Another Summer to Study Law in Foreign Destinations
This summer, Southwestern students will once again have the opportunity to study law outside the U.S. through the school's programs in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Guanajuato, Mexico; and London, England - two specialized programs on Information Technology (IT) Law and International Entertainment and Media Law. 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. Program dates and courses for each are:
- Corruption and Government
- International Business Transactions
- International Dispute Resolution
- International Protection of Human Rights
- Latin American Laws and Institutions
- Right to Equality and Inequality in Latin America
- Comparative Cultural Property Law
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- Illicit International Markets
- International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- International Business Transactions
- NAFTA and Trade in the Americas
- Overview of Mexican Business Law
- Political, Economic, and Social Issues’ Impact on Mexican Law
- International and Comparative Media Law
- International Art Law
- International Entertainment Law
- International Sports Law
- International Cybercrimes
- Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating (ICN) in the IT Sector
- Comparative Information Privacy Law and Regulations
- Comparative Electronic Commerce Law and Regulations
In addition to the program descriptions online, brochures and application forms are available on the 6th floor of the Westmoreland Building; brochures for the Entertainment and Media Program in London are available in the Biederman Institute Office. Questions may be addressed to Professor Silvia Faerman (Buenos Aires); Vice Dean Austen Parrish and Professor Gowri Ramachandran (Vancouver); Anne Wilson (Guanajuato); Tamara Moore (Entertainment and Media Law in London); and Professor Michael Scott (IT Law in London).
Sony's Jared Jussim in Conversation at Southwestern
Jared Jussim, Executive Vice President, Intellectual Property Department and Deputy General Counsel of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. will be the next guest in the "A Conversation With..." series, presented by Southwestern's Biederman Institute.
Southwestern Trustee John Schulman, partner and chair of the Entertainment Department at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, will conduct the conversation, titled "Reflections on the Practical Practice of Law from the Perspective of a (flat-headed) Screwdriver," on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Southwestern.
Currently, Mr. Jussim specializes in copyrights, trademarks, privacy and publicity rights, defamation, freedom of speech and expression, and government affairs. His experience at Sony Pictures has involved all aspects of production, acquisition and distribution of theatrical motion pictures and television programs; mergers and acquisitions; bank financing; real estate; corporate practice and securities regulation; broadcasting; Federal Communication Commission practice; music publishing and recordings; and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act and immigration requirements.
A major figure in the business of entertainment for over four decades, Mr. Jussim has not only dealt with the complex legal and business challenges of major movie studios, but he has also been featured on the other side of the camera as an actor in the film "Jerry Maguire." Read more.
Law Review Symposium Explores New Views on Bankruptcy
No longer viewed as a refuge of last resort, bankruptcy is now seen as a process that may be useful in resolving a number of problems that businesses and individuals encounter. Hence, attorneys, lenders, consumers, policy-makers, accountants, and others will benefit from a greater awareness and understanding of this far-reaching law. In view of the continuing extraordinary financial turmoil and record number of bankruptcy filings, Southwestern will host a symposium on Bankruptcy in the New Millennium to explore the important role that bankruptcy plays in reshaping the American economy.
Presented by the Southwestern Law Review on Friday, February 12, this one-day symposium brings together judges, practitioners and scholars at the forefront of bankruptcy law who will explore four areas of change and importance. They include international bankruptcies following Bankruptcy Code Chapter 15, which was intended to expedite administration of foreign-owned assets in the United States; debtor-in-possession financing in "mega-cases," including concerns of bonded indebtedness, executive compensation, negotiations with secured creditors and creditors' committees, and congressional intervention in the reorganization process; intellectual property issues in entertainment-industry bankruptcies and attendant constitutional questions; and the U.S. Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in four cases that raise consumer bankruptcy issues - United States Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa, United States v. Milavetz, Schwab v. Reilly, and Hamilton v. Lanning.
