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Southwestern Reporter

Spring 2012, Number 1

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

A number of practitioners and experts in a variety of fields have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty for the 2012-2013 academic year.



James Goldstein, Supervisory Investigator in the Los Angeles Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), will co-teach Employee Benefits Law (ERISA) with Professor Dina Yadegarian during the 2012 Summer Session. Professor Goldstein joined the U.S. Department of Labor in 2002 as a senior investigator with the EBSA and trial attorney with the Office of the Regional Solicitor of Labor before joining the L.A. Office. He has conducted and supervised large civil and criminal financial investigations, and received the Secretary's Exceptional Achievement Award for his work. He also developed an in-house fiduciary training course on Title I of ERISA which is used to train new investigators, and is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences sponsored by professional organizations in the field of employee benefits law. Prior to joining the Department, he developed and ran a benefits advocacy program for a regional AIDS service organization, was an associate with a law firm in Washington, D.C. that focused solely on multi-employer plan benefits, and was in-house counsel for a large technology corporation where he focused on legal compliance related to their health and welfare benefits programs. He earned his bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. degree with honors from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Dr. Edward C. Stark, a partner in the law firm of Cron, Israels & Stark, will teach Medical Malpractice during the 2012 Summer Session. His practice has centered around civil litigation, primarily in the fields of business litigation and major tort litigation, in areas such as medical malpractice and personal injury. Dr. Stark has served as a Commissioner for the California State Advisory Commission on Franchises as well as for the California State Senate Advisory Commission on Malpractice Insurance. He was also a member of the California Committee of Bar Examiners, where he served as Chair of the Examinations Subcommittee for two of the four years, and was Vice Chair of the Committee during his last year serving. Dr. Stark earned his Ph.D. in in Organic Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and was a former chemist and Chemistry Professor who authored a college level chemistry textbook, Essential Chemistry, used extensively by Universities in the U.S. and U.K. He has previously taught Medical Malpractice and Torts at Glendale University School of Law, Pacific Coast University School of Law and the University of West Los Angeles, where he also services as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Prior to earning his doctorate, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Chemistry from the City College of New York and his J.D. from Southwestern.

David Stelzer, Vice President/General Counsel of SouthPeak Interactive, Corp., will teach Video Game Law during the 2012 Summer Session. As the head of legal for a corporation that develops and publishes interactive entertainment software for all current hardware platforms, Professor Stelzer deals with technology transactions involving interactive entertainment software, licensing of intellectual property, and all commercial transactions. In addition, he deals with all aspects of the video game industry, including licensing, distribution, intellectual property, commercial transactions, corporate governance and policy, insurance and claims management, employment law, labor relations, and human resources, and public company filings. He joined SouthPeak Interactive after serving as Director of Legal and Corporate Secretary for Sega. Prior to that, he worked in various areas in the field of entertainment law, including a stint in private practice. He earned his B.A. degree in Radio, TV, Film Production from California State University Northridge and his J.D. degree from Western State University College of Law.

Dina Yadegarian, Senior Investigator in the Los Angeles Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), will co-teach Employee Benefits Law (ERISA) with Professor James Goldstein during the 2012 Summer Session. Since she joined the office in 2007, Professor Yadegarian has worked a variety of complex civil and criminal cases, and is currently the team leader and project coordinator for the Los Angeles Region's health plan investigations. In that role, she is responsible for training the regional office staff on the new health care legislation, and creating plans and other tools for conducting health plan investigations. She also assists with the office's recruiting efforts, and helps train and mentor new investigators. She earned her bachelor's degrees, magna cum laude, in Political Science and Communications from the University of Southern California, and her J.D. degree and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine. While in law school, she was a judicial extern to the Honorable Alice Altoon and the Honorable David Wesley '72 of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and the Honorable Kathleen Thompson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

FALL 2012

Harold A. Flegelman, Partner and Co-Chair of the Corporate Media and Entertainment Practice Group with Loeb & Loeb LLP, will teach Business Transactions: Art of the Deal during the Fall 2012 Semester. His corporate and business practice includes mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, venture capital, debt and equity financings, restructurings, business planning, executive employment arrangements and general corporate representation. He has worked with both domestic and internationally based private and publicly held companies, advising them in all matters relating to corporate governance and management, as well as compliance with the regulations of governmental agencies, including those of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. His clients include traditional companies and emerging growth enterprises in the entertainment, media and advertising industries, and he frequently represents businesses seeking strategic acquisitions, partnerships and investments, and often provides assistance in introducing private equity sources to both start-up and more mature ventures. Professor Flegelman is also a prolific speaker and was named in “The Legal 500 US” in Media, Technology and Telecoms: Film, Music and TV and Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts by Legalease Limited as well as one of the "Leading Lawyers in America" by the Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers Guide. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Yale and his J.D. from Georgetown, where he was Associate Editor of The Tax Lawyer.

