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Professor Tracie Porter Invited as Guest Speaker on Residential Mortgage Short Sale Transactions Tax Laws

September 15, 2014

On September 11, 2014, Tracie Porter was the invited guest speaker for the La Verne College of Law’s Faculty Workshop Series. Professor Porter spoke on her work in progress, currently entitled, “The Quagmire of Financial Indebtedness Under Current Tax Laws in Residential Mortgage Short Sale Transactions,” which focuses on federal tax liability owed to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Professor Porter was one of four guest speakers for the law school’s speaking series, and her well-attended session included the Dean of the law school, faculty and law review students.

Professor Charles Sheppard to Serve on Law Students Veterans Coalition Steering Committee

September 9, 2014

Beginning this fall, Charles Sheppard will be serving as a member of the Law Students Veterans Coalition Steering Committee, led by Committee Chair Honorable Lon Hurwitz, Judge of the Superior Court for the County of Orange. The committee’s goal is to establish a coalition among Southern California law schools to increase awareness about veteran issues and related matters. Along with Professor Sheppard, members of the Committee include other members of the bench, members of the bar, a representative of Chapman School of Law, and possibly other Southern California law schools. A similar coalition, the Northern California Law Students Veterans Coalition, exists among Northern California law schools, including USF School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Stanford Law School, UC Davis School of Law, and UC Hastings College of Law.

Professor Tracie Porter to Moderate AALS Panel Sponsored by Section on Commercial and Consumer Related Law

September 9, 2014

Tracie Porter is a Moderator for an AALS Panel entitled, “Emerging Scholars in Commercial and Consumer Law,” sponsored by the Section on Commercial and Consumer Related Law, of which Professor Porter has been an active member since joining the legal academy in 2006. The panel presentation will take place at the AALS Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in January 2015. The panel topic and speakers have been posted on the ContractsProf 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!

Western State supports innovative incubator program with O.C. Legal Aid Society

August 25, 2014

Beginning January, up to 10 recent Western State graduates will have the opportunity to serve low income clients under the auspices of Orange County's Legal Aid Society, while they in turn acquire valuable legal experience and receive hands-on training and mentoring. Read more.

Mike Zatlin to extern at California Court of Appeal

August 18, 2014

Congratulations to 4L Mike Zatlin,  selected to assist Justice William Bedsworth at the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, this fall.  After completing this prestigious judicial externship, Mike looks forward to graduation in spring 2015 and to a new career helping others though the practice of law, following his previous career in electronic sales. Mr Zatlin also serves on the Law Review; as a member of the Honors Moot Court Team he has represented Western State at the New York Law School Wagner Labor Law Competition in the Spring of both 2013 and 2014.

Jonathan Pink Wins Legal Fees Ruling for Black Eyed Peas

August 18, 2014

Adjunct intellectual property Professor Jonathan Pink served as lead counsel for The Black Eyed Peas in successfully defending against a copyright claim earlier this year. On July 28, California federal judge Josephine Stanton ordered the plaintiff to pay Professor Pink’s client, the band, along with its artistic collaborators, a combined $2.5 million in legal fees and costs, finding that The Black Eyed Peas did not steal the “guitar twang” melody in “I Gotta Feeling” from a 1990s dance track, and awarding defendants the expenses of fighting the claim and appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

William Shapiro ('78) Recognized as Trial Advocate, Educates Other Attorneys

August 12, 2014

Adjunct professor William Shapiro, who currently teaches Civil Trial Practice, was nominated “2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the California Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Cal-ABOTA) and named “2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire. Professor Shapiro will be a featured presenter on “Voir Dire” at Cal-ABOTA’s upcoming Masters in Trial professional education seminar in September, has given multiple “Civility Now” presentations this year in Southern California, and recently was invited to give a “Closing Argument” before members of the Arkansas Bar Association at their June 2014 Annual Meeting.

