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Student Lauren Plunkett Featured/Profiled by OneJustice

OneJustice featured full-time¬†student Lauren Plunkett this month as another example of how ‚ÄúIt Takes a Network‚ÄĚ to achieve access to justice for Californians in need. Click here¬†to read more about her path from undergrad to the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology to Southwestern, where she's has participated in the Public Service Program, Public Interest Law Committee, and of course, OneJus ...

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Southwestern Practicum Students Win Two Appellate Cases

Students participating in Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Practicum completed a very successful year, winning both of the cases they argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In April, the court granted Southwestern's client's petition for review and remanded it to the Board of Immigration Appeals with instructions to vacate the order removing him from the United States. Professor Gowri Ramachan ...

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Student Files Amicus Brief in SCOTUS Case Regarding Search and Seizure of a Mobile Phone

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in U.S. v. Wurie today - a case involving the search and seizure of a mobile phone. Third-year day student Anna Aran wrote an amicus brief on behalf of Respondent Wurie as part of the Amicus Project Practicum, under the supervision of Professors Norman Garland and Michael Epstein. In her brief filed last week, Ms. Aran crafted a unique argument in this case, o ...

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Southwestern Student Andrew Pletcher Helps Professors File Amicus Brief in Major U.S. Supreme Court Case

As part of Southwestern's Amicus Project, third-year day student Andrew Pletcher, under the supervision of Professors Warren Grimes and Michael Epstein, has written an amicus brief that was filed last week with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the respondent in American Broadcasting Company et al v. Aereo. The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments for this case, which can affect the way people wa ...

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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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Southwestern Appellate Litigation Practicum Students Win Published Ruling in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Class of 2013 graduates Isaiah Costas and Alexis Diamond successfully advocate immigration case When it comes to practicing law, one of the most effective ways to prepare students for the profession is to get experience litigating real cases. As participants in Southwestern's Appellate Litigation Practicum, recent alumni Isaiah Costas '13 and Alexis Diamond '13 had their day in court. Last August, under the ...

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Diversity Week: Public Counsel Panel Discusses “Pathways to Justice”

A panel of attorneys from Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono law firm, helped kick off Southwestern's annual Diversity Week this past week with "Pathways to Justice: Changing Lives Through Public Interest Lawyering." The attorneys discussed how they attained their public interest positions, the impact their work has on helping the indigent, and how law students can get involved through summer cle ...

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From One Week to All Year – The Public Interest Law Committee Raises Funds and Awareness to Benefit Students

Every year, the Public Interest Law Committee (PILC) puts together a week of events to raise money for the Public Interest Law Fund, which supports Summer Public Interest Law Grants and other related opportunities for students and new graduates. In addition, these events are intended to promote the benefits of public interest work in the legal field and encourage students to take advantage of the numerous o ...

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Can a two-year J.D. Program work?

Southwestern's two-year SCALE¬ģ J.D. Program has a 38-year proven record of success. President Obama has suggested that "law schools would be wise to think about being two years instead of three years.... [and]¬†if they thought creatively about it, they probably could." Is it possible to obtain all the knowledge and skills necessary to be a successful lawyer in just two years? According to graduates of¬†Southw ...

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Southwestern’s Entertainment Production Practicum Helps Bring Indies from Dreams to Screens

Anyone who sits through all the credits that roll at the end of a movie can see that it takes many people to produce one film. It also takes a lot of money, which presents an especially daunting challenge to independent filmmakers, who have to face a wide array of legal issues on restrictive budgets. Everything from securing permits to music clearance rights to protecting themselves from potential law suits ...

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