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From Middle School to Law School: Two determined young women pursue their dreams together

When Dulce Vasquez and Ashley Williams met in middle school, they seemed to have little in common. They were from different ethnic backgrounds and home lives. Vasquez lived with her traditional family. Williams spent her childhood in the foster care system. But both of them were outstanding students who shared a passion for learning. They became best friends and wound up going to high school, college and la ...

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Trial Advocacy Honors Program Wins Annual Honors Program Members’ Challenge

Congratulations to the members of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program, the 2015 winners of Southwestern's annual Honors Program Members' Challenge for the second year in a row! The challenge is designed to help Southwestern reconnect specifically with those alumni who participated in Law Review, Law Journal, Moot Court or the Trial Advocacy Honors Program from the class of 1995 to the most recent class. It al ...

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Negotiation Team Takes Second Place at National Competition

After winning the regional round of the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition in March, Southwestern’s team of Amanda Figueroa and Chris White performed exceptionally well at the National Competition held in April in Seattle, taking Second Place. Eight teams (out of the total of 96 original participating teams) that had won their respective regional competitions attended the Nationals. During the prel ...

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First year law students continue tradition of superb advocacy

One of the most innovative aspects of Southwestern’s curriculum is the way that first-year students learn about legal analysis, writing and advocacy skills across three disciplines: traditional Moot Court (appellate), Trial Advocacy and Negotiation. This year’s 1Ls did not disappoint when they argued, wrote and negotiated in Southwestern's 2015 Intramural Advocacy Competitions, the culminating activity of S ...

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Southwestern Students Recognized for Contributions to Public Service

At the Sixth Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon at Southwestern, six graduating students were recognized for their dedication to serving those in need. Karina Godoy received the George and Katrina Woolverton Public Service Award.  Additionally, Public Interest Law Service Awards were bestowed upon five recipients, including:  Esther Chan, Alexander Gamez, Angelic Malia Ho, Andrés Holguin-Flores (with Dis ...

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Commencement Speaker and Singer Selected

At Southwestern's 100th Commencement Ceremony on May 17 at the Shrine Auditorium, part-time evening student Mark Talise will deliver the student commencement address and SCALE student Laura Guerrero will sing the national anthem. Mark Talise, Commencement Speaker Mark Talise is Editor-in-Chief of the Southwestern Law Review. He also works as a law clerk for Bleau Fox, APLC. Prior to law school, he was a cla ...

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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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Southwestern reaches semifinals and wins Best Brief at National Competition

At the Fifth Annual Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition hosted by Elon University School of Law, Southwestern’s team performed well, finishing as semifinalists (as one of the top four out of 28 participating teams from 20 law schools) and winning First Place Respondents’ Brief, which was also the highest scored overall brief in the competition. Oralists Laura Free and Erika White defea ...

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Southwestern Takes Second Place at State Bar Environmental Law Negotiation Competition

At the 16th Annual Student Environmental Negotiations Competition hosted by the Environmental Law Section of the California State Bar, Southwestern’s team of Alexandria Davis and Vardan Ksachukyan won Second Place. They finished ahead of 24 teams from 15 law schools, including UC Berkeley School of Law, UCLA School of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Irvine School of Law, UC Davis School of Law, Chap ...

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Southwestern Students Selected as 2015 Employee Justice Fellows

Southwestern students Paymon Mondegari and Candace Rodriguez know firsthand how the combination of preparation, faculty advice and alumni connections can result in major opportunities for learning and career development. They were both recently selected as 2015 Employee Justice Fellows by the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) and Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (FAIR). The fel ...

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