Law Programs Set for Summer 2005
summer, Southwestern will again offer students the opportunity for international
legal study through its established programs in Buenos
Aires, Argentina and Vancouver,
British Columbia; its newer Entertainment and Media Law program,
this year in London,
England; and a collaborative program in Guanajuato,
Mexico. Each program features international law courses taught in
English by leading experts and scholars, highlighted by visits to courts,
law offices, and government agencies, and social events that explore
local areas and culture.
But it is participating students who provide the best testimony to
the value of summer study abroad with Southwestern. Evening student
Tim Holliday, who
participated in Argentina’s program as a judicial extern, said “The
chance to spend 5 ½ weeks under the direction of a federal judge in
the heart of the Argentine legal system was memorable. If you focus on a topic
of law you want to learn about, and introduce yourself to the well-known lawyers,
judges and scholars in that field, you will be rewarded by a welcome and an
open-door policy among these ‘eminencias’ that will greatly enrich
your experience.” Day student Jamie Shapiro, who attended the Vancouver
program, said, “I felt like I was able to study Canada’s system
of criminal law and procedure, analyze it and use it to my advantage when studying
American law and criminal procedure, the differences and similarities and how
to think outside the box in different ways.”
In addition to the program descriptions that follow, brochures and application
forms will be available in December in the Student
Affairs Office and online.
Brochures for the London Program will also be available in the Institute
Office. In addition, questions may be addressed to program directors Professor
Silvia Faerman, Argentina; Professor
Austen Parrish, Vancouver; and Professor
London; as well as the Student
Affairs Office. read
Blue Team Reaches Semi-Finals and Scores “Gold”
Leah Bolea (oralist), Ani Gasparyan (oralist) and Danielle Goland
(writer) finished as semi-finalists
at the regional rounds of the National Moot Court Competition, held
November 12 and 13 on the Southwestern campus. There were 18 teams
in the competition representing the ten schools in the region: Chapman,
Loyola, Pepperdine, McGeorge, UC Davis, UC Hastings, UCLA, University
of San Francisco, Whittier and of course, Southwestern.
The team defeated
McGeorge and the University of San Francisco in the preliminary rounds
and were victorious against UC Davis to advance
to the semi-finals. Defeated by one of UC Hastings’ teams in
the semi-finals, they won big as third place team – UC Hastings
placed first and second, but no two teams from the same school may
represent the region in the National Competition. Therefore, Southwestern’s
Blue Team will advance to Nationals, as they received a better brief
score than the other semi-finalist team, Pepperdine.
Catherine Carpenter, the team’s advisor, said, “I
am very proud of this team. They faced considerable obstacles at the
start of the competition and overcame them to argue brilliantly last
Moot Court Team Reaches Semi-Finals in Chicago
team of Jason Rudolph (oralist), Nanette Reed-Taylor (oralist) and
Alex Farsaad (writer) finished as semi-finalists at the
John Marshall Information Technology and Privacy Law Competition in
Chicago last month. The team defeated Southern Methodist University,
Northern Illinois University and U.C. Hastings before being defeated
by South Texas College of Law. Professor Austen Parrish advised the
Spring Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Problem will be on sale Wednesday,
January 5 in the Print Shop, BW Lower Level
The Holiday Season is the Season of Giving
season, there are multiple ways to give to others, sponsored by the student
organizations at Southwestern. The SBA is hosting a
Thanksgiving Food Drive for disadvantaged families in the area. Marked
boxes are available in the lobbies of either building between November
15 and November 24, where you may leave
non-perishable food items. For more information, contact Trini
SBA and LLSA
are again co-sponsoring their annual toy drive for the children at
Hoover Elementary School. Each student is writing a letter to Santa,
asking for one special gift (the teachers have been instructed to guide
the children towards asking
for a gift between $15 to $20, so no child will receive something more
expensive than any other). The toys collected at
this drive might be the only holiday gift received by some.
