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Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) to be Discussed at Special Forum with Dean Garth
you know that Southwestern students spend an average of more than 19
hours per week on reading associated with their classes in their first
year, and just over 13 hours per week in their third year? Or that they
average 6.5 to 7 hours per week commuting to school? And that first and
second-year students here are more likely to have had "serious
conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity" than
students at other law schools?
These and a variety of other
findings about Southwestern students' experiences were collected from
the 2006 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) this past
spring. Thanks to all of our students who participated in the
survey, the Southwestern faculty, staff and trustees have a better
sense of how the law school is doing in terms of "the extent to which
law students devote time and energy to educationally sound activities
and the policies and practices that induce students to take part in
such activities." Dean Garth has scheduled an open meeting with
students to present a report on the survey results on October 24 at
12:30 and 5:00 p.m.
This was the second year that Southwestern
participated in the LSSSE, providing the law school with an opportunity
to compare results with other participating schools as well as with our
own results from last year. The 2006 national survey included 64
schools and nearly 25,000 individual respondents. More than 53% of our
students answered the survey, just under the national average, but an
increase of close to 20% over the Southwestern participation rate of
the previous year. More.
Parents and Partners Invited to Be
Southwestern's annual Parents and Partners Day gives students the
opportunity to show loved ones the day-to-day rigors of law school
first-hand. The half-day program on Saturday, October 21 includes 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, as well as breakfast and lunch.
Further information is available from the Development Office.
Law Students for a Day
Remember to mark your calendar for the following events featured in last month's Reporter!
On September 21, the Biederman Institute's "Conversations
will feature Jamie Gold, the Readers' Representative of the Los Angeles
Times, in a discussion titled "Don't Shoot the Messenger." The
event offers one unit of MCLE credit and a reception will follow.
- On October 21, Southwestern and Loyola Law Schools are co-sponsoring
a program, Legal and Business Issues in the Videogame Industry, at Loyola.
- Law Review will present two symposia in October - a progress
report on the "After
the J.D." study on October 9 and a 40th anniversary
retrospective of California's federal judicial districts on October 27. Southwestern faculty, students
and staff will have the opportunity to attend
the Law Review symposia without charge; however, reservations are required and may be made through the Student Affairs Office.
Moot Court, Law Review and Law Journal Staff Appointed
The Moot Court Honors Program is proud to announce its members for the 2006-2007
school year. In addition to the Board of Governors - Todd Fertig, Lindsay
Michaelson, James Motter, Sumi Rao, Kendall Swanson and Sarah Wolk - returning
members are Vysh Chandra, Howard Chernin, Brian Cruz, Elicka Decker, Vered
Golan, Colin Hardacre and Jason Joyal. New Members are Hildy Aguinaldo,
Alexis Amber, Astineh Arakelian, Marc Baranov, Daria Boxer, Tom Cassaro,
Melanie Deutsch, Rosemary Do, James Engel-Perero, Nick Francescon, Angela
Fresquez, Leila Golchehreh, Lindsay Harrell, Mary Lindsay, Sara Lee, Zack
Levine, Michael Manapol, Greg Mohrman, Michael Montgomery, Elian Nassi,
Danielle Ochi, Kim Rocque, Jenny Rodriguez, Julia Romano, Tara Rose, Lindsay
Matt Soroky, Maia Spotts, Sarah Starkey, Mary Trinh and Chris Wheeler.
The Southwestern University Law Review welcomes 2006-2007 staff
members Yevgenia Agadzhanova, Vivian Bodey, Daria Boxer, Ivan Chebotariov,
Amy Clanton, Anna
Cole, Heather Croft, Marcus Cuper, Adrienne Dameron, Katie Darnell, Stephan
DeRelian, Melanie Deutsch, Artin Gholian, Alison Hamer, Lindsay Harrell,
Chad Holley, Agnes Huang, Jason Joyal, Sudhir Lay, Ellen Levin, Lonnie
Rick Norris, China Rosas, Jamie Shipman, Sarah Starkey, Gilbert Saucedo,
Erin Uyeshima, Lisa Watanabe and Rachel Weinfeld.
The Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas welcomes
2006-2007 staff members Alexis Amber, Carrie Ayon, Samantha Borghi, Vyshnavi
Jessica Cohen, Rosemary Do, Leila Golchehreh, Anne D. Goldin, Jessica Gonzalez,
Chris Harmon, Michelle Holmes, Bayan Laird, Sara Lee, Michael
Manapol, Todd J. Mumford, Elian Nassi, Jonathan Nese, Danielle Ochi, Namisha
D. Patel, Amanda Plisner, Katherine L. Quigley, Tara D. Rose, Ilana Schoenbach,
Matthew Soroky, Ly-Huong Tran and Michael Weir.
Students Take on Positions to Assist SBA
The Student Bar Association is proud to announce the Commissioners for
the 2006-2007 school year. They are:
The SBA Executive Board has worked hard
to create an extensive network of support (lead contacts for each area
with an asterisk) and additional positions have also been created to assist all of the efforts put forth by the SBA this year. They are:
- Academic Affairs - *Jay Nese, Derek Peacock, Dan Kramer and Carrie
- Alumni Affairs - *Narbeh Shirvanian and Ryan Terschluse
- Athletic Affairs - *Felix Montero and JP Lonne
- Community Affairs - *Jenny Wood and Carolyn Yamazaki
- Club Activities & Ethnic
Affairs - Amber Acuna
- Student Activities (Day) - *Julia Romano, Brian
Watkins and Rosemary Do
- Student Activities (Evening) - *Nicole Pierson
and Tara Palty
- Student Welfare - *Aric Isaacson, Tom Cassaro and Gilda
- Business Affairs - *Stacy Joo, Tammy Chu and Joe Hardy
- Media/Public Relations - *Jeremy Schwartz and Mike Montgomery
- Newsletter Editor - TBD
- Parliamentarian - Everette Cooke
- Photographer - Mary Lindsay
- Webmaster - *Dimitri Kirimis and Alex Kidd
Southwestern Finalist for Two ABA Awards
Each year the American Bar Association Law Student Division honors schools
and students in a number of categories. This year, the ABA has selected Southwestern's
Public Interest Law Society and students Alison Kleaver, Edward Anderson, and
Linda K. Bradlyn as national finalists for the 2006 Judy M. Weightman Memorial
Public Interest Award, and Southwestern's SBA as a finalist for the Henry
J. Ramsey, Jr. Award for Diversity.
Named for the late Professor Weightman who
taught at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii
and advocated for disadvantaged people,
the Public Interest Award honors those with a commitment to community service
through public interest projects and programming. The Henry J. Ramsey, Jr.
Award was named for the Dean of Howard University for his lifetime efforts
to make the study and practice of law more inclusive and honors those who have
worked to advance women, minorities and person with disabilities in the legal
Help Promote Public Interest Activities
the 16th Annual Public Interest Law Week (PILW) approaches (November
2-10), the Public Interest Law Committee is looking for volunteers to
assist with various activities, from the silent auction and the
basketball tournament to helping with the special guest speaker. Money
raised through the week of events will be used to provide summer grants
for current students and loan forgiveness grants for graduates who are
dedicated to providing legal assistance to the underrepresented.
Interested students should plan to attend the informational meetings at
12:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20 (location TBA). Those
interested in volunteering can also sign up through the TWEN page. For
more information, please contact Ed Anderson.
A Snapshot of the Entering Class
Of the 340 students who enrolled at Southwestern in fall 2006, 49% are
women, 51% are men and 38% are minorities. The average age for students
in the traditional programs is 26, and SCALE is 28, with an age range from
20 to 50+. Twenty-four percent of students entered law school the fall
after college graduation, while 25% entered law school one year after
college and 51% entered law school at least 2 years after college.
More than 95 undergraduate
institutions are represented throughout the U.S. and several foreign
countries, with the largest contingents coming
from the University of California (42%, including large groups from
UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine); the
University of Southern California; the University of Michigan - Ann
Arbor; Vassar; and the University of Colorado - Boulder. One foreign country (Korea)
and 22 states are represented as the students’ permanent residence.
of the students earned undergraduate honors, from Dean’s
List to summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. The students are fluent
in 35 foreign languages including Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Croatian,
Dutch, Farsi, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian,
Japanese, Korean, Luganda, Mandarin, Marshallese, Pashto, Polish, Punjabi,
Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Taiwanese,
Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Sinhalese, Vietnamese, Urdu and Yiddish.
