Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
Southwestern Reporter

November/December 2007


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New Dean's Fellows Program:
Students Helping Students

The first year of law school can be overwhelming for many students who are being taught to think in a different way for the first time. In an effort to provide additional assistance to 1Ls, Professor Nyree Gray, Director of Diversity Affairs at Southwestern, has developed and implemented the Dean's Fellows program. Students enrolled in specific courses have the opportunity work with an upper division student who has completed and excelled in the same class, taught by the same professor. "Professors have specific styles and ways of teaching," Professor Gray said. "I want to pair students with fellows who have been through the same process with the same instructors."

Several aspects of the program provide Southwestern students with a unique opportunity to work with their peers in an effort to bolster their confidence and performance. Any first-year student who wants help can participate. All they need to do is contact Professor Gray, who will meet with them, assess their needs and select the fellow for them to work with. The fellows hired to serve in these notable positions are paid through Federal Work Study Funds and meet with the students at a mutually convenient time. "What distinguishes a Dean's Fellow is that students cannot apply for these prestigious positions. They have to be invited," Professor Gray said.

Approximately 14 fellows were selected to participate during the current fall semester. Professor Gray managed to find fellows for most 1L courses, with some fellows assisting students in more than one subject. Nearly 40 students from day, evening PLEAS and SCALE programs have taken advantage of this new resource.

SCALE II student Ann Hendrix is one of the fellows helping SCALE I students prepare for their December finals. "It's a very effective program because I can hear from Professor Gray what the student's needs are (before I meet with them for the first time)," Hendrix said. "It's a great way to get an objective perspective on the student's needs, which is important when you want to help them overcome current obstacles. We're a small group in SCALE, and I think it's important for SCALE I students to be able to connect with someone who can really understand how different the learning process in SCALE is. And who can reassure them that it is doable."

First-year students in any of Southwestern's full or part time programs who are interested in working with a Dean's Fellow should contact Professor Gray.

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

Two experts in entertainment law law have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for Spring 2008.

Robert M. Myman - Television Production Law

Professor Myman, a founding partner of Myman Abell Fineman Fox Greenspan Light LLP, will teach Television Production Law during the 2008 Spring Semester. After earning his J.D. degree at the University of Southern California Law School, he began practicing law in the L.A. County Public Defender's Office and as a civil litigator with the law firm of Rose, Klein & Marias before moving to entertainment law. His practice includes representing such diverse entertainment clients as television and theatrical writers, actors, directors, producers and journalists, as well as studios, publishers, agents and managers. Current clients include actors Billy Bob Thorton, Benjamin Pratt and Maria Bello, writer Kirk Ellis (upcoming John Adams miniseries, HBO), and producers Damon Lindelof (Creator/Executive Producer, "Lost") and Marco Pennette (Executive Producer, "Ugly Betty"). He has also served as Executive Producer on four network television series ("Hooperman," "Have Faith," "Anything But Love" and "Hearts Afire") and was John Ritter's partner in Adams Productions. In July 2007, Professor Myman was selected for the "Top Power Lawyers List" in The Hollywood Reporter. He has also been named "Entertainment Attorney of the Year" by the Century City Bar Association and listed in "Super Lawyer of the Year" by Los Angeles Magazine, in addition to being an active lecturer and member of a variety of organizations and boards across the country.

George H. Ruiz - Motion Picture Production Law

Professor Ruiz, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Co-Head of the New Media Group for International Creative Management (ICM), will teach Motion Picture Production Law during the 2008 Spring Semester. After earning his B.A. in Political Science and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, he began his legal career at the Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining ICM, he was a Senior Attorney for Paramount Pictures, where he served as production counsel on over a dozen motion pictures, including "Face/Off," "Clueless," and several movies in the "Star Trek" franchise. He has also negotiated significant commercial tie-in and co-promotion agreements for numerous movies, including "Mission Impossible" and "Forrest Gump." In his current position, he negotiates talent, directing, producing and literary deals with major studios, distributors, independent production companies, and digital distribution companies. Professor Ruiz has taught and lectured around Southern California and served as the treasurer of the United State Savate Federation (kickboxing), among other board positions.


