Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen presented his annual “Hit the Floor Running” at Western State on January 12. Part of a CLE program organized by Pam Davidson, Professor Pedersen’s program provided guidance for young attorneys on topics such as problem identification and problem solving, the written and spoken word, time management, professional conduct and ethics, and business development. Professor Pedersen also presented Surviving and Thriving in the Practice of Law at the Orange County Bar Association’s Last Dash MCLE event, held at Chapman Law School the same day. Much of the content from both presentations came from the curriculum of Professor Pedersen’s Law Practice Management and Technology course co-taught with Adjunct Professor Carolyn Dillinger.
On October 18, adjunct professor Carolyn Dillinger moderated the law panel, “Safeguard Your Technology & Business” at SMB TechFest at the Business Expo in Anaheim. Professor Dillinger organized the panel, which included WSCL alumnus Karima Gulick, to discuss the correct categorization of independent contractors and employees post Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court, and tax implications of 26 U.S. Code ⸹ 1202 small business stock for eligible C corporations planning to grow and sell in at least five years. The audience consisted of about 200 technology company owners and staff, including online viewers.
On September 14, Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen spoke to about 80 lawyers on the topic, “The Attorney-Client Contract: The Intersection of Ethics and Risk Management.” Professor Pedersen gave the one-hour presentation at the California Lawyers Association Annual Conference, held in San Diego. The discussion included content related to required and recommended provisions in attorney-client contracts, as well as procedures to assure the most effective use of the agreement. The content came directly from a portion of the Law Practice Management and Technology class co-taught by Professor Pedersen and Adjunct Professor Carolyn Dillinger at Western State.