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 Yolanda Victoria Torres, who teaches Family Law, has been appointed by the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) to serve a 3-year term on its Board of Directors commencing January 2018. She also was elected to serve as the President-Elect for the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association (OCHBA), commencing January 2018, and in January 2019, she will serve as its President. Professor Torres hopes to see the OCBA and OCHBA help promote diversity in the legal profession, particularly the bench; continue mentoring students at local law schools like Western State; and connect with affiliate bar associations.
On September 28, Professor Kevin Mohr participated in a three-hour panel presentation on Recent Developments in Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice and Risk Management, sponsored by the Orange County Bar Association. Professor Mohr is former Chair of the State Bar of California’s Ethics Committee and currently serves as a member of the
State Bar’s Special Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen participated in a seminar entitled “Mock Depositions: Don’t Make a Mockery of Yourself,” on September 12. At this Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division program, Professor Pedersen conducted a demonstration deposition and then participated in a panel discussing deposition fundamentals.
Professor Pedersen also was one of four speakers at the Orange County Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Section’s annual program, held September 14, entitled “Building and Growing a Successful Practice.” Professor Pedersen spoke about all aspects of law practice management and technology during the two-hour panel discussion.
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.
On March 1, the Western State College of Law Immigration Clinic the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Immigration Section, and OCBA Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) Committee hosted a community forum to discuss the immigration law needs of low-income Orange County residents. Professor Jennifer Koh moderated the forum along with attorney Brian Bayati (Law Offices of Brian Bayati), who chairs the OCBA’s LRIS Committee. Community leaders and immigration lawyers from across Orange County attended the forum and participated in a robust discussion about immigration law, lawyers, and the needs of immigrant communities.
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).