Alumna appointed Judge of the Orange County Superior Court

August 12, 2014

The Western State community congratulates Nancy E. Zeltzer (Class of 1977 and Hall of Fame inductee), who has just been appointed Judge of the Orange County Superior Court by Governor Brown.

It's Official! Western State's 83% February 2014 bar pass rate ranks #5 in California.

August 7, 2014

In official results just published for the February 2014 California Bar Exam, Western State graduates’ success rate was again among the top in the state. WSCL’s first time pass rate exceeded the ABA law school average by 14 points, continuing a record of consistent strong performance, placing the school in the top ten on eight of the nine last bar exams.  Congratulations to our terrific graduates!

Associate Dean Allen Easley appointed Interim Dean and Interim Vice Chancellor

July 28, 2014

Dean Allen Easley, who has been at Western State for two years, brings to his role as Interim Dean more than thirty years experience in legal education.  He has served previously as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Washburn University School of Law for thirteen years, as President and Dean at William Mitchell College of Law, and as Dean at the University of La Verne College of Law. Dean Easley has also held numerous leadership positions at the ABA, American Association of Law Schools (AALS), and the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the three major national organizations that support legal education. He will serve as Interim Dean and Interim Vice Chancellor of Argosy University during the upcoming academic 2014-15 year, while a national search for a permanent dean is currently being planned.

Tracie Porter Edits ABA International Law Year in Review, Re-Appointed as Vice-Chair

July 15, 2014

Tracie R. Porter served as a Committee Editor for the American Bar Association International Law Section Year in Review (YIR). The YIR is the annual survey of international legal developments, published in cooperation with Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Professor Porter’s article reviewed developments in cross-border real estate practice, including recovering markets in the European Union and the impact on the real estate markets related to the World Cup held this year in Brazil and in 2018 in Russia. Vice-Chair for the Section’s Cross Border Real Estate Practice Section, Professor Porter has been reappointed by ABA International Law Section Chair-Elect Marcelo E. Bombau to serve another term.

The 2014 issue of the law review and the committee’s articles may be found at 48 ABA/SIL YIR 1, 319 (2014).

Anabella Bonfa ('94) writes about Tips to Becoming a Great Legal Networker

July 7, 2014

Anabella's article, "Tips to Becoming a Great Legal Networker," recently appeared as part of the Continuing Education of the Bar Blog. She has involved herself with mentoring Western State students and recent graduates along with giving on-campus presentations on her area of expertise, trademark litigation. She will be coming to the campus this September for a LinkedIn workshop.

Students, graduates, and faculty celebrate summer at OCBA’s Mixer in Dana Point

July 1, 2014

Dana Point’s Salt Creek Grille’s outdoor patio was the setting for the OCBA’s sold-out Summer Mixer on June 26.  Western State guests included students Angelina Lerma, Winnie Jow, Aida Khamis and Deanna Kapelnikov along with recent graduates Michael Jeandron, Peggy No and Jason Martinez.  Professor Lori Roberts joined alumna Patricia Lee-Gulley to make a strong showing of support for Western State.

Professor Paula Manning Selected for Leadership Positions in AASE and ABA

June 19, 2014

Paula Manning has been installed as President of the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE) for 2014-15. AASE is the national organization devoted to the professional development of academic support programs and faculty. Professor Manning also has been selected by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) to teach its pre-law Attitude is Essential program. CLEO is the nonprofit entity of the American Bar Association whose mission is to diversify the legal profession. Since its inception in 1968, CLEO has been at the forefront of helping minority, low-income and disadvantaged students gain access to law school, successfully matriculate and pass the bar exam.

Professor Eunice Park writes on Integrating Practical Skills into the Curriculum

June 17, 2014

The proposed practical skills requirement for pre-admission to the bar may begin to minimize the divide between doctrine and practice, or theory and skill, which has characterized most of legal education in the United States. In her article, "Legal Education: Integrating Practical Skills Into the Curriculum," published June in Orange County Lawyer Magazine, Professor Eunice Park proposes that the practical skills aspects of lawyering should not now be viewed as a merely technical component that will subsume the abstract conceptualization and critical reasoning skills fundamental to lawyering, and she shares ways in which Western State has succeeded in integrating skills training with doctrinal material in the classroom.

