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Southwestern Reporter

September 2006

Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) to be Discussed at Special Forum with Dean Garth

Did 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.

LSSSE
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.

The survey poses questions regarding how students organize their time, what they feel they've gained from their classes, their assessment of interactions with faculty, staff and peers, and their involvement in campus activities. Students complete the survey online through a secure website.

By and large, the results show that Southwestern students are significantly more satisfied than a year ago regarding the "quality of relationships with administrative staff and offices," as well as with their overall experience at the law school. Results also indicate that there is room for improvement in the general areas of advising and planning, and in the development among Southwestern students of a strong professional identity.

According to Dean Garth, who chairs the LSSSE Advisory Board, "I am optimistic that we can continue to use the survey results to understand and improve legal education and student life at Southwestern. Over this past year, we have successfully addressed many of the issues that were of concern and have begun to focus on new areas this year through a variety of avenues." He is encouraging students to come to the October 24 presentation. "Those who attend will learn quite a bit about numerous aspects of the Southwestern Community," he said.

Among the many changes implemented recently that are related to survey results as well as to faculty initiatives designed to improve the overall academic program are: curriculum, grading and attendance policy reforms; improvement of final exam procedures; the implementation of WebAdvisor; the expansion of the wireless internet network; and increased staffing in the Accounting, Computer Services, Financial Aid, Library, and Records and Registration offices.

Co-sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the LSSSE survey is designed to collect information about student behaviors and law school environments to help law faculty and administrators focus attention and resources in ways that will enhance student learning and law school effectiveness. It provides law schools with information they can use almost immediately to improve various aspects of their performance and help students get the most out of their law school experience.

The Alliance for Children's Rights to Honor Southwestern Trustee John Schulman

John Schulman
On 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."

Southwestern 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. Prior to arriving at Warner Bros. in 1984, John was a founding partner of the law firm then known as Weissman, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman & Schulman, LLP. Like Toni, John has been involved with the Alliance from its start. Of his considerable drive to help these children, John says "the kids the Alliance serves aren't responsible for their plight. They didn't put themselves in that position, and it's all of our responsibility to help them out of it." In addition to his work with the Alliance, John currently serves on the board of directors of Bet Tzedek Legal Services. He's a former member of the board of directors of California Legal Corps, the Constitutional Rights Foundation and the Youth Law Center; he is also a former member of the board of trustees of the Center for Early Education. Toni, a devoted child advocate, has tirelessly invested her time and passion in the mission of the Alliance and to vulnerable children throughout the Los Angeles community.

The Alliance for Children's Rights is the only free legal services organization in Los Angeles dedicated solely to protecting impoverished and abused children. Since its inception in 1992, the Alliance has served more than 60,000 abused and impoverished children: children living in foster care, children in need of medical treatment, children with educational challenges, and children who are waiting for legal guardianship or adoption.

For more information about The Alliance for Children's Rights or the tribute event, visit www.kids-alliance.org or contact Joni Lucarelli at 213-368-6010.


FACULTY ACTIVITIES


PROFESSOR RONALD ARONOVSKY
  • Appointed, Executive Committee, LACBA Environmental Law Section
PROFESSOR PAUL BATEMAN
  • Quoted in "Win the Game of Law School," The National Jurist (September 2006)
PROFESSOR ALAN CALNAN
  • Quoted in "DUI 'Conspiracy' Charged: Civil Suit Claims Defendants Helped Put an Alcoholic on the Road," ABA Journal eReport
PROFESSOR MARK CAMMACK
  • Changing Indonesia's Constitution: A Review Essay 81 INDONESIA 151 (2006)
PROFESSOR CATHERINE CARPENTER
  • Participant, Accreditation Committee, ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Presenter, The Chairs' Workshop on Site Evaluations, ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Chicago, Illinois
PROFESSOR MICHAEL EPSTEIN
  • Eyes Off the Prize: Copyright Clearance and the Disappearance of One of Television's Cultural Treasures, 36:3 TELEVISION QUARTERLY 12 (2006)
  • Presenter, Standards of Review of Administrative Decision Making and the Role of Deference in U.S. Telecommunications Law and Policy, U.K. Administrative Law Bar Association Conference, St. John's College of Cambridge University
PROFESSOR JAMES FISCHER
  • External Control Over the American Bar, 19 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LEGAL ETHICS 59 (Winter 2006)
DEAN BRYANT GARTH
  • Lecture "Rebuilding International Law after the 9/11 Assault," Induction Ceremony of Gregory Shaffer, Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International and Comparative Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
PROFESSOR WARREN GRIMES
  • Mentioned as one of nine antitrust scholars in an article about the proposed Wright Amendment compromise, arguing the deal is bad for competition and consumers, Fort Worth Star-Telegram (August 2006)
PROFESSOR PAUL HORWITZ
  • Or of the [Blog], 11 NEXUS: A JOURNAL OF OPINION 45 (2006)
PROFESSOR DAVID KOHLER
  • "The White House's 'nuclear option'" Commentary Series, Fulton County Daily Report (American Lawyer Media, August 2006)
  • Quoted in "Even Burning Man Must Exist Within the Legal Matrix," Los Angeles Daily Journal
PROFESSOR JAMES KUSHNER
  • HEALTHY CITIES - THE INTERSECTION OF URBAN PLANNING, LAW AND HEALTH (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming)

 


PROFESSOR ROBERT LUTZ
  • 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 AUSTEN PARRISH
  • Changing Territoriality, Fading Sovereignty, and the Development of Indigenous Rights, AMERICAN INDIAN LAW REVIEW (forthcoming)
  • Quoted in "Unwanted: A Global Pollution Policeman," Financial Times USA
  • Interviewed regarding Proposition 64 and Changes to California's Unfair Competition Law in the context of an animal rights lawsuit, NBC4-TV News
PROFESSOR ROBERT PUGSLEY
  • 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 America Network
PROFESSOR MYRNA RAEDER
  • EVIDENCE, CASES, MATERIALS AND PROBLEMS, 3rd ed. (Matthew Bender Publishing, 2005)
  • Advisory Board Member, California Forensic Science Institute
  • Board Member, Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • Meeting Participant, ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, Washington, D.C.
  • Quoted in "Doubt and DNA," ABA Journal
PROFESSOR BUTLER SHAFFER
  • Panelist, "Authority and Autonomy in the Family," Resources for Independent Thinking, Association of Libertarian Feminists, and Civil Society Institute, Santa Clara University
PROFESSOR LON SOBEL
  • Appointed Chair-Elect, ABA Forum Committee on the Entertainment & Sports Industries (appointed to a two-year term)
  • Interviewed for story about intellectual property in light of Fred Goldman's recently filed lawsuit for control of O.J. Simpson's publicity rights, NBC4-TV News
PROFESSOR BYRON STIER
  • Named Editor, Mass Tort Litigation Blog, Law Professor Blogs Network (lawprofessorblogs.com)

ADJUNCT FACULTY

PROFESSOR JEFFREY LENKOV
  • Organizer and Presenter, Dinner for former Gov. Jerry Brown (candidate for Attorney General)
  • Acknowledgement for "Littles in the Law" Program, Contributor Commemorative Book, Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization
PROFESSOR JOSHUA WATTLES
  • Quoted in "Universal May Get Publishing Unit of BMG," Los Angeles Times



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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