Category: Past Issues

Spring 2019, Issue #2 (3/14/19)

Q&A: Legal Writing Professor of the Year Roberta Thyfault
By Nick Ahadzadeh and Varun Sabharwal
SBA elections corner:
Vote 3/15/19!
By Nick Ahadzadeh
Caught between a rock and a Hot Pocket
'The Main Event' imparts practical wisdom on aspiring entertainment and sports lawyers
By Vincent Chiaverini
Supreme Court panel: Professors discuss citizenship-based discrimination and more
By Rabiya Tirmizi & Oday Yousif
Barrister's Ball sails smoothly
By Sahar Hassanzada
Around campus: Student org events
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In this new edition of The Commentary:

*SBA Elections*: Read the candidates’ statements before voting on 3/15/19!

Barrister’s Ball

Barrister’s Ball Sails Smoothly: SBA hosted one of the largest balls in the school’s history!

Q&A with Legal Writing Professor of the Year Roberta Thyfault

Campus News

AROUND CAMPUS: Read about the latest student org events!

Symposium: ‘The Main Event’ imparts practical wisdom on aspiring entertainment and sports lawyers

Supreme Court panel: Professors discuss citizenship-based discrimination and more

Entertainment

Food advice: Caught between a rock and a Hot Pocket

Student writers are what make The Commentary so great! We are always looking for students to submit articles on topics of their choice — including, but not limited to: campus news, legal news, sports, entertainment, etc. No long-term commitment is required, so feel free to submit a draft and share your academic/creative talents with the campus community, when you’re not out fighting crimes, going to class, or studying in the library! We also have meetings with free food 🙂

To learn how to contribute to The Commentary this trimester, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu for submissions and questions/story ideas.

Spring 2019, Issue #1 (2/8/19)

What was your worst grade in law school?
Professors:
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Q&A: New Professor Pooja Dadhania
New to more than just law school
A 1L's tips for exploring San Diego
ELS beach clean-up
Discovering 'trash confetti'
Gafford competition shows 1L talents
PILF auction raises $3K
First Step Act signals progress in criminal justice reform
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COMMENTARY MEETING: Attend our next Commentary meeting on Thursday, February 14 at 12:45 to learn more about how you can contribute to The Commentary! Lunch provided. RSVP to commentary@law.cwsl.edu, and we will provide the room number. You can also check out our Facebook page, and be sure to like us! @TheCommentary-CWSL

In this new edition of The Commentary:

FEATURED

PROFESSORS ARE HUMAN TOO Professors share their stories about their worst grade or failure in law school

FIRST STEPS TOWARD PRISON REFORM — Politicians on both sides of the aisle are optimistic about the First Step Act, which is designed to reduce federal prison populations

CAMPUS NEWS

Meet Cal Western’s newest full-time professor — Pooja Dadhania has taught English in Japan

1Ls Enter the Courtroom— Thirteen students received DA awards in the Gafford trial competition

Public Interest Week — The PILF auction raised more than $3K for student grants

NEW Law Review/International Law Journal editions — The Fall 2018 editions feature articles by students Mimi Akel, Nisha Bhakta, Melia Thompson-Dudiak, Meagan Nettles, and Mark Simpliciano

SAN DIEGO

New to More Than Just Law School — Seattle transplant Chanse Pierson gives advice on how to get to know San Diego

‘Trash Confetti’ — Breanna Hayes shares how cleaning the beach shaped her view on environmental issues 

Student writers are what make The Commentary so great! We are always looking for students to submit articles on topics of their choice — including, but not limited to: campus news, legal news, sports, entertainment, etc. No long-term commitment is required, so feel free to submit a draft and share your academic/creative talents with the campus community, when you’re not out fighting crimes, going to class, or studying in the library! We also have meetings with free food 🙂

To learn how to contribute to The Commentary this trimester, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu for submissions and questions/story ideas.

Sara Gold & Tandis Taghavi, Editors-in-Chief

Special thanks to our Webmaster, Parsa Nozzari

Fall 2018, Issue #4 (12/5/18)

Finals advice from your new Academic Achievement team
A look at the upcoming Supreme Court docket
By Oliver Fredrickson
By Michelle Kellogg, Moot Court Honors Board President
Moot Court teams conquer the competition
Pollination Nation? Bee decline makes crops suffer
By Breanna Hayes
Pride Law commemorates Transgender Remembrance Day
By Mark Simpliciano
A Unique Destruction: A Burning Camp Fire?
Or the Beginning Stages of Climate Change?
By Matthew D. Batista
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In this new edition of The Commentary:

STRESSED ABOUT FINALS? — Meet your new Academic Achievement team and read their advice

Supreme Court News and Views — How will Kavanaugh’s confirmation affect upcoming cases?