This symposium is particularly timely: The ten largest bankruptcies in history have been filed since 2001, and six of those ten - with assets totaling in excess of $1 trillion - have been filed in the last two years. Fueled by the recent financial crisis, immense increases in bankruptcy filings have renewed focus on bankruptcy in general and its role in society. "This is the moment in history when bankruptcy is in everybody's minds," said Professor Judy Sloan, co-organizer of the symposium. "Both mega-companies and individuals have sought the protection of bankruptcy. Biblical in origin, it has once again become the unique legal tool to reshape our society." Read more.
Nickel Club Downtown Los Angeles Regional Networking Happy Hour
Thursday, January 28
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Royal Clayton's English Pub
RSVP required (to the Institutional Advancement Office)
For more information, contact the Institutional Advancement Office or visit www.swlaw.edu/alumni.
Spring On-Campus Interview Program (OCIP) Bidding Deadline
The deadline to register for Spring OCIP is Friday, January 29 at 6:00 p.m., and the deadline to bid for interviews is Sunday, January 31 at 11:00 p.m. For more information, please pick up the "Guide to the Spring OCIP," available online and in the Career Services Office (CSO).
Using Lexis in Your Job Search
Join our Lexis Representative on Tuesday, January 26 at 12:30 p.m. in W611 and learn how you can use Lexis in your job search and career development. Everyone is invited to attend. and all attendees will be entered to win a Wii (the raffle to take place immediately after the training). Please sign-up online in advance at if you would like to attend.
Researching, Locating and Applying to Employers
Don't know where to apply? Don't know how to figure out what employer/firm practices which area of law? Come to this workshop on Wednesday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m. in W423 and learn how to research employers and apply to them for jobs.
"Find Your Field" / Speed Practice Area Event
Participate in a Speed Practice Area Event on Thursday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Bullocks Wilshire Building and listen to ten attorneys, each from a different practice area, chat about what they do. Then, each attorney will be available for small group discussions about their practice area. Refreshments will be served at this a great networking event, co-sponsored by Southwestern's Women's Law Association.
Interviewing for Public Interest Career Day
Are you ready for Public Interest Career Day on Saturday, February 6? Aid your preparation with key interviewing techniques on Thursday, February 4 at 12:30 and 5:00 p.m. in W311.
Meet, Greet and Eat at the Bar Association Fair
Come meet and network with practicing attorneys and learn about the benefits of joining a Bar Association on Wednesday, February 10 at 12:15 p.m. on the Promenade. This is a great way to find out more about these organizations and network with lawyers. These associations (or "clubs") offer student scholarships, mentor programs, and networking mixers/events. The In-N-Out Trucks will be on campus, and if you talk to enough attorneys, you can get FREE burgers!
For more information about any of the above programs, contact the Career Services Office.
New JLE Issue Released
The Journal of Legal Education recently published its second issue since Southwestern became home to the periodical. This issue, dated November 2009, debuts a new occasional feature, "At the Lectern," a shorter contribution that explores innovative and creative classroom techniques. Maksymilian Del Mar's "Moral Education in Law Schools and Law Firms" is the first contribution. In his article, Del Mar, who teaches at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, describes how students use photography, dance focused memory exercises, and pencil, paper and scissors to depict legal and moral concepts, forge personal connections, and work in groups.
"Law professors everywhere are experimenting with exciting new techniques to engage and provoke their students," said Dean Bryant Garth, co-editor of the Journal. "We wanted a forum for instructors to share some of their enthusiasm with our readers in a short, breezy format."
Among the other selections are articles that detail a novel journalism-based legal writing program, explore the unique learning opportunities inherent in a well-constructed legal apprenticeship and present an innovative method for teaching transactional law that brings together J.D. and M.B.A. students. Contributors hail from a number of institutions including: the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, University of Oregon School of Law, and William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Click here for more information about the Journal, or contact the editors.
