Category: Campus News

Student orgs recap: ILS, SIPLA, PILF & APALSA

International Law Society panel -- Stephanie Ramos, ILS President
Bettina Hausmann, third from left, spoke at ILS’s October meeting.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the International Law Society celebrated United Nations Day by hosting a speaker from San Diego’s United Nations Association (UNA) chapter. UNA San Diego’s executive director, Bettina Hausmann, spoke about the UNA’s 17 goals for sustainable development–specifically, climate action.

Hausmann also gave insight on what is referred to as the trial of the century, Juliana v. United States. In that case, 21 plaintiffs ages 11-22 are suing the federal government for violating the youngest generation’s constitutional rights by contributing to global warming. Continue reading “Student orgs recap: ILS, SIPLA, PILF & APALSA”

Current events recap: Kavanaugh panel & environmental rally

A Discussion of the Era of Kavanaugh -- Oday Yousif, ACS Vice President

More than 60 students attended a panel discussion Oct. 30 on the repercussions of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s recent appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Hosted by the American Constitution Society and Women’s Law Caucus, the panel discussed how Kavanaugh’s confirmation will impact the Supreme Court and women’s rights. (For background on Kavanaugh, his views, and his confirmation, see our Kavanaugh coverage.) Additionally, the panel discussed the issues of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

“Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court will have major implications for generations to come,” said Melissa Owens, president of the Women’s Law Caucus. “The discussion conducted through the partnership of ACS and WLC was truly invaluable for staff, students, and attorneys in the community.”


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Two sides of the same coin — CPDO civil and criminal law panels

Panelists at the Nov. 6 criminal law panel

By James A. Gilmore

The Career and Professional Development Office (CPDO) hosted a civil law panel Oct. 30 and a criminal law panel Nov. 6.

Civil law panel

The Business Law Society co-sponsored this panel, which featured several civil-law attorneys from a diverse array of practice areas. Continue reading “Two sides of the same coin — CPDO civil and criminal law panels”

A World where Dinosaurs and Santa Clause Exist but Type 1 Doesn’t

By Oliver Fredrickson / Tandis Taghavi, Editor-in-Chief 

The Starting Line

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, 4,000 strangers dusted off their running shoes, taped up their ankles, and lined up behind a red ribbon to fight for one cause.

But these people weren’t just strangers. They are community leaders. They are wives. They are husbands. They are brothers. They are sisters. They are aunts. They are uncles. They are co-workers. They are neighbors. They are friends. They are kids.

Some of them have direct experience with the nagging 20 finger pricks a day and emergency Skittles stash. Others now carry a tube of glucose gel in their back pocket after witnessing a friend’s blood sugar drop to 54 mg/dL.


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Events recap: San Diego concert, immigration law panel

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R&B Artist 'Comes Through and Chills' in San Diego 
-- Vincent Chiaverini

The artist simply known as Miguel is a contemporary and alternative R&B artist who has been on everyone’s playlist. His new Ascention Tour is selling out music venues all over North America, and even made a stop in sunny San Diego. Whether you need some new study tunes, or you’re trying let loose like a weekend warrior, Miguel is the musical talent you have been missing out on.

On Sept. 17, the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre in San Diego was host to one of the 26 shows lined up on Miguel’s new Ascension tour. The singer showcased his War & Leisure album that debuted less than a year ago. Some of his top hits featured included: “Come Through and Chill,” “Pineapple Skies,” “Banana Clip,” and my personal favorite “How Many Drinks.”

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“Immigration law for me is hope” ~ CWSL receptionist wins volunteer award

miriam_hernandez3By Sara Gold, Editor-in-Chief

On weekdays, Miriam Hernandez greets students and visitors with her bright smile as she sits at her receptionist’s desk just inside the admin building, near the Business Office/Financial Aid/Registrar’s Office. She works as an administrative receptionist and also aids with facilities management, including helping students reserve classrooms for meetings and events.

But her hard work extends past the walls of the admin building. Every other Monday evening, Hernandez volunteers at the Community Law Project’s downtown clinic, where she’s been volunteering regularly for almost two years. This month, the organization named Hernandez its Volunteer of the Year. Continue reading ““Immigration law for me is hope” ~ CWSL receptionist wins volunteer award”

CIP frees 30 exonerees in less than two decades

By Taylor McElroy, CIP Reporter, with contributions by Sara Gold

CIP managing attorney Mike Semanchik, left, with Horace Roberts on the day of his release.

