, on Wilshire near Virgil: From the fifth floor window you can
hear the demonstrators who stretched for at least six blocks in each
direction. Throngs of people are still joining the march from the
subway. Some students are trying to study for finals, but most have
given up to see the spectacle."
Below are photos of the march,
taken from the Bullocks Wilshire building, as students, faculty and
staff looked on and became witnesses to a day in the history of Los
Angeles (click the image to view more photos).
"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?
This Month - Alicia Matricardi, Third-year Full-time Day Student
Matricardi went to law school to "gain a seat at the table." She knew
the degree would help to open doors for her, enabling her to find ways
to help neighborhoods grow through the use of the law: real estate law,
health law, transportation planning law, and family law. A
graduate of UC Berkeley, Matricardi worked at a non-profit economic
development company that built housing specifically for low-income,
single-parent families, targeting Latinas who needed safe, decent,
affordable places to live and raise their families. She taught
financial literacy classes to teen moms at this development company,
New Economics for Women, and worked to raise money and organize the
construction and programming for a 10,000 sq. ft. building that would
combine primary healthcare services and economic development programs
for low-income families in Pico-Union.
Southwestern, Matricardi has worked for Professors Michael Scott and
Eileen Gauna, has been active in the Latino Law Students
Association, and has served as the Law Student Liaison to the American
Bar Association's Public Utilities, Communications, and Transportation
Law Section. She wrote a paper on Transportation Equity and the
Bus Riders Union versus the Los Angeles MTA, "Los Angeles Missed the
Bus: Lessons in Transportation Equity," which has been accepted for
publication in the Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy.
She was also awarded the Hagman Scholars Award for her performance in
Professor Kushner's course on Land Use Planning and Control.
has long been interested in the way that cities work with public and
private institutions to create economic development programs that help
to empower people to think broadly about what they could do to better
their lives. Law school was the next step in her plan to work
towards building a career in this direction, and she is excited about
using her degree to continue this work in the future.