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Negotiation Team Takes Second at Government Contracts Negotiation Tournament

At Liberty University School of Law's Sixth Annual National Government Contracts & Programs Negotiation Tournament Competition held earlier this month in Virginia, Southwestern’s team of Jennifer Mascia and Joshua Maldonado performed extremely well, winning Second Place. As part of the competition rules, the 16 teams’ school affiliations remained anonymous. Only the final four were announced. Southweste ...

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Southwestern Moot Court Team Takes Second Place and Best Brief at National Telecommunications Competition

At the 2015 National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition held in Washington D.C. February 6 and 7, Southwestern’s team of Michael L. Jensen, Daniel Kadin, and Rebecca Magenheim performed well, taking Second Place overall. Jensen's brief also won First Place. Five teams entered the competition, including Southwestern, George Washington University, University of Colorado (which won First Place overall), ...

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Southwestern’s Amicus Project impacts landmark California Court of Appeal ruling

Southwestern’s Amicus Project played an integral role in a recent ruling made by the California Court of Appeal. The Appellate opinion rendered holds that immigration status is irrelevant to a personal injury action not claiming damages for lost earnings or earnings capacity, and that immigration status is not relevant to credibility. Last November, Professor Ryan Abbott argued as an amicus (friend of the c ...

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SCALE II student prepares amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court

As a participant in Southwestern’s Amicus Project, under the supervision of Professor Norman Garland and direction of Professor Michael Epstein, SCALE II student Bernadette Bolan successfully contributed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court for a case that will be argued in March. The U.S. Supreme Court is reserving a seat for Bolan, and she will fly to Washington D.C. to observe oral arguments in the ...

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Southwestern receives grant from California Bar Foundation to grow diversity pipeline program

In an effort to help increase diversity in the legal profession, the California Bar Foundation has awarded Southwestern Law School a $15,000 grant for the Southern California Legal Diversity Pipeline Coalition. Collaborative partnerships, creative activities and efforts have been developed to raise student awareness and interest in law as a profession, to increase student aspirations including higher educat ...

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Paralegals Parachute into Law School

Three members of the Southwestern community are featured in a new article for KNOW magazine about former paralegals who have gone on to pursue a J.D: degree. Hon. Tara Flanagan ’98, a Superior Court Judge in Alameda County; Steven Lundberg ’13, an attorney at the Law Offices of Marcia Kraft; and third-year evening student Heather Sweatman discussed a variety of topics such as how their paralegal background ...

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Southwestern, UCLA and Pepperdine Law Schools Receive State Bar Grant to Establish Attorney Incubator Program Consortium

The State Bar of California's Commission on Access to Justice has awarded a grant to Southwestern Law School, UCLA School of Law and Pepperdine University School of Law to establish a modest means incubator, a pilot program to help new attorneys launch and develop viable law practices serving modest means clients. The law schools have partnered with local legal aid organizations and the Los Angeles County L ...

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Southwestern Deans make Top 25 “Most Influential People in Legal Education”

Once again, Southwestern is the only law school to be mentioned three times in the National Jurist’s Top 25 “Most Influential People in Legal Education”! Dean Emeritus Bryant Garth, Vice Dean Catherine Carpenter and Dean Susan Prager are all listed on page 22 of the feature, taking the number 12, 13 and 14 slots on the roster. To read more, click here. ...

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Southwestern Alumna and Trustee Provides Essential Mentoring and Scholarship Funds to Women J.D. and J.D./M.B.A. students

Larraine Segil ’79 had always attended the most prestigious schools when living in South Africa.  But when she and her husband immigrated to the United States, even the outstanding education she received at University of the Witwatersrand did little to prepare her for figuring out how to continue her education and build a career in Los Angeles as a working mother without resources and guidance. In 2009, she ...

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Keeping it Reel: Annual Entertainment and Media Law Conference to Cover Clearing and Distributing Real Content in the Digital Age

The concept of fair use is deceptively simple, and it has perplexed attorneys, creators of expressive works and courts. Obtaining rights and clearances can prove to be a daunting challenge in the social media age. The digital age hasn’t just transformed the way content is distributed; it’s created new platforms to create it. These issues will be explored in depth at Keeping It Reel: Clearing and Distributin ...

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