Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen gave two one-hour presentations at this year’s State Bar Solo and Small Firm Summit on June 18, 2015, in Newport Beach, California. One presentation was entitled “Time Management for the Busy Attorney,” and the other was entitled “The Paperless Law Office: Using Technology to Maximize Efficiency and Profit.” The State Bar’s California Young Lawyers Association has asked Professor Pedersen to produce two recorded segments on those same topics for its Ten Minute Mentor program, where CYLA members can view ten-minute videos on topics related to the practice of law.
Professor Cheyanna Jaffke recently returned from the U.S. Tax Court Judicial Conference at Duke University. Attendance at the conference is by invitation only and Professor Jaffke was invited by the Chief Judge of the U.S. Tax Court, Michael Thornton. She had breakfast with Judge Eric G. Bruggink, senior judge on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, met and spoke with Justice Antonin Scalia, and had dinner with Judge Robert A. Wherry, Jr., senior judge of the U.S. Tax Court.
The United States Supreme Court cited and quoted Professor Jennifer Koh in its majority opinion in Mellouli v. Lynch, an important case involving the immigration consequences of crime. In Mellouli, the Court held in a 7-2 opinion that a lawful permanent resident’s conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia under Kansas law (in this case, involving four unidentified pills contained in a sock) did not trigger deportation. The majority opinion, written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, cited and quoted Professor Koh’s law review article, “The Whole Better Than the Sum: A Case for the Categorical Approach to Determining the Immigration Consequences of Crime,” 26 Geo. Immigr. L. J. 257 (2012) extensively to support the contention that the “categorical approach” – a methodology used by adjudicators to determine whether a conviction should trigger adverse immigration consequences — “is suited to the realities of the system.” (Slip op. at 7). Earlier this year, Professor Koh weighed in with her thoughts on the Mellouli case in an online symposium at crimmigration.com.
The Clinical Law Review has announced that Professor Jennifer Koh will join its Board of Editors in January 2016. The Clinical Law Review is a semi-annual peer-edited journal devoted to issues of lawyering theory and clinical legal education, and is jointly sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and New York University School of Law. Members of the Board of Editors serve for a term of 6 years, and work with authors publishing in the Clinical Law Review to edit articles as well as serve as small group leaders in the journal’s annual writers’ workshop.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen presented at the State Bar offices in Los Angeles on May 22 on the topic of Making Good Client Choices. He was asked to present as part of the California Young Lawyers Division Annual Practical Skills Training Symposium, a two-day training program for young lawyers. The presentation included a series of video clips and discussion focused on heading off practice problems by identifying potential client issues in the intake process.
Professor Glenn Koppel just returned from the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute in Washington, D.C. Professor Koppel, elected to the ALI in 2007, is a member of the Members Consultative Group to the Restatement of the Law Fourth The Foreign Relations Law of the United States. He was also one of eight bloggers who posted comments on the ALI’s Annual Meeting Blog about events at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Among the speakers this year were Margaret Marshall who, as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, wrote the 2003 decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that declared that the Massachusetts constitution does not permit the state to deny citizens the right to same-sex marriage, and James Comey, Director of the FBI, who presented some of the challenges facing the FBI in the digital age.
Professor Elizabeth Jones’ article, “The Good and (Breaking) Bad of Deceptive Police Practices,” has been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog. The post notes that the New Mexico Law Review has dedicated a special issue to the critically acclaimed television show Breaking Bad, mentions Western State College of Law, and states that Professor Jones’ article “discusses the possible association between Breaking Bad’s depiction of investigative strategic police deception and the Department of Justice’s recent finding of a ‘pattern or practice of excessive force’ by some Albuquerque Police Department officers.” The post includes a link to her article. Covered by lead writer Jacob Gershman, the Law Blog focuses on law and business, the business of law, looks at industry news and legal trends, and includes contributions from reporters and editors at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.