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A Message from Dean Garth about Southwestern’s Katrina Relief Efforts
Southwestern Law School community has an extraordinary opportunity to
play a major role in helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina. One of
our first-year evening students, Edward Anderson, is the Programs and
Services Officer of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the American Red
Cross, and he is one of the leaders in the relief efforts centered in
Southern California. Working with Edward and the law school’s Public
Interest Law Committee co-presidents, Linda Bradlyn and Alison Kleaver,
we have sought to respond to his call for an unprecedented effort and
to our student’s expressions of a willingness to find a way to join in
the relief efforts.
The specific opportunities are in one or both of the following activities:
The first is to be at the front line of disaster relief,
undertaking twelve hours of training over the course of a weekend
(September 24 and 25), and going to one of the affected sites where
help is needed at the close of the fall semester exams for a minimum of
nine and maximum of twenty-one days. The Family Services Training
Component has been added to the upcoming Southwestern training session
for deployment at the caseworker level to conduct intake and have full
authority to distribute Red Cross resources. The Red Cross will cover
the expenses for this volunteer commitment.
The second opportunity is to help in what will be, in effect, a Southwestern Law School clinic devoted to the legal problems of Katrina’s refugees re-located in Southern California.
We believe that we will be the first law school to undertake such an
effort. The details of how this clinic will operate, including
potential partners from the wider legal community, remain to be worked
out, but we want to encourage volunteers whatever their possible time
commitments. There may also be the possibility for externship credit
for upper class law students. I am working with Edward Anderson, the
Red Cross, and the Public Interest Law Committee, but the success of
our effort depends on a strong expression of commitment from the
students, faculty, and staff of the Southwestern Law community.
Please write as soon as possible to declare your interest in helping to the Public Interest Law Society.
- Dean Bryant G. Garth
For a list of recent faculty activities, click here.
Moot Court Announces Members
Moot Court Honors Program is proud to announce its members for the
2005-2006 school year. They are: Joelle Berle, David Bodnariuk,
Vyshnavi Chandrasekara , Howard Chernin, Brian Cruz, Jon Decker, Jenn
Dolan, Andrea Duckworth, Todd Fertig, Mariel Gerlt, Rachel Gezerseh,
Vered Golan, Colin Hardacre, Michelle Holmes, Zeina Jafar, Rebecca
Jannol, Jason Joyal, Alison Kleaver, John Lackner, Simon Rust Lamb,
Menely Lari-Joni, Helyn Lau, Jessica Mandelberg, Lindsay Michelson,
Angela Miller, Jennifer Moore, James Motter, Chris Peterson, Joshua
Post, Sumithra Rao, Rebecca Reed, C. Graydon Schlicter, III, Stephen
Sullivan, Kendall Swanson, Jason Tokoro, Tracy Valencia, Sarah Wolk and
Law Review Names Staff
Anh Nguyen, Kristina Pentek, Christopher Petersen, Joshua Post,
Alexandria Sawoya, Susanna Seekins, Reeve Segal, John Stephenson,
Stephen Sullivan, Jason Tokoro, Joshua Wade and James Witmondt.
Recently selected Southwestern University Law Review
staff members for the 2005-2006 academic year are: Christopher Barkley,
Kimberly Belvedere, Arash Beral, Debra Black, Laura Buckley, Kyndra
Casper, Christine Chaloub, Michelle Chamberlain, Georgia Chudoba,
Angela Corcetti, Brian Cruz, Andrea Duckworth, Jennifer Felten, Andrea
Figler, Aaron Fontana, Mariel Gerlt, Rachel Gezerseh, Stephan Horbelt,
Alberto Jimenez, Alison
Law Journal Welcomes Staff
The Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas
welcomes 2005-2006 staff members Courtney Artzner, Joelle Berle,
Christine Chung, Joel Elkins, Jordan Everakes, Todd Fertig, William
Frank, Jason Freeman, Hillary Gerber, Danielle Greene, Brendan Joy,
Stephanie Klein, Lauren Liebes, Jason Miller, Joshua Milon, Jessica
Monroe, Marisa-Andrea Moore, Sumithra Rao, Rebecca Reed, Rebecca
Rexroad, Antonio Riggio, Jack Sung, Kendal Swanson, Morgan Tanumihardjo
and Jessica Trotter.
