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  1. Jordan A. Thomas '95 Featured in New York Times

    Congratulations to Jordan A. Thomas '95! He was recently featured in a New York Times piece about his successful journey in building his own top legal practice representing corporate whistle-blowers. This is AMAZING news! We are so proud! 

    Read more about Jordan's journey here.

    Image - Jordan A. Thomas NY Times


  2. Robert C. Brandt '76 Awarded American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Professionalism Award

    Congratulations to Robert C. Brandt '76! Robert, a partner at Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Klein, LLP, was awarded the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Professionalism Award. This is one of the highest forms of recognition for a Family Law Attorney and is awarded to an AAML Fellow who consistently demonstrates a commitment to the practice of Matrimonial Law in a principled manner that is at all times civil, cooperative and respectful. Way to go, Robert! We are so proud!

    Image - Robert Brandt


  3. Peter Scalisi '79 Wins California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award

    A huge CONGRATS to Peter Scalisi ’79 on winning the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for his work on The Colonies Trial, a highly publicized white-collar criminal case. Peter successfully won a Not Guilty verdict after a marathon trial that has lasted nearly a year. He says, "The jury came back Not Guilty of all charges after only 4 hours of deliberations following a 10-month jury trial with 50+ government witnesses… The jurors all clapped when I stood up and said, ‘The Defense Rests’ without calling a single defense witness.”

    The CLAY Award is one of the highest honors for attorneys in California, each being recognized and nominated by their peers in the California legal community and selected by the editors of the Daily Journal and the California Lawyer.

    Way to go, Peter! 

    Image - Peter Scalisi CLAY Award


  4. Professor Edward C. Stark '79 selected to "America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators"

    Congratulations to Professor Edward C. Stark '79 on being selected to "America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators" for Southern California in 2018! 

    Only the top 100 qualifying defense litigators in each state receive this honor each year. Members are nominated by their peers and other elite attorneys in the community or identified through third-party research before passing a rigorous multi-phase screening. This process ensures that those selected are the cream of the crop in their profession who best exhibit excellence and the highest ethical standards. What an accomplishment! 

    Read more about his award here:

    Professor Ed Stark Top 100



  1. 2017 Southwestern Law School Alumni Directory

    Publishing Concepts (PCI)

    Southwestern Law School strives to keep our alumni connected to both the law school and each other. With this in mind, the Southwestern Law School Alumni Association has partnered with Publishing Concepts (PCI) to launch a project to update contact information for all Southwestern alumni and to produce an alumni directory. This project will begin in November of 2017, with the data update process lasting through the Spring of 2018. We are anticipating that directories will be printed and shipped to those who purchase them in the Fall of 2018.

    Starting soon, you will receive emails, postcards, and phone calls from PCI requesting that you update your contact information. We encourage you to respond to these communications. Once PCI has collected the information, the company will compile the data and create the directory.

    PCI is a trusted partner of Southwestern Law School. We hope you will participate in our alumni directory project.

    Below are some important questions and answers related to this project. However, if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Alumni Office.


    1.    I received an email/postcard/phone call from a company asking for my personal information.  They said they were working on a directory for Southwestern Law School.  Is this a legitimate project, or is it a scam?

     We have partnered with PCI (also known as Publishing Concepts) to produce our new alumni directory.  PCI is a company located in Dallas, TX that publishes directories for educational institutions, fraternities, sororities and military organizations across the nation. This project allows Southwestern Law School to receive important updates to our database so we know more about our alumni and how we can better serve you and future alumni.

    2.    How do I know my information will only be used for directory purposes?

     Southwestern Law School has a contractual agreement with PCI that states:

    a. The names, addresses and information provided to PCI by Southwestern Law School for the publication of the Directory will be held confidential by PCI, except to the extent that they are utilized in, or in the preparation of, the Directory and except as required by court order or law.

    b. The Directory will be made available only to alumni of Southwestern Law School. Upon completion of the project, PCI will return to Southwestern Law School any and all electronic files that have been supplied by Southwestern Law School or produced by PCI in connection with the production of the Directory.

