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Maria Palomares '09 Earns Prestigious Award

Maria Palomares '09 Earns Prestigious Award from Western Center on Law & PovertyJULY 30, 2014 
Maria Palomares '09 Earns Prestigious Award from Western Center on Law & Poverty 

On June 25, Southwestern alumna Maria Palomares '09 was honored as the 2014 Fair Shake Rock Star by the Western Center on Law & Poverty for her work as a civil rights advocate. Palomares is a Housing and Consumer Law Attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. In her position, she works to preserve affordable housing, and fight housing discrimination based on race, language barriers or disability.

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Seven Southwestern Graduates Awarded ABOTA Fellowships

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has selected seven members of Southwestern's Class of 2014 for its Fellowship program. Graduates Brittan Cortney, Arsine Grigoryan, Normandy Kidd, Negin Mostadim, Vivian Rivera, Andrew Steinberg, and Marcus Williams will spend three months working for a defense firm, a plaintiffs firm and a Superior Court Judge.

The ABOTA Fellowship is offered to the five major law schools in Los Angeles: Southwestern, UCLA, USC, Loyola, and Pepperdine. In addition to Southwestern's seven recipients, nine other fellowships were awarded this year. Eligible applicants had to finish law school in the top third of their graduating class, have a strong interest in civil jury trial practice, and intend to practice law in Los Angeles County. Fellows were selected based on their resumes and an interview. 

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Marie E. Palladini '84 New Career at Dominguez Hills

Marie E. Palladini  '84 from Federal Law Enforcement to Associate Professor of Public Administration

For 30 years, Marie Palladini was a federal law enforcement officer with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Service, working undercover to catch smugglers of endangered species and investigating all kinds of criminal cases involving wildlife, both in the field and as a manager. It was her dream job and she could have easily retired content with having led a successful career. Instead, she found herself starting a whole new career, one she said she equally loves—as associate professor of public administration, and currently acting associate dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Click here to read the entire article.

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Gordon Smith '79, President and CEO of the NAB

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Gordon Smith '79 will stay on as President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) until the end of 2018.

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Two New Southwestern Alumnae Prosecutors

Southwestern Alumnae Prosecutors

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer introduced 16 new neighborhood prosecutors on Monday – two of them are Southwestern alumnae. The prosecutors will be assigned to each of the LAPD’s police stations: Mehrnoosh “Nooshi” Zahiri ‘07 to LAPD’s Wilshire Division and SCALE alumna Jackie Lawson ’99 to the Hollywood Division.

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Daniel E Selarz '12 & Aryan Sarbaz '12

Selarz & Sarbaz LLP

Daniel Selarz ‘12 and Aryan Sarbaz ‘12 met and became fast friends during orientation at Southwestern Law School.  Their career paths continued in similar fashion. After graduation, passing the bar, and working at a firm for a year to gain experience, they decided to step out on their own.  “We realized that building a successful firm really just required courage, strategy, and hard work.”  They now own their own boutique civil litigation law firm, Selarz & Sarbaz LLP, located in Beverly Hills.

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BLSA Honors Robert H. McNeill, Jr. '79

BLSA Honors Robert H. McNeill, Jr. '79

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) presented prominent attorney, Robert H. McNeill Jr. with its second annual Outstanding Alumni Award on Feb. 27 at Southwestern Law School on the 35th anniversary of his California State Bar exam.   

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Evie Jeang ’01 Profiled in InsideCounsel Magazine

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Evie Jeang ’01 Profiled in InsideCounsel Magazine

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Alumna Evie Jeang ’01, founder and managing partner of Ideal Legal Group, was profiled in April’s InsideCounsel Magazine (“Privacy is important to family law, employment law practice in California”)

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The Hollywood Reporter - The Top 100 Power Lawyer List for 2014

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The Hollywood Reporter - The Top 100 Power Lawyer List for 2014

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The Hollywood Reporter has released their Top 100 Power Lawyers list for 2014, which includes four Southwestern alumni (John Burke ’76, Warren Dern ’91, Neville Johnson ’75 and Daniel Petrocelli ’80), and honored Wayne Levin ’88.

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Bruce Tollner '91 Featured in Sports Illustrated Article

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Bruce Tollner '91 Featured in Sports Illustrated Article

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Bruce Tollner ’91 and his cousin Ryan, partners in Rep1 Sports, are featured in the Sports Illustrated’s article “An inside look at how two agents guided clients throughout NFL Draft,” which will appear in the magazine’s May 19 issue. 

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