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AMY BAGHRAMIAN
J.D., UC Davis School of Law
B.A., Duke University
Courses Taught: Legal Writing Research I & II

JASON A. BLONSKA, ESQ.
Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Founding Partner, The Blonska Firm, P.C.
J.D., Western State University College of Law, 2003
B.A., Tufts University, 1999
Courses Taught: Community Property 

BART J. CAREY
Founder, Family Peacemaker
familypeacemaker.com

J.D., Western State University College of Law
B.S., California State University, Fullerton
Course Taught: Mediation

LUCERO CHAVEZ
Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrants’ Rights Project, Public Counsel
www.publiccounsel.org
B.A., UCLA
J.D., Berkeley Law School
Course: Administrative Law

CAROLYN M. DILLINGER
Founding Shareholder,
Passion Law, PC
J.D., Western State University, College of Law
B.A., Vanguard University
Course Taught: Law Practice Management

KRISTIN F. GODEKE
Senior Counsel at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
B.S., Occidental College
J.D., Valedictorian, Western State University, College of Law
Courses Taught: Business Law Ethics

STEPHEN HENDRICKS
Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel ISM, Inc.
J.D., Western State College of Law
B.A., North Park College, Chicago
Courses Taught:
Business Associations
Principles of Agency and Partnership

HONORABLE MARIA HERNANDEZ
Judge, Orange County Superior Court of California
J.D., Western State University College of Law
B.A., University of California, Davis
Courses Taught: Domestic Violence
Juvenile Law

ANDREW M. KNAPP
Founder, Immigrant Access to Justice Assistance
J.D., Western State University College of Law
M.A., University of California, Irvine, CA
B.A., Westfield State College, Westfield, MA
Course Taught: Immigration Clinic Ninth Circuit Project 

DAVID J. MACHER
Deputy Public Defender, Riverside County
J.D., Western State University, College of Law
B.S., University of Oregon
Courses Taught: Death Penalty

JOHN E. OHASHI
Founding Partner, Ohashi & Priver
J.D., University of California, Davis
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Course Taught: Advising Entrepreneurs

NEIL PEDERSEN
Founding Partner, Pedersen Law, P.C.
pedersenlaw.com
J.D., Western State University College of Law
B.S., Western State University College of Law
Courses Taught: Employment Law
Law Practice Management

MATTHEW T. PLAXTON
Attorney, Tinnelly Law Group
www.tinnellylaw.com
J.D., Western State University College of Law
B.S., California St Polytechnic Univ; Pomona CA
Course Taught: Legal Writing Research I & II
Professional Responsibility

 

DAVID P. PORTER
Deputy District Attorney, Office of the Orange County District Attorney
J.D., Western State University College of Law
B.A., California State University, Long Beach
Course Taught: Criminal Justice Ethics

NILAB RAHYAR TOLTON
Associate, Call & Jensen
www.calljensen.com
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., University of California, Irvine
Course Taught: Pre-Trial Civil Litigation

SUZANNE REUBEN
King Reuben, P.C.
J.D., UCLA School of Law
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Courses Taught: LWRI and LWRII

SABRINA RIVERA
Staff Attorney, WSCL Immigration Clinic
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA
B.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills
Courses Taught: Immigration Clinic and Interviewing and Counseling

WILLIAM D. SHAPIRO
The Law Offices of William D. Shapiro
www.wshapiro.com
J.D., Western State University College of Law
B.S., California State University, Fullerton
Course Taught: Trial Practice (Civil)

STEVEN E. SHUBE
Founder, Law Office of Steven E. Shube, Esq.
J.D./M.B.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Course Taught: Contracts Drafting

PAUL TAYLOR SMITH
Attorney, Law Offices of Paul Taylor Smith
J.D., Western State College of Law
MBA, The Claremont Graduate School
B.A., California State University, San Bernardino
Courses Taught: Appellate Advocacy
Arbitration
Copyright Law
Mediation
Legal Writing
Negotiations
Professional Responsibility
Workers' Compensation

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