letters are available in Dean Cameron’s office for “Santa’s
helpers” to select in order to fulfill each wish. Once you have
purchased your gift, simply return it to the office (please note the
student and teacher's names on the gift - it may be wrapped or
unwrapped), or arrange to have it picked up. If you are unable to
donations are gladly accepted ($20 per child – make checks payable
to “LLSA at Southwestern”). For a Santa letter or more
info, contact Patricia Higuera,
Toy Drive Coordinator or Dean Cameron's
Yearbooks on Sale
for the 2005 edition of The Advocates, Southwestern’s
yearbook, are now being taken. Students may order copies embossed
with their name for $45 or without embossing for $40. The deadline
embossed yearbooks is November 26. After this date, prices for unembossed
yearbooks increase to $50. Students are strongly encouraged to order
yearbooks in advance, as the few copies available for sale following
publication normally sell out rapidly. Ad space in the yearbook is
also available for purchase by students and families. Forms for ordering
and advertising are available in the Student
Summer Externship Deadline
February 1, 2005
Don’t forget to get your resume and writing sample in order!
Southwestern Community Mourns the Loss of Professor George Zervas
J. Zervas, a thirty-year veteran of Southwestern’s
full-time faculty, passed away on November 3.
Professor Zervas developed an expertise in administrative and constitutional
law through many years of experience in the government and in the law
classroom. He began his legal career with the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) as a staff attorney with the Atlanta office. During his 11 years
with the agency, he advanced to assistant regional director and acting
regional director of the Los Angeles office, eventually supervising
18 lawyers and 22 investigators. He left the FTC in 1967 to become a member
of the law faculty at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Two
years later, he resumed his affiliation with the Commission and subsequently
began teaching at Southwestern as a member of the adjunct faculty.
Third Time’s a Charm, What’s
the sixth year in a row, Professor
Michael Berger has been selected Commencement
Grand Marshal by graduating students – he will again
lead the opening processional in the May 22 ceremonies. Southwestern
extends congratulations to Professor Berger once more!
Upcoming Institute Events Feature Some of Today's Hot Topics
Chill: Should the Public Care if Reporters Go to Jail for Protecting
November 30, 2004
7 - 8:30 p.m., Southwestern campus
The next several months hold the very real prospect that reporters
for some of the country’s most prominent and respected news
organizations could be jailed or fined for refusing to divulge
the identity of their
sources. A grand jury in Washington wants to know who outed an
undercover CIA operative. In a Privacy Act lawsuit, a nuclear scientist
to discover who in government leaked information about him. A judge
seeks to discover who violated his protective order by giving a
reporter an undercover videotape of an FBI sting operation. In
all of these
cases, reporters have been ordered by courts to identify their
confidential sources. Should the public care if they go to jail
Will newsgathering be chilled if courts require the press to identify
anonymous sources? When should the needs of the justice system
or our national security take precedence? Is there some middle
or is this an intractable conflict between government and the press?
a roundtable discussion moderated by Institute faculty, this Media
explore these and other important questions with some of
the leading judges, journalists and lawyers in the field, including
John Carroll, Editor, Los Angeles Times; Steve D. Clymer, Chief
of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office; and The Honorable
Raymond C. Fisher, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
A Lawyer, Help Me Out Here! Key Issues In Entertainment and Media
January 27, 2005,
3 p.m. -7:15 p.m., Southwestern Campus
observation to her trusty dog Toto that we’re
not in Kansas anymore should have resonance to any lawyer representing
entertainment and media clients in the current environment. Lawyers
practicing in these fields face a constantly shifting and increasingly
unfamiliar legal landscape. The seemingly insatiable quest for
new, more aggressive formats forces lawyers to venture into uncharted
territory. Recent developments inject considerable uncertainty even
traditional staples of entertainment and media practice. And an
mobile industry frequently demands that counsel offer services
in multiple jurisdictions. In four panels, I’m A Lawyer,
Help Me Out Here addresses issues critical to anyone practicing
entertainment and media law in today’s complex and dynamic environment.
information, or to make reservations, contact Tamara Moore in the
It is Never Too Early to Have a Stellar Resume!
The winter break is a good time to get that resume together. Career
Services offers winning resume samples in their office or online.
Or, attend the
Resume/Cover Letter Preparation Workshop
Thursday, January 13
12:30 and 5 p.m.
Orientation Set for Public Interest Career Day
In anticipation of Public Interest Career Day when students can
interview with a variety of public interest employers, government
agencies and law firms, a mandatory orientation
program will take place on January
12 at 12:30 & 5 p.m. in
W311. Topics covered
include participation guidelines, funding options and applicable
hiring criteria. Additional information is available from the Career
Externship Open Forum
January 19 and 20, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
a list of recent faculty activities, click
dozen questions for: Professor J. Kelly Strader
Q: How did you become interested in the area of White Collar Crime?
