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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 Paula Manning Speaks at Ohio Northern University College of Law

May 16, 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 16, 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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Congratulations to all 1Ls who have now finished the 1L Moot Court Competition, and thank you to our judges!

May 16, 2016

Pictured, from finals round:
Laura Mergenthaler (Best Policy Argument Award recipient)
Luz Ayala (Stephen F. Chavez Memorial Best Oralist Award recipient)
Steve Kim
Dean Allen Easley
Hon. Maria Puente-Porras
Hon. Michael Libutti
Sakeenah Redmond
Kyle Case
Ali Kazempour

Photo credit: Jack Rafter

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Professor William Shapiro named to the 2016 faculty of The National Trial Academy and ABOTA’s Trial College at Harvard Law School

May 2, 2016

Professor at Western State College of Law, William Shapiro, has been named to the 2016 faculty of both The National Trial Academy, sponsored by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association and American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in Reno, Nevada, and ABOTA’s Trial College at Harvard Law School.

The Trial College is offered every two years, and Professor Shapiro was on the faculty in 2012 and 2014 as well. Professor Shapiro also will be a featured presenter at ABOTA’s “Masters in Trial” presentation in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May. Elected 2016 ABOTA National Secretary, Professor Shapiro has been invited and featured in numerous “Masters in Trial” presentations in Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Arkansas and Nashville.

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April 29, 2016

In a red-carpet ribbon cutting ceremony, The Irvine Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Bar Association, the Irvine City Council and Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, welcomed Western State College of Law to its new location at 1 Banting, Irvine on the evening of Friday, April 29.

Western State Dean & Vice Chancellor, Allen K. Easley, addressing the 120 guests assembled, before cutting the ceremonial ribbon, used the occasion to thank those staff, faculty and community members who were especially instrumental in bringing the move to fruition. Orange County Bar Association President, Todd Friedland, noted what a distinctive presence the school had become in the professional community. Mayor Choi reminded everyone what a perfect fit Western State is for the professional and educational environs of Irvine. Chamber President, Isaiah Leslie, echoed Choi’s thoughts, reminding those present that Irvine’s professional resources will be valuable in training legal professionals.

Following the Ribbon Cutting, in a special ceremony, longtime scholarship donors William McCune & Carol McCune presented this year's recipients (pictured, below) with the 2016 McCune Scholarship. Since its inception in 1992, the McCune Scholarship has benefited 100 Western State students. We applaud the continued generosity of the McCune family.

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Pictured from left to right: McCune Scholarship Recipients, Christine Austin, Elizabeth Kircher, and Robert Dagmy; Dean & Vice Chancellor, Allen K. Easley; Carol and William McCune; McCune Scholarship Recipients, Zoha Khan and Alexander Shaaban.
Ribbon cutting
Pictured: Mayor Steven Choi presenting Dean Allen Easley with a Certificate of Recognition on this momentous occasion.
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Pictured from left to right: Chamber President, Isaiah Leslie; OCBA President, Todd Friedland; Western State Alumnus, Bill Shapiro; Western State Dean of Students, Charles Sheppard; Western State Dean & Vice Chancellor, Dean Allen K. Easley; Mayor of Irvine, Steven Choi; and Western State Academic Dean, Susan Keller.

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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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