SBA Commissioner and Representative Slots Filled
Student Bar Association is Proud to Announce the Commissioners and
First-Year Representatives for the 2005 -2006 school year:
• Academic Affairs Commissioner - Yan Gershfeld
• Alumni Affairs Commissioner - David Paletz
• Athletic Affairs Commissioner - David Kroh
• Community Affairs Commissioners - Rachael Shapiro & Jenny Wood
• Ethnic Affairs Commissioners - Nicole Charney & Avital Ferd
• Student Welfare Commissioners - Lee Gale, Amanda Kent, Britton Light & Rachel Solomon
• Student Welfare Commissioner (Evening) - Robert Wernick
• SCALE I Representative - Bryan Brady
• SCALE II Representative - Arash Beral
• 1st Year Representative - Section A - Raffi Kasabbian
• 1st Year Representatives - Section B - Aric Isaacson & Yoav Sarraf
• 1st Year Representatives - Section C - Thommaas Cassaro, Greg Mohrman & Julia Romano
• 1st Year Evening Representatives - Charles Fairchild & Dan Kramer
• PLEAS Representatives - Brian Craig & Josh Passman
Southwestern Student Places in ABA Writing Contest
student Jennifer Felten earned the third place award in the 2005
Jacques T. Schlenger Student Writing Contest sponsored by the ABA
Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and the Venable
Foundation. The goal of the contest is to encourage and reward law
student writings on real property, probate, and trust law subjects of
general and current interest. The contest is named in honor of the late
Jacques T. Schlenger, a nationally renowned estate planning lawyer,
founder of the Venable Foundation, and section member for 45 years.
Established in 1981, the Venable Foundation supports a wide range of
civic, cultural, and charitable endeavors as well as public interest
law and legal education.
Be a Part of YOUR Yearbook The creative and those who would like to be are encouraged to apply ASAP to become a staff member of Southwestern’s Yearbook, The Advocates. Further information and sign-up sheets are available in the Student Affairs Office.
Bilingual Volunteers Needed
Youth Services is in need of volunteer translators for their Victim
Offender Restitution Services (VORS) mediation program and/or their
Families Able to Resolve Situations (FARS) mediation program. For those
who have a caring heart, are able to volunteer a couple of daytime
hours a month, and desire to help a youth make the right choices, this
is a great opportunity to acquire mediation skills through training and
on-the-job experience, broaden your professional network, and impact
and change the life of a youth.
Training is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2005, 9am – 5pm. For more information, contact Stephanie Winlock or Cathleen Bravo at Centinela Youth Services, (310) 675-8700, or visit www.cys-la.org.
REMINDER - NO CLASSES:
Monday (Evening), October 3 and Tuesday, October 4 in observance of Rosh Hashanah
Wednesday (Evening), October 12 and Thursday, October 13 in observance of Yom Kippur
Investiture of the Dean
The Investiture of Dean Bryant G. Garth will be held at the Southwestern
campus on Thursday, September 29, 2005. That evening, alumni, students,
faculty and staff, and members of the bench, bar and academic
communities will gather to mark the beginning of Dean Garth’s tenure as
the tenth dean of Southwestern. A brief program at 5 p.m., featuring
prominent guest speakers representing legal education and the
profession, will be followed by a reception in the Bullocks Wilshire
building at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending the event must RSVP to
the Development Office by Monday, September 26.
The following adjustments will be made to class schedules (new times in parenthesis), so that all interested faculty and students may attend the event.
Interviewing Counseling & Negotiating/Gunning (BWJDC) 2-5:15 p.m. (1:30-4:45 p.m.)
Constitutional Law Seminar/Horwitz (BW3) 3:45-5:45 p.m. (3:30-4:45 p.m.)
Political Trials Seminar/Lowenstein (W335) 3:45-5:45 p.m. (3:30-4:45 p.m.)
Criminal Law/Williams (W311) 6-7:30 p.m. (7-8 p.m.)
Contracts/Hart (W311) 7:45-8:45 p.m. (8:15-9:15 p.m.)
Civil Procedure/Sheehan (W611) 6-7:30 p.m. (7-8 p.m.)
Evidence/Raeder (W511) 6-8 p.m. (7-8:30 p.m.)
Wills and Trusts/Shafiroff (BW370) 6-8 p.m. (7-8:30 p.m.)
Cultural Property Seminar/Riley (BW3) 6-8 p.m. (7-8:30 p.m.)
Media Law/Epstein (BW370) 8:10-10:10 p.m. (8:40-10:10 p.m.)
Alternative Dispute Resolution/Aronovsky (BWJDC) 8:10-10:10 p.m. (8:40-10:10 p.m.)
Commercial Payment Systems/Metzger (BW1) 8:10-10:10 p.m. (8:40-10:10 p.m.)
