Neil Pedersen Presents on Running Law Practice, Tips for New Lawyers

On April 22, Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen participated as a panelist at a workshop at UCLA Law School entitled “The Nuts and Bolts of Opening and Maintaining a Law Office.” Professor Pedersen spoke about a variety of subjects including the decision to open a firm, impediments to expect in the process, business development, and maintaining work-life balance when running a law practice.

On March 4, Professor Pedersen presented “Hit the Floor Running: Practical Tips for the New Lawyer” to attorneys and students attending the event held on the Western State campus. Organized by Assistant Dean of Career Resources Pamela Davidson, the program presented 75 “nuggets of wisdom” for the beginning attorney on a wide range of topics including time management techniques, tips on how to improve oral and written communications, and how to survive and thrive in the practice of law.

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Eunice Park Publishes in Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly

Professor Eunice Park published “The Elephant in the Room: What is a ‘Nonroutine’ Border Search, Anyway? Digital Device Searches Post-Rileyin the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 44:3 Hastings Const. L.Q. 277 (2017). The article proposes an approach that obviates distinguishing between routine and nonroutine electronic device border searches, and rethinks the applicability in the digital era of notions of ingress versus egress, and imminent versus ongoing crime, in balancing the tension between law enforcement interests and individual privacy rights.

Faculty Coaches Lead Honors Moot Court Teams to Successful Year

Faculty coaches led students to success in five separate moot court competitions this year:

1. Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition, Chicago, IL (Fall 2016)

· Jesse Prieto, Brittany Rodriguez & Keith Gallarzo – Coach Robert Molko

2. National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, Costa Mesa, CA (2 teams) (Spring 2017)

· Andre Clarke & Melissa Padilla – Coach Monica Todd

· Laura Mergenthaler and Anahi Millot – Coach Elizabeth Jones

o 2nd Place Best Brief Award

3. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, Cincinnati, OH (Spring 2017)

· Kyle Case & Steve Kim – Coach Paula Manning

o Finalist – Runner Up (2nd place overall)

4. Asylum & Refugee Law Moot Court Competition, Davis, CA (Spring 2017)

· Jennifer Pyka & Luz Ayala – Coach Cheyanna Jaffke

o Best Brief Award

o Quarter Finalist

5. The Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Competition, Brooklyn, NY (Spring 2017)

· Keith Gallarzo & Ruby Becker – Coach Robert Molko

o Quarter Finalist

Jennifer Koh Participates in Panel on Gender-Based Violence at UC Irvine School of Law

On April 7, Professor Jennifer Koh participated in a panel entitled “Responses to Gender-Based Violence in the Trump Era,” which took place in connection with a conference on the Politicization of Safety sponsored by the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence. Her comments focused on the impact of current immigration enforcement policies on domestic violence in immigrant communities.