Professor Lori Roberts writes on Getting Involved in Legal Education

June 17, 2014

In her article, "Getting Involved in Legal Education," Professor Lori Roberts lists opportunities for lawyers to "participate in training students to be members of the legal community."

Professor Neil Gotanda to Speak at UCLA Critical Race Studies Conference

June 13, 2014

Neil Gotanda will join a list of influential critical race theory scholars at the Eighth Critical Race Studies Symposium, sponsored by UCLA Law School. The conference theme is “Whiteness as Property,” and is in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of a law review article with the same title, written by UCLA law professor Cheryl Harris.

Professor Myanna Dellinger Chosen to Teach International Environmental Law in China, Writes on Environmental Subjects

June 13, 2014

During the late summer of 2014, Myanna Dellinger will be teaching international environmental law at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, a renowned Chinese legal institution.  Professor Dellinger will be focusing on national and international aspects of climate change, wildlife law, hazardous waste, environmental human rights and public participation.  China has recently adopted extensive federal public participation laws, an area in which Professor Dellinger researches and writes.

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Professor Dellinger's article, "That's Wild - The Ongoing International Trade in Endangered Species," was published in the Orange County Lawyer Magazine in December 2013, and she has blogged on the subject of poaching, climate change and water rights on the Contracts Law for Contracts Prof Blog, the nation's only network of legal blogs edited primarily by law professors, for which she is a regular blogger.

Professor Koppel’s attendance at the 2014 ALI Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

June 11, 2014

Professor Glenn Koppel, a member of the American Law Institute, recently returned from the ALI’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. He was one of four bloggers invited by the ALI to post commentaries on the Annual Meeting’s webpage. Two Supreme Court justices – Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Ginsburg – made award presentations and a third – Associate Justice Breyer – treated those present at the Annual Dinner to a conversation with outgoing Director Lance Liebman in which they reminisced about their early days as fledgling Harvard Law profs.

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Among the restatement projects considered at the three-day meeting was the Foreign Relations Law (Fourth) of the United States of which Professor Koppel is a member of the Members Consultative Group. During the session devoted to the Chapter on Recognition of Foreign Judgments, Koppel stepped up to the mike to comment on a section of the Restatement dealing with the claim and issue preclusion effects of foreign judgments which was the subject of the following post by another blogger: "Section 402, Procedure to Obtain Recognition was discussed next. Professor Glenn Koppel commented that an illustration would be helpful. He offered the use of collateral estoppel where different consumers purchase products in different countries. Professor Stephan said they have deferred the discussion and could use an illustration. Professor Koppel also commented that in the first two paragraphs on actions recognizing foreign judgments, and offered the actions with recognition and enforcement should be broken out. It looks like a third situation where no assets are in the foreign state. William Dodge said they would look at it."

Western State Congratulates its 2013/2014 Graduates

May 24, 2014

Western State was delighted to welcome over 2500 guests to the Long Beach Performing Arts Center for its 2014 Commencement Exercises. The lobby and auditorium teemed with happy crowds, delighted to celebrate the success of their students, friends, and families. Over 150 Western State Graduates took the stage to receive their diplomas signifying their status as Juris Doctors, many December Graduates having just passed the California Bar Exam. Western State wishes to Congratulate the class of 2013/2014 for its hard work and accomplishment. And to our May Graduates: Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

83% of Western State's first time takers passed the February 2014 California Bar Exam!

May 20, 2014

Congratulations to Western State graduates who again placed among the top results in California, well exceeding the average of 69%  for our state’s 21 ABA law schools. For seven of the last eight bar exams, Western State graduates have outperformed their counterparts from at least half of the ABA-approved law schools in California.  Swearing in ceremonies presided by alumnus Judge Firmat are scheduled at the law school on June 2nd.

