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Monday. July 18, 2011


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Entertainment Specialist Joins Southwestern Faculty


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Southwestern Law School Friday announced the addition of John Tehranian as a tenured, full-time professor, commencing with the 2011-2012 academic year.

Dean Bryant Garth praised Tehranian as “an outstanding scholar and an inspiring and dynamic teacher.”

Tehranian, who was most recently a tenured professor and director of the Entertainment Law Center at Chapman University, said he was “look[ing] forward to working with Dean Garth and  Southwestern’s extraordinary faculty and staff.”

The professor said he was attracted to the school’s “premier entertainment law program and Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute as well as its long-standing commitment to diversity,” which he thought made Southwestern “an ideal fit for both my  scholarly and teaching interests.”

Tehranian has taught courses in Constitutional Law, Cyberlaw,  Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, and Law & Literature aduring his tenure at Chapman, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney  College of Law, and Loyola Law School. He is slated to teach coursed in Constitutional Law and Trademark Law at  Southwestern and serve on the faculty of the Biederman institute.

His scholarship focuses on the interface between law and  culture, with a particular emphasis on issues of technology, entertainment and  race. He is a frequent commentator on legal issues for the broadcast and print media, and at conferences and colloquia, and has also served as an expert witness in numerous intellectual property and civil rights infringement suits.

Before entering academia, Tehranian was a litigator at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and One LLP.

Tehranian has also been active in pro bono service involving immigrants, civil rights plaintiffs, and indigent criminal  defendants. He received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the  California State Bar Board of Governors in 2007.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he received the Palfrey Exhibition Prize as the most distinguished scholar in the senior class and the John Harvard Scholarship and  Detur Prize for academic performance of the highest distinction, before attending law school at Yale. Tehranian was editor of the Yale Law  Journal and the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, and senior editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review.


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