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Practice Spotlight on Medical Malpractice Attorney Linda Star ’80

Linda Star considers herself fortunate to have gotten an early start in trial work while having the chance to collaborate with and learn from luminaries in the field. The summer after her first year at Southwestern, she clerked for the firm of Hillsinger & Costanzo. The experience was so terrific that she worked there throughout law school and stayed at the firm for 22 years of her career, calling that ...

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Megan Craig ’15 Wins American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence

Megan Craig ’15, an associate at Bayer, Wishman & Leotta, has won a Medal of Excellence from the American Bankruptcy Institute in recognition of her outstanding performance in bankruptcy coursework. Vice Dean Anahid Gharakhanian and Adjunct Professor Edward Wolkowitz, who teaches bankruptcy at Southwestern, nominated Craig for the award. "It was a great privilege to study under Professor Wolkowitz, one ...

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Practice Spotlight on Family Law Attorney Neal Hersh ’76

This is the first in a series of profiles of Southwestern alumni who are prominent trial attorneys in wide-ranging areas of practice. Neal Hersh will be the first to tell you that he got into family law not by design but by circumstance. That turned out to be a great thing. “Family law is a very unique breed,” he explained. “It’s not an acquired taste. You either love it or deplore it. You have to be a peop ...

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Alumni Q&A with Josh Passman ’08

Q. What prompted you to pursue a law degree? A. I grew up with a family of lawyers: My dad (Don Passman) is a prominent music attorney in Beverly Hills and my brother (Danny Passman) is an entertainment attorney as well. My grandfather was an attorney, too. Additionally, while I was an undergraduate student at Pitzer College, I took a course called Teaching in Prison. I went to a juvenile detention center i ...

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SPOTLIGHT ON ADJUNCT FACULTY: Q&A with Adjunct Professor Timothy Weiner

Alumnus and adjunct at Southwestern since 2003 Teaches: Forensic Evidence Q: As Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, what kinds of cases do you handle? A: As a state criminal prosecutor in the Appeals, Writs, and Trials section of the California Department of Justice, I work almost exclusively on felony cases, most often in the California Court of Appeal.  However, one of the be ...

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Southwestern’s Appellate Litigation Clinic is Instrumental in Ninth Circuit Decision

Under the supervision of Adjunct Professor Andrew Knapp, Southwestern’s Appellate Litigation Clinic prevailed in Dimaya v. Lynch, --- F.3d ----, 2015 WL 612354615 (9th Cir. Oct 19, 2015) (No. 11–71307). On October 19, the Ninth Circuit Court granted Southwestern's appeal in a published decision striking down part of a federal immigration statute as unconstitutionally void for vagueness. Recent Southwestern ...

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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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Southwestern alumna wins prestigious award from Federal Bar Association

On October 8, Southwestern alumna Megan Craig ‘15, a law clerk at Bayer, Wishman & Leotta, received the Judge Barry Russell Federal Practice Award presented by the Federal Bar Association. Every year, the Los Angeles chapter of the Federal Bar Association presents the award to a student from each of the five Los Angeles-area ABA approved law schools to honor their achievement in federal courts or practi ...

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Southwestern Alumnus Leads FBI Chicago Bureau

Michael J. Anderson ’94 has been appointed as Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s field office in Chicago. Responsible for leading numerous high profile corruption cases including convictions of members of Congress, Anderson is a 20-year veteran of the FBI who most recently spent three years as head of the bureau's New Orleans division. In his new position, he will oversee about ...

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Two Distinguished Alumni to Be Inducted Into Langston Bar Hall of Fame

The Southwestern Community congratulates distinguished alumni Robert H. McNeill Jr. ’78 and Katie Murph Trotter ’76 who will be inducted into the Langston Bar Association Hall of Fame as 2015 Legends of the Legal Profession. They will be honored on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the LA Hotel Downtown. Langston is the oldest and largest African-American Bar Association in California. The annual Hall of Fame I ...

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