Tracie Porter’s Law Review Article Cited in Online Publication

Professor Tracie R. Porter’s law review article, “The School to Prison Pipeline: The Business of Imprisoning Not Educating Students in Public Schools,” 66 Ark. L. Rev. 55 (2015), is cited by Journalist Kate Schimel in the online publication Education Dive, a publication primarily targeted at school and district administrators and covering social justice issues through schools.  Professor Porter is the Director of the Western State College of Law Business Law Center.

State Bar Selects Jonathan Pink as Intellectual Property Award Recipient

The State Bar of California has selected Adjunct Professor Jonathan Pink as a 2015 IP Vanguard Award Recipient. The IP Vanguard Awards honor outstanding professionals who are spearheading developments in the world of intellectual property. A partner of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Professor Pink will be honored with his award, in the private practice category, at the 2015 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Institute on November 12-13 in Rancho Mirage.

Jennifer Koh Speaks on Litigation Challenge to Pres. Obama’s Immigration Action

On August 4, 2015, Professor Jennifer Koh spoke at an Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section meeting on Texas v. United States, the federal litigation pending in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in which 26 states have challenged President Obama’s creation of Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). DAPA would have provided temporary relief from deportation for parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, but has been temporarily enjoined by a federal district court in Texas. Her presentation focused on the legal claims raised in the litigation, as well as the implications of the lawsuit for immigration practitioners and immigrant communities. She was joined by Prof. Annie Lai, Co-Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at UC Irvine School of Law.

Western State Awarded Presidential Award for Education Initiative by National Bar Association, Tracie Porter Recognized for Outstanding Service

On July 22, National Bar Association President Pamela J. Meanes presented the “Presidential Award for Education Initiative” to Western State College of Law “for exemplary service to the NBA” at its annual convention, held in Los Angeles at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel last week. Associate Dean of Students Charles Sheppard accepted the award on behalf of Western State.  President Meanes recognized Professor Tracie Porter for her role and outstanding service as National Chairperson of the National Bar Association’s 2014-2015 Symposiums and the exemplary manner in which the west coast segment of the 25th Annual Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposiums was hosted at Western State last October.  The award was presented to Western State after the conclusion of a dynamic panel discussion Professor Porter co-moderated with Dean Everett Bellamy, Adjunct Professor of Law of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C.

Stacey Sobel Featured in Articles re: Industry Leadership and Transgender Employees in Workplace

Professor Stacey Sobel was featured in an article in the July issue of Lawyer and Statesman, an annual publication of the National Jurist magazine. In the article, “So you want to be a leader in your industry?”, in which four lawyers with different legal backgrounds were interviewed about their experiences in becoming experts in their fields, Professor Sobel spoke about the importance of networking and volunteering for legal organizations as a young public interest attorney.

Professor Sobel also has been quoted in a recent article regarding transgender employees in the workplace. In “Transgender Employees Seeking Greater Workplace Protections,” at, she discussed how employers can assist workers who are transitioning on the job by having inclusive workplace non-discrimination policies and a human resources department that is prepared to work with their employees, and urged employers to educate themselves on the law where they are based and conduct business.

Neil Pedersen Presents at State Bar Solo and Small Firm Summit

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.