Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Friday, December 14, 2012


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Judges Klausner, Schnegg Welcome Loyola Law Alumni to the Profession


Loyola Law School on Monday welcomed new attorneys to its alumni ranks during its fall 2012 swearing-in ceremony held at Loyola’s downtown Los Angeles campus, the school announced in a release yesterday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Schnegg, a 1977 alumna, administered the California oath, while U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner of Central District of California, a 1967 alumnus, administered the federal oath.


—Photograph courtesy of Loyola Law School

Loyola Law School professor Bryan Hull; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg; attorney Craig Pedersen, president of the school’s Alumni Association Board of Governors; Law School Dean Victor Gold;  Associate Dean Michael Waterstone;  and U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner of the Central District of California attend a swearing-in ceremony for the school’s new alumni attorneys on Monday, Dec. 3 at Loyola’s downtown Los Angeles campus.


The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced in a release yesterday that its federal trial courts are expected to begin using a new jury orientation video in 2013.

The 18-minute video features remarks by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Judge Richard A. Paez of the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Susan Y. Illston of the Northern District of California, as well as a number of former jurors, who recount their experiences during a trial and after a verdict is delivered.

The video is intended to convey to prospective jurors the importance of serving on a jury and to explain the juror selection process from summons through voir dire. It replaces a video made some time ago, which does not address more recent issues such as potential juror use of smartphones and other electronic devices.

The video is being distributed to jury administrators in the 15 district courts in the Ninth Circuit, which takes in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, along with the territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The project was undertaken by the Ninth Circuit Jury Trial Improvement Committee, working through the Office of the Circuit Executive and using funding provided by the circuit and several district courts.

The video was produced by Abby Ginzberg, an award-winning filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area, and can be viewed online at

The Donald E. Biederman Entertainment and Media Law Institute at Southwestern Law School has named Matthew Alsberg, Arya Djafroudi, Sarah Swanson and Matthew Whibley as this year’s Biederman Scholars, the school said yesterday in a release.

The Biederman Scholars program helps to expand opportunities for promising future entertainment lawyers. In order to be considered as a Biederman Scholar, students must be in the top 10% of their class and have a demonstrated interest in entertainment or media law.

“Matthew, Arya, Sarah and Matthew were selected from among an extraordinarily talented group of Southwestern students,” said Professor Steve Krone, director of the Biederman Institute, in the release. “Each of them combines outstanding academic credentials, a rich and interesting background and a fabulous work ethic. They have consistently excelled, and I expect great things of them in the future.”

As Biederman Scholars, they will take part in a variety of Institute initiatives, including an industry mentor program, behind-the-scenes participation in programs such as the “A Conversation with...” series, and priority placement in entertainment and media company externships and law firm practicums, and will assist faculty in developing new and continuing Biederman Institute programs.

The candidates were identified by consensus among the Biederman Institute faculty, nominated by the Biederman Institute director, and approved by the Institute’s executive board.

The Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County has announced its 53rd Annual Installation of Officers & Awards Gala.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey, attorney Enrique Arevalo, Deputy Mayor Mercedes Marquez, the UCLA Law Fellows Program, and attorney Judy Perez are the honorees.

The event, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner and live music by Mestizo, will take place on Feb. 16 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel at 506 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles.

The early bird price (registration and payment before Dec. 31) for a table of 10 and a mention in the program is $1,300 (regular price $1,500). Early bird individual tickets cost $130 (regular price $150 for members and $175 for non-members).

The hotel is offering special rates for attendees.

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