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August 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Chapman University's law school has received a $55-million gift from real estate developer Dale E. Fowler and his wife, Sarah Ann.  The gift is believed to be one of the largest ever pledged to an American law school. As a result of the donation, the 560-student law school in Orange County will be named the Dale E. Fowler School of Law. A ceremony marking that change is scheduled for Sept. 10, with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz as keynote speaker. Fowler, who invested in industrial property development, is an alumnus of Chapman University, as are two of his children.
August 7, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Lizbeth Mateo won't be late for her first day of law school after all - despite weeks in a federal detention center after protesting U.S. immigration policy. She and other members of the "Dream 9" were freed Wednesday while they pursue U.S. asylum. Born in Mexico, Mateo, 29, has spent most of her life in Los Angeles. On Monday, she is to begin studies at Santa Clara University School of Law. Now she's even more determined to succeed. "I am absolutely ready to go to law school," Mateo said.
August 3, 2013
Re "Bending tragedy to fit," Opinion, July 30 In debunking claims that George Zimmerman was acquitted in Trayvon Martin's shooting because of Florida's "stand your ground" law, Jonah Goldberg notes that the judge's instructions to the jury on the law were standard. Actually, if there is no evidence admitted by the court to make a "stand your ground" defense, the judge should not have instructed the jury on it. In law school, I learned in a second-year evidence class that if there is no evidence on a party's theory, that party is not entitled to an instruction on it. Goldberg's justification that it is merely part of a standard instruction puts form over substance.
July 9, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The Williams Institute, UCLA's think tank on legal issues affecting gays and lesbians, has received a $5-million gift from its namesake donor, officials announced Tuesday. Including the new donation, UCLA alumnus Charles R. Williams has committed $15 million total to that research wing of UCLA's law school since its founding in 2001. The think tank's scholars played an active role in providing research and filing briefs in the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases involving same-sex marriage.
July 7, 2013 | By Jason Song
Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. Unlike better-known programs in which law students take on longer-term pro bono work that focuses on single cases, students at UCLA and Southwestern law schools will write amicus briefs, often known as "friend of the court" documents. "I have not heard of law schools doing anything quite like this," said Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who will head the university's First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic this fall.
July 5, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
All things considered, Craig Lewis should be spending his days alongside a jury box, not a racing rail. He should be doing battle with Mark Geragos, not Bob Baffert. Lewis is much happier in boots and jeans than coat and tie. As a student at Cal, he did fine with the books, but never stopped loving the barns. And so, on Saturday, when they go to the post for the 74th, and last, Hollywood Gold Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park, the veteran trainer who was once called "College Boy" by his venerable peer, Warren Stute, will be right where he always wanted to be. In the midst of a big horse race.
June 28, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
Craig Nova's new novel is a bit of a literary oddity. It's a sequel to the novel that helped propel Nova's career to new heights - 30 years ago. "The Good Son," published to great acclaim in 1982, told the story of Chip Mackinnon, a World War II vet who comes home to find his social-climber father, Pop, manipulating him into a marriage that will improve the family fortunes. Pop also guides Chip through an Ivy League education and a career in the law. In "All the Dead Yale Men," the law is also the chosen field of Chip's son Frank and Frank's brilliant daughter, Pia. A generation has passed since Nova first took up the Mackinnon family saga.
May 24, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Two UC Berkeley law school graduates accused of beheading a large exotic bird in Las Vegas entered their pleas in court this week. Three men -- the two graduates and a third-year law student -- were accused of chasing a 14-year-old helmeted guinea fowl around the Flamingo Hotel's Wildlife Habitat on Oct. 12, cornering the bird and severing its head.  When officers arrived, witnesses told them they saw the men “throwing the dead bird, discussing...
May 19, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - President Obama urged graduates of a celebrated historically black college Sunday to use their education to help others and to work for "something larger than yourself," citing the example of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Obama urged graduates headed to law school to make sure they "defend the powerless" during their careers. He said new physicians should find ways to "heal folks in under-served communities," and business school graduates should consider "putting people to work, or transforming a neighborhood.
April 30, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
An Orange County law school hopes to ease the stress on the financially burdened California court system by offering its newly christened practice courtroom on campus as a venue for official legal proceedings. Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa will offer to host public court proceedings, including trials and arbitration hearing. Such an arrangement would benefit students, allowing them to observe the proceedings in the school's fully functioning 4,400-square-foot courtroom, officials said.
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