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Recent JD/MBA Graduates Share their Perspectives on the Concurrent Degree Program

Recent JD/MBA graduates share their perspectives on the concurrent degree program offered by Southwestern and The Drucker Graduate School of Management. According to Shafiel Karim, SCALE JD/MBA ‚Äô13, ‚ÄúBoth schools taught me to think deeply about a problem and defend a particular conclusion or course of action with well-reasoned analysis. Both skills are essential to effective lawyering and management.‚ÄĚ Read ...

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Southwestern Establishes Youth Offender Parole Hearing Practicum

In 2013, California passed a law that created a specialized parole hearing process for prisoners who were convicted for offenses they committed as juveniles. When this law went into effect in 2014, an estimated 6,000 people in California prisons became eligible for Youth Offender Parole Hearings. These differ from typical parole hearings because the Parole Board must give great weight to the diminished culp ...

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Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato Celebrates 25 Years

The Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico - a consortium of the law schools compromised of Southwestern, University of Guanjuato, University of New Mexico and Texas Tech University - marked its 25th anniversary in June 2014. According to Professor Beth Caldwell, who taught at the Summer Law Institute this summer, the program provides a tremendous experience for students and faculty alike. "It was a won ...

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New Issue of JIMEL Features an Especially Diverse Set of Articles

Volume 5, Issue 1 of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (JIMEL), published in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Forums on Communications Law and the Entertainment and Sports Industries, is now available. According to Professor Michael Epstein, the Journal's Supervising Editor, the media and entertainment articles selected for this issue are especially diverse. "The topics ...

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Justice’s Ruling in Supreme Court Case Tracks Main Points of Southwestern Student’s Amicus Brief

The Supreme Court has ruled that cell phones can't be searched without a warrant, an argument that recent graduate Anna Aran '14 also made in her amicus brief filed for the case of United States v. Wurie as part of our Amicus Project. "They did not cite our brief, but Justice Robert's opinion tracks our main points," said Aran, who wrote the brief with the assistance of Professor Norman Garland and Professo ...

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Southwestern Practicum Students Win Two Appellate Cases

Students participating in Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Practicum completed a very successful year, winning both of the cases they argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In April, the court granted Southwestern's client's petition for review and remanded it to the Board of Immigration Appeals with instructions to vacate the order removing him from the United States. Professor Gowri Ramachan ...

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First Southwestern Student Completes Public Policy Certificate Through RAND Partnership

Rebecca Ann Simon, who will graduate from Southwestern this month, became the first student from the law school to earn a Certificate in Public Policy through the Southwestern/Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) partnership. A special reception to mark the occasion was held on April 21 at the RAND campus in Santa Monica. "Southwestern's partnership with PRGS provides a tremendous opportunity for our students ...

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Student Files Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Case Regarding Search and Seizure of a Mobile Phone

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in U.S. v. Wurie today - a case involving the search and seizure of a mobile phone. Third-year day student Anna Aran wrote an amicus brief on behalf of Respondent Wurie as part of the Amicus Project Practicum, under the supervision of Professors Norman Garland and Michael Epstein. In her brief filed last week, Ms. Aran crafted a unique argument in this case, o ...

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Southwestern Takes First Place, Best Respondent’s Brief and Best Oralist at National Moot Court Competition

Out of 25 teams from 16 law schools nationwide, Southwestern dominated in the fourth annual Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition at Elon University School of Law in North Carolina. Southwestern's Moot Court team of David Jones, Jessica Nadler and Candace Rodriguez not only won First Place, but the team also won Best Brief Award for the Respondent's Brief and Rodriguez was named Best Ora ...

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Southwestern Student Andrew Pletcher Helps Professors File Amicus Brief in Major U.S. Supreme Court Case

As part of Southwestern's Amicus Project, third-year day student Andrew Pletcher, under the supervision of Professors Warren Grimes and Michael Epstein, has written an amicus brief that was filed last week with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the respondent in American Broadcasting Company et al v. Aereo. The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments for this case, which can affect the way people wa ...

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