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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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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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Southwestern Deans make Top 25 “Most Influential People in Legal Education”

Once again, Southwestern is the only law school to be mentioned three times in the National Jurist’s Top 25 “Most Influential People in Legal Education”! Dean Emeritus Bryant Garth, Vice Dean Catherine Carpenter and Dean Susan Prager are all listed on page 22 of the feature, taking the number 12, 13 and 14 slots on the roster. To read more, click here. ...

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Symposium Held to Honor and Continue the Work of Late Professor, Scholar and Gender Equity Advocate Myrna Raeder

On November 14, Southwestern Law Review honored the late, beloved and prolific Professor Myrna Raeder by presenting the symposium Locking Up Females, Failing to Protect Them, and Punishing Their Children and Families: Can A Human Rights Approach Eliminate Gender Bias That Is Currently Treated as Gender Neutral? Professor Raeder was the consummate criminal justice advocate. Her work was widely cited in law r ...

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Faculty Activities

PROFESSOR RYAN ABBOTT Balancing Access and Innovation in India's Shifting IP Regime, Remarks 35 WHITTIER LAW REVIEW 341 (2014) Can Bayesian Extrapolation Improve FDA Regulation of Off-Label Uses of Drugs and Devices? FDLI'S FOOD AND DRUG POLICY FORUM; (with I. Ayres. 4(5), 1-12, 2014) Lectured, “California’s Malpractice System: Fair or Failed?” UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Available on Youtube) Spe ...

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Professor Abbott, MD, presents oral argument on behalf of Southwestern Law School’s Amicus Project in case of patient denied lung transplant

On November 25, Professor Ryan Abbott argued in front of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, on behalf of the Amicus Project at Southwestern Law School. He argued as an amicus (friend of the court) in support of appellant Wilfredo Velasquez, who had lost a trial against Advanced Biotech for medical expenses needed for a lung transplant. Velasquez argued on appeal that the trial court’ ...

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Scholarly Pursuits: ADR Scholars from around the country gather at Southwestern for AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s Works-in-Progress Conference

On November 7 and 8, Southwestern hosted the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s 8th Annual Works-in-Progress (WIP) Conference. This forum provided ADR scholars with the opportunity to share current research, obtain feedback, exchange ideas, reconnect with colleagues, and build new working relationships. “We were delighted to host this year’s AALS ADR Section ...

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