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. For more information or to sign up, contact Sara Badii.
The Alliance for Children's Rights to Honor Southwestern Trustee John Schulman
November 13, 2006, The Alliance for Children's Rights will award their
prestigious Champion for Children Award to Southwestern Trustee John
Schulman and his wife Toni. Dedicated and remarkable individuals, the
Schulmans have been personally involved with the Alliance since it was
established 14 years ago. "They are an incredible duo, passionate about
helping kids and inspiring everyone around them to do the same," says
Dennis Codon '77, Alliance board member, partner at Robins, Kaplan,
Miller & Ciresi LLP and Chair of the Southwestern Board of
Trustees. "In the midst of their busy lives, they find time to ensure
that the children we serve continue to have a voice."
and the Alliance have more in common than the benefit of John
Schulman's support. Students have put their skills to practice at
Alliance adoption days as a component of our "Children in the Law"
class taught by Commissioner Amy Pellman, a member of Southwestern's
adjunct faculty and the former Legal Director at the Alliance.
Southwestern is also collaborating with the Alliance on "Street Law," a
clinical externship in which students teach a 10-week course of
law-related critical life skills to youth in the Los Angeles
dependency, delinquency and special education systems. And, in addition
to Codon and Schulman, Southwestern trustees Daniel Petrocelli ' 80 and
James Coufos are members of the Alliance board.
One of the most
respected attorneys in the entertainment industry today, John Schulman
serves as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Warner
Bros., in charge of all of Warner Bros.' legal needs from negotiations
to litigation. More.
Judge Ronald S. W. Lew '71 to be Honored
Southwestern Law School and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
will salute Judge Ronald S.W. Lew as he takes senior status. To honor his
24 years of service on the bench, the law school and the association will host
a dinner at the Empress Pavilion Restaurant in Los Angeles at 6:30 p.m. on
A 1971 alumnus and member of the Southwestern Board of Trustees
since 1995, Judge Lew became the first Chinese American to be appointed to
the U.S. District Court in the continental United States when President
Reagan selected him in 1987. He helped establish the Chinatown Service
Center, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Southern California
Chinese Lawyers Association and has received numerous awards and recognition.
Judge Lew's bio can be found in the Alumni Profiles section.
For more information on the dinner, contact the Development Office.
PROFESSOR JAMES KUSHNER
PROFESSOR ROBERT LUTZ
- HEALTHY CITIES - THE INTERSECTION OF URBAN PLANNING, LAW AND HEALTH
(Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming)
PROFESSOR AUSTEN PARRISH
- Appointed, Chairperson, ABA GATS Task Force
- Re-Elected, Board of Directors, Dispute Resolution Services
- Elected, Member, Chancery Club (composed of "distinguished
lawyers who are active in professional, civic and philanthropic activities")
- Lecturer, NAFTA and Dispute Resolution, NAFTA Summer
Law Program, California Western School of Law, San Diego
- Presentation, U.S. International Dispute Resolution Development,
2005-2006, NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee Meeting, Moriela
(as Chair of the Legal Issues Subcommittee)
- Organizer, "Asian Summit for Bar Leaders on Legal Services;" Organizer, "European
Summit for Bar Leaders on Legal Services;" Participant, ABA-Africa
Legal Initiatives Council Meeting; Participant, American Bar Foundation
Fellows' Advisory Research Committee Meeting; and Participant as
Council Member, Section of International Law Meeting, ABA Annual
Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii
PROFESSOR ROBERT PUGSLEY
- Changing Territoriality, Fading Sovereignty, and the Development
of Indigenous Rights, AMERICAN INDIAN LAW REVIEW (forthcoming)
- Quoted in "Unwanted: A Global Pollution Policeman," Financial
- Interviewed regarding Proposition 64 and Changes to California's
Unfair Competition Law in the context of an animal rights lawsuit,
- Interviewed about the potential implications and ramifications
of a U.S. District Court's (Eastern District of Michigan) ruling
that the Executive Branch's Terrorist Surveillance Program is unconstitutional
and illegal, "Air Talk, KPCC and "Dateline Washington," Radio
Committee Created to Enhance Student Life at Southwestern
Garth has created an Ad Hoc Student Enhancement Committee whose purpose
is to identify innovative ways to enhance student life at Southwestern,
and to suggest new methods for expanding student counseling (re:
financial, career and law student life and studies concerns). The
members of the committee are Professors Paul Bateman, Alan Calnan,
Janine Kim, Robert Lutz, Catherine Watson and Linda Whisman; Dean
Bryant Garth; Assistant Deans Gary Greener, Doreen Heyer and Jane
Powell; Janice Manis, Director of Administrative Services; and Robert
Mena, Assistant Director of Student Affairs.
