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Southwestern Reporter

October 2006

In This Issue:

Southwestern Awarded Grant to Provide Advocacy Training for Mexican Lawyers

Program part of USAID effort to assist Mexico with legal reforms

USAID
 
Southwestern has been awarded a federal grant to train Mexican lawyers and law faculty in advocacy skills as part of a USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) effort to assist Mexican legal reforms.

Several Mexican states have embarked on efforts to establish oral criminal trials - ending Mexico's traditional practice of conducting criminal trials based on written submissions and summaries of testimony compiled in a dossier. The USAID grant (to Southwestern in partnership with the Law Department of Tecnológico de Monterrey) will train Mexican professionals to assist in the reforms. Southwestern is one of only two American law schools to receive funding under the U.S.-Mexico Training, Internship, Exchanges and Scholarship (TIES) program, which was created in 2002 to advance the objectives of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) through university cooperation. The grant is administered through an agreement between Higher Education for Development (a coalition of U.S. higher education associations) and USAID. More.

1L Table Days Are Coming!

To assist first-year students in selecting their course for the new Spring semester elective option, faculty members will be available to answer questions during the 1L Table Days on Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, November 14 from 12:15 - 1:45 p.m. on the Promenade.



STUDENTS

ITAP Appointments

The Interscholastic Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP) has announced its 2005-2006 board of governors, advocates and members. They are:

Board of Governors
Peter Brockenbrow, Yan Gershfeld, Britton Light, Heena Patel and Heather Patrick

Senior Advocates
Torsten Bassell, Linda Bradlyn, Ron Carey, Georgia Chudoba, Elisabeth Duarte, Mia Floisand, Allison Gray, Clinton Hare, Tessa King, Keya Koul, Sharon Liang, Evan Okamura, Autumn Puro, Kristie Shields, Jennifer Turner, Antoine Williams and Christopher Young

Junior Advocates
Amber Acuna, Ani Aghaeian, Colleen Armstrong, Doug Baek, Kiernan Curley, Matthew Evans, Bahar Geslin, Chris Harmon, Jamie Mason, Marie Maurice, Karine Mkrtchyan, Andrew Pongracz , Alex Raminfar, Angelica Ramos, Sarah Slice, Michael Whitmarsh, Crystal Wong, Carolina Yamazaki and Carmen Yates

Fertig Wins Prestigious Award

Third-year day student Todd Fertig received the Judge Barry Russell Federal Practice Award on September 27 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel. Every year, the Los Angeles chapter of the Federal Bar Association presents the award to a student from each of the Los Angeles-area ABA accredited law schools to honor their achievement in federal courts or practice courses. Fertig, who is also chair of the Moot Court Honors Program, was an extern in the Tax Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office after his first year and plans to work in federal tax law upon graduation.

OUTlaw Members Attend Conference in Nation's Capital

 
OUTlaw president Sam Lucas, secretary/treasurer Bayan Laird and member Maia Spotts represented Southwestern at the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association's Lavender Law Conference in Washington D.C. September 7 - 9. The event included a job fair with more than 200 national firms, workshops on constitutional and family law, and plenary sessions featuring prominent LGBT community figures. Southwestern's OUTlaw chapter, whose mission is to promote, educate and provide support for LGBT students, is affiliated with both the National Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association (NLGLA) and the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (LGLA). For more information on OUTlaw, visit their page in the Student Organization section.

 


Remember to mark your calendar for the following events featured in last month's Reporter!

  • Dean Garth will present a report on the results of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) on October 24 at 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. in BW370. This past spring was the second year that Southwestern participated in the LSSSE, which collected a variety of findings about Southwestern students' experiences.
  • Southwestern and Loyola Law Schools are co-sponsoring a program, Legal and Business Issues in the Videogame Industry, on October 21 at Loyola.
  • Law Review will present 'The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context' on October 27. Southwestern faculty, students and staff will have the opportunity to attend the symposium without charge; however, reservations are required by October 23 and may be made through the Student Affairs Office.

