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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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Professor Julia Vazquez to be Honored by National Lawyers Guild

Professor Julia Vázquez is being honored by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in recognition of her outstanding work as a professor and supervising attorney for Southwestern’s Immigration Law Clinic. She is an officer of the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and will receive her award at a the group's annual dinner on June 12 in Pasadena. "I am humbled and honored to receive this ...

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Faculty Activities

PROFESSOR RYAN ABBOTT The New Designer Drug Wave: A Clinical, Toxicological, and Legal Analysis (with D. Smith) 18:1-4 JOURNAL OF PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS (Nov. 2015) Book Review, FDA IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: THE CHALLENGES OF REGULATING DRUGS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES (H.F. Lynch and I.G. Cohen, eds), 1-5 JOURNAL OF LAW AND THE BIOSCIENCES (2015). Interviewed re: recent developments in FTC v. Wyndham and the Amar ...

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Professor Norman Garland to Receive Honorary Degree

The Southwestern Board of Trustees has selected Professor Norman M. Garland to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Southwestern’s 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 15, 2016. Professor Garland is a highly respected teacher and scholar whose commitment, creativity and enthusiasm for academic innovation has had a tremendous impact on his students and the advancement of Southwestern for more than four ...

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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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Faculty in the Media

Southwestern faculty regularly contribute their expertise on a wide range of cutting edge legal issues for print, broadcast and online news sources. Among our professors featured recently were: > Professor Beth Caldwell, who explains how community-based interventions are far more effective than incarceration for youths, in her Op-Ed article, “Probation Camp Alternatives Work Better for Teens,” that was r ...

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Vice Dean Carpenter and Professors Heilman and Segil Receive 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School is pleased to announce that Vice Dean Catherine Carpenter, Professor John Heilman, and Professor Larraine Segil have been selected to receive the law school's 2016 Excellence in Teaching Awards. Dean Susan Prager said, "Southwestern’s faculty has a longstanding commitment to excellence, and it is satisfying to see these honors going to professors who embody the kind of commitment to ...

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Prof. Strader’s article on insider trading to be featured in Securities Law Review

Professor Kelly Strader’s article “(Re)Conceptualizing Insider Trading: United States v. Newman and the Intent to Defraud,” (80 BROOKLYN LAW REVIEW 4 (2015)), has been selected by Professor Donald Langevoort of Georgetown University Law Center as one of the top securities law articles for 2015 and will be published in the book, The Securities Law Review (West). Professor Strader also has been invited to pre ...

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Faculty in the News

Several media outlets, from the Huffington Post to the Los Angeles Times, recently sought the expert commentary of Southwestern professors regarding criminal law issues in the news: Professor John Heilman commented on the difficulties some victims of sexual assault often face in the courtroom in the Vox.com article, “What Kesha's unbreakable contract says about how courts approach rape cases” http://www.vox ...

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New Intersession Course Explores How to Legally Protect the Elderly

During the first week of January, Southwestern Law School offered a unique, new intersession course, Medical/Legal Aspects of Older Adults - Capacity, Undue Influence, and Abuse, which focused on critical legal issues related to the elderly. The purpose of the class was to help students gain a basic understanding of the issues that the elderly face and greater knowledge and expertise in addressing issues of ...

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