A: I first practiced law with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, a large
New York City firm. My practice focused on civil litigation, but one
of my earliest cases was a criminal antitrust case. I found that I
enjoyed white-collar practice enormously. After a couple of years with
Willkie, I interviewed with a number of white-collar criminal defense
firms in New York and took a job with the firm that later became Morvillo,
Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, and Silberberg (most recently the defenders
of Martha Stewart!).
Q: Why did you decide to leave practice and become a professor?
A: I have always been interested in teaching. After college, I received
a master’s degree, and considered obtaining a doctorate and
teaching political science at the college level. But I found graduate
work abstract to a frustrating degree, and decided that law would
be a better fit. While practicing law, I taught as an adjunct at
Cardozo Law School in New York. I loved teaching, and found it a
good fit. After practicing for seven years, I took the plunge and
entered law teaching.
Q: Why did you choose to teach at Southwestern?
A: Southwestern offered me the opportunity to teach in the area I love
most – criminal law. Also, I was fascinated by the chance to
work with an incredibly talented and diverse student body and to
live in a city as exciting as Los Angeles.
Q: How do you think your real life experiences as an attorney have
helped you in the classroom?
A: I’m able to integrate the practical aspects of lawyering into
my classes. In my white-collar crime class, for example, I use real
cases as practice problems and ask the student to role-play in class.
Q: How do you recommend students to prepare for your exams?
A: Prepare for and pay attention in class. I don’t write trick
exams; I test on what I teach.
Q: What is the best piece of advice that you have given to a law student?
A: I often tell first-year students that it’s important to keep
perspective on life while in law school – to pay attention to
family and friends, and not let those things slide. Many students later
thank me for that advice.
Q: What would you like to be known for?
A: I hope that my classes are informative, engaging and challenging.
If I’ve managed to meet those goals, then that’s what
I’d like to be known for.
Q: What is your favorite misconception about law school professors?
A: That we’re nerds – oh wait, that’s not a misconception!
Q: What is your favorite memory of law school?
A: My best – and worst – memory was the thrill and terror
of first semester, first year. I realized immediately that I had picked
the right career path, but the amount and intensity of the work were
Q: What is your car radio programmed to?
A: Oh, KCRW (FM 89.9) of course. Are there any other stations?
Q: When you were in grade school, what did you want to be when you
A: An automobile designer.
Q: If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
A: Climb some of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. Since I have a
fear of heights, this might be problematic.
“ W.A.Y.” - Who Are You & Why Are You
month - Halil Hasic, 2nd-year Day Student
Halil Hasic calmly playing a friendly game of chess with a fellow
law student out on the Promenade, one would never know that ten
years ago, he and his family were fighting for their survival
in war-torn Bosnia. Although he was born in Los Angeles,
his parents wanted him to grow up with knowledge of his roots
and culture. Little did they know what would lie ahead for them:
the Yugoslavian Civil War of the early 1990’s. Halil vividly
remembers, as aggressors occupied the city, living without water
and power and only occasional supplies of food. Eventually, his
family escaped to the mountains, and he can remember walking
for days. They were eventually picked up by a UN transporter
and sent back to the United States. However, Halil will never
the fear he lived with every single day.
later, Halil graduated from UCLA with a double major in Business
Political Science (drawn to Political Science because
of the influence it has on every day lives). From his experiences thus
far in law school, he shares, “I’ve not only gained legal
skills from Southwestern, but also an opportunity to move forward into
the real world, to have an impact.” Halil is pursuing his interest
in international law as a member of Southwestern’s Law Journal.
He hopes to eventually enter international politics and possibly work
for the United Nations, where he can make a difference in the world
of people who have had experiences similar to his.
hints for students from Southwestern Staff
says: Secure a part-time
job in the legal field to gain as much experience
as possible before you graduate (even
a volunteer position). Come by the CSO and we'll help get
Prophete is an Associate in the Career Services Office. She completed
her B.A. degree in Communications at California State University,
Fullerton prior to joining Southwestern in 2003.
"Getting to Know You" Interviews
by Allison Cole, 2nd-year Evening Student
more photos from last month's Gala Celebration.