WHERE CAN A LAW DEGREE TAKE ME?

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

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Program Schedule

9:30 am
Registration
10:00 am
Welcome
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
Lunch
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.

www.dolanlawoffices.com
www.negotiatelikethepros.com
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News & Highlights FACULTY BLOG

Associate Dean Allen Easley appointed Interim Dean and Interim Vice Chancellor

July 28, 2014

Dean Allen Easley, who has been at Western State for two years, brings to his role as Interim Dean more than thirty years experience in legal education.  He has served previously as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Washburn University School of Law for thirteen years, as President and Dean at William Mitchell College of Law, and as Dean at the University of La Verne College of Law. Dean Easley has also held numerous leadership positions at the ABA, American Association of Law Schools (AALS), and the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the three major national organizations that support legal education. He will serve as Interim Dean and Interim Vice Chancellor of Argosy University during the upcoming academic 2014-15 year, while a national search for a permanent dean is currently being planned.

Dean William Adams moves to position with the American Bar Association effective August 1st

July 28, 2014

William Adams, Dean of Western State since 2009, is departing the College of Law to serve as Deputy Managing Director of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Among the accomplishments during his tenure as Dean the law school gained its full ABA approval, achieved record high bar pass rates among the top 10 in California, opened the Immigration Clinic, established the Institute for Global Policy, and added Certificate Programs in Family, Real Estate and Immigration Law.

Tracie Porter Edits ABA International Law Year in Review, Re-Appointed as Vice-Chair

July 15, 2014

Tracie R. Porter served as a Committee Editor for the American Bar Association International Law Section Year in Review (YIR). The YIR is the annual survey of international legal developments, published in cooperation with Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Professor Porter’s article reviewed developments in cross-border real estate practice, including recovering markets in the European Union and the impact on the real estate markets related to the World Cup held this year in Brazil and in 2018 in Russia. Vice-Chair for the Section’s Cross Border Real Estate Practice Section, Professor Porter has been reappointed by ABA International Law Section Chair-Elect Marcelo E. Bombau to serve another term.

The 2014 issue of the law review and the committee’s articles may be found at 48 ABA/SIL YIR 1, 319 (2014).

Anabella Bonfa ('94) writes about Tips to Becoming a Great Legal Networker

July 7, 2014

Anabella's article, "Tips to Becoming a Great Legal Networker," recently appeared as part of the Continuing Education of the Bar Blog. She has involved herself with mentoring Western State students and recent graduates along with giving on-campus presentations on her area of expertise, trademark litigation. She will be coming to the campus this September for a LinkedIn workshop.

Students, graduates, and faculty celebrate summer at OCBA’s Mixer in Dana Point

July 1, 2014

Dana Point’s Salt Creek Grille’s outdoor patio was the setting for the OCBA’s sold-out Summer Mixer on June 26.  Western State guests included students Angelina Lerma, Winnie Jow, Aida Khamis and Deanna Kapelnikov along with recent graduates Michael Jeandron, Peggy No and Jason Martinez.  Professor Lori Roberts joined alumna Patricia Lee-Gulley to make a strong showing of support for Western State.

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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.

1966
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.