Ruhi Kumar, an Associate with the law firm of Grace and Grace LLP, will co-teach the Law Journal Seminar with Professor Silvia Faerman during the Fall 2012 Semester. In her practice, where she handles Trademark Prosecution, IP Litigation and Licensing, Professor Kumar manages national and international trademark portfolios, and represents clients in trademark and copyright clearance and registration matters before the United States Patent and Trademark and Copyright Offices. Prior to her current position, she practiced Patent and Trademark Litigation with the firms Knobbe Martens Olsen & Bear LLP in Irvine and Howrey LLP in Irvine and San Francisco. She has previously taught Lawyering Skills as well as Legal Writing and Advocacy at USC Law School and University of California, Irvine School of Law. She earned her B.S. degree in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was Associate Editor of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.


Kevin G. Monroe, Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Relativity Media, LLC, will teach Motion Picture Marketing and Distribution during the Fall 2012 Semester. In his position, he negotiates and drafts agreements for the acquisition and distribution of motion pictures, intellectual property rights and talent services for both development and production. He also works daily with the President of Distribution and the President of Marketing in connection with the company's marketing and distribution efforts, including exhibitor relations, talent restrictions, credit obligations, MPAA title and rating concerns, national and field publicity, sweepstakes, commercial tie-ins, motion picture websites and other digital efforts, domestic distribution operations/print control, and theatre collections and auditing efforts. In addition, he drafts and negotiates research and media buying agreements and clip licenses; coordinates with outside counsel on legal issues, including legal clearance of motion picture content, guild compliance, trademark, copyright, defamation, and right of privacy and publicity matters; coordinates and monitors the digital anti-piracy, content protection and security monitoring efforts for movie trailers and released pictures; and reviews delivery requirements (and related materials), talent residual obligations, chain-of-title, and holdback rights for motion pictures; among other matters. Prior to joining Relativity Media, he served in business and legal capacities at Overture Films and the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group as well as in private practice in the fields of entertainment and business law. He earned both his B.A. degree in Political Science and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Howard University, where he was Articles Editor for the Howard Law Journal.


Hon. Daniel J. Buckley, a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, will teach California Civil Procedure during the Spring 2013 Semester. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis and won re-election unopposed in 2010. He is a member of the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch. He has also served as a Lecturer in Law at USC Law School and prior to taking the bench, Judge Buckley was a partner with the law firm of Breidenbach, Buckley, Huchting & Hamblet, where he handled civil cases for over 20 years. He earned his B.A. degree with honors and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Kimberley Baker Guillemet, a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, will teach Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating during the Spring 2013 Semester. In her current position, she represents several state client agencies in different phases of civil and administrative litigation; advises investigators and representatives of state regulatory agencies on legal issues; and prepares a variety of legal research assignments in the areas of criminal law, licensing law, civil procedure and administrative procedure. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she worked in the Youth Advocacy Unit of Disability Rights California (formerly Protection & Advocacy, Inc.), where she became well versed in the areas of special education law and mental health law, and often conducted trainings for legal professionals, community members and youth in those areas of the law. She has previously worked with Southwestern students through the Bar Advantage Program and has served as an Associate Professor with the University of Phoenix, teaching Legal Ethics and Advocacy and Mediation. She is a prolific speaker and has authored numerous educational publications and training manuals. She earned her bachelor's degrees in English Literature and History from Stanford and her J.D. from USC Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Review of Law and Women's Studies.