Caren Seenauth wins 2014 Sports Lawyers Association Writing Competition

May 12, 2014

We are pleased to congratulate Western State College of Law May 2014 Juris Doctor candidate, Caren Seenauth, Vice President of the 2013-2014 SBA. Caren has been selected as one of three national winners of the 2014 Sports Lawyers Association Annual Student Writing Competition. The topic of her submission, "The Constitutionality of Social Media Bans within the NCAA," takes a hard look at the NCAA Bylaws restricting collegiate student-athlete social media use. She will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, May 16th at the Sports Lawyers Association's 40th Annual National Conference in Chicago.

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The Mission of SLA is to provide educational opportunities and disseminate data and information regarding specific areas of sports law. There are over 1,000 current members: practicing lawyers, law educators, law students, and other professionals with an interest in law relating to professional and amateur sports. In recent years the conference has attracted sports lawyers from all fifty states as well as Great Britain, continental Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Caren’s achievement honors her and Western State in this international legal community.

Professor Gotanda’s Asian Studies publications featured

April 28, 2014

Professor Gotanda presented the draft of his book, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and the Law:  A Reader at UC Berkeley School of Law, along with co-authors Bob Chang and Rose Cuison Villazor.

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The text, which is forthcoming on NYU Press, was the feature of a roundtable presentation co-sponsored by groups from UC Davis King Hall School of Law and Seattle University School of Law, as well as groups from UC Berkeley School of Law. Professor Gotanda also presented his paper, "Law and Asian American Studies:  Constructing Asian Americans, Limiting and Framing Asian American Studies," at the annual conference of the Association for Asian American Studies, in San Francisco, on April 19.

The Law Review at Western State College of Law Hosts National Security Symposium

April 22, 2014

Over 60 students, faculty, attorneys and national security law enthusiasts gathered at Western State College of Law on Saturday, April 12th for "The Constitutionality and Consequences of America's Use of Drones and the NSA Spying Program," hosted by the Western State Law Review.

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Moderated by Professor Ryan T. Williams, assistant professor at Western State College of Law, and Law Review Symposium Editor, Justin Morrison, the event featured two distinguished panels of national security experts hailing from prominent legal institutions across the nation, and a keynote presentation by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky from the University of California Irvine School of Law.

Major General Charles Dunlap, Jr. from Duke University School of Law, Assistant Dean Amy Gaudion from Penn State Law, Professor John Radsan from William Mitchell School of Law and Professor Kevin Smith from Whittier Law School participated in a colorful discussion on the use of predator drone strikes in the morning panel titled, "Executive Use Only: The Continued Use of Predator Drones in the War on Terror." The panelists explored the effectiveness of the continued use of predator drone strikes and the long-term consequences of such actions. Additionally, the panelists discussed the adequacy of current guidelines for targeted killings and the constitutionality of the decision making process. While panelists Gaudion and Smith expressed the need for greater transparency and heightened judicial involvement in regards to targeted killings; others such as Dunlap strongly disagreed. "Every time there's more transparency, the enemy goes to school on it," he explained.

"Privacy has been a casualty on the War on Terror; and in this way, the Supreme Court has failed to uphold the Constitution," stated Dean Erwin Chemerinsky during his much anticipated keynote presentation. Chemerinsky addressed his perspective on the constitutional concerns related to privacy resulting from the War on Terror and related advances in technology. He further stated, "What the Supreme Court needs to do, but has not yet done, is develop a theory of informational privacy."

