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Prominent Alumni Tell New Students “The Practice of Law Begins Today”

Before setting foot into a classroom, students entering their first year at Southwestern received an important message from two accomplished alumni: "Your legal careers begin now." Conducting themselves with integrity, civility and intention during law school will have a successful impact on their professional practice. Law school is not only where students learn legal writing, contracts, evidence, torts an ...

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Introduction to Legal Writing Course Gives Students a Glimpse into the Rigors of Law School

Anyone who has been in law school will tell you that one of the first things they had to learn is how to write like a lawyer. Even students who are excellent writers when they enter law school will find that legal writing presents a unique challenge that requires a specific approach. For students who want to get a sense of what this new way of communicating entails, Southwestern offers a Summer Introduction ...

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Southwestern Students Featured in Armenian Soap Opera “Dangerous Games”

They are not lawyers quite yet, but they got to play them on TV. Southwestern students Lianna Urfalyan ’17 and Robert Khalatian ’17 recently took on the respective roles of defense attorney and prosecution in an episode of “Dangerous Games,” an Armenian soap opera. The scene was filmed in Southwestern’s Hon. Julian Dixon Courtroom.  In addition to the attorneys, the judge and jury were also played by Southw ...

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Tina Robinson 2L Evening Program

Tina Robinson has never shied away from a challenge. This competitive spirit has made her successful in a variety of pursuits, from playing French horn to finishing strong in grueling triathlons. Her ambition and discipline has enabled her to successfully complete her first year as an evening program student at Southwestern while continuing her full-time work as a home health physical therapist. Originally ...

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Student Successfully Attains Parole for Client

Evening student Yessica Jovel was able to take the skills she has learned during her time at Southwestern and apply them to successfully attain parole for a client of the law school's Youth Offender Parole Hearing Practicum. "The Practicum allowed me to learn first-hand the unique issues facing juvenile offenders and how the 'hallmarks of youth' including immaturity, impulsivity, recklessness, and poor judg ...

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Twelve Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation

The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) awarded scholarships to 12 Southwestern students at its 25th Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala on June 11. Of the 25 scholarships awarded, Southwestern students made up the largest contingent of honorees, earning a total of $90,000 in scholarship money. They included Zurit Barajas, Erik Ceja, Nathalie Meza Contreras, Rosio Flores, Raul Ibarra, Veronica Martin ...

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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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Recent Graduates Earn Beverly Hills Bar Foundation Scholarships

Lauren Fierro and Monique Moncayo, who both graduated from Southwestern’s PLEAS program in May, have been awarded scholarships from the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. “I am so grateful to be nominated by my school and receive this scholarship,” Moncayo said. “It's foundations like the BHBF that allow graduates to afford to do good with their law ...

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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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Evening Student Elected To Neighborhood Council

Second year evening student Ellen Oganesyan has been elected to the North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council. The council is governed by a board of 15 elected stakeholders who serve four-year terms. Elections are held approximately every two years. The NHNEC was created to serve the stakeholders and to provide a better link between local neighborhoods and City Hall. “I chose to run for the council be ...

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