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Chief Justice of California Supreme Court to Speak at Commencement; Thomas H. Hoberman to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

The Honorable Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California, will serve as the commencement speaker at Southwestern's 102nd Commencement Ceremony May 21, 2017, at the Shrine Auditorium. It is fitting that this trailblazing woman will be addressing the class of a law school which was founded over 100 years ago on the principle of providing broad access to the legal profession. In fact, Southwestern’s firs ...

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Children’s Rights Clinic Successfully Defends Two At-Risk Students

Southwestern’s Children’s Rights Clinic has recently scored two victories resulting in positive outcomes for a pair of at-risk children both facing expulsion in their respective cases. Students Chris Laidig and Lauren Delvaux-Tochner successfully represented a disabled student at a school discipline hearing. The child, who suffers from ADHD and PTSD resulting from an abusive upbringing and whose father is i ...

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SCALE Students Win First Place at National Negotiation Competition

On April 20, SCALE II students Joe Nuñez and Nico Mamone won the ABA Representation in Mediation competition in San Francisco. They beat Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State, and Buffalo Law School in the preliminary rounds. They ended up facing Cordozo again in the final round and beat them again. "Joe and Nico are simply brilliant,” said Professor Cristina ...

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Southwestern Alumna Completes White House Internship Program

Southwestern Alumna Davetta Selma ’14 has completed the Spring 2016 White House Internship Program, an intensive, unpaid, full-time 16-week internship where acceptance is highly competitive. Over the course of the internship, Selma participated in a wide breadth of dynamic tasks and activities. She oversaw the Criminal Justice Reform portfolio in the Presidential Correspondence Office, assisted in choosing ...

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Southwestern Ranked Tallest Law School and Recognized for Practical Training and Intellectual Property Programs in preLaw Magazine.

In its Spring 2017 issue, preLaw Magazine ranked Southwestern as the tallest law school in the country (page 4), towering over Fordham Law, Seton Hall and Brooklyn Law.   In the same issue, preLaw awarded Southwestern a B+ in practical training (page 35). Noting that “integrating more practical skills instruction and experiences is the best way for law schools to better equip their graduates with the skills ...

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Negotiation Team Takes Second Place at Competition

At the recent National Basketball Negotiation Competition, hosted by the Fordham Sports Law Forum in New York, Southwestern’s team of Ashley Miller and Nicole Pronk performed exceptionally well, defeating teams from William and Mary, George Washington, U.C. Hastings, Cardozo and Pepperdine. They advanced all the way to the final round and finished the competition in Second Place out of the 34 teams that rep ...

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First Year Students Compete in Intramural Competitions

For the ninth consecutive year, Southwestern’s three-track Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS) curriculum has enabled first-year students to display their newly-honed abilities across three disciplines: traditional Moot Court (appellate), Trial Advocacy, and Negotiation. On Saturday, April 8, they impressed the judges when they argued, wrote and negotiated in Southwestern's 2017 Intramural Advocacy Co ...

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Alumnus Featured in Los Angeles Daily Journal

Southwestern Alumnus Elia Pirozzi ‘82 is featured in the April issue of The Los Angeles Daily Journal. A Superior Court Judge in San Bernardino assigned to the fast-track felony criminal trial court, Pirozzi has gained a reputation for balancing expeditiousness with sincere empathy in working through a relentlessly paced calendar. San Bernardino County Public Defender Ann Bounthavong describes Pirozzi as “v ...

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Moot Court Team Reaches Semifinals and Wins Best Brief at Competition in New York

At the 32nd Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition held at Brooklyn Law School in New York during the first weekend of April, Southwestern competed very well, finishing in the top 4 out of 32 participating teams. In addition to being semi-finalists, Southwestern’s team of Roy Manukyan, Nicole Meyers and Kasun Wijeyewickrema won Best Brief of the competition. In the first preliminary round, ...

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic Statistics

Southwestern congratulates and thanks the students who graciously provided their time and effort to participate in this year’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic. As you can see from the graphic above, the students who make this clinic possible provided a tremendous and much-needed service to our neighbors and people in the surrounding community. This year, the clinic built a relationship with th ...

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