Western State ranks 12th in diversity


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

Neil Gotanda Presents on “Comparative Racialization: Racial Genealogies and the Black-White Paradigm”

April 6, 2015

Professor Neil Gotanda presented his work-in-progress, “Comparative Racialization: Racial Genealogies and the Black-White Paradigm,” at the Western State College of Law Brown-Bag Series on March 24 and at the Texas A&M University School of Law Faculty Speaker Series on April 1.

Paul Smith Coaches Students for Environmental Law Negotiation Competition

April 3, 2015

Adjunct Professor Paul Smith coached students Emma Popiolkowsk and Yumi Choe for the 16th annual State Bar Environmental Law Negotiation Competition, where they placed 7th out of 26 teams. The competition was held at Golden Gate Law School on March 13.

Tracie Porter Publishes, Serves as Delegate at Global Law Summit, and Organizes Writers’ Guild at NBA Conference

April 2, 2015

Alumnus Professor Tracie Porter’s two most recent articles are appearing in the spring issues of the Arkansas Law Review and the Akron Law Review, entitled, The School-to-Prison Pipeline: The Business Side of Incarcerating, Not Educating, Students in Public Schools, 68 Ark. L. Rev. 55 (2015) and The Quagmire of Mortgage Short Sale Transactions Under Current Homeownership Tax Policy in a Time of Crisis, __ Akron L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2015). She also wrote short articles for both the National Bar Association’s Magazine, entitled, The Great Loss of Wealth for African Americans, 19 Nat’l Bar Assn. Mag. 16 (Dec. 2014), and the ABA Section of International Law’s Year in Review, entitled, New Qualified Mortgage Regulations in the United States (forthcoming Spring 2015).

Western State Alum Featured In ABA's Business Law Today

April 1, 2015

Alumnus Betty Boyd (Class of 2007) was featured in the American Bar Associations online publication, Business Law Today, in the Member Spotlight section.
Business Law Today examines substantive and procedural issues relating to corporation, banking, business law and practice-oriented topics. It also highlights recent and important case law from state and federal courts as well as important studies and regulations. It is a publication of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law.

William D. Shapiro receives the 2015 CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

March 29, 2015

Adjunct Professor William D. Shapiro (Class of 1978 | Hall of Fame | Dean’s Counselor) recently received the 2015 CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, by many accounts the highest honor a California trial lawyer can receive. The California Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates awards it annually to the attorney who most exhibits excellence in advocacy, a distinguished career, and a reputation for civility, ethics, and fair play. William Shapiro currently teaches Civil Trial Practice at Western State.

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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.