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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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Southwestern to Honor Outstanding Members of the Entertainment Law Community

As one of the top entertainment law schools in the country, Southwestern will recognize three outstanding attorneys for their contributions to the entertainment and media industries, the legal profession and legal education at the Donald E. Biederman Entertainment & Media Law Institute Awards Reception. Susan Cleary ’93 will receive the award for Outstanding Alumna in Entertainment and Media Law; Michae ...

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Clinical Conference Explored Ways to Close the Justice Gap

On September 29, Southwestern presented the First Clinical Conference on Closing the Justice Gap for California's Youth: Diverse Solutions for Diverse Communities. This inaugural clinical conference brought together attorneys, law students, academics and community service providers to discuss issues facing children and youth in the community and strategize innovative ways that lawyers and advocates can help ...

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Eleven Southwestern Graduates Selected for ABOTA Fellowships

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has selected 11 members of Southwestern's Class of 2016 for its 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 th ...

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Prominent Alumni Tell New Students “The Practice of Law Begins Today”

Before setting foot into a classroom, students entering their first year at Southwestern received an important message from two accomplished alumni: "Your legal careers begin now." Conducting themselves with integrity, civility and intention during law school will have a successful impact on their professional practice. Law school is not only where students learn legal writing, contracts, evidence, torts an ...

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Southwestern Alumnus Judge David Wesley and Southwestern Students Play Key Roles in Award Winning Teen Court Program

The Los Angeles Superior Court Teen Court Program has been awarded the California State Bar Education Pipeline Award. Teen Court was created and initiated by Southwestern alumnus, the Hon. David Wesley ’72 over 20 years ago. The partnership includes Los Angeles Superior Court and volunteer judges, Los Angeles County Probation, local school districts, volunteer attorneys and partnerships with law schools. In ...

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