Staff Promotions and Transitions
Congratulations to the following staff members who have recently received promotions in recognition of their professional contributions and dedication to the law school and their departments:
- Pamela Alvarado - Accounts Payable Coordinator
- Eli Daquioag - Student Affairs Associate
- Katrina Denny - Senior Assistant Director - Career Services
- Katrina Garcia - Administrative Services Associate
- John Kohler - Assistant Director - Institutional Advancement
- Tamara Moore - Associate Director - Biederman Institute
- Angelique Porter - Assistant Director - Faculty Support Services
- Debra Snyder - Dean's Office Coordinator
- Sandra Tamayo - Donor Relations Associate - Institutional Advancement
- Sylvia Villalpando - Academic Administration Coordinator
- Wayne Mahoney, Special Assistant to the Dean
- George "Jay" Rabaja, Audio Visual Assistant
PROFESSOR JAMES FISCHER
DEAN BRYANT GARTH
- Panelist, "What Hath eBay v. MercEchange Wrought?" Intellectual Property Remedies, Business Law Fall Forum, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR
PROFESSOR ISABELLE GUNNING
- Exploring Inequality in the Corporate Law Firm Apprenticeship: Doing the Time, Finding the Love, 22 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LEGAL ETHICS 1361 (with J. Sterling; 2009)
Presentation, ASIAN LEGAL REVIVALS: LAWYERS IN THE SHADOW OF EMPIRE
(with Y. Dezalay; University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2010),
American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL
- LAWYERS AND CLIENTS: CRITICAL ISSUES IN INTERVIEWING
AND COUNSELING (with S. Ellmann, R. Dinerstein, K. Kruse and A.
Shelleck; West 2009)
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Southwestern Mourns the Loss of Professor Max Goodman
Professor Max A. Goodman, one of the leading family law experts in California who served on the Southwestern faculty for over four decades, passed away on December 31, 2009 at the age of 85.
Professor Goodman was a graduate of Loyola Law School and a Certified Family Law Specialist, and maintained a successful law practice in Los Angeles for over two decades. In 1966, he joined the Southwestern faculty where he quickly earned a reputation as one of the most highly regarded family law professors in the country. During recent years, he continued to teach as Professor Emeritus in Residence and had just formally retired in Fall 2009.
"Southwestern owes a huge debt to Max Goodman," said Dean Bryant Garth. "He helped to transform the school from one of outstanding teachers to one of outstanding teacher-scholars. His brilliant teaching and mentoring produced multiple generations of great family lawyers. And his continuing example inspired us all - students, alumni, administrators, and both junior and senior faculty - to live up to the scholarly and service ideals that he embodied so remarkably." Read more.
Professor Lind to Direct Biederman Institute
Professor Robert C. Lind, who initiated some of the earliest entertainment law courses at Southwestern when he joined the faculty in 1981, has taken over as Director of the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute. He is expected to serve in this capacity at least through the end of the current academic year. For the past six years, the Institute had been directed by Professor David Kohler who passed away in October.
In announcing the appointment, Dean Bryant Garth said, "Professor Lind's service to the Institute has been extraordinary for many years, and we are very fortunate that he has agreed to take over the reins at this time of need in the Institute's history." Read more.
Selvin Named Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs
Professor Molly Selvin has been named Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Programs. Since joining the Southwestern staff in January 2009 as Associate Editor of the Journal of Legal Education (JLE) and Senior Research Scholar, she also has been appointed to the adjunct faculty teaching in the areas of legal history, public policy and journalism, and has served as director of the Drucker-Southwestern concurrent degree programs. Dean Selvin will continue to manage the JLE, teach and direct Southwestern's concurrent degree programs, and will help establish new partnerships with other educational and research institutions.
Dean Selvin taught at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, the world's leading producer of Ph.D.s in public policy, for 25 years and served as its interim dean in 2008. She was a long-term journalist with the Los Angeles Times and wrote for other major newspapers throughout California. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in American History and her Ph.D. in American Legal History at UC San Diego and was twice awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach US constitutional law and urban politics at the University of Munich. She was also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School and a Senior Fellow at UCLA's School of Public Affairs.
