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

Tracie Porter Co-Edits ABA Journal, Re-Appointed as Vice-Chair of Section

July 15, 2014

Tracie R. Porter served as co-editor for the American Bar Association International Law Section Year in Review (YIR) Legal Journal. The YIR is the annual survey of international legal developments, published in cooperation with Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. The YIR articles of the Section covered issues related to recovering markets in the European Union and the impact on the real estate markets related to the world sports events in Brazil and Russia: the World Cup. Vice-Chair for the Section’s Cross Border Real Estate Practice Section, Professor Porter has been reappointed by ABA Chair-Elect Marcelo E. Bombau to serve another term.

The 2014 issue of the law review and the Section’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.

Professor Paula Manning Selected for Leadership Positions in AASE and ABA

June 19, 2014

Paula Manning has been installed as President of the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) for 2014-15. AASE is the national organization devoted to the professional development of academic support programs and faculty. Professor Manning also has been selected by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) to teach its pre-law Attitude is Essential program. CLEO is the nonprofit entity of the American Bar Association whose mission is to diversify the legal profession. Since its inception in 1968, CLEO has been at the forefront of helping minority, low-income and disadvantaged students gain access to law school, successfully matriculate and pass the bar exam.

Professor Eunice Park writes on Integrating Practical Skills into the Curriculum

June 17, 2014

The proposed practical skills requirement for pre-admission to the bar may begin to minimize the divide between doctrine and practice, or theory and skill, which has characterized most of legal education in the United States. In her article, "Legal Education: Integrating Practical Skills Into the Curriculum," published June in Orange County Lawyer Magazine, Professor Eunice Park proposes that the practical skills aspects of lawyering should not now be viewed as a merely technical component that will subsume the abstract conceptualization and critical reasoning skills fundamental to lawyering, and she shares ways in which Western State has succeeded in integrating skills training with doctrinal material in the classroom.

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55% of Fall 2014 class
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30% of faculty
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50% of faculty
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22% of students
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28 miles
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15 student attorneys
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83% bar pass rate
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