Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
Southwestern Reporter

October 2007

 

17th Annual Public Interest Law Week Keynote Speaker

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This year, Mitchell Kamin, CEO/President of Bet Tzedek, will deliver the keynote speech, "Paying It Forward - The Human Dimension of Pro Bono Work," at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30 in BW390. Mr. Kamin, an influential figure in the public interest law community, began his legal career as a Skadden Fellow at the Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) of Harlem. Upon completion of his two-year fellowship, he was hired as a supervising attorney. While there, he represented clients in the areas of public housing, civil rights, family law and criminal law. During his four years with NDS, Mr. Kamin took a six-month hiatus to work in the capital punishment project of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

 

Mr. Kamin eventually returned to his native Los Angeles. He worked at O'Melveny & Myers and eventually joined the law firm of O'Neill, Lysaght & Sun in 2000, where he became a partner. His practice focused on complex civil litigation, business crimes and civil rights. In 2003, he joined Bet Tzedek, which provides free legal assistance to thousands of people, particularly the elderly who would otherwise be denied access to the legal system. Legal services are provided to all eligible needy residents of Los Angeles County, regardless of their racial, religious or ethnic background.

An Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, Mr. Kamin serves on the the Funding Committee of the State of California Commission on Access to Justice and the Fee Waiver Subcommittee of the AOC Working Group on Enhanced Collections, and as the President of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Association of California. He earned his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1993 and his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors in 1989. He is admitted to practice in the State of California and the State of New York, and has tried cases in both state and federal courts.

 

Southwestern Set to Open Children's Rights Clinic

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Southwestern has established a new Children's Rights Clinic that will begin operating during the spring semester to provide legal assistance to underserved children. Law students who participate in the Clinic will work on all aspects of school discipline and special education cases and will have the opportunity to work on other education-related issues that may arise in the course of representing the Clinic's clients. The children will primarily be youth who are involved with either the dependency or delinquency system. Southwestern's new Children's Rights Clinic is one of the only legal clinics in Southern California and the first at a Los Angeles law school to focus its representation on children in school discipline cases.

 

Professor Julie Waterstone, Director of the Clinic, will teach the new one semester, five-unit clinic course. Clinic students will have an opportunity assist children in school discipline proceedings and stand for those with disabilities in special education proceedings, or work with community groups to advocate for better and more equitable educational opportunities. "We want to ensure that all children have the resources they need," said Professor Waterstone who recently joined Southwestern's faculty to serve as the Clinic's director. "Our students will play an integral role in the process of assisting these children while gaining invaluable advocacy skills."

The Clinic will provide representation to low-income children and will be staffed by law students who will work with clients under Professor Waterstone's supervision. "Professor Waterstone was chosen to run Southwestern's Children's Rights Clinic because of her expertise in clinical legal education and her substantive skills that are crucial to making the clinic a success," Dean Bryant Garth said.

Students working on school discipline cases will interview and counsel clients, investigate and develop facts, interview witnesses, conduct legal research, create a case plan, negotiate with school personnel, and, if necessary, represent clients at school discipline hearings. These hearings provide the opportunity for clinic students to submit oral and written argument, examine witnesses, and present evidence before a school board. If appropriate, clinic students may have the opportunity to appeal the case to the county board of education.

Students will also work on special education cases, interviewing and counseling clients, investigating facts and working with mental health professionals and experts to create a case plan, and advocating for clients at individualized education program meetings. If necessary, students may represent clients at meetings, mediation or due process hearings.

The Children's Rights Clinic includes a mandatory training session to be held at the beginning of the term, a two-hour weekly classroom component that focuses on legal skills, issues in the law and case review, and a half hour weekly meeting with the clinic professor. Interested students must have successfully completed their first year of law school, be in good academic standing, and have taken or are currently enrolled in Evidence. Students must submit an application and resume to Professor Waterstone, and obtain her approval before registering. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26 and are available from Professor Waterstone in W337, in the Registration Office, or online. Enrollment is currently limited to four students per semester.

