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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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Introduction to Legal Writing Course Gives Students a Glimpse into the Rigors of Law School

Anyone who has been in law school will tell you that one of the first things they had to learn is how to write like a lawyer. Even students who are excellent writers when they enter law school will find that legal writing presents a unique challenge that requires a specific approach. For students who want to get a sense of what this new way of communicating entails, Southwestern offers a Summer Introduction ...

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Southwestern Students Featured in Armenian Soap Opera “Dangerous Games”

They are not lawyers quite yet, but they got to play them on TV. Southwestern students Lianna Urfalyan ’17 and Robert Khalatian ’17 recently took on the respective roles of defense attorney and prosecution in an episode of “Dangerous Games,” an Armenian soap opera. The scene was filmed in Southwestern’s Hon. Julian Dixon Courtroom.  In addition to the attorneys, the judge and jury were also played by Southw ...

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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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Adjunct Professor Mark Juhas to be Honored by Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center

Judge Mark A. Juhas of the Los Angeles Superior Court, a member of Southwestern’s adjunct faculty since 2006, will be honored by the Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center at the nonprofit organization’s 2016 Stand for Justice Gala. He will receive the “Outstanding Community Service” Award during the event that will be held on September 17, 2016 at the Skirball Cultural Center. Judge Juhas teaches Family Law ...

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Tina Robinson 2L Evening Program

Tina Robinson has never shied away from a challenge. This competitive spirit has made her successful in a variety of pursuits, from playing French horn to finishing strong in grueling triathlons. Her ambition and discipline has enabled her to successfully complete her first year as an evening program student at Southwestern while continuing her full-time work as a home health physical therapist. Originally ...

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Student Successfully Attains Parole for Client

Evening student Yessica Jovel was able to take the skills she has learned during her time at Southwestern and apply them to successfully attain parole for a client of the law school's Youth Offender Parole Hearing Practicum. "The Practicum allowed me to learn first-hand the unique issues facing juvenile offenders and how the 'hallmarks of youth' including immaturity, impulsivity, recklessness, and poor judg ...

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Professor Pugsley Retires

After 38 years with the Southwestern community, Professor Robert A. Pugsley retired at the end of the Spring 2016 semester. Southwestern’s Dean Susan Prager met this news with mixed emotions: "Professor Bob Pugsley has willingly carried a heavy load in the curriculum and has meant a great deal to so many of his students over the decades.  This makes his decision to retire a real loss for us. At the same tim ...

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Twelve Southwestern Students Awarded Scholarships by the Mexican American Bar Foundation

The Mexican American Bar Foundation (MABF) awarded scholarships to 12 Southwestern students at its 25th Anniversary Scholarship and Awards Gala on June 11. Of the 25 scholarships awarded, Southwestern students made up the largest contingent of honorees, earning a total of $90,000 in scholarship money. They included Zurit Barajas, Erik Ceja, Nathalie Meza Contreras, Rosio Flores, Raul Ibarra, Veronica Martin ...

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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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