 


AROUND CAMPUS

The Commentator: Relaunched

The Commentator
 

 






After a hiatus of several years, Southwestern's student newspaper, The Commentator, has been reactivated by the SBA. The first issue was distributed early this month with plans for another issue later this semester and several more in the spring semester. Among the paper's features are alumni profiles; articles and commentary bylined by students, faculty and the Dean; news about on and off-campus events; a digest of recent media and entertainment developments; letters to the editor; and student concerns. Dean Garth expressed his appreciation for the importance of a free press, both globally and within the Southwestern community in "The Dean's Corner," and Professor Paul Horwitz contributed an article about the First Amendment. The Commentator staff includes Aaron Fontana, Editor-in-Chief; Sara Badii, Managing Editor; Angela Neave, Associate Editor; Nima Sharifi, Entertainment Editor; Ron Carey, Art Director; and Mary Lindsay, Photo Editor.

Southwestern Alumni Featured in L.A. Times "Ground Level Justice Series”

Three Southwestern alumni - Ramiro Cisneros '92, Paul Minnetian '90, and Michelle Paffile '99 - were featured in a five-part series in the Los Angeles Times: 'Ground-Level Justice: Defendants' futures hang in the balance of decisions made daily in the courtrooms and hallways of Superior Court in Norwalk." Reporter John Balzar wrote about a week he spent at the suburban courthouse, which only handles felonies, exploring a sampling of the heavy caseloads of the three alumni.

Cisneros, featured most prominently in the series, has been a public defender for five years. He handled about 25 cases during this particular week, and talked about why he pursued the Public Defender's Office and loves his work, despite its many challenges. "It sounds sappy, but I see myself as a defender of the Constitution. My role is to see that justice is delivered and to make sure our clients are treated fairly in the system," he said.

Michelle Paffile has worked for the Public Defender's Office for five years and Paul Minnetian has worked for the District Attorney's staff for 15 years.

The Grammy Foundation's Ninth Annual Legal Writing Contest

Write your way to money, music and a chance to hobnob with the hippest names in the entertainment industry. For its ninth annual Entertainment Law Initiative (ELI), the GRAMMY Foundation is accepting submissions for its Legal Writing Contest. The first place winner will receive $5,000 and four second-place winners will get $1,500. All will receive tickets to the GRAMMY Awards Show, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to MusiCares Person of the Year Dinner. Southwestern student Aaron Power was named one of four finalists last year. The contest invites law students to submit a 3000-word essay, which should cover a "compelling legal issue facing the music industry." Paper submission deadline is January 5, 2007. Winners will also have the opportunity to present their papers during GRAMMY week at the ELI luncheon on February 9, 2007, which is attended by record label executives and prominent entertainment attorneys. For complete contest rules, send an email to eli@grammy.com or visit www.grammyfoundation.com.

Students Invited to Participate in International Humanitarian Law Workshop

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at Santa Clara University School of Law is offering a free, four-day workshop for law students in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) February 16 -19, 2007. Because of a 40-student limit, admission to the comprehensive and practical workshop is highly competitive. Legal professionals from the ICRC and Santa Clara faculty will teach participants about IHL, when it applies, how it relates to human rights, protected persons, internment/detention, among other topics. No units or grades are given but students who complete the workshop will receive a certificate of completion with extra recognition given to the top student. Applications are due December 1, 2006. For more info and an application, contact: Center for Global Law and Policy at cglp@scu.edu or 800.728.1873 or www.scu.edu/law/international.

Magazine Seeks Nominations for CLAY Awards

California Lawyer Magazine is now accepting nominations for its 11th annual CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) awards. Those submitted for nominations must be California attorneys who have made significant contributions during 2006 to "the law, the profession, a particular industry or the general good of the public." The submission deadline is December 1. Go to www.californialawyermagazine.com and click on the nomination form on the lower left side of the page to access a nomination form, which has more than 20 categories to choose from.

