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 TheBootleg.com - 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”).

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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

Reposted from www.southwesternreporter.org.

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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Legal Scholars and Reviewers Weigh in on Professor Michael Dorff's New Book on CEO Pay


Legal Scholars and Reviewers Weigh in on Professor Michael Dorff's New Book on CEO Pay

Corporate law expert Professor Michael Dorff has his opinions about why the CEO pay experiment failed and how to fix it, which he shares in his new book INDISPENSABLE AND OTHER MYTHS. According to Kirkus Reviews, the book is "a provocative thesis couched in measured, scholarly language."
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New Issue of JIMEL Features an Especially Diverse Set of Articles


Reposted from www.swlaw.edu.

Volume 5, Issue 1 of theJournal of International Media and Entertainment Law(JIMEL), published in conjunction with the American Bar Association's Forums on Communications Law and the Entertainment and Sports Industries, is now available. According to Professor Michael Epstein, the Journal's Supervising Editor, the media and entertainment articles selected for this issue are especially diverse. "The topics, all timely and relevant, will appeal to a broad section of our readers." Professor Epstein also noted that two of the articles were authored by scholars with Southwestern connections.

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3 Recent Grads Earn BWL Foundation Scholarships

Congratulations to Jonathan Evans '14, Davetta Selma '14 and Marcus Williams '14 on earning 2014 Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation scholarships. These three recent Southwestern grads were among the eight law students awarded scholarships this year for demonstrating outstanding scholastic achievement, superior writing ability and community involvement. More information about the scholarships and the event can be found at www.bwlfoundation.org. (Top photo - courtesy of Nydia Duenez '10; bottom photo - courtesy of BWLF/Diamond Dust Photography)

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Residences Earn Accolades

Southwestern's Residences at 7th Earn Accolades from Residents and Recognition for Design and Sustainability

By the conclusion of the first academic year of use, it was clear that The Residences at 7th, Southwestern's new on-campus student residential complex, had fulfilled the goal of transforming the campus into a real living-learning village. Since The Residences opened in August, the students who have made their homes there, as well as other members of the Southwestern community, have enjoyed the spacious and inviting facilities that enhance the campus experience on both a practical and aesthetic level.

 In addition to the accolades from residents and visitors, the project has been recognized for distinction in sustainability and architectural design. At the 2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council in June, Southwestern received the L.A. County Sustainability Award in recognition of The Residences' design excellence and community impact. Back in December 2013, the complex earned LEED certification at the Platinum Level from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Read more about what it’s like to live on campus at Southwestern here.

Read more about The Residences’ Sustainability Award here.

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Former Judge Advocate Rachel VanLandingham Appointed to Southwestern Faculty


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Rachel E. VanLandingham, a military law expert and 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), has been appointed to the Southwestern Law School full-time faculty as an Associate Professor of Law beginning Fall 2014. She will teach in the areas of criminal law and procedure. A Judge Advocate for more than a decade, she also looks forward to teaching in the area of national security law in the future.

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