Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen has been honored this month by the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), which has placed him on the “Wall of Justice” at this year’s annual CELA Convention, held in San Diego. Wall of Justice honorees are recognized for contributions to the CELA community, and Professor Pedersen was honored for his contributions in mentoring some of CELA’s younger members. Professor Pedersen also has been named as one of the Top Lawyers of Southern California for 2014 in the annual publication sponsored by American Legal Media and the Los Angeles Times. This is the fourth year in a row that Professor Pedersen has been so honored by this publication.
Myanna Dellinger’s publication on public participation in government decision-making and enforcement, “Ten Years of the Aarhus Convention: How Procedural Democracy is Paving the Way for Substantive Change in National and International Environmental Law,” has been cited in two different publications around the world. One is “Addressing Climate Vulnerability: Promoting the Participatory Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Women through Finnish Foreign Policy,” a publication commissioned by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs; and the other is “From International Principles to Local Practices: a Socio-legal Framing of Public Participation Research,” written by a scholar with the University of New England School of Law’s Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law. Professor Dellinger promotes public participation in government affairs, and the cited article urges that although not always easily effectuated, public participation leads to significant advantages including better substantive rulemaking, a higher degree of buy-in by the general public and thus a reduced need for law enforcement, cost benefits for governments, government accountability, and more actual on-the-ground change when compared to traditional top-down solutions.
Eunice Park and Monica Todd presented at the Fourth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference Program at Stanford Law School on September 20, 2014. The theme of the conference was “Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Motivating Students to Do Their Best Work.” Their presentation, entitled “Good Vibrations: The Power of Professorial Positivity,” addressed theories and empirical data supporting the beneficial effect on student learning of a positive teaching demeanor and classroom environment, and they provided specific examples of in-class exercises in the legal writing classroom that encourage a growth-oriented mindset.
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.
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.
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 ContractsProf Blog.
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.