Neil Pedersen Publishes for Law Practice Management & Technology, and Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Sections

Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen recently has published a number of articles for various State Bar journals.  “Risk Management for the Law Office Owner,” was published in E-News, the bi-monthly newsletter of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section, in November 2015.  In December 2015, The Bottom Line, the official journal of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section, featured Professor Pedersen’s article, “There’s A Thief In Your Office: The Hidden Cost of Non-Business-Related Internet Use and Texting,” bringing to ten the number of articles authored by Professor Pedersen and published in State Bar publications last year.  Most recently, Professor Pedersen’s article, “The Wild, Wild West of PAGA Litigation,” was published in January 2016’s edition of the Big eNewsletter, the State Bar Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section’s bi-monthly publication.  The article discussed the unsettled nature of employment litigation involving the California Private Attorney General Act.

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Jennifer Koh Speaks at Bench & Bar Conference on Efforts at Immigration Reform

Professor Jennifer Lee Koh spoke at the Santa Barbara County Bar Association’s “Bench & Bar Conference” on Saturday, January 23, as part of a debate on immigration between her and former Executive Director of Californians for Population Stabilization, Ric Oberlink. The event, featuring the topic, “The State of Immigration Law and Efforts to
Reform and Enforce It,” was held at The Garden Street Academy, a K-12 independent school located in Santa Barbara.

Sabrina Rivera Serves as Chair of Orange County Bar Association Immigration Section

Western State Immigration Clinic Staff Attorney Sabrina Rivera will be serving as the Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section for the 2016 term. Last year, she served as Secretary-Treasurer for the section, and has organized numerous section meetings to address diverse immigration law topics relevant to the legal community. She will be serving the section along with section board members Belen Gomez (Law Offices of Belen Gomez, formerly with the Western State Immigration Clinic) and Karel Raba (Holborn Law, A Professional Corporation).

Jennifer Koh Publishes Essay on Teaching Skills in Nevada Law Journal

Professor Jennifer Koh has published, “Integrating Skills and Collaborating Across Law Schools: An Example from Immigration Law,” in the Nevada Law Journal. The essay, which she co-authored with Professor Anna Welch at the University of Maine School of Law, discusses the design and implementation of introductory Immigration Law courses taught by the authors at their respective law schools. Although the courses took place on opposite coasts and did not engage in a formal partnership that was visible to students, the authors deliberately planned the courses in close collaboration with one another behind the scenes. In doing so, the courses shared the explicit goal of increasing students’ exposure to practical lawyering skills while reinforcing students’ understanding of the substantive immigration laws. This Essay provides an example of the ways in which doctrinal courses across the law school curriculum can both deepen students’ understanding of substantive law while also exposing them to the realities of legal practice. The citation for the essay is 16 Nev. L. J. 147 (2015).

Paula Manning Presents at AALS on Bar Preparation Based on Human Learning

Professor Paula Manning presented at the 110th annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), held January 6-10 in New York City. Her presentation, titled “Raising the Bar,” discussed the need to develop comprehensive bar preparation programs based on current research about human learning. With over 100 people in attendance, including faculty and Deans from law schools across the country, Professor Manning’s presentation highlighted accomplishments at Western State by sharing insights on teaching methodology and bar preparation strategies.  The AALS event is the largest worldwide gathering of law deans, faculty, and staff, and featured over 800 speakers at more than 200 sessions covering a wide range of legal topics.