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Southwestern Reporter

Spring 2013, Number 2

Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty

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


Zachary Levine - Video Game Law
Zachary Levine, a founding member and managing partner of Wolk & Levine, LLP, will teach Video Game Law during the 2013 Summer Session. With a strong legal background in licensing agreements, intellectual property, domain disputes, e-commerce and gaming, his practice focuses on corporate and intellectual property law, offering both transactional and litigation services to clients ranging from small businesses to international manufacturing and distribution companies. Professor Levine is a contributing author to a variety of publications, including the E-Commerce Law Report and Cyberspace Lawyer, covering monthly topics on litigation and cloud law, as well as a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for both publications. His writing can also be seen monthly in the Los Angeles Times Business Section focusing on Homeowner Association Law, and he is a member of the Glendale Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Glendale Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel. He earned his B.S. in Economics from UC San Diego and his J.D. from Southwestern. As a member of Moot Court while at Southwestern, he participated in the John Marshall Information Technology and Privacy competition and was awarded Second Place Oralist.

David Peyman - Government Lawyer
David Peyman, a Deputy Attorney General heading the Attorney General's Mortgage Fraud Strike Force overseeing the criminal prosecution of cases in Southern California, will be teaching Government Investigation and Prosecution during the Fall 2013 Semester. In his position at the Attorney General's Office, he is in charge of the decisions to prosecute mortgage, real estate, bank fraud and tax evasion cases, and he supervises investigations and collaborations with state and federal agencies, including the FBI, United States Attorney's Office, Joint Terrorism Task Force, United States Postal Inspection Service, California Franchise Tax Board, California State Bar and California Department of Real Estate. Professor Peyman earned his B.A., summa cum laude with college honors, in Political Science from UCLA and was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award, and he earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. He previously served as a Senior Advisor for the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) Organization, advising on the sanctions and media affairs for non-partisan advocacy groups founded by Ambassador Dennis Ross, the late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey and Ambassador Mark Wallace. He was also a Trustee and Former Counsel for 30 Years After, an organization established by Iranian-American Jewish young professionals that met with the White House Administration and members of Congress to discuss U.S. policies in the Middle East.


Michael Rexford - Music Publishing Industry
Michael Rexford, counsel in the Business, Finance and Tax division of Manatt, Phelps & Philips, LLP in Los Angeles, will teach Music Publishing Industry during the 2013 Summer Session. Professor Rexford has worked with a wide range of clients, from recording artists and songwriters to producers, engineers, independent record companies, managers, music publishers and music industry executives in genres that have included rock, pop, country, hip-hop, folk, heavy metal and jazz. He has a vast range of experience in drafting agreements related to music publishing, including acquisitions, co-publishing, administration, joint ventures, and settlements. He has also advised clients in regards to production, touring, management, merchandising, copyright and corporate matters. Prior to joining Manatt, Professor Rexford was the Vice President of Business Affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group, where he handled company-wide business affairs and legal matters. He earned his B.M., cum laude, from the Berklee College of Music and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. During law school, he served as a judicial extern under Hon. Kevin M. McCarthy of the Superior Court of California.


  • Tai Chi and Qigong for the Treatment and Prevention of Mental Disorders in COMPLEMENTARY AND INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES FOR PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS (P. Muskin, et al. eds.; with H. Lavaretsky; Elsevier, 2013)
  • Big Data and Pharmacovigilance: Using Health Information Exchanges to Revolutionize Drug Safety, IOWA LAW REVIEW (Forthcoming)
  • Of Evergreening and Efficacy: the Glivec Patent Case, GESPAM (April 2013)
  • Participant, ASU Legal Scholars Conference, Tempe, AZ
  • Guest Blogger, Bill of Health, Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center
  • Introduction: The AALS ADR Section Program on the Supreme Court and the Future of Arbitration and The Supreme Court and the Future of Arbitration: Towards a Preemptive Federal Arbitration Procedural Paradigm?, 42 SOUTHWESTERN LAW REVIEW 131 (2013)
  • Organizer and Speaker, "CERCLA: What's New and What's Next in Contaminated Property Cost Recovery and Enforcement Actions," LACBA Environmental Law Symposium, Los Angeles, CA
  • Organizer and Speaker, "Writing and Teaching About 'Fixing' the Federal Arbitration Act," AALS/ABA Dispute Resolution Legal Educators Colloquium, Chicago, IL
  • Speaker, Panel on Recent U.S. Supreme Court Arbitration Law Developments, Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting, American Bar Association, Chicago, IL
  • Member, 2013 Planning Committee, AALS/ABA Dispute Resolution Legal Educators Colloquium
  • "Opinion analysis: Precertification stipulations to limit class damages are not binding," SCOTUSblog (March 2013)
  • Quoted, "New Developments in Swipe Fee Suit Against Visa, Mastercard and Co.," CardHub
  • THE RIGHT TO CIVIL DEFENSE IN TORTS (Carolina Academic Press, June 2013)
  • Presenter, "The Injustice and Inefficiency of Unsubstantiated Litigation," Association for Private Enterprise Education Conference, Maui, HI
  • Panelist, "Delivery, Innovation and Barriers," Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, American Bar Association, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
  • Workshop Facilitator (with Professor Andrea Ramos) and Panel Moderator, "Show Me The Money: How to Fund Your Idea," Trina Grillo Retreat, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle WA
  • Panelist, Legal Panel, UC Santa Barbara Career Day, Goleta, CA
  • Her Five Acres, RED ROCK REVIEW (March 2013)
  • Winner, First Place Fiction Award, "When He's in the Room," 2013 Edward W. Moses Graduate Creative Writing Competition
  • Work Accepted to Play Lab, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK
  • INDISPENSABLE AND OTHER MYTHS:  THE TRUE STORY OF CEO PAY (University of California Press, 2014)
  • Presenter (with Professor Julie Waterstone), "Rethinking the Manifestation Determination Review Process: The Need for Meaningful Procedural Safeguards," COPAA Conference, Albuquerque, NM
  • Panelist, "The Current Legal Education Challenge," Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, American Bar Association, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN
  • Panelist, "Becoming an Adjunct Professor," ILTL Conference: Law Teaching for Adjunct Faculty, Western State College of Law, Fullerton, CA
  • The Globalization of Professionalism in ESSENTIAL QUALITIES OF A 'PROFESSIONAL' LAWYER (ABA Press, 2013)
  • Linking Trade, Intellectual Property and Investment in the Globalizing Economy: The Interrelated Roles of Free Trade Agreements, IP and the United States in IP ASPECTS OF FTAs IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION (Kluwer, 2013)
  • Appointed, NAFTA Binational Panels Roster, Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Speaker, "Practicing Ethically in Rule of Law-Challenged Countries," ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Speaker, "Business and Human Rights: The New Legal Frontier," ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Panel Moderator, "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs...International Law," California State Bar Section on International Law, Southwestern
  • Meeting Participant, Advisory-Consultant Board for Project on International Commercial Arbitration, American Law Institute Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Meeting Participant, Organizational Meeting, International Legal Educators' Summit, Washington DC