Professor Smith Elected Grand Marshal
For the second consecutive year, graduating students have selected Professor Karen Smith as Commencement Grand Marshal. She will lead the opening processional at the May 16, 2010 event and present the individual members of the graduating class at the ceremony. "I am honored to be chosen by the Class of 2010," Professor Smith said. "I will do my best to pronounce everyone's name correctly and with gusto." Southwestern extends congratulations to Professor Smith!
Southwestern Welcomes New Adjunct Faculty
A number of practitioners and experts in a variety of fields have joined Southwestern's adjunct faculty. Read more.
Southwestern Team Wins Arbitration Competition
Southwestern students achieved great success in their first appearance at the ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition in November, winning First Place at the regional competition in Louisiana. The team of Christianne Amodio, Whitney Ching, Donato Clay and Sholom Goodman will compete in late January at the National Finals in Orange, California.
The team worked on a case centering on the current economic crisis that dealt specifically with a grant awarding foundation and a community service organization. The competition required the students to produce opening and closing statements as well as perform direct and cross-examination before an arbitration panel. Derek Knolton (spouse of Professor Cristina Knolton) served as the team's coach.
"Derek's guidance was a key to our success," said Donato Clay, a third-year student in the traditional day program. "He provided us with his critique, but allowed us to independently form our arguments and opening/closing statements." He also pointed out, "While this was the first year Southwestern competed in this competition, I believe that there is much potential for this program. Alternative Dispute Resolution has become increasingly important in the practice of law, and granting students an opportunity to practice some of the skills necessary for arbitration proceedings outside of the classroom is extremely beneficial to our success as attorneys." Read more.
Moot Court Team Places in National Entertainment Competition
(from left) Margaret Lee, Daniel
Benji and Hagar Cohen
Daniel Benji was recently named Second Place Oral Advocate at the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition held at Pepperdine Law School. His team, which included oralist Hagar Cohen and writer Margaret Lee, argued a case concerning the First Amendment defense to whether a statutory right of publicity claim centered around a strategically aired cable broadcast of a documentary, modified to include references to an upcoming motion picture, was commercial or noncommercial speech.
"The most helpful part about preparing for competition was the faculty support," said Benji, a second-year day student. "When it comes to entertainment law, Southwestern professors rank supreme. Adjunct Professor Supnik took time from his schedule to come judge a late night practice round. Other professors always had their doors open and were willing to meet as well."
TAHP Team Reaches Semifinals at Civil Rights Competition
(from left) Omar Bengali, Lou Myers,
Phillip Bather and Sara Greco
Southwestern's Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP) team of Phillip Bather, Omar Bengali, Sara Greco and Lou Myers reached the semi-finals at the St. John's Civil Rights Trial Competition in New York, a national, invitation-only competition. Southwestern won both the first two rounds and was one of four teams out of 20 to advance to semifinals.
"With schools from all over the country, we were exposed to many different styles of advocacy that we not only learned from, but that we can incorporate when we become attorneys and begin trying cases," said Bather, a third-year student in the traditional day program. "All in all, we had a great time and most importantly, it was fun. We would like to thank all our coaches [Brandy Dubois, Doug Beck and Marie Maurice] for the hard work and time they put into the competition as well."
The competition involved a civil rights lawsuit alleging that police illegally arrested and detained protestors at demonstrations in order to silence them. The protestors alleged violations of their right to free speech under the First Amendment, to be free from unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment, and to equal protection of the law under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Alumni Q & A with Neville Johnson '75
How did your legal education prepare you for your career as a media attorney?
The overall education was invaluable; you have to know the fundamental rubrics cold to be a competent lawyer in any sector. I was fortunate to take classes on copyright, advertising law, entertainment law, the music industry, Constitutional law and an advanced Constitutional law seminar, all of which were helpful.
