Alumni News

Honors Program Members' Challenge 2017
Published: 5/8/2017

Congratulations to the members of Southwestern's Law Review, this year's winners of our annual Honors Program Members' Challenge! (Members of Law Review won last year as well, so they are returning champions.)
Super Lawyers 2017
Published: 2/6/2017

Southwestern alumni were prominently listed among the attorneys recognized in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers Magazine. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Vaino Spencer, Trailblazing Lawyer, Judge, Appeals Court PJ, Dies at 96
Published: 2/2/2017

Vaino Spencer, Trailblazing Lawyer, Judge, Appeals Court PJ, Dies at 96. The woman who was to become one of the longest-serving jurists in California’s history—46 years—earned her law degree from Southwestern School of Law in 1952. She was admitted to practice that same year, gaining the distinction of being the third African-American woman admitted to practice in California. She became the first female African-American judge in California when she was appointed to the Los Angeles municipal court in 1961.
Kris Pedro '96 joins The Cassina Group
Published: 2/1/2017

Kris Pedro '96 joins real estate firm The Cassina Group, LLC in Charleston, South Carolina.

Mary McKelvey '02 elected shareholder of Polsinelli
Published: 1/31/2017

Mary McKelvey '02, an attorney in the Los Angeles office of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected to shareholder.
Southwestern Named a "Military Friendly" School
Published: 1/30/2017

Southwestern has been included in the 2017 Military Friendly® Schools list compiled by Victory Media, originator of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans and their families. For more than a decade, Victory Media’s Military Friendly® ratings recognize companies and colleges with leading programs for veterans, members of the Armed Forces leaving military service and military spouses. The full list of designated Military Friendly® employers and schools is available at
Haley Golding is now a paralegal at Concord Music Group
Published: 1/26/2017

Southwestern congratulates Haley Golding on her new position as a paralegal at Concord Music Group.
Peter Riebling establishes Riebling IP, PLLC
Published: 1/25/2017

Southwestern congratulates Peter Riebling '92 on his new law firm, Riebling IP, PLLC. He is joined at the firm by fellow Southwestern alumnus, Ted Phlegar ’92 (SCALE).
Game Changer: Brian Panish on his life in and out of the courtroom
Published: 1/24/2017

Brian J. Panish '84, a top trial attorney and prominent Southwestern alumnus, was recently featured as "The L.A. Irish lawyer who is among most successful in America," posted on Irish Central. The article discusses everything from Mr. Panish' days as a high school and college football player to his career as a successful trial attorney who has obtained record-setting verdicts for his clients.
Kelly Sorensen has joined The Cifarelli Law Firm, LLP
Published: 1/23/2017

Southwestern congratulates Kelly Sorensen for her new position at the Cifarelli Law Firm, LLP.

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