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Southwestern Reporter

Spring 2011, Number 2

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

A number of practitioners and experts in a variety of fields have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty.

Robert F. Kayne
Robert F. Kayne, the Deputy-in-Charge for the San Fernando Public Defenders Office, will teach SCALE II Trial Advocacy Spring 2012. In his position, Professor Kayne supervises attorneys in the Misdemeanor Division. He also earned a coveted training position, teaching new attorneys how to conduct jury trials in multiple areas of criminal law and practice for application to their cases and respective jury trials. He has performed over 50 jury trials himself, representing the defense of some of the most difficult and complex felony cases, as well as numerous felony preliminary hearings, motions and juvenile adjudications. He was previously a law clerk to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Criminal Division; Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Juvenile Division; and Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office. He earned his B.A., cum laude, in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Judge Stan Blumenfeld
Judge Stan Blumenfeld, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, will teach Constitutional Criminal Procedure this summer. Judge Blumenfeld is assigned to a felony criminal court in Pasadena where he presides over a criminal calendar, including pretrial, trial and post-trial matters, and periodically presides over civil law-and-motion and trial matters. He is also an adjunct professor at USC Law School, where he teaches remedies. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Blumenfeld was a partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division for the Central District of California, where he tried cases in district court and argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as co-General Counsel for the Governor's Advisory Panel on Hate Groups, chaired by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former Governor George Deukmejian. He earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his M.A. from New York University and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.  Following law school, he clerked for Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Hadley Van Vactor
Hadley Van Vactor, Of Counsel with the law firm of Solomon, Saltzman & Jamieson LLP, will teach Introduction to Legal Writing this summer. Also an Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing and Advocacy at USC Law School, Professor Van Vactor specializes in the complex legal issues related to civil litigation, administrative law, constitutional law, contracts, and Indian Gaming. She was previously a Staff Attorney at the California Women's Law Center; an Associate at Sidley Austin, LLP, where her practice focused on corporate reorganization and bankruptcy; and worked with both the National Office of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Office of the General Counsel at the New York State Department of Insurance. She earned her B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University and her J.D. from New York University.



  • Panelist, "Tribalism or Customary Practices of the EDTX?" Symposium on Emerging Intellectual Property Issues: Eastern District of Texas and Patents, Southern Methodist University College of Law, Dallas, TX
  • Enabling the Federal Rules, 44 CREIGHTON LAW REVIEW 7 (Symposium Issue; 2011)
  • Speaker, "Hot Issues Surrounding Executive Compensation," Corporate Counsel Summit, Hollywood, FL
  • Moderator, "Concussions, Law and Amateur Sports: Implications of Emerging Medical Science for the Regulation of Student Athlete Safety," Collegiate Sports Law Symposium: The Business of Amateur Sports, Southwestern
  • Presenter, "Talk Derby to Me: Emergent Intellectual Property Norms Governing Roller Derby Pseudonyms," 4th Annual Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property Workshop, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI
  • Speaker, "How Should Lawyers Handle the Receipt of Possibly Privileged information that has been Probably Unintentionally Disclosed?" 2011 Symposium on Legal Malpractice, St Mary's Law School, San Antonio, TX
  • Panelist, "The Disappearing Attorney-Client and Work Product Privileges in Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation: Finding Balance on the Shifting Sands of Insurance Coverage," ABA Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Phoenix, AZ
  • Panelist, "How to Avoid Ethics Violations as Insurance Carrier Selected Defense Counsel," Construction Litigation Leaders' Forum, Marina Del Ray, CA
  • Presentation, "Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyers in the Shadow of Empire," University of Toronto Munk Institute of Global Affairs, Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Asian Institute, Toronto
  • Plenary participant, "The Changing Nature of the 21st Century Law Faculty," ABA Dean's Workshop, San Diego, CA
  • Moderator, "People's Hearing to Defend Religious Freedom," American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Organizer, Collegiate Sports Law Symposium: The Business of Amateur Sports, Southwestern
  • Speaker, ABA Human Rights Summit on Corporate Responsibility, Washington, DC
  • Speaker, "Issues Related to the Regulation of Foreign Lawyers," ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services, Washington, DC
  • Speaker/Organizer, "Accrediting Foreign Law School and Qualifying Foreign Lawyers for the Bar," ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Presenter, "The Education of Foreign Lawyers," "Accrediting Foreign Law Schools," and "The UN Human Rights Council's Consideration of Corporate Responsibility," ABA Section of International Law Council Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Roundtable Discussion/Speaker, "The Impacts of Globalization and Technology on the Practice of Law, ABA Commission of Ethics 20/20 Deliberation Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Speaker, "Transatlantic Deals and Disputes," ABA-German Bar Association 2nd Annual Conference, Munich, Germany
  • Appointed, Arbitration Roster for NAFTA Chapter 19 Disputes (anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases)
  • Interviewed regarding "Export of Legal Services," BNA's Executive Reports (Paris)
  • The Police-Prosecutor Relationship and the No-Contact Rule: Conflicting Incentives After Montejo v. Louisiana and Maryland v. Shatzer, 58 CLEVELAND STATE LAW REVIEW 747 (2011)
  • Presenter and Panelist, "Law, Profit and Disaster: A Historical Analysis," Risk Assessment & Regulatory Process for Potential Disasters Panel, Environmental & Energy Law & Policy Journal Seventh Annual Symposium, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX
  • Recent Developments in Education Law in DEVELOPMENTS IN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND REGULATORY PRACTICE 2010 (J.S. Lubbers, ed.; American Bar Association Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, 2010)
  • The Origin and Civil Law Foundation of the Community Property System; Why California Adopted it; and Why Community Property Principles Benefit Women, 11 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND LAW JOURNAL OF RACE, RELIGION GENDER AND CLASS 239 (June 2011)
  • Reappointed Chair, Education Committee 2011-2012, ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
  • Speaker, "Early Irish Marital Property Law," American Conference of Irish Studies, Savannah, GA

