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.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen has again been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in the 2017 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine by Thomson Reuters. This distinction is conferred on select attorneys based on a process involving peer nomination, independent research and evaluation by the publisher, with about 5% of attorneys in the state being named to the list. Professor Pedersen also has been named as one of the 2017 “Best Employment Attorneys in Orange County” by the publishers of Orange Coast Magazine, for the fourth year in a row.
The State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section selected Western State alumni (’88) and Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen as 2016 Attorney of the Year. The annual award is given to one attorney each year who demonstrates diligent work to increase the public’s confidence in the legal profession; demonstrated leadership and dedication to the legal profession; contribution to the betterment of the practice of law; devotion of significant service to the public and legal community; exhibition of exceptional accomplishments in the practice of law; and contribution to the positive image of the legal profession. The honor was presented to Professor Pedersen at the annual Solo and Small Firm Summit on June 17 in Newport Beach, California.
On June 11, Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen presented at the Orange County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s 2016 Labor and Employment Law Symposium, held at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. Professor Pedersen spoke on the topic, “New Developments in Discrimination, Retaliation and Harassment Law,” in which he discussed state and federal regulatory, statutory and case law changes over the last year.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen was asked by the Placer County Bar Association to speak at its annual conference on April 22 in Lake Tahoe on the subject of Creating and Maintaining a Digital Law Office. This two hour presentation discussed how to create a “paperless” law office, as well as secure and effective methods of storing and protecting the digital data maintained by the modern digital office.
Thompson Reuters has published its list of Super Lawyers for 2016, with Adjunct Professors Neil Pedersen, Doug Schroeder and William Shapiro once again being named to this prestigious list. This distinction is conferred on select attorneys based on a process involving peer nomination, independent research and evaluation by the publisher, resulting in only about 5% of all attorneys in the state being named to the list.
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.