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).