Laurel Loomis Rimon '93 appointed Counsel to the IG of DHS

Counsel : Assistant Inspector General - Laurel Rimon


Laurel Loomis Rimon was appointed Counsel to the Inspector General on January 5, 2015. Prior to joining DHS OIG, Ms. Rimon served as an Assistant Deputy Enforcement Director with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2011 to 2014, and as Investigative Counsel during the start-up of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General in 2011. 

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Joe Barrett '89 -Security Guard to Trial Lawyer of the Year

Senior Trial Lawyer and President of the Consumer Attorney’s Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Joe Barrett ’89, discussed his career trajectory from Southwestern night student to leader of the plaintiffs’ trial bar during today’s Alumni Speaker Series program hosted by the Student Bar Association. In his presentation, “From Security Guard to Trial Lawyer of the Year,” Mr. Barrett touched on his evolution from an inexperienced trial lawyer in his first trial, to being involved in major civil rights lawsuits, to the first Ford Explorer trial, and how his Southwestern training prepared him for this journey.


This event is now available for viewing on Southwestern’s Livestream page: http://new.livestream.com/SouthwesternLawSchool/joebarrett
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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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