New Staff

Southwestern welcomes its newest staff members:

Javier Ledezma, Part-time Computer Services Assistant, Management Information Systems - Javier joins Southwestern with more than four years of experience in the areas of PC assembly, desktop support, and email system migration. His primary responsibility at Southwestern is responding to first level helpdesk issues for faculty and staff. He earned a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. 

Marissa Rodriguez, Student Services Assistant, SCALE Office - Marissa comes to Southwestern with more than nine years of experience in education. Most recently she was a School Site Administrative Assistant at Los Angeles Trade Technical College where she provided office support as well as counseling and service to enrolled students and their families. She has also held positions as Special Events Coordinator for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Teacher's Assistant at Farmdale Elementary School, and Field Coordinator for the California State Assembly campaign of Victoria Castro. She will be earning her B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Los Angeles in 2007.

 


GETTING TO KNOW YOU

A Dozen Questions for Professor Byron Stier

Q: What is your favorite memory of your own law school experience?
A: After a moot court appellate argument in my first year, walking back to my dorm with my head spinning with excitement and looking forward to a career full of it. Another contender - looking out from my rag-tag band at one of the weekly open-microphone, law-school jam sessions we started and seeing a room full of law students belt out (in various keys) Iron Maiden's "Flight of Icarus."

Q: At what point, and how, did you determine what area of law you wanted to practice?
A: During my first year of practice, I got a call out of nowhere in the early evening to work all night on a fascinating research assignment to support a trial team defending the tobacco industry the next morning against a nationwide class action of flight attendants suing for secondhand smoke exposure. The hours flew by as I sent out faxes with research at 1 a.m., 3 a.m., 5 a.m., and 6:30 a.m., before going home to sleep. Though bleary-eyed, I was hooked on the complexities of class actions and mass torts, and spent the next five years on a whirlwind tour defending the tobacco industry against class actions across the country.

Q: What was one of your most gratifying moments while practicing law?
A: The heartfelt thanks of a poor, elderly woman I represented while at Legal Aid as a summer intern. Being listened to and taken seriously was as important to her as the result in the litigation. It was also an early lesson for me that process is as value-laden as the content of the legal rules we apply.

Q: Why did you decide to leave practice to teach law?
A: It's exciting and awe-inspiring in law practice to watch the law change people's lives. But academia is the best place to watch and influence the law itself, which is a fascinating interplay of history, precedent, ideals, and pragmatism. Helping students explore this legal landscape and develop into confident professionals is also a form of law-driven change that is immensely satisfying.

Q: How do you think your litigation background helps you in the classroom?
A: I think law students often abandon their common sense in their search for legal doctrine; law practice doesn't teach them to forget their legal doctrine - it tells them to remember their common sense. Over the years, litigators develop a gut sense about which argument - and how much argument - is persuasive for judges and for juries, and can fluently intermingle doctrine with policy arguments and common-sense appeals to justice. I hope to jump-start that process in my classes.

Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception law students have about their professors?
A: That we have forgotten what it's like to be a law student. My classes are shaped by my recollection of being a law student, and by considering whether and how I and other law students would be able to grasp the points being made.

Q: What would you like your students to say about you?
A: That they learned immensely not only about the subject matter of the class, but about the legal process generally - and moreover, that they enjoyed it and are intellectually hungry for more.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching at Southwestern?
A: Students who are bright, friendly, and motivated; faculty and administration who are collegial, energized, and intellectually engaged; and the best law school facility I've ever seen!

Q: What are you enjoying most now that you live in Los Angeles?
A: Shelving my scarves and wool coats for shorts and sun in the winter!

Q: What do you blog about?
A: I run the Mass Tort Litigation Blog, which is part of the Law Professor Blogs network: lawprofessors.typepad.com/mass_tort_litigation. Two weeks in, I'm happy to have welcomed 350 visitors and counting!

