March 15, 2014 10:00am-2:00pm

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Program Schedule

9:30 am
10:00 am
Building Experience through Externships
Leveraging Your Prior Work Experience
Developing a Career Strategy in Law School
11:00 am
Keynote Speaker: John Patrick Dolan
12:00 pm
Student Panel

As a criminal trial lawyer, John Patrick Dolan (Class of 1977) has handled everything from traffic tickets to death penalty murder cases.

Dolan is a California State Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist and a true courtroom veteran.

As an author, John Patrick Dolan has written several, best selling books, including his classic Negotiate like the Pros™.

He is a recognized international authority on negotiation and conflict resolution.

And, just to show that he does not take himself too seriously, he is also the co-author of the wildly popular Lawyer's Joke Book™.

A communications veteran, John Patrick Dolan is a television legal news analyst appearing frequently on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and Headline News.

He has also been honored by the National Speakers Association as a member of the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame.

The California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, a newly founded law school in Southern California is John Patrick Dolan’s most recent venture.

A trial lawyer, Law Professor, best selling author, and communications expert... John Patrick Dolan has combined his many talents to become a favorite presenter for countless diverse clients including the American Bar Association, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and the Texas Rangers baseball team.


News & Highlights FACULTY BLOG

Western State Moot Court Students Place Second in National Competition

November 10, 2014

Congratulations to our students Alex Shaaban, Kylie Starr and Lynet Shigg for earning *five* awards at the Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) Moot Court Competition in Chicago this weekend! The results: 2nd place overall; 2nd pl oralist (overall, Alex Shaaban), 1st pl oralist (semis, Alex Shaaban), 2nd pl oralist (semis, Kylie Starr), 1st pl oralist (prelims, Alex Shaaban)! They were coached by faculty advisor Professor Robert Molko.

American Bar Association's (ABA's) Eleventh Annual Trial Advocacy Competition

November 10, 2014

On Saturday, 11/08/14, two four-member teams of Western State students competed in the American Bar Association's (ABA's) Eleventh Annual Trial Advocacy Competition in the old Federal Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Each of our mock trial teams conducted two complete three-hour trials against top teams from other California law schools. The teams competed once as the plaintiff's advocates and once as the defendant's to resolve an employment law dispute: whether exotic dancers should be classified as independent contractors or employees of an adult entertainment club. This was the first time that Western State has participated in the ABA's mock trial competition.

The two Mock Trial teams were coached by Professor Donald Daucher and was comprised of Steve Bell, Suzie Kersh, Vanessa James, Jeanette Garcia, Danielle Cappy, Aaron Munoz, Nick Maranesi and Ariel Armendariz.

Congratulations to Jeff Brockmeier (‘13)!

November 6, 2014

Jeff Brockmeier (‘13) was recently sworn in to the California Army National Guard.

Kevin Mohr Joins Other Experts in Legal Ethics and Technology Seminar, Publishes on Ethics of Outsourcing Legal Services, & Joins OCBA Panel Presentation on Effective and Ethical Marketing

November 6, 2014

On October 25, 2014 in Paso Robles, California, Professor Kevin Mohr participated with other leading ethics experts in a day-long legal ethics and technology seminar titled: “Building and Expanding a Twenty-First Century Law Practice: Technology, the Cloud and Ethics.” The seminar, sponsored in part by the The Rutter Group, covered topics that included how to create a virtual law practice ethically, the use of cloud computing in law practice, the ethics of outsourcing and offshoring legal services, implementing effective cybersecurity measures to protect confidential client information, and the ethics of online lawyer marketing and use of social media. The seminar was well-received by an enthusiastic audience of lawyers and paralegals.

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Professor Kevin Mohr recently published an article titled “The Ethics of Outsourcing Legal Services” in the October issue of the BOTTOM LINE, the leading publication of the Law Practice Management and Technology Section (LPMT) of the State Bar of California. The article comprehensively addresses the principal ethical duties implicated when a lawyer outsources legal services in his or her practice: to preserve and protect confidential client information, to provide competent legal services, to avoid conflicts of interest, to communicate with the client concerning significant developments in the representation, not to charge an unconscionable fee or to divide fees with a non-lawyer, and to avoid assisting in the unauthorized practice of law by exercising independent judgment over, and accepting ultimate responsibility for, the outsourced work product. The article also provides practical guidance for practitioners by identifying precautions a lawyer should take to ensure compliance with ethical duties. Professor Mohr concludes that when such appropriate safeguards are implemented, a lawyer can meet his or her ethical obligations when outsourcing legal services.

On September 3, 2014 in Newport Beach, California, Professor Kevin Mohr joined a panel of well-respected local lawyers in an evening seminar titled “Effective & Ethical Marketing to Attract and Retain the Best Clients.” Sponsored by Solo and Small Firm Section of the Orange County Bar Association, the program covered many topics, including the importance of effectively branding your practice, the do’s and don’t’s of networking, the use of the Internet and social media to market a practice, and the residual value of print advertising. Professor Mohr posed hypotheticals that raised ethics issues concerning networking and the use of social media, but assured the audience that engaging in both are ethical when simple precautions are taken.

Immigration Clinic and Law Review Host Panel on Migration of Unaccompanied Minors from Central America

November 5, 2014

On October 22, 2014, the Western State Immigration Clinic and Western State University Law Review hosted a guest speaker panel to address the surge of migration from Central America that has taken place at the US-Mexico border since the summer of 2014.

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The panel was comprised of Kris Jackson, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney at Public Counsel Law Center and adjunct professor at UCLA Law School; Cynthia Lucas, partner at Lucas & Barba and the past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter, and Prof. Jennifer Lee Koh, Director of the Western State Immigration Clinic. The panel addressed a range of policy and legal issues, including the legal framework governing the treatment of unaccompanied minors; the rise of family detention; the right to counsel in the immigration system; and immigration courts' response to the surge in Central American migration.

The event was also co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law Foundation, Latino Student Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association Immigration Law Section, and American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter.

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Western State By The Numbers

11,000 + graduates
who have earned their J.D. degree at Western State.

75% bar pass rate
for first-time takers on the July 2013 CA Bar Exam.

55% of Fall 2014 class
is ethnic minorities and students of color.

30% of faculty
are minorities at Western State.

50% of faculty
are women at Western State.

22 student organizations
representing different interest areas of the law are active on campus.

22% of students
attend part-time.

2 starting classes
per year– August and January. Full-time and part-time options are available for both starting classes!

89% bar pass rate
for first-time takers on the February 2013 CA Bar Exam.

Western State founded, the first law school in Orange County.

150 judges
and judicial officers in California graduated from Western State.

15% of District Attorneys and Public Defenders
in Orange County are Western State graduates.

28 miles
to Downtown Los Angeles, a world center of business and culture.

15 student attorneys
were enrolled in the Immigration Clinic in Fall 2013.

5 Certificate Programs
in Criminal, Business, Immigration, Family and Real Estate Law for students who seek to specialize.

100% of eligible students
find placements in Externships and receive individual career guidance.

250 days
of sunshine each year. Southern California boasts one of the most desirable climates in the world.

42 miles
of beautiful, sandy Pacific Ocean coastline including Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach.

83% bar pass rate
for first-time takers on the February 2014 CA Bar Exam.