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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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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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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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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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