Q: What are your favorite television or radio programs?
A: Soon to be "24," since I've been watching Kiefer Sutherland and crew filming scenes in my neighborhood. In one scene, I thought Kiefer was going to hop my fence and start swimming in my pool. I thought I might scare him off by playing the soundtrack for "The Lost Boys" out my window, but then I considered my potential liability for private nuisance.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Acoustic and electric guitar; listening to a wide variety of music.

 

FACULTY ACTIVITIES

PROFESSOR MYRNA RAEDER
  • Speaker, Crawford and Beyond: Revisited in Dialogue, Brooklyn Law School (comments from the meeting will be published in the symposium issue of JOURNAL OF LAW AND POLICY (February 2007))
  • Meeting Participant, DNA Awareness Program, California Forensic Science Institute, California State University, Los Angeles
PROFESSOR ANGELA RILEY
  • Indigenous Peoples and Emerging Protections for Traditional Knowledge in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INFORMATION WEALTH (P. Yu, ed.; Praeger Publishers, 2006)
  • Symposium: Tribal Sovereignty in a Post-9/11 World 82 NORTH DAKOTA LAW REVIEW (Fall 2006)
PROFESSOR IRA SHAFIROFF
  • INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE PRACTICE & PROCEDURE DESKBOOK, 3rd ed. - Release no. 16 (Practising Law Institute, February 2006)

New Books Published by the Faculty

Professor James Fischer - UNDERSTANDING REMEDIES, 2nd ed. (Matthew Bender Publishing, 2006)

Professor James Kushner - SUBDIVISION LAW AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT, Vol. 1, 2nd edition (Thomson West, 2006)

Professor Kelly Strader - UNDERSTANDING WHITE COLLAR CRIME, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis, 2006)

EVENTS

16th Annual Public Interest Week

Recently honored by the ABA/Law Student Division for their efforts, Southwestern's Public Interest Law Committee has scheduled several exciting events for the 16th Annual Public Interest Law Week (PILW), November 2-9. The week of activities is designed to raise both awareness and funds for public interest law opportunities and summer grants in this area.

Tom Mesereau
 
Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr. is this year's keynote speaker. One of the most celebrated trial lawyers in America, he last spoke at Southwestern for a standing room only crowd at an ATLA event last year. The prominent criminal defense attorney, who gained international recognition for successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005, will address the Southwestern community again on Tuesday, November 7 at 12:30 p.m. in BW390. A partner with the Los Angeles firm of Mesereau & Yu, LLP, he specializes in criminal defense (state and federal court) and civil trials. He is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his pro bono work on behalf of the poorest and most disadvantaged residents of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Daily Journal named him one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in California for the past three years, and both the Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles and the Century City Bar Association honored him as "Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year." He recently received the "President's Award" from the U.S. Dream Academy in Washington D.C. for his work with inner city children whose parents are incarcerated.

The Public Interest Career Fair will take place this year on Thursday, November 2. A variety of public interest organizations will be on the Promenade from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. to chat with students about opportunities within their organizations. "This is an excellent chance for students to network with lawyers and find out about a variety of practice areas," said Assistant Dean Gary Greener. "Public interest organizations provide a variety of opportunities in almost every area of the law, including: labor and employment, tax, probate, torts, family, immigration, international, property, landlord/tenant, civil rights, appellate, criminal, constitutional, environmental, and many, many more."

The Live Auction will take place on Wednesday, November 8 at 12:30 p.m. in the Louis XVI Room. The Silent Auction closing will be on Thursday, November 9, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., also in the Louis XVI Room. All auction contributions - typically gift certificates, event tickets, passes to recreational or facilities services such as tennis lessons, or bar preparation courses - are tax deductible.