The afternoon panel featured Attorney Todd Gallinger from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Professor William Snyder from Syracuse University College of Law, moderator, Professor Ryan T. Williams and Professor John Radsan (who participated in both panels). In the discussion titled, "It's Not Paranoia If It's True: The Scope and Legality of the NSA Spying Program," the panel addressed the legality and scope of NSA surveillance as well as the benefits and difficulties resulting from public transparency or lack thereof. In another well-rounded discussion, the panel explored the implications caused by the leak of classified documents by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

The event was made possible by sponsors: The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman; Attorney, Brad Hayes; Cummins & White, LLP and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

Clinic Students Raise Community Awareness on Immigration Fraud

April 21, 2014

On April 12, 2014, Immigration Clinic students Sonya Nevarez, Raul Saldana and Gloria Kim delivered a community education on immigration and notario fraud at the El Modena Family Resource Center, a community-based social services organization located in Orange, California.

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Sonya, Raul and Gloria researched the problem of immigration fraud, developed all of the presentation materials, gave the presentation and fielded questions from audience members.

"By working on this project, I developed an awareness of the dangers of notario fraud in immigrant communities, and also learned how I as a future lawyer can help prevent people from getting taken advantage of," said Sonya, a third year law student enrolled in the Clinic. " I also honed my oral presentation and advocacy skills."

As students in the Immigration Clinic, Sonya, Raul and Gloria have also been representing clients in efforts to seek political asylum (for survivors of persecution abroad) and U visas (for certain crime victims in the United States). In addition to individual presentation, Clinic students regularly engage in community education and advocacy work that seeks to advance the human rights of noncitizens in the area.

Professor Ryan Williams recognized among outstanding young law professors by Lawyers of Color publication

April 21, 2014

Kudos to Professor Ryan Williams, named to the "50 Under 50" list of outstanding law school professors by Lawyers of Color in the newest Law School Diversity Issue. Access the listing here.

First Annual Criminal Law Alumni Mixer a Big Success

April 15, 2014

The Criminal Law Association and the Criminal Law Practice Center hosted an Alumni Mixer at Florentine’s in downtown Fullerton Friday evening. Approximately 50 lawyers and students were present to mix and mingle with each other. Deputy public defenders, deputy district attorneys, private defense counsel, and a judge from Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside counties interacted with law students, providing them with excellent contacts for possible externship opportunities and jobs after graduation.

Professor Malagrinó's Sports Law article cited in brief to US Supreme Court

April 14, 2014

The Pacific Legal Foundation and Cato Institute cited and prominently featured Professor Dylan Malagrinó'’s recent article, "Off the Board: NCAA v. Christie Challenges Congress to 'Move the Line' on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act," 118 Penn. St. L. Rev. 375 (2013), in the body of their amici curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Petitioners in Christie v. NCAA et al. Professor Malagrinó'’s article advances the proposition that state governments are both more responsive to the constituencies affected by state-specific policies regarding sports gambling restrictions and more aware of the local conditions that those laws address. The brief is available here.

Immigration Law Students Tour US-Mexico Border

April 11, 2014

Sixteen Western State law students who have been studying immigration law traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to witness firsthand the growth of border enforcement along the southern border.

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"Participating in the border trip was an amazing opportunity that gave me unique insight into the agency and the realities of what we have been learning in the law school," stated Jossiel Moreira (’14), a Western State third year who is taking the survey Immigration Law class, and has represented several clients this year through the Immigration Clinic and Advanced Immigration Clinic.

The day-long trip, organized by Professor Jennifer Koh (who teaches immigration law and directs the law school’s on-site immigration clinic), also exposed students to multiple perspectives on border enforcement. First, in the morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents provided students with a guided tour of the U.S.-Mexico border near San Ysidro, California. Students rode in U.S. Border Patrol vans, walked along an "enforcement zone" (not accessible to the public) between border fence and the U.S.-Mexico border, and spoke extensively with Border Patrol agents about the challenges of monitoring the U.S.-Mexico border. Later that afternoon, students explored human rights critiques of current border policies through a visit with the founders of The Water Station, a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides water to migrants who risk death and dehydration when crossing the desert.

This spring, Western State announced the creation of an Immigration Law Certificate, which students may obtain through the completion of -- and success in -- a combination of required coursework, practical skills training, elective courses, and pro bono work.