The professors were excellent and the classroom discussions stimulating. Law school was an education in the social history of this country, I learned how to think in a logical fashion and argue coherently and dispassionately, plus I made some great friends. Law school was exciting, fun, enriching, and fulfilling. I was on my way into a wonderful profession.
The 2004 Albany Law Review article on your career mentions that Sanders vs. American Broadcasting Company (ABC) in the 1990s was your first plaintiff verses the media case. Prior to that, what kind of cases were you handling?
I started off just wanting to do music business transactional law. Eventually I came to represent Yoko Ono Lennon and the Estate of John Lennon, and many other clients in that industry. In 1984, I started to litigate, doing mostly entertainment industry cases, but others, including psychiatric malpractice, public nuisance, and credit slander. In 1993, a right of privacy case walked in my door, and the rest is history. The Sanders case is studied in all law schools across the country and is in at least three casebooks, including the standard one for torts, and two that cover entertainment law.
As a plaintiff's attorney who sues journalists or media outlets on behalf of clients, explain why your work actually strengthens the First Amendment.
The right of privacy is just as important as freedom of speech. To have robust discussion in society, we must be free from fears that we are secretly being monitored. The use of hidden cameras is generally a cheap, sleazy way to do a hit piece on the subject with a preordained conclusion, namely that the object thereof is a wrongdoer and the producer/journalist some "white knight." The cases I bring ensure that laws of general application, such as the right of privacy, are not violated, which fosters fair dealing overall, and in particular, honest journalism. Likewise, good defamation cases protect not just the victims thereof, but society because journalists know they must write the truth in a fair manner. Journalists need to know there are boundaries they must not cross. Read more.
"W.A.Y." - Who Are You & Why Are You here?
This month - Sarah Braun, J.D./M.B.A. Program
Sarah Braun is always up for trying something new. She is excited to break ground as the first student in the new J.D./M.B.A. program established by Southwestern and the Drucker Graduate School of Management of Claremont Graduate University.
Although she grew up in a close-knit family in Los Angeles, Braun's parents always encouraged her and her four siblings to explore the world, which prompted her to move to New York to pursue a degree in American Studies at Barnard College. After graduating, she spent an additional year in Manhattan working for an international public relations firm. Then she became even more adventurous and moved to Thailand, where she taught at an international private school. Braun admits that being really integrated into such a vastly different culture was a challenge since she had only traveled there once before with her family and does not speak the language (though she took some classes and picked up the basics).
After returning to the United States and applying to graduate school, Braun embarked on a new overseas adventure and spent 10 months living in Argentina. There, she worked in marketing for a new magazine called Buenos Aires Insider. "I had studied abroad in Italy [when I was an undergrad], so picking up Spanish wasn't as difficult," she said.
Upon returning to Southern California, she began the M.B.A. program at Claremont's Drucker School to possibly pursue consulting and entrepreneurship. While at Drucker, she also considered work in public policy and developed an interest in alternative dispute resolution and advocacy that got her thinking about attending law school. When Southwestern and Drucker announced the new concurrent degree program, she knew it was an opportunity she could not pass up. (Because the program was developed while she attended Drucker, Braun has already completed her M.B.A. degree. It will take two and a half years to finish the J.D. program at Southwestern.)
"I feel having a law background will benefit me because I want to eventually have my own business," she explained. "For someone like me who doesn't know exactly what direction I want to take, a legal education is always going to be valuable. What I've been learning here is amazing, and we should all be learning this on some level." Braun has especially enjoyed Professor Williams' Criminal Law class and LAWS with Professor Gharakhanian. Although she is still acclimating to law school, she is becoming involved in the SBA and participating in Teen Court. "Getting involved is something that's very important to me. I was president of the student body at Drucker."
Although Southwestern and Drucker are vastly different, Braun enjoys both schools and says they share an important commonality. "I love smaller academic environments. It's where I thrive the most. I like law school so far. The workload is immense. But because I took time off between college and grad school, I had a chance to miss that academic stimulation that I loved so much."