Other events include a bake sale November 6 - 7, documentary screening of "Juvies" on November 6 at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in BW390, basketball tournaments and the always popular silent and live auctions (see schedule below). Student volunteers are needed for a variety of events, so if you are interested in joining the efforts, email Doug Baek.

For more information about Southwestern's Public Interest Law Week events, or to contribute an auction item, contact the Student Affairs Office or Ed Anderson.

PUBLIC INTEREST LAW WEEK CALENDAR

November 2
  • Public Interest Career Fair, 12:15 p.m., Promenade
November 6
  • Juvies Screening, 12:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m., BW390 (4:30 p.m. location TBD)
  • Bake Sale and Silent Auction Begin
November 7
  • Keynote Speaker, Tom Mesereau, 12:30 p.m., BW390
November 8
  • Live Auction, 12:30 p.m., Louis XVI Room
November 9
  • Faculty Basketball Game, 12:30 p.m., Basketball Court
  • Silent Auction Closing, 4:30 p.m., Location TBD

Second Annual Day at the Races a Winner!

Day at the Races
 
Join Southwestern alumni, students, faculty, family and friends at the second annual Day at the Races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Sunday, October 29. Enjoy a barbeque buffet lunch on the infield, plus special games for the kids, in a fun family affair where everyone is welcome. This year, Day at the Races will be during Santa Anita Park's Family Fun Days. Activities for the kids may include an obstacle course, super slide, moon bounce, Seabiscuit Exhibit, pony rides and face painting. Plus, all will receive a Halloween gift bag from the Alumni Association. Gates open at 10:00 a.m., lunch is served at 12:00 p.m., and the first race begins at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $35 for adults, $25 for teens (12 -18), and free for children under 12. All reservations must be made in advance - tickets for admission and parking passes will be distributed by Southwestern prior to the event. To reserve your tickets, contact the Development & Alumni Affairs Office. 

 

Join the Law and Medicine Society in the L.A. Cancer Challenge

L.A. Cancer Challenge
 
Join Southwestern's Law and Medicine Society in the L.A. Cancer Challenge philanthropy fun run, which has been called "one of the best 5K/10K runs" and takes place every year during the Halloween weekend. The ninth annual event will take place on Sunday, October 29 at the Veterans Administration Grounds in West LA. Visit www.lacancerchallenge.com to register and join the Law and Medicine Society team for a great cause.

APALSA hosts Alumni-Student Networking Event

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Southwestern's Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) invites you to join its members for a special cocktail reception to help build a bridge between the students and alumni. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 1 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on the Second Floor of the Bullocks Wilshire Building. For more information or to RSVP (by October 25), contact the Development & Alumni Affairs Office.


BIEDERMAN INSTITUTE

William Morris' General Counsel Featured in Next "Conversation"

David J. Kekst, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the William Morris Agency, one of the world's largest and most famous talent organizations representing the biggest names in film, television, theater, music, sports and books, will be the next guest in the latest installment of the law school's "A Conversation With..." series, presented by the Biederman Institute. Southwestern alumnus Robert Jacobs '92, a partner with Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP in New York, will conduct the discussion titled, "The Business of the Business" on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at Southwestern. Click here to read more - RSVPs may be made to the Institute Office.

Legal Challenges of Integrating Traditional Media into a Digital Environment' a Topic of the Next MLRC Co-Sponsored Event

 
The integration of traditional entertainment and media into the digital world is rapidly becoming a reality. The last few years have been characterized by the beginnings of a virtual paradigm shift in how entertainment and media are and will be distributed and viewed. The music business has moved from CDs to online. A significant share of theatrical revenues is now derived from the sale of DVDs. First run television series are increasingly available for viewing on portable digital devices. And individual participation in debate and discussion has taken on new meaning with the proliferation of the blogosphere. While the business implications of all this are staggering, so too are the legal challenges presented by the advent of the digital age. On January 25, 2007, these legal challenges will be the subject of the fourth annual conference presented by Southwestern’s Biederman Institute and the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). Mark your calendar for what promises to be a timely event on subjects that are indispensable to any media or entertainment lawyer's practice.