Western State's Public Service Week April 5th-April 12th

April 4, 2014

The Student Bar Association Public Service Committee has planned over 15 different events for students, faculty and staff to again participate in service to the community.  Options include a Blood and Bone Marrow Drives, the MS Walk, Tax Assistance, mentoring high school students, and donation drives for Orangewood Children’s home and Human Options domestic violence shelter. Law student volunteers report and track their contributions and are recognized for their public service at graduation.  For full calendar of events click here.

Kaitlyn Daley & Marta Bachynska win honors at National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition

March 31, 2014

Kudos to 2Ls Kaitlyn Daley and Marta Bachynska, Honors Moot Court Team members, who won the second place trophy for "best brief" in the 2014 spring competition held in Southern California.  The problem dealt with immigration enforcement and child welfare issues.

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Says Kaitlyn Daley of her Moot Court experience,  "We advanced to the quarter finals and placed second in the ‘best brief’ competition at the National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition … the first year legal writing program and the advanced advocacy course at Western State truly prepared us to succeed.  We also owe a lot of our success to our faculty advisor and the dedicated faculty and students that assisted us in preparing for the competition."

Treana Allen and Kathleen McHale win Moot Court Honors

March 29, 2014

Congratulations to our Western State Honors Moot Court Team members Treana Allen and Kathleen McHale - they attended The Federal Bar Association's Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. last weekend ..... 46 law schools competed and our students won THIRD PLACE for BEST BRIEF!   Many thanks to their faculty advisor Professor Udoka Nwanna.

Environmental Law Society hears about developing climate change law

March 26, 2014

Professors Myanna Dellinger and Stacey Sobel gave a presentation to the newly-formed Environmental Law Society on developing climate change law at the sub-national, national and supranational levels, as well as the constitutional implications of such new law.

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The Western State College of Law ELS is dedicated to providing and promoting a forum for education, advocacy, and scholarship aimed at protecting the environment. Professor Dellinger is the faculty advisor of ELS, which seeks to inform the law school and surrounding community about environmental issues and sponsor engaging activities such as symposia, documentaries, research projects, social and networking events.

Real Estate Practice Certificate Program Launched

March 21, 2014

Western State faculty has approved the creation of a Certificate Program in Real Estate Practice (REPC). Students will earn the Certificate by demonstrating-a distinguished commitment to the practice of real estate law,   through their course of study, performance, experiential learning, and pro bono / public service work.  This brings to four the number of Certificate options offered, including Immigration Law, Business Law, and Criminal Law.
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New Certificate Program in Immigration Law Announced

March 20, 2014

A new Certificate Program in Immigration Law has been created and approved by Western State’s faculty, available fall 2014. Students will demonstrate commitment to the practice of Immigration Law by completing 12 required and 6 elective course credits, 5 credits of experiential learning and 25 hours of pro bono legal work to earn the Certificate.  Professor Jennifer Koh, Director of the Immigration Clinic, will oversee the new certificate program.
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Caren Seenauth Represents Western State College of Law at 13th Annual IMG World Congress of Sports

March 19, 2014

Caren Seenauth, 3L and President of the WSCL Entertainment and Sports Law Society, attended the 2014 IMG World Congress of Sports hosted by the Sports Business Journal at the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point, CA on March 19th and 20th.



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In attendance, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan shared his views on the state of education in America and how sports should be promoted as a means to reducing high school dropout rates and improving education at all levels. Also comprised of panel discussions and interviews, the conference garnered the dozens of senior executives from various organizations in sports, media and entertainment who addressed the evolution of sports business, intellectual property, social media marketing and media rights. Among them were NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver; President of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeanie Buss; and Chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment and part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thomas Tull.

