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Southwestern Reporter

November/December 2006

 

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Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

Experts in various areas of law have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for Spring 2007.


Holly N. Boyer - California Civil Procedure
Professor Boyer, an associate with the law firm of McNicholas & McNicholas LLP, will be teaching California Civil Procedure. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona and her J.D. from Southwestern’s SCALE Program, where she was a member of the law review and moot court. Previously an associate with the Law and Motion Department of Murchison & Cumming, LLP, Professor Boyer is currently the firm's research and writing attorney in law and appeals, where she assists in all phases of litigation, including drafting and arguing Superior Court and appellate motions, petitions and oppositions, as well as drafting briefs for class action and other complex cases. She has several published appellate opinions and articles, including "Home Sweet Hell: An Analysis of the Eight Amendment's Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause As Applied to Supermax Prisons," 32 Southwestern University Law Review 317 (2003).

Gregory A. Dohi - Forensic Evidence

Professor Dohi, a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, will be teaching Forensic Evidence. He earned his A.M. degree in History and A.B. degree in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). As a member of the High Tech Crime Unit in the District Attorney’s Office, he prosecutes cases involving identity theft, unauthorized computer intrusion, and large-scale counterfeiting; he has also worked in Central Trials and the Major Crimes Division, as well as served as team leader of the Asian Gang Team for Hardcore Gang Division. Named one of the 20 top lawyers in California under the age of 40 in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Professor Dohi is the author or "The Gang Expert: Explaining the Irrational to the Ignorant," in CDAA's Gang Prosecutors Reference Manual (2000) and has lectured extensively on identity theft and other high tech issues, anti-gang and gang awareness education, and professional and law enforcement education. He has also participated in various outreach programs, including Project LEARN, a community outreach program at local elementary schools.

Pamela E. Dunn - California Writs and Appeals

Professor Dunn, a partner in the law firm of Dunn Koes LLP, will be teaching California Writs and Appeals together with Daniel Koes. She earned her B.A. from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from Southwestern. During law school, she served as a Judicial Extern to Judge Edward Rafeedie of the United States District Court, Central District of California and immediately following law school, served as a Judicial Clerk at the Nevada Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, she was an attorney with two firms in California, in addition to serving as an adjunct professor at Southwestern and Loyola law schools. She has also lectured at many continuing legal education seminars and conferences on litigation, advocacy, and the appellate process and has participated in many published opinions. Professor Dunn was one of the first California attorneys to be certified as an Appellate Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has served the State Bar as chair of the Appellate Courts Committee, a position she also held with the same committee for the L.A. County Bar Association. Professor Dunn also volunteers as a settlement conference officer and mediator in both trial and appellate courts throughout the state.

Hon. J. Gary Hastings - Trial Advocacy and Trial Advocacy Seminar: The Parameters of Advocacy

The Honorable J. Gary Hastings, an Associate Justice for the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, will be teaching Trial Advocacy and a trial advocacy seminar on the subject of the parameters of advocacy. Justice Hastings earned his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and his J.D. from Southwestern, where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Southwestern University Law Review. He entered private practice in 1972 with the law firm of Belcher, Henzie & Biegenzahn, specializing in civil trials. He was then appointed as a Superior Court Judge in 1985, followed by an appointment to Division Four of the Court of Appeal in 1993. Justice Hastings has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern, and received the Outstanding Judicial Officer award from Southwestern, as well as the Honorable William E. McFaden Award for Dedicated Service to the Bench and Bar from the South Bay Bar Association.
Eric Kizirian - Civil Pretrial Practice
Professor Kizirian, counsel in O'Melveny & Myers' Los Angeles office, will be teaching Civil Pretrial Practice. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. degree from Southwestern, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honors Program and a Notes and Comments Editor for the Southwestern University Law Review; he is the author of "Manipulating the Fourth Amendment: The Expectation of Privacy in Luggage Aboard a Commercial Bus," Southwestern University Law Review (2000). During law school, he was also a Judicial Extern for Hon. Dickran Tevrizian of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California and Hon. Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Professor Kizirian specializes in the representation of various automobile manufacturers in proposed class actions and other mass-action lawsuits that involve product liability issues. He also advises manufacturers in cases involving disputes between the manufacturer and its dealers and has represented several major insurance carriers in insurance coverage litigation.

