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Professor Michael Epstein’s new book, “Mass Media Law – A Survey of Content and Culture”

Professor Michael Epstein’s new book, Mass Media Law – A Survey of Content and Culture (Vandeplas Publishing, 2014), examines the law of mass communications and focuses on regulation of speech content under the First Amendment. Coverage includes laws relating to defamation, invasion of privacy, the right of publicity, indecency and obscenity, advertising, newsgathering, media violence, and media diversity. ...

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Southwestern Establishes Youth Offender Parole Hearing Practicum

In 2013, California passed a law that created a specialized parole hearing process for prisoners who were convicted for offenses they committed as juveniles. When this law went into effect in 2014, an estimated 6,000 people in California prisons became eligible for Youth Offender Parole Hearings. These differ from typical parole hearings because the Parole Board must give great weight to the diminished culp ...

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Professor Robert Lutz Honored as International Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of California International Law Section

The State Bar of California International Law Section has selected Professor Robert E. Lutz to receive the 2014 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. The honor is bestowed by the International Law Section on "legal practitioners who render extraordinary service to our profession in the field of international law." The first award was presented posthumously to former U.S. Secretary of ...

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Faculty in the Media

Fortune Magazine’s Chris Matthews discusses CEO pay in the article "Your boss is way better than you at getting a raise." He includes references to and quotes from Professor Michael Dorff’s new book and the argument that increases in CEO compensation have far outstripped what executives actually produce for their firms and society at large. In his guest column for The Hollywood Reporter titled, "James Garne ...

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Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato Celebrates 25 Years

The Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico - a consortium of the law schools compromised of Southwestern, University of Guanjuato, University of New Mexico and Texas Tech University - marked its 25th anniversary in June 2014. According to Professor Beth Caldwell, who taught at the Summer Law Institute this summer, the program provides a tremendous experience for students and faculty alike. "It was a won ...

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Legal Scholars and Reviewers Weigh in on Professor Michael Dorff’s New Book on CEO Pay

Corporate law expert Professor Michael Dorff has his opinions about why the CEO pay experiment failed and how to fix it, which he shares in his new book INDISPENSABLE AND OTHER MYTHS. According to Kirkus Reviews, the book is "a provocative thesis couched in measured, scholarly language." Click here to read the full review. Professor Dorff recently shared insights on his book and the topic at a Beverly Hills ...

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Faculty in the Media

Professor Ryan Abbott commented on some of the unique aspects and implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., in the LawDragon article "Hobby Lobby Case Tempts Firms to Find Religion, Law Professors Say." Professor Robert Pugsley has also commented on aspects of the Hobby Lobby case on various radio stations airing around the country this week, including KRLA and W ...

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New Issue of JIMEL Features an Especially Diverse Set of Articles

Volume 5, Issue 1 of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (JIMEL), published in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Forums on Communications Law and the Entertainment and Sports Industries, is now available. According to Professor Michael Epstein, the Journal's Supervising Editor, the media and entertainment articles selected for this issue are especially diverse. "The topics ...

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Former Judge Advocate Rachel VanLandingham Appointed to Southwestern Faculty

Rachel E. VanLandingham, a military law expert and 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), has been appointed to the Southwestern Law School full-time faculty as an Associate Professor of Law beginning Fall 2014. She will teach in the areas of criminal law and procedure. A Judge Advocate for more than a decade, she also looks forward to teaching in the area of national security law in the future. In a ...

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Faculty in the Media

Professor Michael Dorff was quoted in the article - and the title - of  Slate Magazine's "Kickstarter, but With Stock," regarding the JOBS Act of 2012's Title III, specifically equity crowdfunding: "It's an intuitive and appealing idea - Kickstarter, but with stock... It's also a disaster waiting to happen." Professor Robert Pugsley was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor ("California court strikes down ...

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