Professor Tracie R. Porter attended the 40th Annual Installation, Scholarship & Awards Gala for the John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Hilton on January 30, to support mentee and student Briahna Chuvac. Addressing the approximately 1000 attendees from the stage, Ms. Chuvac thanked Professor Porter and Western State. Ms. Chuvac, who was honored alongside students from UCLA, USC, and Loyola, is the current President of Black Law Student Association, of which Professor Porter is Faculty Advisor.
Professor Tracie R. Porter was appointed to the 2016 Fall Meeting Steering Committee for the ABA International Law Section to be hosted in Tokyo, Japan in October 2016. The International Law Section hosts its fall meeting outside the U.S. Professor Porter is Co-Chair of the Academic Subcommittee along with her Japanese Co-Chair Kozo Yabe, an adjunct at the University of Illinois College of Law, and partner and patent attorney of Yuasa & Hara in Tokyo, Japan. Professor Porter has been an active leader in the section, serving as Vice-Chair and Steering Committee Member for several committees of the section, including Financial Products & Services, Cross-Border Real Estate Practice, and China Committees. Formerly, Professor Porter taught law courses in China.
2Ls Ruby Becker and Keith Gallarzo, coached by Professor Eunice Park, won the 21st Annual National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, held at Whittier Law School on February 5-6. In a particularly competitive year with 22 teams competing, Keith also won Fifth Place Oral Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds and Second Place Oral Advocate after the Quarter-Finals. The final round was adjudicated by the Honorable Michael Levanas, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Courts; the Honorable Craig E. Arthur, of the Orange County Superior Court, currently sitting in a juvenile dependency assignment; the Honorable Teresa Sullivan, of the Los Angeles County Superior Court who serves in the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court; and Dean Penelope Bryan, of Whittier Law School.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen recently has published a number of articles for various State Bar journals. “Risk Management for the Law Office Owner,” was published in E-News, the bi-monthly newsletter of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section, in November 2015. In December 2015, The Bottom Line, the official journal of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section, featured Professor Pedersen’s article, “There’s A Thief In Your Office: The Hidden Cost of Non-Business-Related Internet Use and Texting,” bringing to ten the number of articles authored by Professor Pedersen and published in State Bar publications last year. Most recently, Professor Pedersen’s article, “The Wild, Wild West of PAGA Litigation,” was published in January 2016’s edition of the Big eNewsletter, the State Bar Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section’s bi-monthly publication. The article discussed the unsettled nature of employment litigation involving the California Private Attorney General Act.
Professor Jennifer Lee Koh spoke at the Santa Barbara County Bar Association’s “Bench & Bar Conference” on Saturday, January 23, as part of a debate on immigration between her and former Executive Director of Californians for Population Stabilization, Ric Oberlink. The event, featuring the topic, “The State of Immigration Law and Efforts to
Reform and Enforce It,” was held at The Garden Street Academy, a K-12 independent school located in Santa Barbara.
Western State Immigration Clinic Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera will be serving as the Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section for the 2016 term. Last year, she served as Secretary-Treasurer for the section, and has organized numerous section meetings to address diverse immigration law topics relevant to the legal community. She will be serving the section along with section board members Belen Gomez (Law Offices of Belen Gomez, formerly with the Western State Immigration Clinic) and Karel Raba (Holborn Law, A Professional Corporation).
Professor Jennifer Koh has published, “Integrating Skills and Collaborating Across Law Schools: An Example from Immigration Law,” in the Nevada Law Journal. The essay, which she co-authored with Professor Anna Welch at the University of Maine School of Law, discusses the design and implementation of introductory Immigration Law courses taught by the authors at their respective law schools. Although the courses took place on opposite coasts and did not engage in a formal partnership that was visible to students, the authors deliberately planned the courses in close collaboration with one another behind the scenes. In doing so, the courses shared the explicit goal of increasing students’ exposure to practical lawyering skills while reinforcing students’ understanding of the substantive immigration laws. This Essay provides an example of the ways in which doctrinal courses across the law school curriculum can both deepen students’ understanding of substantive law while also exposing them to the realities of legal practice. The citation for the essay is 16 Nev. L. J. 147 (2015).