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Professor Pugsley Retires

After 38 years with the Southwestern community, Professor Robert A. Pugsley retired at the end of the Spring 2016 semester. Southwestern’s Dean Susan Prager met this news with mixed emotions: "Professor Bob Pugsley has willingly carried a heavy load in the curriculum and has meant a great deal to so many of his students over the decades.  This makes his decision to retire a real loss for us. At the same tim ...

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Los Angeles Lawyers Make Music for a Cause

On Saturday, June 18, the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic & Legal Voices will honor legendary songwriter Richard M. Sherman at the 7th Annual Disney Hall Concert Extraordinaire, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting local legal aid efforts. Led by founder-conductor Gary S. Greene, Esq., the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic (LALP) is made up of an orchestra, chorus (Legal Voices) and band (Gary G ...

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Class of 2016 Celebrates at Southwestern Law School’s 101st Commencement

Members of the Class of 2016 and their families, friends and faculty gathered at the Shrine Auditorium on May 15 for Southwestern's 101st Commencement Ceremony. The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, served as the keynote speaker, and degrees were conferred upon 326 Juris Doctor (J.D.) and 36 Master of Laws (LL.M.) candidates. In her opening remarks, Dean Susan Prager ...

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Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court to Speak at Southwestern Law School Commencement Ceremony

The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, will deliver the keynote address at Southwestern's 101st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. An accomplished jurist, scholar, practitioner and decorated war veteran, Justice Chin has served in the legal profession for over 45 years, including nearly three decades on the bench. ...

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Alumni and friends celebrate and Support Southwestern’s Inaugural Summer Abroad Program in Armenia

February 17 was a dark and stormy night in Pasadena. Vice Dean Anahid Gharakhanian worried that the weather would keep people away. But she was pleased to see a crowded room at the reception to celebrate Southwestern Law School’s Inaugural Summer Abroad Program in Armenia. "I could not be more delighted with the turnout of Southwestern alumni and friends," Dean Gharakhanian said. "The room was packed, and p ...

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LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell Shares His Views on His First Year in Office

On November 23, Southwestern’s Criminal Law Society hosted a special program featuring an interview with Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. In a wide ranging discussion moderated by Professor John Heilman, Sheriff McDonnell talked about the enormous challenges that the nation’s largest sheriff’s department and second largest policing agency faces, as well as the changes he has worked to implement sin ...

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Southwestern Partners with “Giving Tuesday” to Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

For the third year, Southwestern has joined the national movement and become a proud partner of Giving Tuesday, coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday season. This day of giving is meant to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, businesses and individuals - and transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the givi ...

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Southwestern Partners with KCCD and Other Korean American Organizations in Community Outreach Event

Southwestern welcomed the Korean Community to an evening reception and tours of the campus during a special event on October 29 co-hosted by the law school and Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD). Guests met faculty, staff, students and alumni of Southwestern and heard from Dean Susan Prager, KCCD President Hyepin Im, attorney Yealee Song ’14, and Vice Dean Anahid Gharakhanian. In her remarks, ...

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Special Event for Korean Community to Be Hosted by Southwestern and Korean Churches for Community Development

Southwestern Law School and Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD* are hosting a Special Reception for the Korean American Community at the Southwestern campus on Thursday, October 29, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The free event will feature a light dinner reception, brief program and tours of the law school’s historic Bullocks Wilshire Building. “Southwestern takes great pride in being one of the ...

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Southwestern Faculty Approves Unique Summer Law Program in Armenia

For years, Los Angeles’ second oldest law school has had a special relationship with the Armenian-American community. Home to over 140 law students of Armenian heritage, Southwestern also boasts a cadre of active and engaged Armenian-American alumni who for decades have been leaders in the Armenian community as well as the community at large. Southwestern’s commitment to the Armenian community was recently ...

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