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ALUMNI VOICES Each day I served in the Senate, I was mindful that Southwestern gave me a foundation in law necessary for success in lawmaking. The Constitutional principles that I learned in law school are more than real—they are priceless.” – Hon. Gordon H. Smith ‘79, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters and former United States Senator (OR)

My law school experience was amazing. I had brilliant professors who made the law interesting, who engaged the class and who made us hungry and curious.” – Shawn Holley ‘88, Partner, Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert

I have a great fondness for the law school. I think it taught me well. All three of my law clerks and all but one of my externs are from Southwestern.” – Hon. Otis D. Wright, II ‘80, Judge, United States District Court for the Central District of CA


I found that my Southwestern education had prepared me better than most of my colleagues (from other schools). I was therefore able to accelerate in my career more quickly and be considered for important, high-impact cases.” – Daniel Petrocelli ‘80, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers

Like Southwestern, the law firm I work for has its roots in Los Angeles, and it’s an exciting place to be. I was fortunate to end up here through hard work, strong cocurricular activities like Law Review, Moot Court and the Public Interest Law Committee, and the wonderful support of my fellow alumnus and now-colleague, Robert Philibosian.” – Alison N. Kleaver ‘07, Attorney at Law, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

SCALE made me a creative lawyer. Because of the way I was taught, I am able to find things that others may not readily see. I’m a real cheerleader for Southwestern because as a student, I saw a way of teaching that truly made a difference in the way I practice law.” – Barry C. Groveman ’78, Senior Partner, Musick, Peeler & Garrett

The small class size and personalized learning in SCALE enabled me to obtain caseload experience from participating in mock trials to preparing briefs and memos to developing compelling evidentiary support. That training has really helped me in the courtroom and the boardroom.”

I pursued law school in part to empower myself with the tools to serve underserved communities from a position of higher strength. My experiences in law school and in work have given me the ability to think critically, advocate, problem solve, communicate effectively and live my life’s passion of being a public servant.”

– Stefanie Schaeffer ‘99, winner of The Apprentice, General Counsel and Director of HR, Imperial Toy

– Ugochi L. Anaebere ’04, Managing Attorney, Inland Counties Legal Services, Indio Branch Office

Catalog 2014  
Catalog 2014