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New Issue of Entertainment Journal Explores Hot Topic of Drones

Volume 5, Issue 2 of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (JIMEL) has been published and is devoted entirely to the law and regulation surrounding the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) by entertainment and media entities. The issue contains articles written as a result of the 2014 Drone Symposium Conference, “Using Drones in the News and Entertainment Industries: Legal and ...

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Southwestern Faculty in the News

Several Southwestern faculty have published op eds or provided commentary on a variety of legal issues for local, national and international news outlets in recent weeks. Among them: > In the Chicago Tribune story, “Suburban woman pushes for change to sex offender law,” Vice Dean Catherine Carpenter is quoted about the possible implications of broadening judges’ discretionary authority related to sex off ...

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Korean Connections at Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School has a longstanding and historic commitment to diversity. Located in the heart of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, the institution is proudly growing stronger ties with the Korean and Korean-American communities by forging both local and international alliances. This Spring, Vice Dean Anahid Gharakhanian spent 10 days in Seoul, including participation in an EducationUSA event, a program under ...

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Class of 2015 Celebrates at Southwestern Law School’s 100th Commencement

A century after the first graduate completed her law degree and became the first female public defender in the country, the members of the Class of 2015 and their families, friends and faculty gathered at the Shrine Auditorium on May 17 for Southwestern's 100th Commencement Ceremony. The milestone occasion was attended by former deans and members of the founder’s family. The Honorable Carol A. Corrigan, Ass ...

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A Dozen Questions for Professor Rachel VanLandingham

1. What made you decide that you would study law? Was it part of your original plan when you were commissioned? The Air Force truly led me to law school; I was incredibly fortunate to have my law school education, as well as two masters' degrees and my undergraduate education, all funded by the Air Force.  After my graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy and simultaneous commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in ...

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Professor Gunning Appointed to LA County Human Relations Commission

On May 5, Professor Isabelle Gunning was appointed to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission by County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations is dedicated to promoting positive race and human relations in an increasingly complex and multicultural county. The Commission works to develop programs that proactively address racism, homophobia, religious prejudice ...

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Faculty Activities

PROFESSOR CHRIS CAMERON Webinar Moderator, "NLRB Update: New Rule on Representation Case Procedures and Employee Rights Concerning Employer Email Systems,” ABA Section on Labor & Employment Law PROFESSOR CATHERINE CARPENTER Cited, dissent opinion of California Supreme Court Case No. S209167, James Richard Johnson v. Department of Justice PROFESSOR LAURA DYM COHEN Program Initiator, LA Incubator Consorti ...

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Women’s Law Association Honors Dean Gowri Ramachandran

On April 12, Southwestern’s Women’s Law Association honored Associate Dean Gowri Ramachandran as the WLA 2015 Faculty Member of the Year. The event also honored student members who will graduate in May. During the luncheon, a panel of distinguished speakers spoke about their career trajectories that led to their positions of leadership. This panel included: Hon. Judge Deborah Brazil ’96, former Prosecutor o ...

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Professor Watson to Retire after 36 years with Southwestern

Professor Catherine Kunkel Watson ’86, will begin full retirement at the end of this semester after 36 years with the Southwestern community. From 1979 to 1985, Professor Watson worked in various staff capacities at the law school, including as a paralegal at the Southwestern Clinical Center. During this period, she was also a student in the Evening Program, was a member of Law Review and received an award ...

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Professors Yokoyama, Heilman, and Blumenfeld Receive 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards from Southwestern Law School

Southwestern Law School is pleased to announce that Professors Dennis Yokoyama, John Heilman, and Stan Blumenfeld have been selected to receive the law school's 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards. “The excellence of the faculty directly impacts how Southwestern students are perceived in the community,” SBA Vice President Erica Steinberg said. “It was truly amazing that 49 professors were nominated. This rem ...

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