Top 12 Entertainment Law Schools Revealed

Southwestern once again in The Hollywood Reporter’s Top 12 Entertainment Law Schools. Since The Hollywood Reporter initiated its Top Entertainment Law Schools list in 2012, Southwestern has been included all four years. 

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TAHP- Repeat Winners of Honors Challenge!

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Congratulations to the members of the Trial Advocacy Honors Program, the 2015 winners of Southwestern's annual Honors Program Members' Challenge for the second year in a row! The challenge is designed to help Southwestern reconnect specifically with those alumni who participated in Law Review, Law Journal, Moot Court or the Trial Advocacy Honors Program from the class of 1995 to the most recent class. It also gives alumni the opportunity to support Southwestern's Annual Fund in an entertaining way - no matter the dollar amount.

Determined by percentage, the program that could attract the
largest pool of alumni to donate was named the winner - and this year, TAHP once again took that title. In total, close to 300 alumni participated in this year's challenge, raising more than $12,000 for the Annual Fund, which goes to help support the law school's initiatives, including the honors programs themselves. The Institutional Advancement Office would like to extend its appreciation to all the students and alumni who participated and made this year's challenge a success. To read more about the Honors Program Members' Challenge, click here.

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Southern California Super Lawyers 2015

Southwestern alumni were prominently listed among the attorneys recognized in the 2015 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. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Those Southern California lawyers who receive the highest point totals during the nomination, research and peer review process are further recognized in Southern California Super Lawyers Top Lists. 

Congratulations to all of our alumni!

For more information click here

Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers

  • Gerald E. Agnew Jr. ‘74
  • Robert C. Brandt ‘76
  • Melvin S. Goldsman ‘75
  • Neal Raymond Hersh ‘76
  • Arash Homampour ‘92
  • William H. Newkirk ‘74
  • Brian J. Panish ‘84
  • Doron M. Tisser ‘81

Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers

  • Robert C. Brandt ‘76
  • Brian J. Panish ‘84

Top 50 Orange County Southern California Super Lawyers

  • Sherman M. Spitz ‘78
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Diversity Week 2014

Every year, in honor of diversity, Southwestern and its student organizations host Diversity Week. For one whole week, there are different events each day that reflect the importance of diversity in the legal profession and community. This year, the school hosted a variety of interesting events that showed how much Southwestern cares about promoting diversity.
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Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity

The Southwestern chapter of Delta Theta Phi was named in honor of Justice Marshall F. McComb, a member of the California State Supreme Court from 1956-1977. Members of the McComb Senate have traditionally been among the student leadership at Southwestern and include active participants in the honors programs and the Student Bar Association. The Southwestern McComb Senate is the second largest senate in the Western Region. In recent years, the Senate has received regional honors from the international organization, including most outstanding senate and most outstanding member. The Southwestern chapter also published the Adelphia Law Journal, the only such journal published by a law fraternity.

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A Glimpse Back In Time: 1925 Commencement Speech

As valedictorian of the Southwestern Class of 1925, Ivan Miller described commencement as a bittersweet moment, and exploded the myth of the strict and demanding law professors of that era, exclaiming, “No one occupies a higher place in our regard or a more lasting niche in our memory than the professors who worked so unselfishly to prepare us for our chosen profession.” Miller, a former telegraph operator for the railroad, went on to a successful career in the law and civic leadership, including a key role in the development of Playa del Rey and Marina del Rey, where a ballpark is named in his honor.

Click here to read the original notes from his touching graduation speech.

Ivan Miller '25 - former-telegraph operator

Ivan Miller (pictured seated)

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Professor Robert Lutz Honored as International Lawyer of the Year

Professor Robert Lutz Honored as International Lawyer of the Year by the State Bar of California International Law Section

The State Bar of California International Law Section has selected Professor Robert E. Lutz to receive the 2014 Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year Award. The honor is bestowed by the International Law Section on "legal practitioners who render extraordinary service to our profession in the field of international law." The first award was presented posthumously to former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Minor Christopher in 2011, and the annual award was then named in his honor.

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Faculty in the Media 7/28/14

Fortune Magazine’s Chris Matthews discusses CEO pay in the article "Your boss is way better than you at getting a raise." He includes references to and quotes from Professor Michael Dorff’s new book and the argument that increases in CEO compensation have far outstripped what executives actually produce for their firms and society at large.

In his guest column for The Hollywood Reporter titled, "James Garner: A Lawyer Reflects on the Actor's Legal Legacy," Adjunct Professor Neville Johnson '75 explains how the late James Garner wasn't afraid to fight for his share of success - and his legacy will live on in film and in the lawbooks. Look for it in the August 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Antitrust expert Professor Warren Grimes’ article, "Minus the TV Subsidy, Whither College Sports?" examines the current cable broadcast delivery system from the viewer, broadcaster and content providers' perspectives. Specifically for - a site dedicated to Stanford sports - he also ponders the future of sports on television, and how the ongoing cable TV programming battle will affect Pac-12 sports, athletes and fans.

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Faculty in the Media 7/17/14

Professor Ryan Abbott commented on some of the unique aspects and implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., in the LawDragon article “Hobby Lobby Case Tempts Firms to Find Religion, Law Professors Say.”

Professor Robert Pugsley has also commented on aspects of the Hobby Lobby case on various radio stations airing around the country this week, including KRLA and WNDB.

Should employers be banned from asking job applicants if they have been convicted of a crime? Professor Gowri Ramachandran explained to KPCC’s Erika Aguilar that employers should justify how past convictions relate to an applicant’s ability to perform the job safety and effectively in a segment on “‘Ban the Box’: LA mulls law to bar employers from asking about criminal past.”

Adjunct Professor Miriam Krinsky was quoted about the contingent of new officials Los Angeles County will have by the end of this year in today’s LA Daily News article reporting the recently announced retirement of LA County CEO William Fujioka (“L.A. County CEO William Fujioka retires”).

Follow #swlawfaculty on Twitter or Facebook for the latest on Southwestern’s faculty in the media.

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Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato Celebrates 25 Years

Professor Lutz delivering Remarks at the 25th Anniversary of the Summer Law Institute

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The Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico - a consortium of the law schools compromised of Southwestern, University of Guanjuato, University of New Mexico and Texas Tech University – marked its 25th anniversary in June 2014.
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