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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.


News & Highlights FACULTY BLOG

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Jennifer Koh Joins Blogging Team at Immigration Law Professors’ Blog

September 14, 2015

Professor Jennifer Koh has joined the blogging team at the Immigration Law Professors Blog, a national blog that features immigration-related news and commentary and is widely read by immigration scholars throughout the academy. Professor Koh’s first post brings attention to California’s Assembly Bill 899, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown this week, which prohibits state authorities from disclosing the confidential records of immigrant youth to federal immigration authorities.

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Elizabeth Jones Presents at National Crime Victims Conference

September 12, 2015

Professor Elizabeth N. Jones recently spoke at the National Center for Victims of Crime 2015 Training Institute in Anaheim on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Professor Jones discussed “Emerging Issues in Restitution for Crime Victims” regarding some of the often competing concerns in victim restitution cases and the need for constitutional and legislative change in this area. Her co-panelists were Professor Paul Cassell from the University of Utah College of Law and attorney Tony Sarabia II.

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Jennifer Koh Speaks on Litigation Challenge to President Obama’s Immigration Action

August 5, 2015

On August 4, 2015, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke at an Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section meeting on Texas v. United States, the federal litigation pending in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in which 26 states have challenged President Obama’s creation of Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). DAPA would have provided temporary relief from deportation for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, but has been temporarily enjoined by a federal district court in Texas. Her presentation focused on the legal claims raised in the litigation, as well as the implications of the lawsuit for immigration practitioners and immigrant communities. She was joined by Prof. Annie Lai, Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at UC Irvine School of Law.

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Western State Awarded Presidential Award for Education Initiative by National Bar Association, Tracie Porter Recognized for Outstanding Service

July 27, 2015

On July 22, National Bar Association President Pamela J. Meanes presented the “Presidential Award for Education Initiative” to Western State College of Law “for exemplary service to the NBA” at its annual convention, held in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel last week. Associate Dean of Students Charles Sheppard accepted the award on behalf of Western State. President Meanes recognized Professor Tracie Porter for her role and outstanding service as National Chairperson of the National Bar Association’s 2014-2015 Symposiums and the exemplary manner in which the west coast segment of the 25th Annual Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposiums was hosted at Western State last October. The award was presented to Western State after the conclusion of a dynamic panel discussion Professor Porter co-moderated with Dean Everett Bellamy, Adjunct Professor of Law of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.

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Stacey Sobel Featured in Articles re: Industry Leadership and Transgender Employees in Workplace

July 10, 2015

Professor Stacey Sobel was featured in an article in the July issue of Lawyer and Statesman, an annual publication of the National Jurist magazine. In the article, “So you want to be a leader in your industry?”, in which four lawyers with different legal backgrounds were interviewed about their experiences in becoming experts in their fields, Professor Sobel spoke about the importance of networking and volunteering for legal organizations as a young public interest attorney.

Professor Sobel also has been quoted in a recent article regarding transgender employees in the workplace. In “Transgender Employees Seeking Greater Workplace Protections,” at Mainstreet.com, she discussed how employers can assist workers who are transitioning on the job by having inclusive workplace non-discrimination policies and a human resources department that is prepared to work with their employees, and urged employers to educate themselves on the law where they are based and conduct business.

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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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