Vanessa M. Terzian, a Personal Family Lawyer in private practice, will be teaching Wills and Trusts during the Spring 2013 Semester. Through her practice, she helps families in estate and tax planning, asset protection, elder law, kids protection planning, and probate and trust administration. She also draws on her real estate and business background as a Trust Administrator for Wells Fargo, where she worked closely with clients, portfolio managers, beneficiaries and other attorneys on various issues of estate planning. She is a certified Personal Family Lawyer, a member of the Family Wealth Planning Institute, and has conducted seminars throughout her legal career on various topics of estate planning, including kids protection planning, special needs planning, Medi-Cal planning, advanced tax planning and asset protection for individuals and small businesses. She earned her bachelor's degree magna cum laude in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and her J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Norman R. Van Treeck, a registered patent attorney and Partner with the law firm of Sheldon Mak & Anderson, will be teaching Patent Preparation and Prosecution during the Spring 2013 Semester. His practice incorporates his computer science and electronics experience to service his high-tech intellectual property clientele, where he advises clients - ranging from startup ventures to Fortune 500 corporations - on protecting their Internet and technology-related businesses. He also works closely with sole inventors and in-house counsel to develop effective intellectual property strategies. Prior to earning his law degree, Professor Van Treeck's technical expertise was developed as Chief Fire Control Technician in the U.S. Navy, where he specialized in computer hardware, radar systems, microwave systems and advanced electronics, and in various positions utilizing his programming skills and experience designing network architecture, including a stint as Vice President of Systems and Network Engineering for a Los Angeles-based Internet company. He earned his A.A. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University, his B.S. in Computer Science from Mesa State College and his J.D. with Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Whittier Law School.


  • Elected, Chair, AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2012 AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Re-elected, Executive Committee, AALS Section on Litigation, 2012 AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Organizer and Panel Moderator, "CERCLA - Private Enforcement," CERCLA and the Future of Liability-Based Environmental Regulation, Southwestern Law Review Symposium
  • The Roots of Removal, 77 BROOKLYN LAW REVIEW 1 (2011)
  • What's Prologue is Past: The Present of International Labor Law Predicts the Past of U.S. Labor Law, 18 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 145 (2011)
  • The Islamic Legal System in Indonesia, 21 PACIFIC RIM LAW AND POLICY JOURNAL 13 (with R. Feener; 2012)
  • Guest Editor, 21 PACIFIC RIM LAW AND POLICY JOURNAL (with R. Feener and C. Lombardi; issue on "Islamic Law and Islamic Legal Professionals in Southeast Asia")
  • Lecture, "Sacred and Secular in Indonesian Constitutional Adjudication," Center for the Study of Law and Policy, Jentera School of Law, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Profiled in Jakarta Post (Indonesian English language daily newspaper)
  • Presenter, "On Site as AALS Reporter," AALS Annual Conference, Washington, DC
  • Presenter, "When Worlds Collide: Keeping the Planets Aligned During Times of Opportunity and Change for Law Schools and Law Libraries," AALS Committee on Law Libraries and Technology, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Participant, Curriculum Committee Meeting, Publications Committee Meeting, and Standards Review Committee Meeting, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Washington, DC
  • Participant, Finance Committee Meeting, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Participant, Foreign Programs Committee Meeting, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Chicago, IL
  • Explaining the Persistent Myth of Property Absolutism in THE PUBLIC NATURE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY (R. Malloy & M. Diamond eds.; Ashgate Press, 2011)
  • Costly Intellectual Property, 64 VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW (with J. Masur; forthcoming 2012)
  • Talk Derby to Me: Emergent Property Norms Governing Roller Derby Pseudonyms, 90 TEXAS LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2012)
  • Panelist, "Are Law Schools in Crisis? The New York Times Debate and its Discontents," Global Legal Education Forum, Harvard SJD Association, Harvard Law School
  • Panelist, "Organizing and Financing Legal Education," AALS Workshop on the Future of the Legal Profession and Legal Education, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Presenter, "Social Capital and Legal Capital: A Perspective on Asian Legal Developments," University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Contract Law Now - Reality Meets Legal Fictions, 41 UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE LAW REVIEW 1 (2011)
  • Cross-Purposes and Unintended Consequences: Karl Llewellyn, Article 2, and the Limits of Social Transformation, 12 NEVADA LAW JOURNAL 54 (2011)
  • Reforming Approaches to Educating Transnational Lawyers: Observations from America, 61 JOURNAL OF LEGAL EDUCATION 449 (2012)
  • The Future of International Law and An Essay Concerning the Changing International Legal Profession, 18 SOUTHWESTERN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 215 (2011)
  • Delegate, International Legal Exchange with the Legal Profession, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Organizer and Speaker, "Scholarship Around the World," ABA Section of International Law Fall Conference, Dublin, Ireland
  • Speaker, ABA Center of Human Rights' Proposal to Endorse UN Council of Human Rights' "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Principles, ABA Section of International Law's Council Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Speaker, "Ethics 20/20," ABA Section of International Law's Council Meeting, ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Council Meeting, National Caucus of State Bar Delegations, and California Caucus Delegation of State Bar Representatives, New Orleans, LA
  • Speaker, "Regulation: Self-management of Accountability," Lyon, France
  • Presenter, "Outsourcing," ABA-North Ireland Law Conference
  • Participant, ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Participant, "North American Security Workshop," North American Consortium of Legal Education (NACLE)
  • Participant, Private Commercial Dispute Resolution, NAFTA Advisory Committee Meeting, U.S. State Department, Washington, DC
  • Participant, Professional Services Regulation, U.S. Trade Representative Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Leader, "Lawyer Advertising," Inns of Court Program
  • Reappointed, List/Roster, Neutral Arbitrators, International Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Framing Context, Anonymous Internet Speech, and Intent: New Uncertainty About the Constitutional Test for True Threats, 41 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 43 (2011)
  • Speaker, "Blind Mules: New Data on the Border Smuggling Industry," Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Winter Convention, Phoenix, AZ
  • Quoted in "George Zimmerman 911 call: What the fallout is from botched editing," Christian Science Monitor