A recurring theme throughout the conference was the evolution of social media marketing and the growing necessity to cater to the "millennial generation" of tech savvy consumers through an interactive fan experience. Also on the table for discussion – management of intellectual property, a need for environmentally conscious stadium operations and transparency within the NBA. Red Bull’s High Performance Director Andy Walshe explored innovations in technology designed to mimic the cognitive patterns of high performance athletes, a concept best described as "hacking talent." Dick Glover, President and CEO of Funny or Die, discussed how his company thrives outside of the traditional "Hollywood system" and places emphasis on a combination of creative content, social media and selective advertising to create a new category of branded entertainment.

The two-day event is one of the most prominent annual gatherings of sports business leaders. This year’s IMG World Congress was attended by 500 professional attendees, 12 hand-selected student volunteers from across the nation and featured corporate sponsors such as Cartier, Yahoo and Proskauer, the nation’s leading sports law firm.

Western State Alumni Officers of Long Beach Barristers

March 6, 2014

Four Western State Alumni were installed as officers for 2014-2015 in the Long Beach Barristers, a group for practicing lawyers aged 35 and under in Long Beach, CA.: http://longbeachbarristers.com/.  The Western State community congratulates our graduates incoming President Christopher Montes De Oca, class of ’06; Vice President Sean Brady, class of "08; Secretary Elisa Guadan, ‘11; and Membership Chair Christy Beard, "06 as they assume their leadership roles in this dynamic young lawyers' organization.

Tatiana Yokoyama, 3L, named Student of the Year by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

January 15, 2014

Tatiana Yokoyama, a third year law student at the Western State College of Law at Argosy University, was awarded the National Student of the Year Award at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on November 8, 2013. This merit-based scholarship award recognizes demonstrated student leaders in the Asian Pacific American community from across the country.

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"Thank you to Dean Adams, as well as Western faculty and administration, for encouraging us, students, to contribute our education and experiences to the community," stated Yokoyama, President of the Western State Student Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. "I am honored to represent Western State at the NAPABA Conference and humbled to receive the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (NAPALSA) Student of the Year Award for my public service efforts."

"Tatiana is most deserving of this national honor," stated Patricia Lee-Gulley, Partner at Gordon & Rees, LLP and President of the Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA). "She has developed extensive public service and leadership experience while attending Western State College of Law, which will prove useful in her legal career."

NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA is comprised of over 40,000 attorneys and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. NAPALSA was founded to promote education, leadership, community awareness/service, communication and interaction amongst Asian Pacific American law students across the country.

Law students win release from detention for clients in Immigration Court bond hearings.

January 15, 2014

Kristalyn Bautista and Angel Lalama, third-year law students participating in the Advanced Immigration Clinic, each represented a client detained under the federal immigration laws. Their efforts led to release or release on bond for their respective clients who were detained under federal immigration laws.


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Kristalyn Bautista and Angel Lalama represented their respective clients in November before the Los Angeles Immigration Court in bond hearings, to convince an Immigration Judge that the clients were neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community. Both students' performances– which included direct examinations and closing arguments -- produced amazing results for the clients: in Kris's case, her HIV+ client was released on an ankle bracelet and was released in time to spend Thanksgiving with his family. Angel's client was given a bond, which the family is working to meet it so that the client can come home to his wife and family. Both clients will continue to fight their deportations in immigration court, but the results of the bond hearings will enable them to do so while not being physically incarcerated in an immigration detention facility. Said Kris: "This was the best experience of my law school career." Angel stated "I never imagined being able to help people with their real cases while still in law school".

Both law students were supervised in these cases by Professor Munmeeth Soni, staff attorney at the Public Law Center and adjunct professor in the Western State Immigration Clinic.

