Janet Philibosian Receives Teaching Award from Southwestern Law

Southwestern Law School Professor Janet Philibosian

LOS ANGELES—Southwestern Law School announced that Janet Philibosian, of the Class of 2004, has been selected to receive a 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award.

“These awards provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to recognize and celebrate their professors’ dedication to outstanding teaching,” Southwestern Dean Susan Prager said. “It is truly gratifying to learn from students about the many ways faculty have enriched their law school experience – both in the classroom and on an individual basis.”

Professor Janet Philibosian, a Southwestern alumna who began teaching at the law school in 2010, has been selected to receive the award for the Adjunct Professor category. Professor Philibosian, an attorney at Byrne and Associates PC, teaches Defenses in the Law and Selected Topics in American Law. Fourth-year student Golak Nadery said, “Professor Philibosian goes above and beyond to help her students. She is always available and really cares about our success. Her command of the material combined with practical experience really helps students learn.”

Professor Philibosian expressed gratitude for the honor. “Being selected for the Adjunct Professor Excellence in Teaching Award is truly a special honor because it comes directly from our students,” she said. “I enjoy witnessing the ‘aha’ moments as my students grasp a new concept, as well as watching their confidence grow as they learn skills that will help them not only pass the Bar exam, but succeed as attorneys. It is both humbling and gratifying to know that my students appreciate the effort I put forth.”

Southwestern Law School has maintained strong ties to the Armenian-American community for many years. The law school’s diverse community includes more than 150 current students and a large and involved contingent of graduates who are of Armenian heritage. The Armenian Law Students Association is one of the most active groups on campus, and the law school established the Southwestern Armenia Fellowship in Yerevan, Armenia, in partnership with Armenia’s Ministry of Justice in 2012.

Established in 1997, the Excellence in Teaching Awards are designed to reinforce the belief that the day-to-day teaching of students is of primary importance. The recipients are recognized by the student body through a unique nomination and selection process, in which members of the Southwestern Community submit names for the First-Year, Upper Division and Adjunct categories. The top nominees are chosen by the Student Bar Association Board, and winners are determined by a vote of the student body.

With a long-standing emphasis on diversity, public service and innovative programs, and a mid-city campus featuring a world-renowned Art Deco landmark, Southwestern Law School reflects the vibrancy of Los Angeles and provides an ideal setting for law study. Founded in 1911 as an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian institution, Southwestern is fully approved by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

With a reputation for graduating lawyers who are well-rounded, entrepreneurial and prepared for practice, Southwestern’s 12,000 alumni include prominent public officials – from members of Congress to mayors, and over 200 judges — as well as founders of major law firms and general counsels of multinational corporations.


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