Adjunct Professor Dennis A. Stubblefield organized and moderated an Orange County Bar Association lunch program discussing Corporate Internal Investigations at the Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach on October 28. The presentation was held at the joint meeting of the Business & Corporate, Business Litigation, Corporate Counsel, & Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Sections. Professor Stubblefield was joined by panelists Diane W. Biagianti, Esq., CRO of Edwards Lifesciences LLC, Mimi Justice, Partner at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, and Mark D. Peterson, Esq., Partner at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP.
Professor Robert Molko participated as a panelist on October 30 at a California State Bar Conference on Emerging Technology and Privacy Conference at the UCI Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering. The program focuses on the intersection of law and technology, and specifically on the description, implementation and use of new and emerging surveillance technologies by government agencies and the applicable legal and technological restrictions. The conference featured experts on law, policy and technology, with the target audience consisting of lawyers, government officials, law enforcement personnel, engineers, technologists, and others. Professor Molko’s panel addressed “Drone Technology, Existing Law, and Privacy Concerns” and included UCI Dean Irwin Chemerinsky and Professor Gregory S. McNeal of Pepperdine University School of Law.
Professor Tracie R. Porter, as Director of the Business Law Center (BLC), represented Western State at the Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association’s (BESLA) 35th Annual Conference from October 21-25. Professor Porter is a member of BESLA. The conference featured panels on representing celebrity clients and athletes, including financial planning and business management, and was attended by almost 250 lawyers, financial advisors, business managers, and celebrities, such as actress Vanessa Knight, Judge Eric Mathis, and former NBA player Antoine Walker. Professor Porter hopes to expand the mission of the BLC to include all areas of business and law.
Professor Porter also attended the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s (LDF) 75th Anniversary at the Ford Foundation in New York, in September. LDF alumni attorneys, scholars, and supporters celebrated with LDF’s President Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill and her staff. As an LDF Scholar from 1991-94, Professor Porter had received a scholarship to attend law school. Professor Porter also visited Fordham Law School’s Fashion Law Institute while in New York and met with Dean Penelope Andrews, new Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa’s premier law school, about building relationships and creating opportunities for students in the BLC and the law school generally.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen was asked to speak at this year’s California State Bar Annual Meeting, held on October 8-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Professor Pedersen presented “Honing Your Client Intake Skills to Avoid Practice Challenges.” Through video clips of mock intake interviews, the program identified the most common causes of attorney-client discord and how to deal with them before problems erupt. Professor Pedersen also presented “Management Tools to Create Effective Law Office Employees,” which covered various approaches available to law firm management to encourage, train and provide powerful experience to firm personnel to grow the firm’s most critical asset–its people.
Professor Glenn Koppel, a member of the American Law Institute, recently attended a two-day meeting in New York of the Members Consultative Group of the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. The meeting, which elicited members’ comments to the Reporters on their latest draft of sections of the Restatement, was hosted by New York University.
On September 30, 2015, Professors Jennifer Koh and Sabrina Rivera, along with Western State law student Alfonso Maldonado, spoke during a concurrent session at the Latino/Latina Critical Legal Theory Conference, a national conference attended primarily by law professors devoted to social justice and critical theory. They spoke on immigration relief and enforcement, and were joined by Professors Rachel Settlage (Wayne State Law) and Nina Rabin (University of Arizona Law), as well as attorney Katie Traverso (American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California).
Adjunct Professor John Ohashi published an article, “Managing the Pro Se Hearing: A Suggested Approach,” in The Neutral Corner, the newsletter for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Professor Ohashi, who teaches Corporate Finance & Accounting, is a transactional attorney and serves as an arbitrator/mediator for various dispute resolution forums, including FINRA. FINRA regulates the securities brokerage industry in the U.S.