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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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Professor Tracie R. Porter from Western State College of Law recently published in the Akron Law Review, the University of Akron School of Law’s flagship journal, annual Tax Edition.

September 7, 2016

Professor Tracie R. Porter from Western State College of Law recently published "The Quagmire of Mortgage Short Sale Transactions Under Current Homeownership Tax Policy in a Time of Crisis" in the Akron Law Review, the University of Akron School of Law’s flagship journal, annual Tax Edition.

Porter’s article addresses the onerous burden on taxpayers selling underwater properties created by current tax laws and policy related to Mortgage Short Sales Transactions. The article addresses the potential, unavoidable tax liability that homeowners incur, created by federal and state tax laws for forgiven indebtedness, which is considered taxable income.

Professor Cheyanne Jaffke provided guidance with the Internal Revenue Code and tax implications discussed in the article, which may be cited as: Porter, Tracie R. (2015) "The Quagmire of Mortgage Short Sale Transactions Under Current Homeownership Tax Policy in a Time of Crisis," Akron Law Review: Vol. 49: Iss. 4, Article 2.

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Professors Present at Legal Writing Institute's 17th Biennial Conference

August 5, 2016

Professors at Western State College of Law, Monica Todd, Eunice Park and Lori Roberts, presented at the Legal Writing Institute’s 17th Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon, on July 10-13, 2016.

As part of the Social Justice Panel on Client-Centered Advocacy, the professors discussed why cultural competency should be included as a learning outcome in the legal writing curriculum, suggesting how it can be done while including some of the challenges of posing culturally sensitive issues in the classroom and providing ideas for assessment and following up on the results.

The Legal Writing Institute (LWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving legal communication by supporting the development of teaching and scholarly resources and establishing forums to discuss the study, teaching, and practice of professional legal writing. LWI is the second largest organization of law professors in the United States with roughly 3,000 members.

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Student Appointed as Liaison in the ABA Law Student Division

May 25, 2016

Western State student, Brittney Outzen, has just been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division as Liaison to the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

As a liaison, Outzen will represent Division members and share information through blog posts, event listings and more. Not only is the liaison role critical to the success of the Division’s initiatives and member services, but it is also a special recognition to Outzen and her school.

More info here: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/domestic_violence.html

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Professor Paula Manning Speaks at Ohio Northern University College of Law

May 11, 2016

After attending Professor Paula Manning’s presentation at the 110th Annual Association of American Law Schools (AALS) meeting in January, the Dean of Ohio Northern University College of Law invited Professor Manning to speak to their law school faculty about integrating assessment and academic support into the law school classroom.

Professor Manning’s workshop, held on April 29 in Ada, Ohio, included a discussion of current research on learning and memory, as well as ideas for developing and implementing formative assessment.

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Professor Neil Pedersen selected as this year's recipient of the State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section's Attorney of the Year award

May 11, 2016

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen (Western State Class of 1988 | Hall of Fame | Dean’s Counselor) at Western State College of Law has just been selected as this year's recipient of the State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section's Attorney of the Year award. The award is given to one attorney each year that demonstrates the following characteristics:

- Diligent work to increase the public’s confidence in the legal profession
- Demonstrated leadership and dedication to the legal profession
- Contribution to the betterment of the practice of law
- Devotion of significant service to the public and legal community
- Exhibition of exceptional accomplishments in the practice of law
- Contribution to the positive image of the legal profession

The honor will be presented to Pedersen at the annual Solo and Small Firm Summit on June 17, 2016 in Newport Beach, Calif. Pedersen received the award because of his "selfless dedication" to educating law students and attorneys about the practice of law. This includes teaching and interning students at his firm Pedersen McQueen, APLC, mentoring attorneys through formal and informal mentorship channels, along with his publications and speaking engagements as well.

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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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