Parents and Partners Invited to Be Law Students for a Day
annual Parents and Partners Day gives students the opportunity to show
loved ones the day-to-day rigors of law school, through a first-hand
experience. Taking place on Saturday, October 15, the day includes a
breakfast and lunch with members of Moot Court, Law Review, Law
Journal, ITAP and the SBA, giving visitors an informal introduction to
Southwestern and its academic programs. Other activities include a
simulated first-year classroom experience, a demonstration of the Moot
Court and ITAP programs, an overview of career services, a workshop for
spouses and partners, and a tour of the Bullocks Wilshire building,
exhibiting Southwestern’s history and a collection of faculty
publications. Further information is available from the Development Office.
Upcoming Biederman Institute Events
On October 26, the Institute's "Conversations With..."
series will feature John Schulman, Executive Vice President/General
Counsel of Warner Bros discussing "From Burbank to Beijing: The
Changing Face of Entertainment Law in a Global Environment." The series
is designed to present dialogues with prominent members of the
entertainment and media industries. The conversation format allows
students and members of the legal profession to explore contemporary
and sometimes controversial issues confronting the entertainment
industry and the media with featured guests. The event will take place
at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Bullocks Wilshire building,
with a reception following the program. Reservations are requested and
can be made through the Institute Office.
Biederman Institute is working with leading organizations in the
entertainment industry and the legal profession to present an array of
outstanding programs for practitioners, students and faculty this
October 29, the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Intellectual
Property & Entertainment Law Section, in conjunction with the
Biederman Institute, will hold its 29th Annual Symposium. This year’s
event, “The Sound of the Deal,” will feature a
keynote speech by Les Bider, Immediate Former Chairman and CEO of
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. and panels on Artist/Publishing Deals;
Royalties, Rights and Remuneration; and the Future of Digital
Distribution. For more information and to register online, visit the LACBA website or contact the Institute Office.
On November 1, the Institute will present “Entertainment Without Borders: Practicing Entertainment Law in a Global Environment,”
co-sponsored by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. The event, examining
three critically important aspects of doing business on a global scale,
will feature panels on Navigating Territorial and Cultural Barriers;
Repatriating Royalties from Abroad; and Strategies for Resolving Cross
Border Disputes. More information can be found online or through the Institute Office.
Southwestern a “Top 10” Law School for Hispanic Students
Hispanic Business Magazine
has named Southwestern on its 2005 list of “Top 10 Law Schools for
Hispanic Students.” The magazine, which has recognized Southwestern for
several years running, bases its selections on enrollment, faculty,
student services, retention rate, and reputation. This year’s first
place spot was awarded to the University of Miami. Others on the list
include Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin and the University
A Snapshot of the Entering Class
the 336 students that enrolled at Southwestern in fall 2005, 51% are
women, 49% are men and 33% are minorities. The average age for
traditional full-time day students is 24, while traditional part-time
day and evening is 28 and SCALE is 27, with age range from 21 to 50+.
Twenty three percent of students entered law school the fall after
college graduation, while 29% entered law school one year after college
and 48% entered law school at least 2 years after college.
100 undergraduate institutions are represented throughout the U.S. and
several foreign countries, with the largest contingents coming from the
University of California (31%, including large groups from UCLA, UC
Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine); the University of Southern
California; the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor; George Washington
University; and the University of Colorado – Boulder, and 16 states are
represented as the students’ permanent residence.
Over 73% of
the students earned undergraduate honors, from Dean’s List to summa cum
laude and Phi Beta Kappa. The students are fluent in 26 foreign
languages including Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Cambodian, Cantonese,
Chiu Chan, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian,
Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish,
Swedish, Taiwanese, Tamil, Turkish, Vietnamese and Urdu.
Southwestern’s Bullocks Wilshire Building to be featured in Wilshire Boulevard Showcase Program
boosters, and planners have found many ways to praise Wilshire
Boulevard, the symbolic spine of the city spanning nearly 16 miles from
downtown to the ocean. Between Oct. 2 and Nov. 21, the Los Angeles
Conservancy will showcase the history of Wilshire Boulevard through a
new educational initiative called Curating the City, which will feature
the Bullocks Wilshire building.
With new “exhibits” offered
every few years, Curating the City will treat the city as a living
museum, presenting a fresh framework with which to view the vivid
architectural and cultural heritage of Los Angeles. Wilshire Boulevard
is an ideal inaugural project – spanning three cities, it includes the
most dense and ethnically diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles,
represents virtually every dominant building type of the 20th century,
and exemplifies the role of the automobile in the growth of the region.