Sean M. Kneafsey - Real Estate Sales Transactions

Professor Kneafsey, a founding and managing partner of Cathcart, Collins & Kneafsey LLP, will be teaching Real Estate Sales Transactions. He earned his B.S. in Economics and his J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University, where he was managing editor of the Santa Clara Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board of Governors, and published "The Fourth Amendment Rights Of Probationers: What Remains After Waiving Their Right To Be Free From Unreasonable Searches And Seizures?" 35 Santa Clara Law Review 1237 which was cited by the California Supreme Court in People v. Sanders, 31 Cal.4th 318, 329, (2003), as well as in numerous treatises on criminal and constitutional law including the Witkin Treatises. Professor Kneafsey was previously with the nationally recognized law form of Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman with whom he acts as co-counsel on a wide variety of matters, and he practices in the areas of real estate litigation and transactions, business and intellectual property litigation and has significant experience representing both insurers and policyholders in insurance coverage matters. He is also very active in pro bono matters and professional organizations, including the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, where he currently serves as Vice President.

Daniel J. Koes - California Writs and Appeals

Professor Koes, a partner in the law firm of Dunn Koes LLP, will be teaching California Writs and Appeals together with Pamela Dunn. He earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees through an accelerated program at Hamline University, where he was a Hamline Presidential Fellowship Scholar for academic achievement. Following law school, he served as a Judicial Extern to Justice Ramona Godoy Perez of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District; an intern at the Minnesota Court of Appeals; an adjunct instructor at Hamline University; and in the United States Marine Corps during the Gulf War. As an attorney, Professor Koes has been involved in several published opinions that have influenced the law in California. He is a Certified Appellate Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and is involved in a variety of professional organizations, serving on committees and boards focused on appellate law.

Hermez Moreno - Trial Advocacy

Professor Moreno, a partner in the law firm of Moreno & Perez, where he specializes in complex police and prosecutorial misconduct, litigation and appellate work, will be teaching Trial Advocacy. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his J.D. from UCLA Law School. Through his practice, he helped to obtain the largest single civil rights verdict against the State of California and has been a consultant to various plaintiff's firms in civil rights cases. During the past 20 years, he has handled cases in the areas of medical and legal malpractice, labor law, mass toxic torts and commercial property damage claims. In addition, Professor Moreno has extensive pro bono experience; taught at both Southwestern and UCLA law schools; sat as a Judge Pro Tem in Los Angeles County; and has membership and board positions in various civic organizations. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, Conspiracy of Law, as well as two historical novels.

 

FACULTY ACTIVITIES

ROFESSOR RONALD ARONOVSKY
  • Speaker, "Cost Recovery in the Post-Aviall World," Environmental Law Symposium, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Los Angeles, California
ASSOCIATE DEAN CHRISTOPHER CAMERON
  • Commentator, "The First Motif: The Late 1960s and 1970s Desegregation and Community Mobilization - The Courts and the Questioning of Institutions," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR MICHAEL EPSTEIN
  • Moderator, "The First Motif: The Late 1960s and 1970s Desegregation and Community Mobilization - The Courts and the Questioning of Institutions," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR JAMES FISCHER
  • Panelist, "Client Trust Accounts," California State Bar Annual Meeting, Monterey, California
  • Panelist, "Ethical Obligations of Retained Defense Counsel," Mealey's LexisNexis, Construction Defect Insurance Coverage, Las Vegas, Nevada
DEAN BRYANT GARTH
  • Grant recipient (with Y. Dezalay), from American Bar Foundation (Dean Garth is ABF Director Emeritus), for forthcoming 2007 conference and edited volume on Lawyers and the Construction of the Rule of Law: National and Transnational Processes
  • Commentator, "An Overview of Changes at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR ISABELLE GUNNING
  • Moderator, "An Overview of Changes at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR JANINE KIM
  • Commentator, "The Third Motif: Crime, Law Enforcement and Controlling the Police," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR DAVID KOHLER
  • Moderator, "The Second Motif: Hollywood and Technology," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR JAMES KUSHNER
  • Brownfield Redevelopment Strategies in the United States, 22 GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 857 (2006)
  • Speaker, "The First Motif: The Late 1960s and 1970s Desegregation and Community Mobilization - The Courts and the Questioning of Institutions," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
  • Speaker, re: Proposition 90 and its impact on California, Urban Growth Seminar, USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development
PROFESSOR CHRISTINE LORILLARD
  • Speaker, "Incorporation of Lawyering Skills into the Spring Semester Appellate Advocacy Course", Pedagogy of Interviewing and Counseling Conference, University of California, Los Angeles
PROFESSOR ROBERT LIND
  • Commentator, "The Second Motif: Hollywood and Technology," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR ROBERT LUTZ
  • Moderator, Speaker, "Dean-Practitioner Roundtable on Educating Transnational Lawyers," Fall Meeting of the ABA Section of International Law, Miami, Florida
  • Speaker, "U.S. Multijurisdictional Practice," Sao Paulo Bar Association Meeting, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Speaker, "MJP and Challenges to the Legal Profession," Annual Meeting of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

