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Chief Justice of California Supreme Court to Speak at Commencement; Thomas H. Hoberman to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

The Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California, will serve as the commencement speaker at Southwestern's 102nd Commencement Ceremony May 21, 2017, at the Shrine Auditorium. It is fitting that this trailblazing woman will be addressing the class of a law school which was founded over 100 years ago on the principle of providing broad access to the legal profession. In fact, Southwestern’s firs ...

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Children’s Rights Clinic Successfully Defends Two At-Risk Students

Southwestern’s Children’s Rights Clinic has recently scored two victories resulting in positive outcomes for a pair of at-risk children both facing expulsion in their respective cases. Students Chris Laidig and Lauren Delvaux-Tochner successfully represented a disabled student at a school discipline hearing. The child, who suffers from ADHD and PTSD resulting from an abusive upbringing and whose father is i ...

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SCALE Students Win First Place at National Negotiation Competition

On April 20, SCALE II students Joe Nuñez and Nico Mamone won the ABA Representation in Mediation competition in San Francisco. They beat Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State, and Buffalo Law School in the preliminary rounds. They ended up facing Cordozo again in the final round and beat them again. "Joe and Nico are simply brilliant,” said Professor Cristina ...

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Southwestern Alumna Completes White House Internship Program

Southwestern Alumna Davetta Selma ’14 has completed the Spring 2016 White House Internship Program, an intensive, unpaid, full-time 16-week internship where acceptance is highly competitive. Over the course of the internship, Selma participated in a wide breadth of dynamic tasks and activities. She oversaw the Criminal Justice Reform portfolio in the Presidential Correspondence Office, assisted in choosing ...

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Southwestern Ranked Tallest Law School and Recognized for Practical Training and Intellectual Property Programs in preLaw Magazine.

In its Spring 2017 issue, preLaw Magazine ranked Southwestern as the tallest law school in the country (page 4), towering over Fordham Law, Seton Hall and Brooklyn Law.   In the same issue, preLaw awarded Southwestern a B+ in practical training (page 35). Noting that “integrating more practical skills instruction and experiences is the best way for law schools to better equip their graduates with the skills ...

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Alumnus Featured in Los Angeles Daily Journal

Southwestern Alumnus Elia Pirozzi ‘82 is featured in the April issue of The Los Angeles Daily Journal. A Superior Court Judge in San Bernardino assigned to the fast-track felony criminal trial court, Pirozzi has gained a reputation for balancing expeditiousness with sincere empathy in working through a relentlessly paced calendar. San Bernardino County Public Defender Ann Bounthavong describes Pirozzi as “v ...

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic Statistics

Southwestern congratulates and thanks the students who graciously provided their time and effort to participate in this year’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic. As you can see from the graphic above, the students who make this clinic possible provided a tremendous and much-needed service to our neighbors and people in the surrounding community. This year, the clinic built a relationship with th ...

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BLSA Teams Excel at National Competition

At the 49th Annual National Black Law Students Association convention held March 7 to 12 in Houston, Texas, two teams representing Southwestern performed very well. Venessa Simpson and Jasmine Ortega competed in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. They were one of 12 competing teams to win the Excellence in Leadership award by the US Marines Corps JAG for their demonstrated teamwork during the co ...

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Mobile App Challenge Teaches Law Students Tech for the Trade

Southwestern Law School is in the midst of an exciting new addition to its curriculum—a hands-on course that takes students through the legal and technical aspects of creating an application for mobile devices. The Mobile App Challenge began the first week of January 2017 and is continuing through the spring semester. In this three-credit course, students are taking part in multi-disciplined teams to develo ...

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Moot Court Team Wins Best Advocate, Reaches Semi-Finals

At the Bryant-Moore Moot Court Competition held the first weekend of March at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., Southwestern’s team of Harmony Anderson, Reneh Sepanosian and Sherron Wiggins performed very well, finishing the competition as semi-finalists. Additionally, Wiggins was named best advocate. Ten schools competed at the event, but the names of the participating teams were kept an ...

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