FACULTY ACTIVITIES

PROFESSOR RONALD ARONOVSKY PROFESSOR PAUL BATEMAN
  • Presenter, "Law Tutors' Training Workshop," UC Davis School of Law, Davis, CA
PROFESSOR MARK CAMMACK
  • ISLAMIC LAW IN CONTEMPORARY INDONESIA: IDEAS AND INSTITUTIONS (with R. Feener; Harvard University Press, 2007)
PROFESSOR CATHERINE CARPENTER
  • Appointed Member, Special Committee on Outcome Measurements, AALS Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Participant, Accreditation Committee Meeting, AALS Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Quoted, "Training Law Students for Real-Life Careers," New York Times
DEAN BRYANT GARTH
  • Participant, "Legal Education at the Crossroads: Ideas to Action, Part 1," University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, SC
PROFESSOR ANAHID GHARAKHANIAN
  • ABA Standard 305's 'Guided Reflections': A Perfect Fit for Guided Fieldwork, CLINICAL LAW REVIEW (Fall 2007)
PROFESSOR SUNG HUI KIM
  • Presentation, "Gatekeepers Inside Out," Symposium on Corporate Compliance: The Role of Company Counsel, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC
  • Presentation, "Gatekeepers Inside Out," Law & Finance Colloquium, Duke Law School, Durham, NC
PROFESSOR JAMES KUSHNER
  • SUBDIVISION LAW AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT 2nd vol., Supplement Release No. 2 (Thomson-West, 2007)
  • GOVERNMENT DISCRIMINATION: EQUAL PROTECTION LAW AND LITIGATION (Thomson-West, 2007-2008)
PROFESSOR ROBERT LIND
  • Entertainment Law:  Legal Concepts and Business Practices 3rd ed., 2007 Fall Update (Thomson/West, 2005)
PROFESSOR ROBERT LUTZ
  • Lecturer, "Enforcement and Recognition of Foreign Judgments" and "Recent Developments in International Arbitration," USAID and University Technologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Appointed, Working Group on International Attorney-Client Privilege Issues, ABA Task Force on the Attorney-Client Privilege
PROFESSOR JONATHAN MILLER
  • Panel Chair, "Crime and Punishment in Nineteenth-Century European Empires," Annual Meeting of the American Society for Legal History, Tempe, AZ

PROFESSOR AUSTEN PARRISH

  • Changing Territoriality, Fading Sovereignty, and the Development of Indigenous Rights, 3 THE AMERICAN INDIAN LAW REVIEW 291 (Special Symposium Issue, Fall 2007)
  • Litigating Canada-U.S. Transboundary Harm: International Environmental Lawmaking and the Threat of Extraterritorial Reciprocity, 48 VIRGINIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 1(2007)
  • Mixed Blessings: The Great Lakes Compact and Agreement, the IJC, and International Dispute Resolution, 2006 MICHIGAN STATE LAW REVIEW 1299 (2007)
  • Panel Moderator, "Interdisciplinary Approaches to International Law: Reflections on Benefits and Changes," International Law Weekend 2007, American Branch of the International Law Association, New York, NY
  • Guest Blogger, "Colloquy on Transboundary Pollution," Opinio Juris and VIRGINIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW


PROFESSOR GOWRI RAMACHANDRAN
  • Book Review, MANLINESS (H. Mansfield; Yale University Press, 2006) in 19 YALE JOURNAL OF LAW & FEMINISM 201 (2007)
PROFESSOR MYRNA RAEDER
  • Domestic Violence Cases After Davis: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full? XV JOURNAL OF LAW AND POLICY 759 (Confrontation Clause Symposium, 2007)
  • Panelist, "Legal Issues Concerning Female Offenders,"12th National Workshop on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders, Baltimore, MD
  • Guest Lecturer, "Wrongful Convictions" and Guest Trial Judge, University Technologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Participant, ABA Youth at Risk Commission Meeting, Washington DC
  • Participant, California Forensic Science Institute Board Meeting
  • Participant, Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents Board Meeting
PROFESSOR ANGELA RILEY
  • Presentation, "Intellectual Property Protection for Traditional Knowledge," Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA
PROFESSER BUTLER SHAFFER
  • The Global-Warming Neurosis and What Debates? in THE WIZARDS OF OZYMANDIAS (eBook; LewRockwell.com)
  • Speaker, "The Calculated Chaos and the Emergence of Decentralization," 64th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Attendee, Ludwig von Mises Institute 25th Anniversary Conference, New York
PROFESSOR IRA SHAFIROFF
  • Quoted, "Inherit a home - not a hassle: Determined activist battles for state approval of a one-page form to bequeath property - without courts and lawyers," Los Angeles Times
PROFESSOR JUDY SLOAN
  • Elected, Executive Committee, Lawyers Conference, ABA Judicial Division
PROFESSOR KELLY STRADER
  • White Collar Crime and Punishment:  Reflections on Michael, Martha, and Milberg Weiss, 15 GEORGE MASON LAW REVIEW 45 (2007)
DEAN EMERITUS LEIGH TAYLOR
  • Reappointed, LSAC Investment Policy Oversight Group, and Meeting Participant, Philadelphia, PA
  • Re-elected Member, Board of Trustees and Appointed Chair, Governance Committee, Queen Margaret's School Society, Duncan, BC, Canada
  • Reappointed, NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education Board of Trustees, and Participant, Board of Trustees Retreat, San Diego, CA
  • Panelist, "A Higher Sense of Purpose: Access to Higher Education and the Professions," Symposium in Honor of Philip D. Shelton, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO
  • Participant, Board of Advisors Meetings, Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte and Jacksonville, NC
  • Participant, North Shore Community Resources Board of Directors Meeting, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
PROFESSOR JULIE WATERSTONE
  • Panelist, "Avoiding Legal Remedies in Special Education," Association of California School Administrators, Santa Clara, CA

ADJUNCT FACULTY

PROFESSOR CAROLINE NEWCOMBE
  • Panelist/Speaker, "Significant Education Law Developments 2006-2007," 2007 Administrative Law Conference, ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, Washington DC
  • Appointed Meeting Chair, 2008 Mid-year Meeting, ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Awarded, Best LL.M. Paper (as a candidate for Doctor of Juridical Science S.J.D.), UCLA School of Law


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

 

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