Wilshire embodies the story of L.A.’s architectural, urban, and
cultural development. More.
LACBA Judicial Roundtable Aimed to Educate Young Lawyers
Rolf M. Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court will host the next
judicial roundtable of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Bench and Bar Relations Committee. "What Young Lawyers Need to Know
about Practicing 'By the Book'" will take place on October 18, 2005 at
12:30 p.m. in Judge Treu's courtroom, Department 58 of the Los Angeles
Superior Court (Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N. Hill Street, Los
Angeles). Attendance is limited. Contact LACBA Member Services at
213-896-6560 to pre-register.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
A dozen questions for: Professor Angela Riley
Q: How did you develop an interest in Native American legal issues?
First and foremost, I am a tribal member and that has really shaped my
interest. Also, I was born and raised in rural Oklahoma, in a county
with a significant Indian population. There is much prejudice and
racial bias against Indians in Oklahoma, and I knew growing up that I
wanted to use my voice for positive change.
Q: What led you to become a Justice to the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation?
I am very fortunate to have developed a close relationship with many of
my tribe’s leaders, including Chairman Barrett. When a vacancy opened
up, I was appointed by the Business Committee and have since been
re-elected for another term by the Potawatomi people.
Q: What have you gained by being a Justice of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation?
It’s been an amazing opportunity to get to know leaders in the Indian
law community, including tribal elders who are experts in tribal common
law but have never received formal legal training. Also, of course, it
allows me to give back to my tribe by doing something I am (or at least
strive to be) good at.
Q: Why did you decide to go into the legal field?
Growing up, I always felt there was a great deal of injustice in the
world. I suppose I saw law as a way of addressing that injustice.
Q: What do you find most rewarding about your career?
Being a law professor is incredibly rewarding because it allows me to
pursue my passions and use all my best skills. Because a law
professor’s job is so multi-faceted – including teaching, writing,
mentoring, doing administrative work and public service – I am able to
delve wholeheartedly into all the things that I love.
Q: What do you hope to gain by being a law school professor?
I suppose I don’t see it so much as what I hope to gain, but what I
hope to give: inspiration to my students, commitment to the
Institution, outstanding scholarship to the academy, and genuine
camaraderie to my colleagues.
Q: What is your favorite memory of law school?
After 21 years in Oklahoma, law school was culturally, intellectually
and politically an incredible, mind-opening experience. And, of course,
I met my husband in law school.
Q: What is your favorite law-themed novel, movie or television show?
A: Let’s see, does The Big Lebowski count? (Remember, he has that run-in with the Chief of Police of Malibu...)
Q: If you were stranded on an island, what three books would you want to have with you?
A: I suppose I’d want three long ones I’ve never had the patience to read. Perhaps Infinite Jest, The Recognitions, and (quite fittingly) One Hundred Years of Solitude. More importantly, I’d want a pen and a load of empty journals.
Q: If you could go any place in the world right now, where would you go?
Japan – so my baby (Avah) and I could meet my husband’s family.
Q: If you could spend time with any person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
I’d really like to meet my ancestors. In my father’s family, those who
left Ireland to come to America, and, on my mother’s side, those who
were forced to relocate to a reservation in Oklahoma. I’d want to hear
Q: If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
It’s not so much an issue of failure as it is an issue of talent. But,
to answer the question: rock star. I definitely would have been a rock
“W.A.Y.” - Who Are You & Why Are You here?
This Month - Mei Ambriz, Third-year Full-time Day Student
there’s such a thing as a typical Angeleno, Mei Ambriz is it. Born to a
Chinese mother and Mexican father, Mei (pronounced "May") attended
Immaculate Heart High School in Hollywood before enrolling at UCLA.
After graduating in 2001 with a degree in history, the die-hard Lakers
fan contemplated going to film school. She’d grown up around the
industry (her mother worked in production, and her dad was an actor and
screenwriter), and she’d always harbored a desire to try acting.
However, Mei says friends convinced her to pursue something "more
stable, more of an investment" and she opted for law school. Wanting to
stay close to home, she enrolled at Southwestern.
Now, in her
third year, Mei is confident she made the right decision. "It’s been so
challenging and so rewarding," she says. Having decided early on to
pursue an entertainment law track, Mei participated in Southwestern’s
five-week International Entertainment and Media Law Summer Program at
the University of London this past summer . "I got really attached to
the city" says Mei. She and other students were in the middle of a
lecture class when the subway bombings occurred – one of them just
around the corner from campus. "I will never forget that," Mei says,
adding that she was moved by the city’s response to the tragedy.
