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

Upcoming Campus Event: “Parole, Snitch or Die!”

November 3, 2014

Western State's Criminal Law Association (CLA) and Law Review will be co-hosting a special prison law event on Tuesday, 11/13/14, 5:00-6:15 p.m. in Room #109. U.C.I. Law professor and former Prison Law Office attorney, Dr. Keramet Reiter, will be presenting "Parole, Snitch, or Die: Understanding Supermax Incarceration in California and the Nation." The title of her presentation derives from the only three ways a prisoner can get out of California's supermax prison at Pelican Bay. Dinner will be served. For additional information, please e-mail cla@wsu.stu.argosy.edu.

CLPC Hosts Distinguished Speaker Hon. Joanne Motoike

October 29, 2014

On October 16, CLPC hosted its Fall 2014 Distinguished Speaker, Hon. Joanne Motoike, who shared her unusual and inspirational journey to the bench. Judge Motoike became interested in the law as a child, listening to stories of her father and neighbors who were sent to internment camps during World War II. She pursued her dreams at U.C. Irvine and then at Loyola Law School.
Judge Motoike’s legal career spans more than two decades. Before ascending to the bench, Judge Motoike served both as an international War Crimes Prosecutor for the United Nations and as a Deputy Orange County Public Defender. Her experiences as a U.N. war crimes prosecutor in The Hague were especially intriguing. In Europe, she maneuvered an extremely complex mixed-jurisdiction legal system, including aspects of both our common law and the Napoleonic civil code, to prosecute high-level political figures for murder, torture, and crimes against humanity.
Once each semester, Western State’s Criminal Law Practice Center (CLPC) hosts its “Distinguished Speaker Event” highlighting outstanding accomplishments in the criminal law. This semester’s event was co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Association (CLA) and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA).

Congratulations to William Shapiro ('78)!

October 29, 2014

Adjunct professor William Shapiro, who currently teaches Civil Trial Practice, was named Attorney of the Month in OC Attorney Journal. Click here to view the article.

Western State Faculty Present on Teaching Skills & Social Justice and Comparative Racialization & Genealogies at Society of American Law Teachers Conference

October 27, 2014

On October 10, 2014, Paula Manning, Ryan Williams, Lori Roberts, Elizabeth Jones and Jennifer Koh delivered a presentation entitled, "Teaching in 2015: The Integration of Skills and Social Justice for Modern Lawyering" at the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching Conference. Their presentation included concrete examples of how they individually promote skills training and social justice goals in the classroom, and how law faculty can increase institutional commitments to teaching social justice as part of the law school curriculum. The presenters represented the law school's doctrinal teaching, academic support, clinical, and legal writing programs, and also reflected substantive expertise in a range of subject matters (namely Torts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, National Security, and Immigration Law).
Western State made a particularly strong showing at the SALT conference this year. Neil Gotanda presented at the same conference on "Teaching Race to People of Color: Comparative Racialization and Racial Genealogies." Professor Gotanda also presented during the SALT-LatCrit junior faculty development workshop on October 9.

Winifred Jow’s (3L) Study Abroad Experience at Emmanuel College of Cambridge University

October 21, 2014

Winifred C. Jow, May 2015 Juris Doctor Candidate, studied abroad during Summer 2014 at Emmanuel College of Cambridge University. She attended the program through the ABA-accredited University of Richmond School of Law. Her main focus in the program was to pursue her concentration in Intellectual Property. The International Intellectual Property Litigation course was taught by Christopher Cotropia (University of Richmond School of Law). Cambridge Law Faculty taught the courses that also included Selected Issues of Public International Law with Professor John A. Hopkins (Downing College, Cambridge University) and Comparative Public Law of the U.S. and U.K. with Professor Mark Elliot (St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge University). Cambridge accommodations at Emmanuel College were immaculate, beautiful, and historic. During the program, there was a scheduled visit to the Middle Temple Inn and the Royal Courts of Justice. Alongside her colleagues, they enjoyed a marvelous three-course lunch at the High Table, which was reputedly a gift from Queen Elizabeth I to the Middle Temple in the 16th century. The Cambridge program was an opportunity for Winifred to study English law as a foundation to advance her interest in digital intellectual property rights. Winifred brings her experience back to Western State to enhance her leadership positions as President of Entertainment, Entertainment and Sports Law Society and the Chairperson of Alumni Relations and Career Services.

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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.