March 15, 2014 10:00am-2:00pm

RSVP is required for this event. Please email wsursvp@wsulaw.edu with your name and let us know if you would like to bring a guest.

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 Pedersen Publishes Article in Law Practice Management and Technology E-News

September 8, 2014

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen has published an article entitled "Let Technology Work For You, Not Against You" in the September-October edition of the State Bar of California Law Practice Management and Technology Section's E-News. This article is sixth in a series of articles on time management for attorneys. Professor Pedersen teaches Law Practice Management and Technology at Western State which includes content on time management techniques.

Professor Myanna Dellinger Teaches International Environmental Law at Law School in China

September 4, 2014

Myanna Dellinger, who researches and writes on issues of national and international environmental law and the democratic development of the rule of law as well as contracts law, taught International Environmental Law for the China University of Political Science and Law during the summer of 2014. CUPL is the second-highest ranked law school in China. Issues Professor Dellinger covered in the course included international climate change law and public participation in government decision-making and enforcement, and her law students ranged from bachelors, masters to doctoral candidates.

Neil Pedersen Named Among Top Employment Law Attorneys in Orange County

September 2, 2014

Adjunct professor Neil Pedersen (Class of 1998, Hall of Fame Member) has been named one of Orange County’s Top Attorneys in the area of Employment Law by the Orange County Register’s OC Metro Magazine. Professor Pedersen teaches Employment Law and Law Practice Management and Technology. This is the second consecutive year that Professor Pedersen has appeared on this exclusive list.

Alumna Nominated to Run for OCBA Secretary

September 1, 2014

The Western State Community congratulates Solange Ritchie (Class of 1994, Hall of Fame 2013), who has been selected by the OCBA Nominating Committee to run for OCBA Secretary the 2015-2016 term. Additionally, the State Bar’s Solo and Small Firm section will award Ritchie the 2014 Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award. The Section presents the Award each year to a lawyer who has shown dedication to public service, and demonstrated leadership to the legal community. The award will be presented on Friday evening, 9/12/2014, at the Section’s reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, the site of this year’s State Bar Annual Meeting.

Western State grads awaiting bar results network with OCBA

August 27, 2014

Ten of Western State’s class of 2014 had a successful evening of networking and meeting new friends at the OCBA’s Bar Waiters’ Reception on August 26 at the OCBA offices in Newport Beach.

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The purpose of the evening was for new graduates to meet with mentoring attorneys who can provide support during the four month period between the Bar exam and release of results. Joining thirty graduates from Orange County law schools and dozens of practicing attorneys, the Western State 10 left the event with handfuls of business cards and the glow of a warm welcome into the OCBA community.  OCBA President, Tom Bienert, Jr., took to the podium to greet the attendees and share some of his memories from law school and of taking the Bar exam, and mentioning the close friendships he has made over the years of his involvement with the OCBA.  Sarah J. Nowels, Chairperson of the Young Lawyers Division, shared her reasons for joining the YLD and the many benefits she has reaped both personally and professionally in her role.   Several Western State alumni were on hand to graciously share their wisdom and experience, including Neil Pedersen, Pearl Mann, Solange Ritchie and Patricia Lee-Gulley.  Thank you to the OCBA for hosting what will likely be the first of many Bar Waiters Receptions in the coming years!

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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.