‘Enchanted Forest’ Barrister’s Ball tickets on sale

The 2018 Barrister’s Ball, hosted by the Student Bar Association, will take place Saturday, March 3 from 6-10 p.m. at PARQ San Diego, an upscale venue located in downtown. SBA selected an “Enchanted Forest” theme based on students’ votes taken earlier in the trimester.

Buy tickets on Thursday, Nov. 16 from noon-3 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 17 from noon-2 p.m. in the 350 building first-floor lobby. These dates in November are the only opportunity to purchase Barrister’s Ball tickets before January. The first 100 tickets will sell for $55, with the next 100 priced at $60 and the final 200 tickets priced at $65. Payment can be made via cash, check, or credit card. Each student may purchase up to two tickets.

Finals advice from Academic Achievement

By Shane Dizon, Assistant Dean for Academic Achievementshane_dizon

With November upon us, the specter of final exams looms large. Here are nine tips to ensure that your hard work does not go for naught come December, and that you are building the skills needed for consistent success on both law school exams and on the bar exam.

1 ~ Schedule and adjust

An expert law student wins the scheduling battle at the daily, weekly, and big-picture levels. Consistently create and refine a study schedule at the daily and weekly levels. Always assess the schedule at the end of each day and make the necessary adjustments. Not doing everything you planned is not per se a bad thing, but not adjusting after falling short is. Continue reading “Finals advice from Academic Achievement”

CWSL, TJ join forces to teach women self-defense tactics

WLC 2The statistics of assault against women are staggering. Young women especially are disproportionately the victims of violence and sexual assault. Every 98 seconds an American woman is sexually assaulted, so women globally are speaking out against victimization in hopes of changing this reality.  On Nov. 1, California Western’s Women’s Law Caucus and Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Women’s Law Association teamed to host a self-defense seminar at Cal Western, perfectly timed to be a link between female-empowering words and action.

With classes over on this Wednesday evening, it was tempting to go home or continue work on any number of dreaded outlines. But for a dozen women from Cal Western and Thomas Jefferson, they instead chose to learn defense techniques that could possibly save them from becoming a statistic. Continue reading “CWSL, TJ join forces to teach women self-defense tactics”

SBA Halloween auction raises $2.7K for charity


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Story and photos submitted by the Community Outreach committee of the SBA

California Western’s Student Bar Association (SBA) brought back a 20+ year long tradition on Tuesday, Oct. 31. The SBA Halloween Auction, held during lunch in the 350 building first-floor lobby, successfully raised over $2,700 to donate to the Emergency Relief Fund for Save the Children Foundation! Continue reading “SBA Halloween auction raises $2.7K for charity”

Events recap: charity feast, health law mixer, IP panel


By Sara Gold, Editor-in-Chief

The South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA) and Middle Eastern Law Student Association (MELSA) hosted a “Feast from the East” during lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 14 to raise money for Middle Eastern refugees.

Students and faculty piled Middle Eastern cuisine (including hummus, pita, and salad) as well as Indian favorites (including naan and paneer tikka masala) onto their plates in the 350 building first-floor lobby. The two clubs raised nearly $300 to benefit YALLA, a San Diego-based non-profit that benefits refugees in San Diego County. According to the organization’s website, San Diego County faces a “refugee crisis,” especially in El Cajon. Continue reading “Events recap: charity feast, health law mixer, IP panel”

Letter from SBA President

Jesse photoHello, Cal Westerners! Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. My name is Jesse Schram, and it is my pleasure to serve as your Student Bar Association President.

SBA’s duty is to ensure that every student’s voice will be listened to and subsequently acted upon. We are the link between the student body and our school’s administration, faculty, and alumni. We encourage every student to contribute to our school’s decisions, to attend networking events and other functions, and to utilize the resources offered by various Cal Western departments. I greatly urge everyone to join at least one student organization and to contribute to SBA’s mission to improve our school.

We are a tight community here at Cal Western. We are a diverse group of like-minded individuals who learn together, work together, and grow together. I look forward to a unified effort to elevate Cal Western’s positive environment, reputation, and prestige.

This is our school, this is our future, and this is our SBA. Let’s get after it!

Contact Jesse Schram at jaschram@law.cwsl.edu.


‘Bad News Barristers’ Rout ‘Pitch, Please!’ in Epic Performance

By Chris Lawson, Editor-in-Chief

The Bad News Barristers bounce back big after a devastating loss just a week ago. Efficient offense was the key to defeating the opposing team, Pitch, Please!, 7-0.

The lady Barristers came up big despite only having three to represent. Maddie “Hundred Dolla” Bills, Janna “JaRule” Ferraro, and Brooke “Tequila” Reno were the only ladies to make an appearance. This left six out of the allowed ten players on the field, per co-ed Vavi kickball rules. All three carried the team on their backs as the remaining six guys struggled to keep up. Continue reading “‘Bad News Barristers’ Rout ‘Pitch, Please!’ in Epic Performance”