 


CAREER CORNER

 
Sidley Austin to Host a Women and Diversity in the Law Panel

Sidley Austin LLP is hosting a panel, "You Can Fly High Against the Wind - Diverse Female Partners of Large Law Firms Provide Best Practices for Success," on Thursday, October 26, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (555 West Fifth St., 40th Floor, Los Angeles). Attorney Kathryn Stell will moderate the discussion, which will include distinguished panelists and attorneys from Sidley Austin; Latham & Watkins LLP; O'Melveny & Myers LLP; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Steptoe & Johnson; and Winston & Strawn LLP. The event is sponsored by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, California Minority Counsel Program, Diversity in the Profession Committee of LACBA, Sidley Austin LLP, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Monday, October 23 (laevents@sidley.com or (213) 861.6573) to receive free parking, and send any questions you may have for the panel.

Career Services Fall Offerings

In addition to the Public Interest Law Week Career Fair, a networking event where students can learn about gaining experience in almost any area of the law by working and/or volunteering for a public interest organization (Thursday, November 2, 12:15 - 1:30 p.m., Promenade), the Career Services Office (CSO) has a number of programs planned for this Fall. They include:

  • Career Services Open House
    A Career Services Open House will take place on Wednesday, November 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop by, check out the office, pick up some refreshments and learn what Career Services can do for you.
  • "How to Go Solo" Workshop: Setting Up Your Own Practice
    On Tuesday, November 7 at 4:45 pm in W311, Professor Ira Shafiroff will conduct a workshop giving practical advice about setting up a solo practice upon graduation. Topics will include generating clients, managing your practice, and making your practice grow.
  • Check Law Match for current and upcoming job opportunities
    The CSO posts a variety of currently available positions as well as upcoming summer and post-graduate positions on Law Match. In order to view these listings, please go to the Career Services section of the Southwestern website and register through the link shown for Law Match. Registration instructions are also available in the Career Services Office. Starting in 2007, the CSO will be posting open positions on Symplicity, and more information on this topic will be made available later.
  • Class of 2007: Presidential Management Fellows Program
    The PMF application start date has traditionally been September 1st annually. However, for the Class of 2007, the application is projected to open mid-October 2006 and close three weeks later. This is a change from a previous announcement. The application will be a vacancy announcement posted on USAJOBS (www.USAJOBS.gov) via a link on the "PMF Application" webpage at www.pmf.opm.gov. Applicants will be required to either upload or build a resume on USAJOBS in order to apply. The two-year PMF Program is described as the training ground for future government leaders. Graduating students are highly encouraged to consider this program and apply. Please note that students may have to print out a "Nomination Form." If this is required this year, then that form should be brought to the Career Services Office and students should list the "Nominating Official" as Dean Bryant G. Garth.
For more information on any of the above items, visit the Career Services Office.


"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?

This Month - Ivan Chebotariov, 2nd-Year SCALE Program

It's hard to earn a law degree in two years. And be a good husband. And speak English as a second language. But SCALE student Ivan Chebotariov has weathered national and cultural changes with unwavering persistence throughout his life.

He grew up curious about the United States as he read books by Jack London and O. Henry, which had been translated into his native Russian. His love of language and struggle to learn English eventually brought him to America.

Chebotariov was raised in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, which was a part of the Soviet Union until it became an independent country in 1991 when he was 14. His family hung onto their Russian citizenship.

"I was a Russian minority in Kazakhstan," Chebotariov said. "We eventually moved to St. Petersburg - where I went to the university for one year - and my parents and three brothers still live there."

Although he started to learn English in the fourth grade, lessons focused on translating text rather than speaking and understanding. During his last year in high school, Chebotariov got the chance to get more intensive language training at a private school. It was a long shot, but he got accepted and was allowed to study for free.