Moot Court Shines — Twenty students competed in trial, appellate, and negotiation competitions

California on Fire — The Camp Fire in Northern California was the deadliest blaze in CA history 

Bee Decline Threatens Food Supply — Crops are at risk from reduction of bees and other pollinators

Transgender Remembrance Day — Pride Law hosted speakers addressing transgender issues 

Student writers are what make The Commentary so great! This trimester we have had an amazing group of talented writers join our team, and we want to thank everyone for their contributions.

Special thanks to Oliver Fredrickson, our Supreme Court reporter, who was a visiting student this trimester from Victoria University in New Zealand. He wrote an in-depth report on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and an overview of upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases. We appreciate his time and talent and wish him the very best finishing his legal studies in New Zealand!

For next trimester, we are always looking for students to submit articles on topics of their choice — including, but not limited to: campus news, legal news, sports, entertainment, etc. No long-term commitment is required, so feel free to submit a draft and share your academic/creative talents with the campus community, when you’re not out fighting crimes, going to class, or studying in the library! We also have meetings with free food 🙂

To learn how to contribute to The Commentary in the spring, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu for submissions and questions/story ideas.

Sara Gold & Tandis Taghavi, Editors-in-Chief

Special thanks to our Webmaster, Parsa Nozzari

 

Fall 2018, Issue #3 (11/15/18)

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In this new edition of The Commentary:

Current Events Recap– CWSL panel discusses the long-term implications of Justice Kavanaugh’s appointment / Students attend environmental rally on behalf of kids who are suing the government

LeBron Speaks Up – “Why Don’t You Just SHUT UP and DRIBBLE?”

A Look Into Life After Law School – Read about the CPDO’s civil law and criminal law panels

A World Where Dinosaurs ExistThe Commentary and SBA’s JDRF Philanthropy Event 

Finding A Sense Of My People – 1L Brandon Birungi-Sengendo shares his experience attending his first-ever African-American legal community mixer

Student Award Winner – 3L Tyler Marquez won third place in a legal writing competition

Making San Diego Better – Dubai’s sustainable city may provide a blueprint for cities of the future

Student Orgs Recap – ILS, SIPLA, PILF, and APALSA 

Student writers are what make The Commentary so great! This semester we have had an amazing group of talented writers join our team and we couldn’t be more excited! That being said, we are always looking for students to submit articles on topics of their choice — including, but not limited to: campus news, legal news, sports, entertainment, etc. No long-term commitment is required, so feel free to submit a draft and share your academic/creative talents with the campus community, when you’re not out fighting crimes, going to class, or studying in the library!

To learn how to contribute to our next edition, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu for submissions and questions/story ideas.

Sara Gold & Tandis Taghavi, Editors-in-Chief

Special thanks to our Webmaster, Parsa Nozzari

Fall 2018, Issue #2 (10/15/18)

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In this packed new edition of The Commentary:

CIP FREES 30 EXONEREES IN LESS THAN TWO DECADES – The two most recent exonerees are Horace Roberts and Quintin Morris, both men who had been wrongfully imprisoned since the ’90s. 

OPINION – What’s the deal with Brett Kavanaugh, our newest U.S. Supreme Court justice?

Spotting the Issue: Confessions of a “Half-Blood” 2L (Pt. 4).

Youth Sue U.S. over Climate Change – The trial against the U.S. government starts in two weeks.

Oceans Littered with Trash – A 24-year-old Dutchman invented a floating device to remove plastic.

Attorney Q&A – Gayle Blatt, a 1985 CWSL alumna, serves on the school’s Board of Trustees.

CLP Volunteer of the Year – CWSL’s Community Law Project recognized Miriam Hernandez.

Events Recap – R&B concert & Immigration Law Society panel

Student writers are what make The Commentary great, and we are always looking for students to submit articles on topics of their choice — including, but not limited to, campus news, legal news, sports, entertainment, etc. No long-term commitment is required, and you can easily share your academic/creative talents with the campus community!

To learn how to contribute to our next edition, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu with submissions or questions/story ideas.

Sara Gold & Tandis Taghavi, Editors-in-Chief

 

Welcome back! Fall 2018, Issue #1 (8/27/18)

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We are excited to kick off The Commentary this year with:

STUDENT BY DAY, AUTHOR BY NIGHT — Ryan Stygar just released his second book

Starting a New Internship? — 10 Tips for Acing Your First Week

Q&A with New Dean — Meet Kiyana Kiel, Assistant Dean of Academic Achievement

ABA Rep Reflects on Conference – Nick Aliquo shares about his experience in Chicago

SBA President’s Letter — Edgar Lopez welcomes everyone to the 2018-19 school year

Student writers are what make The Commentary great, and we are always looking for students to submit articles on topics of their choice — including, but not limited to, campus news, legal news, sports, entertainment, etc. No long-term commitment is required, and you can easily share your academic/creative talents with the campus community!