Student input is
vital to the Committee's work, and students who are interested in
serving on the Committee are encouraged to contact SBA President Greg Mohrman
to be considered. In addition, a special email address
(email@example.com) has been set up for students and others
to submit their own suggestions regarding ways to improve student life
at Southwestern. For more information about the Committee, contact
Robert Mena in the Student Affairs Office.
WebAdvisor Allows Students to "Search
Southwestern's WebAdvisor Implementation Team is excited to announce
the next step towards online registration - Southwestern students
can now "Search for Sections" for the current academic
Students should still complete a Student Action Report in the
Registration Office to add or drop courses; however, through the
for Sections" feature, students can view course availability
in real time online to check whether a section is still open or has
WebAdvisor provides the following features for Southwestern
note that in November 2006, students will be able to add and drop
classes using WebAdvisor, and it is planned to have full online
registration available for the 2007-2008 academic year. Look for more
information as it becomes available, and check your Southwestern email
account for updates. WebAdvisor may be visited through the link in the Online Portal or directly at https://webadvisor.swlaw.edu/ WebAdvisor/WebAdvisor.
- All grades for terms completed can be accessed.
- Grades will be available in real time as they are entered by
the Registration and Records Office so that you will not have to
wait for the 7:00 p.m. data push.
- An unofficial web-version of your transcript is available.
- Your course schedules for past and current semesters can be accessed.
- Updates to your address and phone number can be submitted online.
- Available courses for the current academic year can be viewed.
Southwestern a "Top 10" Law School for Hispanic Students
Hispanic Business Magazine
has named Southwestern on its 2006 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. Others on the list
include Florida State University, Stanford, University of Arizona,
UCLA, University of Connecticut, University of Florida, University
of Miami, University of New Mexico, and University of Texas at Austin.
Flu Shots Available On Campus
The Southern California Medical Group will be on campus administering
the flu vaccination on Thursday, October 5 between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
There is a $25 charge per shot, which can be paid by cash or check at
the time of the vaccination. For more information or to sign up, visit
the Office of Administrative Services.
2006-2007 Security Workshops
October 18 - Emergency Preparedness
November 15 - Online Shopping/ATM Safety
December 6 - Holiday Safety
January 17 - Apartment and Residential Safety
February 14 - Drug and Alcohol Abuse
March 14 - Sexual Assault Prevention
April 18 - Fraud and Identity Theft
May 2 - Personal Safety
June 27 - Keeping Kids Safe
All security workshops are held on the Westmoreland Steps at 12:30
& 5pm. Southwestern's 2006 Campus Safety and Security brochure is
now available online
. Copies are also available in the Office of Administrative Services
Abel Contrerez, Student Services Assistant, Financial Aid - Abel
earned his B.A. degree in History of Art and Architecture from the
University of California, Santa Barbara. While attending school, he
interned at the Santa Barbara Art Mueseum and subsequently worked at
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Petersen Automotive
Museum, providing customer service and membership coordination.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Q: What is your favorite memory of your own law school experience?
A: Seeing my first note published in the law review.
Q: At what point, and how, did you determine what area of law you wanted
A: In the first semester of my third year, the Associate Dean of my law
school [Northwestern University] suggested that I might get a fellowship in a graduate law program
in criminal defense.