"People were very strong afterwards, they stuck together."
semester, Mei hopes to secure an externship at an entertainment
company. While she’s leaning toward advertising, she’s not sure what
her first career move will be – although she says it won’t be working
for a firm. "I want to have a career that I can balance with my life,"
she explains. Mei hasn’t ruled out artistic possibilities either. "I’m
really into exploring my creative side," she says. "But now I have a
legal education as a basis for doing that." Whatever she chooses to
pursue, Mei says she’s proud of being the first person in her family to
obtain a graduate degree. "It was very important to me to get this
degree just so that I can be a motivational figure for the rest of my
family," she smiles. "Being able to do it, that’s huge for me."
Helpful hints for students from Southwestern Staff
"During law school, you are likely to have several different legal
positions. While at each, record daily or weekly notes of your
responsibilities to make resume-writing much simpler."
Eck is a Student Services Assistant in the Career Services Office. She
completed her B.A. degree in History at The Ohio State University,
prior to joining Southwestern in 2004.
ESSAYS & SCHOLARSHIPS
selection of scholarships and essay contests are available in the
Financial Aid Office (W102), on the bulletin board in the Westmoreland
basement and online.
Applications are now being accepted for two Southwestern scholarships:
THE RUSSELL & DOROTHY BALISOK ELDER ADVOCACY SCHOLARSHIP
scholarship will be awarded to a continuing student in the top 75% of
his or her class who has demonstrated a commitment to our elders, as by
educational achievement in the field of gerontology, by training in
employment advocating for the needs of elders, by volunteering for
ombudsmen programs or as a volunteer for social service programs
concerned with the needs of elders.
GEORGE A. YANASE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (CORPORATE SECURITIES LAW)
scholarship will be awarded to a continuing evening student(s) in their
final year of study who have been employed throughout their law school
career and who have demonstrated an interest in public service and
governmental work in the field of corporate securities law.
Interested students should submit a letter of application which explains their qualifications for the scholarship AND a resume to Wayne Mahoney, Director of Financial Aid. The deadline to apply for either scholarship is Friday, October 14, 2005.
Please note: The
information regarding scholarships and essay contests on Southwestern's
website provides a general 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.
is a sample of available scholarships with deadlines approaching in the
coming months. Please contact the organization for further information
and specific details.
John M. Langston Bar Association Scholarship
Deadline: September 28, 2005
For more information, contact Rupert Byrdsong.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarship Program
Award: Varies (from $1,000 - $3,000)
Deadline: October 15, 2005
For more information, visit www.hsf.net.
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws William J. Pierce Writing Contest
Deadline: December 1, 2005
For more information, contact the National Conference of Commissioners: 312-915-0195, 312-915-0187 (fax) or email.
Kern County Women Lawyers Foundation Public Benefit Fund Scholarship
Award: Varies (from $250 - $3,000)
Deadline: February 1, 2006
For more information, contact Sheri C. Vining at 661-322-7383.
National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) First Annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition
Award: $500 and travel expenses to a NAWL Meeting
Deadline: March 1, 2006
For more information, contact Kathleen Harleston or Kristie Prinz.
The American College of Truste Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Mary Moers Wenig 2006 Law Student Writing Competition
Award: $5,000 (1st-place); $3,000 (2nd-place); $1,000 (3rd-place)
Deadline: April 1, 2006
For more information, visit www.actec.org.
||29 Investiture of Dean Garth, 5pm
||2 LA Conservancy’s Curating the City
3 No Evening Classes – Rosh Hashanah
4 No Classes – Rosh Hashanah
11 SBA-Faculty Mixer, 12:30 & 5pm, Promenade
12 No Evening Classes – Yom Kippur
13 No Classes – Yom Kippur
15 Parents and Partners Day
18 Career Services for the First Year Student, 12:30 & 5pm, W311
LACBA Bench and Bar Relations Committee Judicial Roundtable, 12:30 pm, LA Superior Courthouse
19 Mock Trial with Hoover Elementary School
20 Inn of St. Ives
26 “Conversation With…” John Schulman, 7:30pm, Louis XVI Room
27 Cultural Food Fair, 12:30 & 5pm, Student Commons
29 IPELS “The Sound of the Deal” Symposium, 8:15am – 2:15pm, Hotel Bel Air
1 "Entertainment Without Borders" Conference, 2:30 - 7pm, Southwestern Campus
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