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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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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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Entertainment Journal Enters New Phase with Wide-Ranging New Issue

Volume 6, Issue 1 of the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law (JIMEL) has been published here and covers a wide range of topics, including journalists’ rights over those of public figures in Africa, children’s privacy online in Europe and America, the cable industry’s struggle to stay competitive in Canada while satisfying consumer demand, and how tobacco companies are attempting to use trad ...

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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 Julia Vazquez to be Honored by National Lawyers Guild

Professor Julia Vázquez is being honored by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in recognition of her outstanding work as a professor and supervising attorney for Southwestern’s Immigration Law Clinic. She is an officer of the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and will receive her award at a the group's annual dinner on June 12 in Pasadena. "I am humbled and honored to receive this ...

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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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