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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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Monica Todd and Eunice Park Present at Arizona State University

March 16, 2017

Monica Todd and Eunice Park presented at the 17th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Legal Writing Conference on “Settlement: A 1L Exercise to Prepare for Appellate Advocacy.” At the conference, held from March 10-11 at Arizona State University, Professors Todd and Park discussed how a settlement negotiation exercise can allow students to experience a practical introduction to persuasion before launching into the appellate brief assignment for the semester.

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Susan Keller Presents at Harvard College

March 8, 2017

Last week the Associate Dean at Western State College of Law, Susan Keller, returned to Harvard College, an undergraduate program within Harvard University, to participate in a symposium celebrating her undergraduate major, Folklore and Mythology. She talked about how the techniques she learned for studying oral and traditional narratives can inform the analysis of appellate legal opinions.

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Western State College of Law at the 2017 UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court

March 6, 2017

Last weekend, a team from Western State College of Law consisting of Jennifer Pyka and Luz Ayala, coached by Professor Cheyanna Jaffke, competed in the 2017 UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition.

As the team advanced to the quarterfinals as Ms. Ayala was repeatedly told by the judges that she was well composed when it came to questioning and that they appreciated her calm demeanor. Additionally, one judge told Ms. Pyka's that he never would have thought of her answer and was very impressed with it and her "quick thinking."

Notably, the team they were up against in the quarterfinals is the team that ended up winning the competition.

The Western State College of Law team received the Best Brief Award which is based solely on the students' efforts. It is a great testament to their hard work and dedication.

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Glenn Koppel Publishes in Campbell Law Review

March 3, 2017

Professor Glenn Koppel recently published The Case for Nonmutual Privity in Vicarious Liability Relationships: Pushing the Frontiers of the Law of Claim Preclusion in the Winter 2017 issue of the Campbell Law Review. The article addresses an evolving area of preclusion law: nonmutual claim preclusion and the related issue of privity between parties to a vicarious liability relationship. This corner of preclusion law became the subject of a controversial sample multiple choice question published in 2014 by the National Committee of Bar Examiners. Scholarly commentary on the Civil Procedure listserve agreed that two out of the four choices were arguably correct, but presented an array of differing views as to the correct answer. The article presents a national survey of state and federal case law of claim and issue preclusion, and proposes that derivative liability relationships should be added to the recognized categories of substantive legal relationships commonly referred to as "privity" to support the application of nonmutual claim preclusion, rather than the narrower concept of nonmutual issue preclusion.

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Diversity of Faculty and Thought Showcase.

February 24, 2017

Celebrating the many accomplishments of our diverse faculty in the area of scholarship, the Western State Faculty Diversity Committee and the Law Library have created a display in the library highlighting current faculty scholarship. Prominently located at the entrance to the library, the display consists of a reprint copy of the published article, a faculty photo, and a handout for the public highlighting all the articles currently on display. The content of the display will rotate every semester as faculty continue to contribute to legal publications. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact Professor Tracie Porter or Library Interim Director Sarah Eggleston, as developers/coordinators of this project.

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Western State By The Numbers

11,000+ alumni graduates
who have earned their J.D. degree at Western State. The majority of which work and live in Sothern California.

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

59% of Fall 2016 class
is ethnic minorities and students of color.

36% of faculty
are minorities at Western State.

52% of faculty
are women at Western State.

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

25% 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.

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
in Orange County are Western State graduates.

18% of Public Defenders
in Orange County are Western State graduates.

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

8 student attorneys
were enrolled in the Immigration Clinic in Fall 2016.

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

100% of eligible students
who applied for the Criminal Law Externship Program or the Civil and Judicial Externship Program found placements and received 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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