FACULTY ACTIVITIES

PROFESSOR RONALD ARONOVSKY
  • Speaker, "From Aviall to Atlantic Research: The Rebirth of CERCLA Cost Recovery Claims," LACBA Environmental Law Section, Los Angeles
ASSOCIATE DEAN CHRISTOPHER CAMERON
  • Quoted, "O.C. courts slowed by deputy slowdown," Los Angeles Times
  • Interviewed regarding Southwest Airline's threat to remove a passenger from a flight for wearing supposedly revealing clothing, KPCC-FM
PROFESSOR CATHERINE CARPENTER
  • Participant, Joint Retreat, Council and Accreditation Committee, ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Chicago, IL
  • Participant, Accreditation Committee Meeting, ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Salt Lake City, UT
PROFESSOR MICHAEL EPSTEIN
  • Spectrum Set-Asides as Content-Neutral Metric: Creating a Practical Balance Between Media Access and Market Power, HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW (forthcoming)
PROFESSOR DAVID FAGUNDES
  • Presenter, "Property Rules, Property Talk, and the Public Domain," Fifth Annual Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University, Washington College of Law
PROFESSOR JAMES FISCHER
  • Panelist, "Insurance and Ethical Issues in Representing Policy Holders," Tort and Insurance Section, ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco
DEAN BRYANT GARTH
  • Installed, Board of Governors, Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Presenter, "Building and Revamping Legal Virtue: Legal and Colonial Strategies in the Construction of Asian States: The Example of the Philippines," and panelist, "The Important Role of the Urban Law School: Implications of data from ‘After the J.D.' Research," Law and Society Colloquium, New York University
  • Participant, Guanajuato Summer Law Institute Consortium Meeting, Lubbock, TX
PROFESSOR WARREN GRIMES
  • From Schwinn to Sylvania to Where?  Historical Roots of Modern Vertical Restraints Policy in ANTITRUST STORIES (E. Fox and D. Crane eds.; Foundation Press, 2007)
PROFESSOR JAMES KUSHNER
  • Speaker, "European Sustainable Development," The Progress of International Environmental Law, International Law Student Association, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
PROFESSOR ROBERT LUTZ
  • Co-Chair, Program on Contemporary International Law, ABA Section of International Law, Oxford University, England
  • Panelist, "New Directions in International Law" (with Sir Elihu Lauterpacht of Cambridge University), Oxford University's Oriel College, England
  • Panel Moderator, "Deans-Practitioners Roundtable on Transnational Legal Education," ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting, London, England
    Speaker, "What Can Bars Do to Facilitate Cross-Border Legal Practice?" "Opening of the Legal Year" Celebration, Law Society of England and Wales, London, England
  • Elected, "Southern California's Best Lawyer" for "International Trade and Finance Law" category (second year in a row), Los Angeles Times (special section)

  PROFESSOR JONATHAN MILLER
  • Participant as U.S. program director of Southwestern and Tecnologico of Monterrey's USAID project, "Partnership for Advocacy Training," Inaugural National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Training Course, Monterey, Mexico
  • Quoted, "Quiero que me maten," Clarin (Argentina's largest newspaper), regarding Victor Saldano, the only Argentine to face capital punishment
PROFESSOR ROBERT PUGSLEY
  • Quoted, "Murder Charges Filed in 1994 Shooting," Los Angeles Times
  • Interviewed regarding U.S. Senate vote to block habeas corpus rights for terrorism suspects and efforts by the Administration's National Security Agency to retain legislation passed by Congress in August allowing electronic surveillance of suspected foreign terrorists without a warrant, "Dateline Washington," Radio America Network
PROFESSOR MYRNA RAEDER
  • Keynote Speaker, "Compensation of Exonerees and Systemic Remedies to Avoid Wrongful Convictions," Hearing of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, Santa Clara University
  • Participant, Board Meeting, Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
PROFESSOR BUTLER SHAFFER
  • Presenter, Main Banquet Address, "Calculated Chaos and the Emergence of Decentralization," Association of American Physicians and Surgeons 64th Annual Meeting, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Participant, Ludwig von Mises Institute 25th Anniversary Conference and Dinner, New York, NY
PROFESSOR LON SOBEL
  • Speaker, Copyright Law Presentation, Society of Composers & Lyricists, American Film Institute (AFI), Los Angeles
PROFESSOR BYRON STIER
  • Moderator, "The Relationship Between Punitive Damages and Class Actions," Symposium on Punitive Damages, Due Process, and Deterrence: The Debate After Philip Morris v. Williams, Charleston Law School
PROFESSOR DENNIS YOKOYAMA
  • Welcome/Opening Remarks, Judicial Appointment Workshop: Practical Tips on the Appointment Process, Japanese American Bar Association and Southwestern Alumni Association, Southwestern

SENIOR STAFF

ASSISTANT DEAN GARY GREENER
  • Member, Board of Directors of the HIV and AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA)

 

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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