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Eleven Southwestern Graduates Selected for ABOTA Fellowships

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has selected 11 members of Southwestern's Class of 2016 for its prestigious three month Fellowship program. Graduates Jasmina Aragon, Tonya Barseghian, Katherine (Katy) Bekken, Anny Edinchikyan, Timothy Gauthier, Alex Giraldo, Shawn Halbert, Celline Hoogi, Nicole Ortiz, Sara Rodriguez and Katherine (Katie) Melik-Stepanyan will spend th ...

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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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Southwestern Alumnus Judge David Wesley and Southwestern Students Play Key Roles in Award Winning Teen Court Program

The Los Angeles Superior Court Teen Court Program has been awarded the California State Bar Education Pipeline Award. Teen Court was created and initiated by Southwestern alumnus, the Hon. David Wesley ’72 over 20 years ago. The partnership includes Los Angeles Superior Court and volunteer judges, Los Angeles County Probation, local school districts, volunteer attorneys and partnerships with law schools. In ...

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Alumni Honored at Family Law Event

On June 4, the Southwestern Alumni Association presented the second annual Signing on the Dotted Line: A Family Law MCLE Event & Award Ceremony. Chaired by Patrick Baghdaserians '07, the program featured prominent panels of experts from the bench and bar discussing best strategies in family law for business valuation, discovery and witness preparation. During the lunchtime presentation, Neal Raymond Her ...

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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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Southwestern Law Review Wins Annual Honors Program Members’ Challenge

Congratulations to the members of the Southwestern Law Review, the 2016 winners of Southwestern's annual Honors Program Members' Challenge! 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 also gives alumni the opportunity to ...

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A Leader in Entertainment Law

Southwestern continues to be recognized as a top school for entertainment law by the entertainment media such as The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. Since 2012, when The Hollywood Reporter initiated its annual Top Entertainment Law Schools list, Southwestern has been included all five years. This year, Southwestern is #6 on the list, which is featured in THR’s 2016 "Power Lawyers" issue. Originally in 201 ...

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Southwestern Alumna Receives Two Prestigious Criminal Defense Practice Awards

Steffeny Holtz ’94 is the 2016 recipient of the Criminal Courts Bar Association’s Jerry Giesler Memorial Award and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Defense Attorney of the Year. She will receive the Jerry Giesler Memorial Award on April 23 and the LACBA Criminal Justice Award on May 11. “This is very unexpected and humbling, and I’m very grateful to be recognized,” said Ms. Holtz, who has been a solo ...

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Southwestern and the “Trial of the Century”

FX Network’s “American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson” recently concluded its 10-episode run and sparked a renewed interest in the case of the football star who was tried and acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Those who watched the limited series’ finale may have noticed that in the where-are-they-now freeze frames of the key players, prosecu ...

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