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 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.
On January 23, Professor Kevin Mohr and Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen joined with Western State alumna and former adjunct professor, Marla Merhab Robinson, to present a legal education program at the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) offices on the Practical and Ethical Issues of Both the Unanticipated and Planned Closures of a Law Practice. The program was completely sold out, reflecting the importance of the topics addressed to a profession confronting the aging and retirement of the Baby Boomer generation. The program has been recorded so that lawyers unable to attend in-person can view and make use of the important guidance provided.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen spoke at the “Jump-Start Your Law Practice” conference, a three-day law practice management forum in Indianapolis, Indiana, attended by solo and small firm practitioners from all over the country, on November 18-20. Professor Pedersen’s presentation was entitled “Law Office Employee Hiring, Firing and Management.” He also participated in two panel discussions, entitled “Money, Fees and Pricing (Making Your Money Work for You),” and “Time Management and Proper Delegation.” Most of Professor Pedersen’s content came directly from his Law Practice Management and Technology class taught at Western State.