  • Organizer and Speaker, Our Courts and the World: Transnational Litigation and Civil Procedure, Southwestern Law Journal Symposium
  • Quoted in "Why California's chief justice is taking on the Legislature," and "Lesson in UCLA error: Make sure that acceptance letter is for real," Christian Science Monitor
  • EVIDENCE IN A NUTSHELL, 6th ed. (with D. Crump and P. Rothstein; West, December 2011)
  • Critique, Paper on Criminalization of Elder Abuse from a Domestic Violence Perspective, Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network Conference, George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC
  • Speaker, "The Importance of the Pretrial Process in Reducing Mass Incarceration and Protecting the Innocent," Criminal Justice Section Panel, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Pulling the Ladder up Behind You: Feminism and Family, 9 ISSUES IN LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP 1143 (2011)
  • Panelist, "Teaching How We Teach," Section on New Law Professors, AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • War and Peace as States of Mind in WHY PEACE (Marc Guttman, ed.; 2012)
  • Recipient, Administration of Justice Award from the U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court Fellows Dinner
  • Quoted in "Drug maker to pay $285 million to settle hepatitis lawsuits," Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Elected President, Board of Directors, Musica Intima, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • INFRINGEMENT NATION: COPYRIGHT 2.0 AND YOU (Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • Parchment, Pixels and Personhood: Users Rights and the IP (Identity Politics) of IP (Intellectual Property), 82 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO LAW REVIEW 1 (2011)
  • Presenter, "Remedying Copyblight," Copyright and Creativity: Perspectives on Originality, Authorship, and Expression, Annual Symposium of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, Vanderbilt University School of Law
  • Presenter, "Patent Monetization," Utah State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Presenter, "IP and the iPhone: Balancing the Interests of Users and Intellectual Property Rights Holders in a Mobile Era," 29th Annual Law Review Symposium: The Law of the Smart Phone, Center for Intellectual Property Law and the Whittier Law Review, Whittier Law School
  • Presenter, "Whitewashed," Distinguished Speaker Series, University of Toledo School of Law, Toledo, OH
  • Presenter, "Racial Profiling, Race Discrimination and the Trope of Colorblindness," 3rd Annual Southwest Criminal Law Conference, University of California, Irvine School of Law and Chapman University School of Law, Orange, CA
  • Presenter, "Derivatives 2.0," 11th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, DePaul University College of Law, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology, Chicago, IL
  • Quoted in "Special Education Lawsuits Against Riverside Unified School District Highlight ‘Fish' Practices," California Watch, reprinted in The Huffington Post
  • Elected, Board of Directors, Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)


  • Named Southern California "Super Lawyer," Law & Politics Magazine
  • Named "Top San Gabriel Valley Lawyer," Pasadena Magazine
  • Panelist, "Creating a Great TV Series - From Idea to Development to Production," Inside Track: A Series of TV and Film Panels, University of Arizona's Hanson Film Institute and the Tucson Film Office, Tucson, AZ
  • A Child-Centered Response To The Elkins Family Law Task Force, 20 WILLIAM AND MARY BILL OF RIGHTS JOURNAL 81 (with R. Jacobs and D. Reiner; October 2011)


  • Appointed Chair, NALP Communications Advisory Group
  • Appointed Member, NALP Task Force on Reporting Employment Outcomes
  • Panelist, "Is Your CSO Spending Too Much Time in Statistical H@##?: Tips and Tricks for Surviving the Survey Struggle," NALP Annual Education Conference, Austin, TX
  • Moderator, "Strategies for Sanity: Survival Skills for Meeting the Communications Needs of Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Development, the Dean and Everyone Else!" AALS Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

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