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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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Professor Norman Garland to Receive Honorary Degree

The Southwestern Board of Trustees has selected Professor Norman M. Garland to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Southwestern’s 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 15, 2016. Professor Garland is a highly respected teacher and scholar whose commitment, creativity and enthusiasm for academic innovation has had a tremendous impact on his students and the advancement of Southwestern for more than four ...

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Commencement 2016 Student Speaker and Singer Selected

At Southwestern's 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 15 at the Shrine Auditorium, Damaris Santamaria will deliver the student commencement address, and Amanda Brooksbank will sing the national anthem. They are both members of the SCALE class. Santamaria, who would like to pursue a career in public interest law, hopes to become a public defender. She has worked for the ACLU in the past and would also like to ...

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Justice Ming Chin of the California Supreme Court to Speak at Southwestern Law School Commencement Ceremony

The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, will deliver the keynote address at Southwestern's 101st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. An accomplished jurist, scholar, practitioner and decorated war veteran, Justice Chin has served in the legal profession for over 45 years, including nearly three decades on the bench. ...

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Class of 2015 Celebrates at Southwestern Law School’s 100th Commencement

A century after the first graduate completed her law degree and became the first female public defender in the country, the members of the Class of 2015 and their families, friends and faculty gathered at the Shrine Auditorium on May 17 for Southwestern's 100th Commencement Ceremony. The milestone occasion was attended by former deans and members of the founder’s family. The Honorable Carol A. Corrigan, Ass ...

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Commencement Speaker and Singer Selected

At Southwestern's 100th Commencement Ceremony on May 17 at the Shrine Auditorium, part-time evening student Mark Talise will deliver the student commencement address and SCALE student Laura Guerrero will sing the national anthem. Mark Talise, Commencement Speaker Mark Talise is Editor-in-Chief of the Southwestern Law Review. He also works as a law clerk for Bleau Fox, APLC. Prior to law school, he was a cla ...

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California Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan to Speak at Southwestern Law School Commencement

The Honorable Carol A. Corrigan, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, will deliver the keynote address at Southwestern Law School’s 100th Commencement Ceremony on May 17, 2015 at the Shrine Auditorium. During her long and distinguished career in the law, Justice Corrigan has devoted 40 years to public service, including 28 years on the bench. She has served on the state Supreme Court since 200 ...

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A Glimpse Back In Time: 1925 Commencement Speech

As valedictorian of the Southwestern Class of 1925, Ivan Miller described commencement as a bittersweet moment, and exploded the myth of the strict and demanding law professors of that era, exclaiming, "No one occupies a higher place in our regard or a more lasting niche in our memory than the professors who worked so unselfishly to prepare us for our chosen profession." Miller, a former telegraph operator ...

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Southwestern Graduates Inspired by a Myriad of Speakers

During Southwestern's 99th Commencement Ceremony held on May 18 at the Shrine Auditorium, the graduates and their family members and guests were treated to a series of inspiring speeches by Dean Susan Westerberg Prager, graduating evening student Jahmy Graham and Hon. Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of California. During the ceremony, degrees were conferred on 310 J.D. and 25 LL.M. grad ...

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Southwestern Torch Bearers Keep it in the Family

Joy Kraft Miles left a career as a teacher to attend law school. She had good reason to be confident in her ability to succeed. "My mother went to Southwestern with four children living in the house when I was a teenager," she said. "I figured if she could do it 25 years ago, then I could start a new career pathway with a toddler." Marcia Kraft '91 advised her daughter to study hard and be patient with the ...

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