The WSCL Law Review named Professor Philip L. Merkel as recipient of its Distinguished Faculty Member Award for the 2017-2018 academic year. It also presented Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen with its Distinguished Alumni Member Award. The presentations were made at the Law Review’s Awards Banquet, held on April 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Irvine. Many Law Review alumni as well as current members attended the event.
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.