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TAHP Team Takes Second Place at National Competition

At the 24th Annual San Diego Defense Lawyers' Mock Trial Competition held last weekend, Southwestern's team of Monica Arellano, Vira Samouhi, Greg Selarz and Stephanie Williams won Second Place Team. Because it was an anonymous competition, the identity of the teams Southwestern competed against and defeated was not disclosed. However, over 20 teams from 17 law schools around the country participated, inclu ...

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Student Honored for Outstanding Pro Bono Efforts

Third year day program student Alexander Gamez was selected as a second-round finalist and awarded a Merit Distinction amongst a very competitive field for the Annual NALP PSJD Pro Bono Publico Award. The purpose of the Publico Award is to recognize the significant contributions that law students make to underserved populations, the public interest community, and legal education by performing pro bono work. ...

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Southwestern to Host First American Constitution Society Southern California Regional Conference

Co-Sponsored by Southwestern’s ACS Student Chapter, UCLA ACS Student Chapter and the Los Angeles ACS Lawyer Chapter The American Constitution Society (ACS) is a national non-partisan progressive legal organization dedicated to fostering discussion and debate on important legal, public policy, and constitutional issues. On Sunday, October 26, the Southwestern student chapter of the ACS will welcome the other ...

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Southwestern Establishes Youth Offender Parole Hearing Practicum

In 2013, California passed a law that created a specialized parole hearing process for prisoners who were convicted for offenses they committed as juveniles. When this law went into effect in 2014, an estimated 6,000 people in California prisons became eligible for Youth Offender Parole Hearings. These differ from typical parole hearings because the Parole Board must give great weight to the diminished culp ...

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Five Southwestern Students Receive California Bar Foundation Scholarships

Southwestern students Claudia Garcia-Robleno, Monica Ponce de Leon, Ebony Randolph, Damaris Santamaria and Darris Upton-Stuart have been selected to receive California Bar Foundation Scholarships through the organization's 2014 Diversity Scholarship Program.  The recipients, who come from communities underrepresented in the legal profession, were among 33 law students in California chosen from a competitive ...

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International LL.M. Students Get Their Day in Court

Diversity is one of the hallmarks of life in Los Angeles. So it is only fitting that Southwestern’s LL.M. program hosts a cadre of international students from a wide range of countries and cultures. Students from Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, China, England, Netherlands, Russia and Saudi Arabia have come to Southwestern this year to study the American legal system. On August 13, they visited Los Ange ...

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Justice’s Ruling in Supreme Court Case Tracks Main Points of Southwestern Student’s Amicus Brief

The Supreme Court has ruled that cell phones can't be searched without a warrant, an argument that recent graduate Anna Aran '14 also made in her amicus brief filed for the case of United States v. Wurie as part of our Amicus Project. "They did not cite our brief, but Justice Robert's opinion tracks our main points," said Aran, who wrote the brief with the assistance of Professor Norman Garland and Professo ...

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Student Lauren Plunkett Featured/Profiled by OneJustice

OneJustice featured full-time¬†student Lauren Plunkett this month as another example of how ‚ÄúIt Takes a Network‚ÄĚ to achieve access to justice for Californians in need. Click here¬†to read more about her path from undergrad to the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology to Southwestern, where she's has participated in the Public Service Program, Public Interest Law Committee, and of course, OneJus ...

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Nine Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation

The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) awarded scholarships to nine Southwestern students at its 23rd Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala last weekend. Of the 26 scholarships awarded, Southwestern students made up the largest contingent of honorees, including Maritza Agundez, Lauren Fierro, Jeffrey Garcia, Monique Moncayo, Candace Rodriguez, Patricia Salcedo, Nalleli Sandoval, Sophia Segura and Jessica V ...

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Southwestern Practicum Students Win Two Appellate Cases

Students participating in Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Practicum completed a very successful year, winning both of the cases they argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In April, the court granted Southwestern's client's petition for review and remanded it to the Board of Immigration Appeals with instructions to vacate the order removing him from the United States. Professor Gowri Ramachan ...

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