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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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Faculty Activities

PROFESSOR RYAN ABBOTT Evidence and Extrapolation: Mechanisms for Regulating Off-Label Uses of Drugs and Devices, 64 DUKE LAW JOURNAL 377 (with I. Ayres, 2014) Post-Market Drug Regulation in the Age of Big Data: What Path to the Promised Land? FDLI's FOOD AND DRUG POLICY FORUM, 4 (10), 1-14 Interviewed, possible legal ramifications of not using vaccines/measles outbreak, ABC7 and Bloomberg Law  PROFESSOR RON ...

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Southwestern Community Mourns the Passing of Hon. Arthur L. AlarcĂłn

The Southwestern community was saddened by the loss of the Honorable Arthur L. AlarcĂłn, Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, who passed away on January 28, 2015, at the age of 89. A long-time friend of Southwestern, he served on the adjunct faculty for over two decades and was one of the first local federal judges to take Southwestern students as externs. Judge AlarcĂłn was awarde ...

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Southwestern’s Amicus Project impacts landmark California Court of Appeal ruling

Southwestern’s Amicus Project played an integral role in a recent ruling made by the California Court of Appeal. The Appellate opinion rendered holds that immigration status is irrelevant to a personal injury action not claiming damages for lost earnings or earnings capacity, and that immigration status is not relevant to credibility. Last November, Professor Ryan Abbott argued as an amicus (friend of the c ...

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SCALE II student prepares amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court

As a participant in Southwestern’s Amicus Project, under the supervision of Professor Norman Garland and direction of Professor Michael Epstein, SCALE II student Bernadette Bolan successfully contributed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court for a case that will be argued in March. The U.S. Supreme Court is reserving a seat for Bolan, and she will fly to Washington D.C. to observe oral arguments in the ...

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