Q: What was one of your most gratifying moments while practicing law?
A: When the jury returned a not guilty verdict in my first criminal jury
trial as a public defender.
Q: Why did you decide to leave practice to teach law?
A: When my most revered law professor made me an offer that I could not refuse.
Q: How do you think your litigation background helps you in the classroom?
A: In the classes I teach it is invaluable as it relates to the content
of the courses. In terms of my ability to speak before an audience,
it was a great foundational experience.
Q: What is the most important thing that you hope your students will get
out of taking your classes?
A: That they can master the subject with hard work and preparation.
Q: How has technology changed the way you teach?
A: I have always tried to get the materials to the students in the most
efficient way possible. Ditto machines were replaced by copiers,
copiers by overheads, overheads by computer generated images, and now
and podcasting permits streaming on line. I think I teach the same,
but the material gets delivered more readily and widely.
Q: How are law students today different from law students 10 or 15 years
A: They are worldlier, and perhaps more traveled, but otherwise not much
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching at Southwestern?
A: The physical environment is unmatchable; but also there always has
been a sense of "can do" at Southwestern. In the past year,
that sense has increased noticeably.
Q: What is your favorite law themed novel or movie?
A: It is a toss-up between "My Cousin Vinny" and "Legally
Blonde." I recently watched both of them again. For the umpteenth
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Cooking, photography, poker, using technology.
Q: If you could not fail, what would you do?
A: Be a TV news anchor.
"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?
This Month - Amber Acuna, Second-year Full-time Day Student
Amber Acuna leapt at the chance to help her stepfather, a high school
teacher, when he chaperoned educational trips throughout Western Europe.
As she spent summers touring the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, the United
Kingdom, and Germany, she repeatedly saw the United States' influence on
"The world is a big place, but it's also kind of small," said
Acuna, a second-year day student at Southwestern. "You can see how
American pop culture, entertainment, music and movies affect people overseas."
initially majored in psychology at San Francisco State University, but
then she took an Introduction to World Affairs course that piqued her
interest in international relations, which eventually made her want to
go to law school. The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks fed her desire to
learn more about the Middle East and American Foreign Policy, and the Orange
County native found Southwestern a perfect fit for her interests in global
The oldest of four daughters and a fifth generation American
whose family lineage combines Portuguese, Irish, French, Mexican, and Spanish
Acuna, 24, isn't just the first in her family to go to law school; she's
the first to graduate from college.
In addition to working part time in
Southwestern's Development Office, Acuna is active in student organizations. As
director of Club Activities & Ethnic Affairs
for the SBA, she's in charge of the Cultural Food Fair, which will be
held on the Westmoreland Promenade on Wednesday, October 11. She's also
board for the Women's Law Association and she looks forward to the speakers
who talk about issues that she considers important for her future, such
as balancing work and family.
"My number one goal with these groups is to increase student involvement
with all things extracurricular around campus," she said. "All
of our classmates are our future colleagues and getting to know them
now creates a feeling of community and belonging, which we'll hopefully
on during our careers."
During the summer, Acuna externed for the Los Angeles City Attorney's
Office, Criminal Division (Pacific Branch) where she got a lot of experience
interviewing witnesses and observing prosecutors at work. She sat in
on jury selections and was quite flattered that lawyers asked for her
She also met a lot of Southwestern alumni, who she says are really supportive. "They
all give you advice and it's a close community."
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
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
||21 A Conversation with... Jamie Gold, 7:30 p.m., Louis XVI Room
22 Rosh Hashanah - No Evening Classes
23 Rosh Hashanah - No Classes
27 Bar Review Days, Promenade
||2 Yom Kippur - No Classes
9 Law Review Symposium - "After the J.D." Project and Urban Legal Careers
12 Law Journal Alumni-Student Networking Event, 6 p.m.
17 Workshop: Career Services for 1L Students, 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m., W311
21 Parents and Partners Day
Videogame Law Conference
24 Dean Garth presents the LSSSE Survey Results, 12:30 & 5 p.m.
27 Law Review Symposium - "The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1966-2006: Text and Context"
29 Southwestern Alumni Association's "A Day at the Races"
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