Charles Samuel

Southwestern School of Law logo.jpgIt’s a pretty sad time at Southwestern School of Law. The National Law Journal reports:

The recent murder of a 17-year-old girl who was abducted near the Los Angeles campus of Southwestern University School of Law has sent shockwaves through the law school.

The victim’s mother, Deborah Drooz, a partner at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, had just finished a summer course as an adjunct professor at the school.

The victim, Lily Burk, was leaving Southwestern’s campus when she was abducted. A suspect has been arrested for her murder:

Burk had just picked up some paperwork at the Southwestern Law School’s building for her mother when she was abducted on Friday afternoon, according to recent press reports. During the next hour, Burk called her parents, asking how to withdraw cash from an ATM using her credit card. Her beaten body was discovered in her car Saturday morning at a downtown parking lot. A 50-year-old transient, Charles Samuel, who had entered a drug treatment program near the law school’s campus, has been arrested for her murder.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Drooz and her family.

L.A. Law School Stunned by Murder of Professor’s Daughter [Law.com]
Lily Burk’s slaying shakes an up-and-coming neighborhood [Los Angeles Times]