  • Rehabilitating Territoriality in Human Rights, 31 CARDOZO LAW REVIEW 1099 (2011)
  • Presenter, "Harmony and Dissonance in International Law," American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Quoted in "Man facing sex charges marries alleged victim," Orange County Register
  • Distrusting Young Children Who Allege Sexual Abuse: Why Stereotypes Don't Die and Ways to Facilitate Child Testimony, 15 WIDENER LAW REVIEW 239 (2010)
  • Co-Chair and Contributor, Policy Development for Forensic Science Task Force, ABA Criminal Justice Section
  • Faculty Observer, Training Institute on Best Practices for Lawyers Assisting Pro Se Victims of Domestic Violation, ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, Las Vegas, NV
  • Panelist, "Clara Foltz and the Role of the Public Defender," Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the California Supreme Court Historical Society, Los Angeles
  • Panelist, Prescription for Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Section Conference, Fordham Law School, New York
  • Participant, ABA Commission on Domestic Violence Meeting, Atlanta, GA
  • Participant, ALI Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Participant, Criminal Justice Section Magazine Board Winter Meeting, Washington DC
  • Participant, Judicial Training Sessions, Incarcerated Parents Working Group, Los Angeles Dependency Court
  • Quoted regarding issues concerning hearsay and the Confrontation Clause related to child witnesses, BNA Criminal Law Reporter
  • Quoted regarding jailhouse informants, The Orlando Sentinel
  • Confronting Difference and Finding Common Ground, 34 SEATTLE UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 725 (2011)
  • Assault and Battery on Property, 44 LOYOLA OF LOS ANGELES LAW REVIEW 253 (2010)
  • Speaker, "Boundaries of Order," Freedom Chamber, Van Dyke Auditorium, Long Beach, CA
  • Interviewed regarding BOUNDARIES OF ORDER, GCN Radio Network
  • Interviewed, "Declare Your Independence" with Ernest Hancock (radio), Phoenix, AZ
  • Chair, ABA/AALS Site Visit, University of Connecticut  School of Law, Hartford, CT
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVOCACY (with R. Colker; LexisNexis Publishing, 2011)
  • Panelist, "The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the U.S.," Society of American Law Teachers 13th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat, San Francisco, CA
  • Panelist, "Challenging the Use of Aversives," Keeping the Needs of Students with Disabilities on the Agenda: Current Issues in Special Education Advocacy, Washington College of Law at American University, Washington DC
  • Co-Moderator, "How and Why Do You Apply the Sufficiency Standard?" and "To Ask or Not to Ask - What is Your Job as a Hearing Officer?" National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary Annual Conference, Malibu, CA
  • "Advocacy Tips for School Discipline Proceedings," Los Angeles Daily Journal


  • Chair, Communications Advisory Group, NALP
  • Member, NALP, Task Force on "Law School Transparency," NALP
  • Panelist, How to Find a Job in the Midst of an Economic Downturn III: Better Days Ahead, LACBA Barristers and Legal Professions Committee, Los Angeles


  • Moderator, "The BCS and Competition: An Antitrust Analysis of College Football's Bowl Championship Series," Collegiate Sports Law Symposium: The Business of Amateur Sports, Southwestern

ABA - American Bar Association
- Association of American Law Schools
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- National Association for Law Placement

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