UPDATE: Following his exoneration, Quintin Morris was released from prison in January 2019.

Horace Roberts left Avenal State Prison on Oct. 3 after more than two decades of imprisonment for a crime he didn’t commit. Back in the 1990s, his truck was found parked near his lover’s dead body.

California Innocence Project (CIP), a Cal Western clinic that investigates wrongful convictions, began investigating his case in 2003. In 2017, CIP discovered that DNA under the victim’s fingernails matched with a relative of the victim’s husband. After further investigation, both the husband and the relative are now being charged with the victim’s murder. The theory is that the husband killed his cheating wife and framed her lover in retribution.

“These are the days we live for at the California Innocence Project,” said Justin Brooks, director and co-founder of CIP. “Horace Roberts is free and home with his family, and justice is finally being served.”


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SBA Election Update: Original Election Outcome Remains Intact Despite SBA Split on Election’s Validity

By Sara Gold, Editor-in-Chief

The outcome of the 2018/19 SBA election, which named Edgar Lopez and Sahar Hassanzada as SBA President and Vice President, will remain unchanged — now that SBA candidates Jeff Linton and Mark Simpliciano have withdrawn their calls for a re-election stemming from allegedly unfair election practices that resulted in Linton’s disqualification the night before the election.

Linton, an original candidate for the vice president position alongside Hassanzada, was disqualified from the election because he discussed his candidacy inside a CWSL classroom and discussed his candidacy after 5 p.m. March 22, both of which were contrary to the rules in the candidate instructions packet that all SBA candidates received roughly two weeks before the election and submitted signed consent to.

The election took place as planned on March 23 — with only Hassanzada running for vice president, and Simpliciano and Lopez vying for the president position. Lopez and Hassanzada were unofficial runningmates, as were Simpliciano and Linton, prior to Linton’s disqualification. Lopez and Hassanzada both won their respective positions.

Vice President Candidate’s Appeal

After the election, Linton submitted a complaint appealing his disqualification. In his complaint, Linton first argued that the two rules he violated were unenforceable because they are not included in the SBA By-Laws, which includes Section 14.3 delineating SBA campaign regulations. Second, Linton claimed that SBA Vice President Valerie Gurrola enforced the campaign regulations discriminatorily by not also disqualifying candidates Lopez and Hassanzada, who allegedly campaigned outside of the permissible time period and affixed a promotional poster to a campus fixture in violation of the rules. Continue reading “SBA Election Update: Original Election Outcome Remains Intact Despite SBA Split on Election’s Validity”

Pro Bono & Public Service Honor Societies Recognize 90+ Students for 12,000+ Collective Volunteer Hours

By Erin LeClair

The Career and Professional Development Office held the annual Pro Bono and PublicIMG_0580 Service Honor Society induction ceremony on April 5. The Pro Bono Honor Society recognized 60 students who each volunteered more than 50 hours to help nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or private interests groups dedicated to the needs of persons of limited means. These 60 students collectively worked 6,118 hours, averaging double the required number of hours. The Public Service Honor Society recognized 38 students who each volunteered with city, county, state, and federal government organizations, including the judiciary. These 38 students collectively volunteered over 5,972 hours, completing well beyond the required 50 hours per student.

It is clear that students at California Western go above and beyond the call to service.  They are students who serve their community—volunteering more than 12,000 hours—in addition to going to classes and taking part in CWSL community events. Continue reading “Pro Bono & Public Service Honor Societies Recognize 90+ Students for 12,000+ Collective Volunteer Hours”

SBA elections corner – Vote 3/23/18!

UPDATE: Edgar Lopez was announced as next year’s SBA President, winning the only contested position. All other candidates won their respective positions. Students interested in filling the vacancies in the positions of Treasurer, Administrator, Ombudsman, Federal Bar Association Representative, Intramural Athletics Director, Activities Director, or Alumni Representative can apply to be appointed to these positions for 2018-2019. More details to come.

Vote for next year’s Student Bar Association (SBA) members on Friday, March 23 via an email sent out by SBA! Voting is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note that The Commentary,  a program of SBA, does not endorse any particular candidates. All candidates were given an equal opportunity to submit materials to The Commentary. Continue reading “SBA elections corner – Vote 3/23/18!”