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Chief Justice of California Supreme Court to Speak at Commencement; Thomas H. Hoberman to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

The Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California, will serve as the commencement speaker at Southwestern's 102nd Commencement Ceremony May 21, 2017, at the Shrine Auditorium. It is fitting that this trailblazing woman will be addressing the class of a law school which was founded over 100 years ago on the principle of providing broad access to the legal profession. In fact, Southwestern’s firs ...

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Southwestern Alumna Completes White House Internship Program

Southwestern Alumna Davetta Selma ’14 has completed the Spring 2016 White House Internship Program, an intensive, unpaid, full-time 16-week internship where acceptance is highly competitive. Over the course of the internship, Selma participated in a wide breadth of dynamic tasks and activities. She oversaw the Criminal Justice Reform portfolio in the Presidential Correspondence Office, assisted in choosing ...

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First Year Students Compete in Intramural Competitions

For the ninth consecutive year, Southwestern’s three-track Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS) curriculum has enabled first-year students to display their newly-honed abilities across three disciplines: traditional Moot Court (appellate), Trial Advocacy, and Negotiation. On Saturday, April 8, they impressed the judges when they argued, wrote and negotiated in Southwestern's 2017 Intramural Advocacy Co ...

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Alumnus Featured in Los Angeles Daily Journal

Southwestern Alumnus Elia Pirozzi ‘82 is featured in the April issue of The Los Angeles Daily Journal. A Superior Court Judge in San Bernardino assigned to the fast-track felony criminal trial court, Pirozzi has gained a reputation for balancing expeditiousness with sincere empathy in working through a relentlessly paced calendar. San Bernardino County Public Defender Ann Bounthavong describes Pirozzi as “v ...

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Southwestern Law School to Honor Prominent Alumni and Friends at Annual Awards Event

On Thursday, March 9, the Southwestern Alumni Association will honor distinguished members of the Southwestern Law School community at the 28th Annual Alumni Awards Gala. This year’s reception will be held at the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Pavilion featuring Endeavour and recognize seven individuals, as well as a law firm, for making a difference at Southwestern and within the legal community ...

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What Can I Do?

In recent months, many people have asked “What Can I Do?” to help promote justice and the rule of law, and to foster a sense of community, inclusiveness, and fairness. At Southwestern Law School, we have some answers to those questions. Below you will find opportunities designed specifically for students, alumni, attorneys, and everyone else. Find the section that applies best to you to see how you can be a ...

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Alumnus Elected to Board of Directors of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Sanford Michelman '95, co-founder and chairman of Michelman & Robinson LLP in Los Angeles, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Mr. Michelman was elected by member banks as one of three Class B directors, a designation given to directors who represent the public with "due but not exclusive consideration to the interests of agriculture, commerce, industry, s ...

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Alumna Appointed Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals

On January 2, Hon. Abbi Silver '89, will become the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals. She was elected to the Las Vegas Municipal Court in 2003, the Las Vegas Justice Court in 2006, and to the Eighth Judicial District Court in 2009, and again in 2014. "I am so thrilled and honored to be the first female Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Nevada," Judge Silver said. "Two ...

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Hon. Vaino Spencer ’52, Trailblazing Alumna, Dies at 96

Retired Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Vaino Spencer ‘52, who became the first African American woman appointed to the bench in California, died on October 25 at age 96. When Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown named Vaino Spencer to the Los Angeles Municipal Court, she had not yet reached the 10th Anniversary of her Southwestern graduation. A trailblazer for women and African Americans in the legal professio ...

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Southwestern Alumni are Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorp Elder Abuse Justice Fellows

SCALE alumni Stephanie Koguchi ’16 and Juan Carlos Moran ’14 are Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorp Elder Abuse Justice Fellows. These Fellows work in organizations that provide legal services to older adults who have been victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Koguchi and Moran are working at Bet Tzedek, a non-profit organization that provides free, expert legal advice and representation to low-incom ...

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