To learn how to contribute to our next edition, contact us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu with submissions or questions/story ideas.

Have a great school year!

Sara Gold & Tandis Taghavi, Editors-in-Chief

Presenting our final spring edition (4/12/18)!

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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

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Dean Dizon Demystifies the Grading Curve

By Shane Dizon, Assistant Dean of Academic Achievement

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Editors’ message
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New Elective This Fall:
Q&A with Professor Ebrahim
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Pro Bono & Public Service Honor Societies Recognize 90+ Students for 12,000+ Collective Volunteer Hours
By Erin LeClair
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In this final spring edition of The Commentary:

**SBA ELECTION UPDATE** – Original Outcome Remains Despite SBA Split on Election’s Validity

*PRO BONO/PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS* – 90+ Students Volunteered 12,000+ Hours Collectively

*PROFESSOR Q&A* – Meet Prof. Ebrahim and Learn about his New Fall 2018 Course

*BUSTING GRADING MYTHS* – Dean Dizon Demystifies the Curve

Also be sure to read our Letter from the Editors, written by Editors-in-Chief Chris Lawson and Sara Gold. It has been a pleasure to serve California Western this year!

 

Presenting our third spring edition! (3/15/18)

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Spotting the Issue: Confessions of a “Half-Blood” 1L (Pt. 3)

By Tandis Taghavi

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Symposiums recap: artificial intelligence, Indian land rights, net neutrality, and more

Entertainment & Sports Law Society Symposium -- JP Rankin, ESLS Vice President

Law Review & International Law Journal Symposiums -- Sara Gold, Commentary Editor-in-Chief

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Registration opens soon – A look into exciting summer offerings

Trademark Clinic, Experiential Course -- Prof. Hedayati/W 1:30-3:30 p.m. (2)

Food Law, A New Course in Summer 2018 -- Prof. Sax/MW 12:45-2:10 p.m. (3)

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Networking tips for every setting

By Matthew Lab, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development Office

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Barrister’s Ball – A Dream Come True

By Sara Gold, Editor-in-Chief

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Attend our next Commentary meeting on MARCH 20 at 12:45 p.m. in Room 2B. During this free event, co-hosted by the Student Intellectual Property Law Association, a practicing IP attorney will talk to students about a Public Interest IP Scholarship. We also will be discussing Commentary ideas and ways for students to get involved! Free food will be provided. After the meeting, grab special cuisine from TASTE OF ASIA in the first-floor lobby before 2 p.m., and be sure to pre-order tickets March 15 or March 16.

In this edition of The Commentary:

NEW Harry Potter column – The Prisoner of Azkaban (aka oral arguments)

Weinstein named Professor of the Year, and more Barrister’s Ball coverage (plus photos!)

Symposiusms recap: Artificial intelligence, Indian land, net neutrality, and more

Registration opens soon: A look into Trademark Clinic and Food Law

Networking tips for every setting, from the Career Office

Our final spring edition will come out in mid-April, so please submit your content and ideas to commentary@law.cwsl.edu!

 

Presenting our second spring edition! (2/15/18)

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Niels B. Schaumann
California Western President and Dean,
California Western School of Law

Student engagement survey: 90% of participants believe Cal Western was the right choice

By Sara Gold, Editor-in-Chief

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Spotting the Issue: Confessions of a “Half-Blood” 1L (Pt. 2)

By Tandis Taghavi

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9 tips on how to rock the interview

By Matthew Lab, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development Office

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Recap on Recent Events

CIP dodgeball Tournament

Beach clean-up Day

Defamation Play

Featuring:

By: Jenny Duren

By Sara Gold, Editor-in-Chief

"Defamation Experience" Highlights Role of Personal Identity in Litigation

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Join the ABA! Message from Cal Western’s ABA representative

By Nick Aliquo, SBA American Bar Association Representative

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In this edition of The Commentary:

Our next edition comes out in early March! To give us your story suggestions or to submit content, contact the editors at commentary@law.cwsl.edu.

 

 

Presenting our first spring edition!(1/23/18)

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In this first spring edition of The Commentary, read about:

We are also excited to introduce our new 1L columnist, who will be presenting a Harry Potter-themed guide to law school throughout the trimester!

Also in this edition:

OPEN MEETING: Please attend our first staff meeting of the spring on TUESDAY, FEB. 6 from 12:45-1:30 p.m. in Room 2C for free food, to meet the editors, and pitch your ideas. Student writers are what make The Commentary great, and we are always looking for more students to write on topics of their choice (though no commitment to write is required to attend our meeting). For more information or to submit content/story ideas, email us at commentary@law.cwsl.edu.