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Maria Palomares ’09 Earns Prestigious Award from Western Center on Law & Poverty

On June 25, Southwestern alumna Maria Palomares '09 was honored as the 2014 Fair Shake Rock Star by the Western Center on Law & Poverty for her work as a civil rights advocate. Palomares is a Housing and Consumer Law Attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. In her position, she works to preserve affordable housing, and fight housing discrimination based on race, language barriers ...

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Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Law Retreat a Success at Southwestern

On March 21 and 22, Southwestern hosted the 16th Annual Trina Grillo Public Interest and Social Justice Retreat. This two-day event served as a forum for practitioners, students and academics to discuss today's challenges to social justice lawyering. Professor Laura Cohen, Director of Southwestern's Street Law Clinic and Community Outreach, said it was an honor to host and plan the retreat. "This year, our ...

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Alumni Share How Clinical and Experiential Opportunities Shaped Their Career Paths

Judge Amy Pellman moderated a panel on "Legal Clinics and Experiential Courses: Helping to Prepare Tomorrow's Lawyers" yesterday evening, presented by Southwestern's Clinical Program. Alumni panelists (pictured, left to right) Maria Guiza-Palomares '09, Robert Glassman '09 Leah Cohen-Mays '10 and Liza Davis '12 discussed their own experiences in clinical and experiential programs during law school. Prompted ...

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Law Students and Practitioners Give High School Students a Taste of Law School and the Legal Profession

In February, Southwestern's Street Law Clinic collaborated with volunteer attorneys from the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC-SoCal) to teach several sessions about careers in the legal profession to local, at-risk youth. Twenty juniors and seniors from Dorsey High School's Law and Public Service Magnet program participated in classes that included: contracts, employm ...

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Southwestern Extern’s Immersion in Human Rights Efforts in India Spotlighted in National Jurist

A first-person account of Southwestern student Dawn Hamilton's unique and life-changing summer externship experience in India is featured in the January 2014 issue of the National Jurist. In Poverty, Beatings and Human Rights in India, Dawn describes her involvement in helping heroic women secure basic rights in a societal structure that imposes major restrictions based on gender. During a full-time summer ...

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Faculty Transitions

A number of faculty have been appointed to new positions at Southwestern for the 2013-14 academic year: Writing Center Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs Professor John Heilman and Professor Natalie Rodriguez have been appointed as Co-directors of Southwestern's Academic Support and Bar-Related Programs and will oversee the design and implementation of innovative academic support programs, courses an ...

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