Professors Monica Todd, Eunice Park and Lori Roberts presented at the Legal Writing Institute’s 17th Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon, held July 10-13. As part of the Social Justice Panel on Client-Centered Advocacy, the professors discussed why cultural competency should be included as a learning outcome in the legal writing curriculum; suggested how it can be done, including some of the challenges of posing culturally sensitive issues in the classroom; and provided ideas for assessment and following up on the results.
The State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section selected Western State alumni (’88) and Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen as 2016 Attorney of the Year. The annual award is given to one attorney each year who demonstrates diligent work to increase the public’s confidence in the legal profession; demonstrated leadership and dedication to the legal profession; contribution to the betterment of the practice of law; devotion of significant service to the public and legal community; exhibition of exceptional accomplishments in the practice of law; and contribution to the positive image of the legal profession. The honor was presented to Professor Pedersen at the annual Solo and Small Firm Summit on June 17 in Newport Beach, California.
On June 11, Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen presented at the Orange County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s 2016 Labor and Employment Law Symposium, held at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. Professor Pedersen spoke on the topic, “New Developments in Discrimination, Retaliation and Harassment Law,” in which he discussed state and federal regulatory, statutory and case law changes over the last year.
Professor Paula Manning conducted a topic call for legal educators across the country discussing her article, “Understanding the Impact of Inadequate Feedback: A Means to Reduce Law Student Psychological Distress, Increase Motivation, and Improve Learning Outcomes.” Professor Manning was invited by the Balance in Legal Education Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) to conduct the topic call, which was held on May 4.
After attending Professor Paula Manning’s presentation at the AALS annual meeting, the Dean of Ohio Northern University College of Law invited Professor Manning to speak to their law school faculty about integrating assessment and academic support into the law school classroom. Professor Manning’s workshop, held on April 29 in Ada, Ohio, included a discussion of current research on learning and memory, as well as ideas for developing and implementing formative assessment.
From April 30 – May 2, Professor Jennifer Koh attended the annual AALS Clinical Conference, where she spoke at two sessions. First, she served as a moderator of a breakout session on immigrants’ rights during the Clinical Law Review symposium entitled, “Rebellious Lawyering at 25.” The symposium was organized by the Clinical Law Review, the only peer-edited scholarly journal devoted to clinical legal pedagogy, for which Professor Koh serves on the Board of Editors; and celebrated the 25th anniversary of law professor Gerald Lopez’s influential book, Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice. Second, Professor Koh organized and presented at a concurrent session entitled, “Back to the Future: Engaging Communities Through Individual Representation and Impact Litigation.” Her co-presenters were Elizabeth Keyes (Baltimore), Sarah Rogerson (Albany), Stefan Krieger (Hofstra), and Shoshana Krieger (Texas RioGrande Legal Aid).
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen was asked by the Placer County Bar Association to speak at its annual conference on April 22 in Lake Tahoe on the subject of Creating and Maintaining a Digital Law Office. This two hour presentation discussed how to create a “paperless” law office, as well as secure and effective methods of storing and protecting the digital data maintained by the modern digital office.