    3.    I would like to verify and update my information. How may I do this?

    If you have received a postcard or an email with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Southwestern Law School project. The representative will verify all the information we have on file for you and make any updates where needed. One of the numbers for the Southwestern Law School alumni is 1.866.538-9666.

     If you have received an email with an embedded link, you may go to the online site to review your information.  If you have questions, you may call PCI’s customer service desk at 1.800.982.1590.

     4.    Can anyone purchase a directory?

     The Southwestern Law School Alumni Directory is available for sale only to Southwestern Law School alumni.

     5.    When will I receive my directory?

     The total duration of the directory project is about 12 months.  Since we began the project in November 2017, the directories will be distributed in November 2018.

    6.    Can I choose some or all of my information not to be printed in the directory?

     When you call to update your information, you can tell the representative what information you would prefer to have excluded. You may also communicate this information to the PCI customer service desk (1.800.982.1590) or to the Alumni Association.

     7.    I ordered a directory/package over the phone and would like to cancel my order.  How do I do this?

     Call the PCI customer service help desk at 1.800.982.1590, and they will take care of this for you.


  1. Heather Sweatman '16 joins the Ventura County District Attorney's Office

    Southwestern congratulates Heather Sweatman '16 as she joins the Ventura County District Attorney's Office as a post-bar Law Clerk.

    To read more, click here.

  2. Lee Lipscomb '74 honored at Southeastern Oklahoma State University Homecoming

    Southwestern congratulates Lee Lipscomb '74 for his recent recognition as Distinguished Alumni at Southeastern Oklahoma State University's 2016 Homecoming celebrations.


  3. Eleven recent Southwestern Graduates Selected for ABOTA Fellowship

    Southwestern congratulates eleven of its recent '16 graduates selected for the American Board of Trial Advocates' (ABOTA)
    prestigious three month Fellowship program. Graduates Jasmina Aragon, Tonya Barseghian, Katherine (Katy) Bekken, Anny Edinchikyan,
    Timothy Gauthier, Alex Giraldo, Shawn Halbert, Celline Hoogi, Nicole Ortiz, Sara Rodriguez and Katherine (Katie) Melik-Stepanyan will
    spend three months working for a defense firm, a plaintiffs firm and a Superior Court Judge.

    To read more, click here.

  4. Ryan Miller '13 opens personal injury firm in Orange County

    Southwestern congratulates Ryan Miller '13 as he opens a new Law Firm "The Lions Injury Lawyers, P.C." a personal injury firm in Orange

    To read more, click here.

  5. Michael K. Soong '86 appointed as District Court Judge in Hawaii

    Southwestern congratulates Michael K. Soong '86 for his recent appointment to the District Court of the 5th Circuit in the Hawaiian Island
    of Kaua'i.
    To read more, click here.

  6. Greg Wolff '77 is now the Head of Chamber for Justice Leondra Kruger and was recently appointed to the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts

    Southwestern congratulates Greg Wolff '77 for his new appointment to the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts and position as Head
    of Chambers for Justice Leondra Kruger of the Supreme Court of California.

  7. Anthony Nizetich '52 recently passed away at the age of 93 in San Pedro, California

    Anthony Nizetich '52 attorney and lead businessman in the fishing and canning industry, passed away at the age of 93.

    To read more, click here.

  8. Scott Warren '87 leads Squire Patton Boggs' cybersecurity team in Asia

    Southwestern congratulates Scott Warren '87 for his new position as lead Partner in Squire Patton Boggs' cybersecurity team in Tokyo.

    To read more, click here.

  9. Allison Eckstrom '01 joins Bryan Cave as Partner in the Labor & Employment Group

    Southwestern congratulates Allison Eckstrom '01 for joining the international law firm, Bryan Cave LLP, as a Partner in the Labor &
    Employment Group.

  10. Jordan A. Thomas '95 OpEd: "Policing the Banks Is an Inside Job," featured in

    Southwestern congratulates Jordan A. Thomas '95 for the recent publication of his OpEd: "Policing the Banks Is an Inside Job" in

    To read more, click here.