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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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Beloved Professor Passes

January 14, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend, teacher, classmate, and colleague, Professor Stephen Chavez. Professor Chavez graduated from Western State summa cum laude in 1998. He was the class valedictorian and gave the graduation address. He returned to Western State in 2010 as a professor. As Director of the Civil and Judicial Externship Program and Professor of Legal Writing and Research, he touched the lives of many students and had a significant impact on their legal careers. He was an outstanding teacher and colleague and we will miss him very much.

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Western State Advisory Board Member Receives Highest OCBA Honor

January 14, 2016

Richard Millar Jr., who is on the Board of Advisors for Western State College of Law, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Orange County Bar Association’s (OCBA) Franklin G. West Award. The award will be presented during the OCBA Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at the Irvine Marriott.

As the OCBA's highest honor, the Franklin G. West Award is presented to outstanding attorneys and judges whose lifetime achievements have advanced justice and the law. This annual recognition was established in memory of Judge Franklin G. West, who epitomized the best of the legal profession as both an attorney and a judge.

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2015 Hall of Fame Gala

October 7, 2015

“This year’s Hall of Fame Gala was the largest ever, and raised over $70,000 for scholarships for our students, also a new record. In the words of one of our event co-chairs, Bill Shapiro, our Gala is becoming ‘one of the go to events in the Orange County legal community.’”
-Western State Dean and Vice Chancellor, Allen K. Easley

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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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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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