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Alumni Honored at Family Law Event

On June 4, the Southwestern Alumni Association presented the second annual Signing on the Dotted Line: A Family Law MCLE Event & Award Ceremony. Chaired by Patrick Baghdaserians '07, the program featured prominent panels of experts from the bench and bar discussing best strategies in family law for business valuation, discovery and witness preparation. During the lunchtime presentation, Neal Raymond Her ...

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Los Angeles Lawyers Make Music for a Cause

On Saturday, June 18, the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic & Legal Voices will honor legendary songwriter Richard M. Sherman at the 7th Annual Disney Hall Concert Extraordinaire, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting local legal aid efforts. Led by founder-conductor Gary S. Greene, Esq., the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic (LALP) is made up of an orchestra, chorus (Legal Voices) and band (Gary G ...

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Recent Graduates Earn Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Scholarships

Lauren Fierro and Monique Moncayo, who both graduated from Southwestern’s PLEAS program in May, have been awarded scholarships from the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. “I am so grateful to be nominated by my school and receive this scholarship,” Moncayo said. “It's foundations like the BHBF that allow graduates to afford to do good with their law ...

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Class of 2016 Celebrates at Southwestern Law School’s 101st Commencement

Members of the Class of 2016 and their families, friends and faculty gathered at the Shrine Auditorium on May 15 for Southwestern's 101st Commencement Ceremony. The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, served as the keynote speaker, and degrees were conferred upon 326 Juris Doctor (J.D.) and 36 Master of Laws (LL.M.) candidates. In her opening remarks, Dean Susan Prager ...

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Southwestern Law Review Wins Annual Honors Program Members’ Challenge

Congratulations to the members of the Southwestern Law Review, the 2016 winners of Southwestern's annual Honors Program Members' Challenge! The challenge is designed to help Southwestern reconnect specifically with those alumni who participated in Law Review, Law Journal, Moot Court or the Trial Advocacy Honors Program from the class of 1995 to the most recent class. It also gives alumni the opportunity to ...

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A Leader in Entertainment Law

Southwestern continues to be recognized as a top school for entertainment law by the entertainment media such as The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. Since 2012, when The Hollywood Reporter initiated its annual Top Entertainment Law Schools list, Southwestern has been included all five years. This year, Southwestern is #6 on the list, which is featured in THR’s 2016 "Power Lawyers" issue. Originally in 201 ...

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Southwestern Alumna Receives Two Prestigious Criminal Defense Practice Awards

Steffeny Holtz ’94 is the 2016 recipient of the Criminal Courts Bar Association’s Jerry Giesler Memorial Award and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Defense Attorney of the Year. She will receive the Jerry Giesler Memorial Award on April 23 and the LACBA Criminal Justice Award on May 11. “This is very unexpected and humbling, and I’m very grateful to be recognized,” said Ms. Holtz, who has been a solo ...

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Southwestern and the “Trial of the Century”

FX Network’s “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson” recently concluded its 10-episode run and sparked a renewed interest in the case of the football star who was tried and acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Those who watched the limited series’ finale may have noticed that in the where-are-they-now freeze frames of the key players, prosecu ...

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Women’s Law Association Honors Alumnae at Annual Tea & Luncheon

On Sunday, April 3, Southwestern’s Women’s Law Association (WLA) hosted its Annual Spring Tea & Luncheon, to honor two prominent Southwestern alumnae with the “Woman of the Year” and “Lifetime Achievement” awards, and to present a practitioner panel. The program featured a discussion on “Women in Law: The Unbeaten Path” with panelists Nicole Abboud ’11 who has a solo practice in fashion and apparel law; ...

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Alumni Q&A with Patricia Gruen ’01

Q: What motivated you to pursue a legal education? A: I wanted to help people. I originally thought I would do this by practicing environmental law, but I ended up serving our country and focusing on criminal law. Q: How did you decide to earn your JD degree at Southwestern? A: Southwestern had the PLEAS program. I wanted to go to a school that was in the Los Angeles area and that had a program more compati ...

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