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Tuesday, June 14, 2011


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Southwestern Law School Selects Four for Professorships


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Southwestern Law School yesterday announced that its Board of Trustees has selected four faculty members to receive endowed professorships for the 2011-12 academic year.

Dean Bryant Garth remarked that these professors— John Tehranian, David Fagundes, Arthur F. McEvoy and Debra Lyn Bassett— “exemplify the commitment to scholarship, service and teaching that makes Southwestern’s faculty so outstanding.”

Tehranian is the recipient of the Irwin R. Buchalter Professorship, which was created in 1985.

It was Southwestern’s first endowed professorship, and its namesake was a 1933 alumnus who was a long-time member and former chair of the Board of Trustees, and a senior partner in the firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger

Tehranian joined the school’s faculty this year, after having been a tenured professor of law and Director of the Entertainment Law Center at Chapman University School of Law.

He was previously a tenured professor of law at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, and has served as a visiting professor at Loyola Law School.

Among other subjects, Tehranian has taught Constitutional Law, Cyberlaw, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, and Law and Literature.

Before entering academia, Tehranian worked as an entertainment and intellectual property litigator for O’Melveny & Myers LLP and One LLP.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University and a law degree from Yale University.

Fagundes will receive an endowed professorship named for Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg. The chair was established in 1993 through a gift from Florence Rosenberg, whose now-deceased husband was a real estate investor in Chicago and Los Angeles.

Fagundes joined the Southwestern faculty in 2007 and teaches courses in Copyright, Property and Trademark Law. He previously clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and then worked as an associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Washington, D.C.

He served as a visiting researcher at Georgetown University Law Center and then spent two years teaching the first-year legal research and writing course as a Bigelow fellow and lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Fagundes completed both his undergraduate and legal education at Harvard University.

McEvoy was named the Paul E. Treusch professorfor the third consecutive year.

Named for an internationally recognized expert on tax law who was a member of the Southwestern faculty from 1979 to 2004, the Paul E. Treusch Professorship was established in 1998 by Treusch, now deceased, and his wife, as a gift to the school.

McEvoy came to Southwestern in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he had been a member of the faculty since 1994. He held joint appointments in the Department of History and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for

Environmental Studies at Madison, where he served as chair of the Environment and Resources Program.

He previously spent 14 years on the history faculty at Northwestern University.

At Southwestern, he teaches American Legal History, History of American Law, Torts and Water Law.

McEvoy attended undergraduate and law school at Stanford University and holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in U.S. economic history from UC San Diego.

Bassett will be serving her third year as the Marshall McComb professor. The Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation awarded a grant to Southwestern in 2005 to establish a professorship in the name of the late California Supreme Court justice.

Bassett joined Southwestern’s faculty in 2009 and teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts and Complex Civil Litigation. She previously taught at the University of Alabama School of Law; UC Davis; McGeorge School of Law; Michigan State University; and Florida State University.

Earlier in her career, she clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; was a senior attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District in Sacramento; and practiced law with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.

Bassett earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, a master’s degree from San Diego State University, and her law degree from UC Davis.


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