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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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Diversity of Faculty and Thought Showcase.

February 24, 2017

Celebrating the many accomplishments of our diverse faculty in the area of scholarship, the Western State Faculty Diversity Committee and the Law Library have created a display in the library highlighting current faculty scholarship. Prominently located at the entrance to the library, the display consists of a reprint copy of the published article, a faculty photo, and a handout for the public highlighting all the articles currently on display. The content of the display will rotate every semester as faculty continue to contribute to legal publications. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact Professor Tracie Porter or Library Interim Director Sarah Eggleston, as developers/coordinators of this project.

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Neil Pedersen Receives Professional Recognition.

February 10, 2017

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen has again been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in the 2017 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine by Thomson Reuters. This distinction is conferred on select attorneys based on a process involving peer nomination, independent research and evaluation by the publisher, with about 5% of attorneys in the state being named to the list. Professor Pedersen also has been named as one of the 2017 “Best Employment Attorneys in Orange County” by the publishers of Orange Coast Magazine, for the fourth year in a row.

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Professor Lori Roberts Publishes on Consumer Review Site Bullying.

December 7, 2016

Professor at Western State College of Law, Lori Roberts, wrote an article titled "Brawling with the Consumer Review Site Bully," which has been published in the University of Cincinnati Law Review, at 84 U. Cin. 633 (2016).

Professor Roberts' article explores the seedy underbelly of crowd-sourced consumer review sites, examines the relationship between consumer review sites, reviewers, and the businesses being reviewed, and outlines the legal landscape for businesses brawling with the consumer review sites.

The Article proposes a solution that includes enforcement of non-disparagement clauses in consumer contracts while acknowledging the critical importance of free speech and public debate, the policies behind anti-SLAPP laws, and the bad public policy of enabling businesses to offer inferior products and service while secretly tucking non-disparagement clauses into their terms of service.

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Attorney and faculty member at Western State College of Law, Sabrina Rivera, recently served as a panelist on the Immigration Attorney Panel held at Whittier Law School on Nov. 7, 2016.

November 7, 2016

The panel discussed careers and networking for law students within Immigration Law. Other participating firms included Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP; Law Offices of Maciel & Ayala, LLP; Law Office of Noreen Barcena; and My Advocate Group.

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Professor at Western State College of Law, Neil Gotanda, spoke on Oct. 11, 2016, at Yale Law School on Korematsu Revisited: "Other Racializations" and the Black White Racial Paradigm.

October 11, 2016

Professor Gotanda was invited to speak by the American Constitution Society, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, South Asian Law Student Association, OUTLaw, Black Law Student Association and Alliance for Diversity.

The presentation was part of a planned series of Critical Race Theory commentaries on well-known constitutional law cases.

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Western State By The Numbers

11,000+ alumni graduates
who have earned their J.D. degree at Western State. The majority of which work and live in Sothern California.

75% bar pass rate
for first-time takers on the July 2013 CA Bar Exam.

59% of Fall 2016 class
is ethnic minorities and students of color.

36% of faculty
are minorities at Western State.

52% of faculty
are women at Western State.

19 student organizations
representing different interest areas of the law are active on campus.

25% 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.

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
in Orange County are Western State graduates.

18% of Public Defenders
in Orange County are Western State graduates.

44 miles
to Downtown Los Angeles, a world center of business and culture.

8 student attorneys
were enrolled in the Immigration Clinic in Fall 2016.

5 Certificate Programs
for students who seek to specialize in: Criminal, Business, Immigration, Family, and Real Estate Law.

100% of eligible students
who applied for the Criminal Law Externship Program or the Civil and Judicial Externship Program found placements and received 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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