  • Panel Moderator, "Arctic Law: The Challenges of Governance in the Changing Arctic," American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
  • Quoted in "Amanda Knox retrial: a tale of two countries' legal systems," Christian Science Monitor
  • Interviewed regarding legal aspects (insanity defense; death penalty) of Aurora, Co. shooting suspect James E. Holmes, Newsmakers (KRLA)
  • Speaker, "Women Offenders," Criminal Justice Class, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
  • Panel Moderator, Forensic Evidence, Fordham Law School, New York, NY
    Participant, Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault, ALI Member's Consultative Group
  • Meeting Participant, Drafting Standards Regarding the Intersection of Juvenile Justice with Schools and Foster Care, ABA Criminal Justice Section, Washington
  • Meeting Participant, California Gender Responsive Sentencing Commission, California Institution for Women, Corona, CA
  • Quoted in "Justice Dept. admits flaws in forensic testimony in Mississippi death-row case," Washington Post
  • Workshop Facilitator (with Professor Laura Cohen), "Show Me The Money: How to Fund Your Idea," Trina Grillo Retreat, University of Washington School of Law, Seattle WA
  • "Deconstructing Big Law: The Future Market for Corporate Legal Services - Preliminary Results," The Shrinking Pyramid: Implications for Law Practice and the Legal Profession Symposium, Georgetown Law School, Washington, DC (with P. Hanlon)
  • Academic Advisor, Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
  • Presenter, "The Sale and Settlement of Mass Tort Claims," Symposium on Perspectives on Mass Tort Litigation, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, PA
  • Presenter, "An Alternative to Class Actions for Small Value Claims: Addressing Small Value Claims Through Individual Litigation, Loser Pays, and Offer of Settlement," Association of Private Enterprise Education Annual Conference, Maui, HI
  • Member, AALS Site Evaluation Team, University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord, NH
  • Reelected, NALP Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Elected President, Board of Trustees, North Shore Community Resources, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Presentation, "Disability and Clinical Legal Education in the United States," Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Presenter (with Professor Jennifer Fee), "Rethinking the Manifestation Determination Review Process: The Need for Meaningful Procedural Safeguards," COPAA Conference, Albuquerque, NM
  • Panelist, "The Failure of Public Schools to Serve Special Needs Children," Beyond the Classroom: Education Rights and Identifying Weaknesses of the Public School System, LA Public Interest Law Journal Symposium, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Co-Presenter, "Transition Interrupted: Using the IDEA to Prevent the Transition to the Criminal Justice," The Intersections of the IDEA and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Panel, Including Disability: How Legal Discourse Can Shape Life's Transitions, UCLA Law Disability Symposium, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, CA (with Y. Cannon)


  • THE MAN WHO SEDUCED HOLLYWOOD (Chicago Review Press, 2013)
  • Honored for Douglas v. Cooley, 2013 Criminal Justice Award, ACLU of Southern California
  • Presenter, "Handling Conflict and Resolving Disputes," Joint Meeting of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the AACE, Los Angeles, CA
  • Elected, Board of Directors, Union Station Homeless Services
  • Speaker, "Indian Law Federalism in the 21st Century," University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, NM
  • Quoted in "As Duluth's deal falls, nationwide, tribal casinos share 12%," Duluth News Tribune


  • Panelist, "Being Transparent About Transparency: How to Talk About, Think About, and Write About Employment Statistics," 2013 Annual Education Conference, Tampa, FL

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