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

Neil Pedersen Honored by CELA and Named to Top Lawyers of Southern California

October 13, 2014

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen has been honored this month by the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), which has placed him on the “Wall of Justice” at this year’s annual CELA Convention, held in San Diego. Wall of Justice honorees are recognized for contributions to the CELA community, and Professor Pedersen was honored for his contributions in mentoring some of CELA’s younger members. Professor Pedersen also has been named as one of the Top Lawyers of Southern California for 2014 in the annual publication sponsored by American Legal Media and the Los Angeles Times. This is the fourth year in a row that Professor Pedersen has been so honored by this publication.

Myanna Dellinger Cited in Australian Academic and Finnish Government Research

October 7, 2014

Myanna Dellinger’s publication on public participation in government decision-making and enforcement, “Ten Years of the Aarhus Convention: How Procedural Democracy is Paving the Way for Substantive Change in National and International Environmental Law,” has been cited in two different publications around the world. One is “Addressing Climate Vulnerability: Promoting the Participatory Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Women through Finnish Foreign Policy,” a publication commissioned by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs; and the other is “From International Principles to Local Practices: a Socio-legal Framing of Public Participation Research,” written by a scholar with the University of New England School of Law’s Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law. Professor Dellinger promotes public participation in government affairs, and the cited article urges that although not always easily effectuated, public participation leads to significant advantages including better substantive rulemaking, a higher degree of buy-in by the general public and thus a reduced need for law enforcement, cost benefits for governments, government accountability, and more actual on-the-ground change when compared to traditional top-down solutions.

Monica Todd and Eunice Park Present at Stanford Law School

October 2, 2014

Eunice Park and Monica Todd presented at the Fourth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference Program at Stanford Law School on September 20, 2014. The theme of the conference was “Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Motivating Students to Do Their Best Work.” Their presentation, entitled “Good Vibrations: The Power of Professorial Positivity,” addressed theories and empirical data supporting the beneficial effect on student learning of a positive teaching demeanor and classroom environment, and they provided specific examples of in-class exercises in the legal writing classroom that encourage a growth-oriented mindset.

Professor Tracie Porter Invited as Guest Speaker on Residential Mortgage Short Sale Transactions Tax Laws

September 15, 2014

On September 11, 2014, Tracie Porter was the invited guest speaker for the La Verne College of Law’s Faculty Workshop Series. Professor Porter spoke on her work in progress, currently entitled, “The Quagmire of Financial Indebtedness Under Current Tax Laws in Residential Mortgage Short Sale Transactions,” which focuses on federal tax liability owed to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Professor Porter was one of four guest speakers for the law school’s speaking series, and her well-attended session included the Dean of the law school, faculty and law review students.

Professor Charles Sheppard to Serve on Law Students Veterans Coalition Steering Committee

September 9, 2014

Beginning this fall, Charles Sheppard will be serving as a member of the Law Students Veterans Coalition Steering Committee, led by Committee Chair Honorable Lon Hurwitz, Judge of the Superior Court for the County of Orange. The committee’s goal is to establish a coalition among Southern California law schools to increase awareness about veteran issues and related matters. Along with Professor Sheppard, members of the Committee include other members of the bench, members of the bar, a representative of Chapman School of Law, and possibly other Southern California law schools. A similar coalition, the Northern California Law Students Veterans Coalition, exists among Northern California law schools, including USF School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Stanford Law School, UC Davis School of Law, and UC Hastings College of Law.

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55% of Fall 2014 class
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