"While I was there, I developed a close relationship with one of the teachers who gave me additional help," he said. "She worked at The Master's College in California - she had spent three years in Kazakhstan - and helped bring me to the U.S."

He came to California in 1995, attended The Masters' College, a private Christian Liberal Arts school where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and then earned a Master of Divinity from the Master's Seminary. Though he originally planned to return to Russia, he met his wife, Susan, while in school. His family couldn't come to their wedding, and his wife just met his parents when they traveled to Finland last Christmas, the first time Chebotariov had been near his homeland in 10 years. He got a job as an insurance adjuster and worked with a lot of attorneys to settle injury claims. This work rekindled a long held interested he had in the law when he was growing up.

Although he says it's difficult to achieve "a fine balance" between doing well in school and married life, Chebotariov managed to make Law Review and re-establish the Christian Legal Society on campus this year.

"I came to law school thinking I wanted to do insurance defense, but I've realized there are other things I'm interested in that would be a greater service to society, like being a criminal prosecutor."

And that's why Chebotariov chose Southwestern's SCALE program, to get him to that point sooner.

 

ESSAYS & SCHOLARSHIPS


A selection of scholarships and essay contests are available in the Financial Aid Office (W102), on the bulletin board in the Westmoreland basement and online.


Please note: The information regarding scholarships and essay contests on Southwestern's website provides a list for informational purposes only. Students interested in applying for any scholarship should contact the sponsoring organization directly for specific details and deadlines. External sites are provided for informational purposes only and are not endorsed by Southwestern.

 

CALENDAR



October


19 SBA/Hoover Elementary School Dispute Resolution Program
21 Videogame Law Conference
 Parents and Partners Day
24 Dean Garth presents the LSSSE Survey Results, 12:30 & 5 p.m., BW370
25 "Suing the Spooks: NSA Litigation & the Future of Privacy," Computer/Internet Roundtable Presentation, 5 p.m., Salle Moderne
26 "You Can Fly High Against the Wind - Diverse Female Partners of Large Law Firms Provide Best Practices for Success," 5:30 p.m., Sidley Austin
27 Law Review Symposium: 'The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context'
28 Diversity Career Fair 2006, Organized by the Northern California Counties District Attorney's Offices
29
Law and Medicine Society Philanthropy Fun Run
 A Day at the Races, Santa Anita Park



November
1 Career Services Office Open House Description: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 Asian Pacific American Law Student Association Alumni-Student Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.
2-9 Public Interest Law Week (PILW)
2 Public Interest Career Fair, 12:15 p.m., Promenade
 A "Conversation with..." David J. Kekst, 7 p.m., Louis XVI Room
6 PILW Screening of Juvies, 12:30 & 4:30 p.m.
 PILW Bake Sale and Silent Auction begin
7 PILW Keynote Speaker: Tom Mesereau, 12:30 p.m.
 Workshop: Setting Up Your Own Law Practice, 4:45 p.m., W311
8 PILW Live Auction, 12:30 p.m., Louis XVI Room
 Armenian Law Student Association Alumni-Student Networking Event, 5:30 p.m.
9 PILW Faculty Basketball Game, 12:30 p.m., Basketball Court
13-14 1L Table Days, 12:15 - 1:45 p.m., Promenade
14 Workshop: Besides OCIP, How Do I Get a Job, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., W311
 Latino Law Student Association Toy-Drive Kick-Off, 5:30 p.m.
15 Workshop: Resume and Cover Letter Writing for 1L Students Description: 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., W311
16-22 Hoover Elementary School Food and Clothing Drive
22 Administrative Holiday - No evening classes
23 - 25 Thanksgiving Holiday - No Classes
28 Administrative Holiday - Monday Classes Meet

December


1 Last Day of Classes
2-6 Reading Period
7-21 Final Exams
21 End of Fall Semester

 

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