California Supreme Court cites Professor Philip L. Merkel

December 3, 2013

The California Supreme Court has once again cited Professor Philip L. Merkel's law review article, Physicians Policing Physicians: The Development of Medical Staff Peer Review Law at California Hospitals, in one of the high court's opinions.  The article was published in the University of San Francisco Law Review.  It discusses substantive and procedural due process requirements hospital medical staffs must follow when attempting to discipline member physicians.  The Supreme Court first referenced the article in Mileikowsky v. West Hills Hospital and Medical Center (2009). Recently, the Court cited the article in El-Attar v. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center (2013).  Professor Merkel, who has represented clients in medical staff peer review hearings, intended the article to be a guide for attorneys who practice in the area.  The article has been cited in other appellate court opinions, appellate court briefs, and law review articles.

Judge John Nho Nguyen Retires from the Bench

December 2, 2013

The Western State community proudly congratulates alumnus Judge Nguyen on the conclusion of his distinguished career as a Judge on the Orange County Superior Court. Dean Adams and senior faculty were in attendance with over 200 guests at a gala retirement dinner sponsored by OCAABA, Western State, and 14 other organizations in honor of Judge Nguyen. The event was held at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel on November 18th. A member of the Western State College Class of 1988, Judge Nguyen was the first Vietnamese Judge to serve in Orange County.  He was inducted to the Western State Hall of Fame in 2001, and awarded an Honorary "Doctor of Laws" degree from Western State College in 2008. Judge Nguyen has also taught at Western State as an adjunct faculty member. Western State College is proud to celebrate the legal career of an alumnus who is so accomplished and esteemed.

Govenor Brown Appoints Honorable Sherri Honer To Orange County Superior Court

November 13, 2013

Kudos to Hon. Sherri Honer (Class of 1996) on her appointment as Judge for the Orange County Superior Court by Governor Brown. She joins over 100 active judicial officers in California who are Western State graduates.

Jeffrey Witjas Gives Talk To Entertainment & Sports Law Society

November 12, 2013

Jeffrey Witjas, Senior VP, Talent, at APA Talent and Literary Agency, spoke at Western State's Entertainment & Sports Law Society on Friday, October 4. Graduate of the Class of 1979, Mr Witjas characterizes his role as a talent agent as "one of the most exciting jobs anyone can have" and credits his law background for giving him "the balance and the ability to be reasonable and understanding" required for his success.

Western State Graduate Named President Of The Beverly Hills Bar Aassociation

November 11, 2013

The Western State community congratulates Diane Karpman, class of 1974, Principal of Karpman and Associates, who was recently installed as the 82nd President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

Western State Professors & Students Complete Marathon

November 10, 2013

Professor Philip Merkel and three of his Torts I students, Lauren Calhoon, Lauren Ruvalcaba and Jamie Newton, completed the Long Beach ICB Half Marathon on October 13, 2013. Professor Jennifer Koh also ran the 13.1 mile course. Pictured after the finish are (from the left) Ms. Newton, Prof. Merkel, and Ms. Ruvalcaba.

Professor Dellinger's Article On Climate Change To Be Presented At International Law Forums In New York.

November 9, 2013

Professor Myanna Dellinger's forthcoming law review article on climate change treaty negotiations and potential adoption, soon to be published in the Fordham International Law Journal, has been selected from more than 200 submissions from 36 countries for presentation at the meeting of the American Society of International Law at New York University School of Law in early November. A reception at the United Nations Headquarters will follow. The article is entitled Narrowed Constellations in a Supranational Climate Change Regime Complex: The "Magic Number" is Four, and analyzes the realities of climate change treaty negotiations and potential adoption.

Western State Invests in Student Futures

November 8, 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have been invited to provide membership in the Orange County Bar Association for all current students and recent graduates. This will provide our entire student body with previously unavailable networking opportunities with potential employers, students from other nearby law schools, and practitioners from around the county..

Incoming Spring Class Students Meet Recent Alumni

November 7, 2013

On Thursday, November 14th, Western State College hosted a dinner for students already admitted  to the January 2014 incoming class at Zov's Bistro in Tustin.  Students were able to bring guests and meet personally with faculty and recent alumni in a social setting. We were pleased to give our incoming students the opportunity to discuss the study and career of law in an atmosphere that was warm and relaxed.