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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.


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Jennifer Koh Speaks at Pepperdine Law School Conference

March 12, 2016

On March 12, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke at the Nootbaar Institute Conference at Pepperdine Law School. The theme of this year's conference was "Doing Justice Without Doing Harm," and Professor Koh's talk was entitled, "Immigration Law and Policy Through the Lens of the Gospel and Grace." Her comments were based on an essay she has written, "Agape Love, Grace and Immigration Law," which is forthcoming in the book, AGAPE, JUSTICE AND LAW (Cambridge University Press, Robert Cochran and Zachary Calo, eds.)

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Student Receives John M. Langston Scholarship Award

March 8, 2016

Briahna Chuvac, a student at Western State College of Law, recently became the recipient of the National Bar Association & Langston Scholarship award and received $7,500. She is the President of the Black Law Student Association and a transfer student who excelled from New York Law School.

The scholarship committee was very impressed by her application, essay and interview. Langston has given away more than $50,000 in scholarships at their gala, mostly to students at LA and out-of-state schools. This will be the first time in a while that a WSCL student will receive one of their top scholarships.

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Prof. Porter and Student at Annual Installation, Scholarship & Awards Gala

February 12, 2016

Professor Tracie R. Porter attended the 40th Annual Installation, Scholarship & Awards Gala for the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Jan. 30, 2016, to support mentee and student Briahna Chuvac.

Addressing approximately 1,000 attendees, Ms. Chuvac thanked Professor Porter and Western State College of Law. Ms. Chuvac, who was honored alongside students from UCLA, USC, and Loyola, is the current President of Black Law Student Association, of which Professor Porter is a Faculty Advisor.

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Western State 2L Jesse Prieto Finishes in 3rd Place Overall at Surf City Marathon

February 11, 2016

Western State 2L Jesse Prieto finished in 3rd place overall with a time of 2:48:44 in the Surf City Marathon held on February 7, 2016 in Huntington Beach, CA. This was Jesse's first marathon, which he balanced against a full-time class load, membership on the law school's Honors Moot Court team, and serving as Treasurer of the Latino Student Bar Association. Nearly 2,000 people ran the Surf City Marathon this year.


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Team Wins National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition

February 6, 2016

Students Ruby Becker and Keith Gallarzo, coached by Professor Eunice Park, won the 21st Annual National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition at Whittier Law School on February 5-6. In a particularly competitive year with 22 teams competing, Keith also won Fifth Place Oral Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds and Second Place Oral Advocate after the Quarter-Finals.

The final round was adjudicated by the Honorable Michael Levanas, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Courts, the Honorable Craig E. Arthur of the Orange County Superior Court, the Honorable Teresa Sullivan of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and Dean Penelope Bryan of Whittier Law School.

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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.

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