PROFESSOR JONATHAN MILLER
  • Faculty Advisor/Coordinator, The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR AUSTEN PARRISH
  • Moderator/Co-Chair, "Greening the 49th: Recent Developments in U.S./Canada Transboundary Pollution Disputes," Canadian Council on International Law Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Speaker, "Pakootas v. Teck Cominco: Liability for Transboundary Environmental Harm," Center for Global Law and Policy, Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
  • Quoted in "US Teck Cominco pollution ruling stands," Canadian Press (AP) (November 2006)
PROFESSOR MYRNA RAEDER
  • Domestic Violence in Federal Court: Abused Women as Victims, Survivors, and Offenders, 19 FEDERAL SENTENCING REPORTER (2006)
  • Commentator, "An Overview of Changes at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR GOWRI RAMACHANDRAN
  • Freedom of Dress: State and Private Regulation of Clothing, Hairstyle, Makeup, Tattoo, and Piercing Choices 66, MARYLAND LAW REVIEW (2006)
  • Presentation, "Freedom of Dress: State and Private Regulation of Clothing, Hairstyle, Makeup, Tattoo, and Piercing Choices," Makeup, Performance, Identity, and Discrimination Conference, Duke Law School, Durham, North Carolina
PROFESSOR ANGELA RILEY
  • Speaker, "Good (Native) Governance," Emerging Scholars Panel, Native American Alumni Celebration, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Speaker, "Tribal Sovereignty in a Post-9/11 World," The Pedagogy of American Indian Law, University of North Dakota Law School, Bismarck, North Dakota
PROFESSOR MICHAEL SCOTT
  • Speaker, "The Web 2.0 and Other New Licensing Methods," IFCLA Conference on IT LAW - The Global Future, International Federation of Computer Law Association, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Panelist, "The Right of Privacy and the Government's Right To Know," Privacy Rights in the Internet Age, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, California State University at Northridge (CSUN)
  • Co-Chair, roundtable discussion, "Suing the Spooks: NSA Litigation and the Future of Privacy," Southwestern Law School and the State Bar of California IP Section, Computer Law Committee, Southwestern Law School
PROFESSOR KAREN SMITH
  • Speaker, "The Third Motif: Crime, Law Enforcement and Controlling the Police," The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context, Southwestern University Law Review Symposium
PROFESSOR LON SOBEL
  • Chair-Elect, Forum Committee on the Entertainment & Sports Industries, ABA
  • Introduction and Moderator, "Rights Deals," Legal and Business Issues in the Videogame Industry, conference co-sponsored by Southwestern and Loyola law schools, Loyola Law School
  • Speaker, Lexis-Mealey's Conference on Copyright - From Traditional Concepts to the Digital Age, San Francisco, California
  • Panelist, "Recent Developments in Copyright Law," California State Bar Intellectual Property Section Conference, Santa Barbara, California
PROFESSOR KENNETH WILLIAMS
  • Quoted in "Lawyer's writs come up short," The Austin American-Statesman (October 2006)

 

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AALS
Association of American Law Schools
LACBA
Los Angeles County Bar Association
NALP
National Association for Law Placement

 

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