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

Entertainment & Sports Law Society Symposium -- JP Rankin, ESLS Vice President
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Panelists at the March 10 Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium

The Entertainment and Sports Law Society Symposium on March 10, themed “Counseling the Noise: Legal and Ethical Duties in Sports and Entertainment,” was an outstanding success despite the unfortunate weather.  The diverse panel of sports and entertainment attorneys brought their knowledge, skill, and expertise to the bargaining table. Speakers included the vice president of business affairs for Lionsgate and the vice president of general counsel for the San Diego Padres.

In addition to the droves of students from California Western School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and the University of San Diego School of Law, the event also had in attendance a number of local practicing attorneys, making for a number of intelligent exchanges once the discussion was opened up to include everyone in audience.  Topics included, but were not limited to, ethics in sports agency and player recruiting, how streaming and net neutrality could affect public performance rights in the future, and even tips and tricks on becoming a better member of the legal community.

California Western was lucky to have such prestigious and accomplished panelists, and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society is already looking forward to putting it on again next year.

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

Speakers from across the U.S. and the world came to campus this trimester to speak at two symposiums, hosted by the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal. Continue reading “Symposiums recap: artificial intelligence, Indian land rights, net neutrality, and more”

Registration opens soon – A look into exciting summer offerings

Summer registration opens March 20 for 3Ls and LLM students, and March 22 for 1Ls and 2Ls. Here are some exciting elective offerings for students this summer, Trademark Clinic and Food Law:

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

Like all the clinics California Western offers, Trademark Clinic is one of the best opportunities available at our school to build your practical skills that will impress potential future employers. In the Trademark Clinic, law students provide free services primarily to small business owners who want to register federal trademarks but can’t afford to hire IP attorneys. The participation of hard-working law students is essential to the clinic’s ability to expand legal aid in the area of trademark law.

Thus, working directly with clients is a big part of being in Trademark Clinic. Although the professor is always happy to give advice, students are trusted to take the lead on client communications, which is an invaluable learning experience. Although having already taken a Trademark Law course is helpful, it is not a requirement to join Trademark Clinic. Continue reading “Registration opens soon – A look into exciting summer offerings”

Networking tips for every setting

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

The Career and Professional Development Office is excited about the career development programs and opportunities that we have prepared for this term.  This time of year presents many opportunities for you to develop your networking skills.  Networking is probably the most important non-legal skill that you will develop during law school.  For law students and lawyers alike, networking is and will continue to be a crucial aspect of your career development. It is a method through which we make new friends and establish valuable contacts; learn about different practice areas and career paths; promote ourselves and our employer; cultivate new clients; increase our self-confidence; and develop our professional presence.

The idea of networking evokes many emotions and almost none of them are good.  Networking can be intimidating and somewhat awkward.  Most of us have stood at the edge of a room at a “networking” event, wanting to speak with someone, but felt awkward or apprehensive about how to initiate the conversation.  Such feelings are normal.  After all, you are striking up a conversation with a total stranger. The good news is that networking gets easier with practice.  Truly, you get points merely for showing up; because the more events you attend, the more familiar faces you will see, and the more comfortable you will become.  Here are a few tips to help get you started: Continue reading “Networking tips for every setting”

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

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Niels B. Schaumann
California Western President and Dean,
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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.

 

 

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

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By Tandis Taghavi

Chapter 2: The Chamber of Secrets (read Chapter 1 here)

Class of 2020!! Can you believe it? Our first year of law school is winding down. With less than 10 weeks to go, the closer we get to finals, appellate briefs being due, and oral arguments, the more it feels like walking into a colony of Acromantulas (this can be quite a sticky situation). Rightfully named the “Forbidden Forest,” its eerie roots are known to domicile these spooky creatures and mystical secrets. Aragog’s lair is considered unsafe for man, and therefore Hogwarts prohibits students from entry (beware ejectment). While trespassing onto these treacherous lands in search of the ultimate secret (how to survive law school), might delay studying for a Civil Procedure midterm, entering Aragog’s lair will make learning about affirmative defenses (FRCP 8(c)) seem like less of an intentional tort.

What is—The Secret?

Ah, at last, we are faced with the ultimate question. What is the secret behind success in law school? Do you really want to know? Continue reading “Spotting the Issue: Confessions of a “Half-Blood” 1L (Pt. 2)”

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

By Sara Gold, Editor-in-Chief

Neils Schaumann, president and dean of California Western School of Law, spoke to students and faculty Jan. 25 to discuss Cal Western’s results from the most recent Law Student Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE).

A longitudinal study administered by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research since 2004, the LSSSE involves nearly 200 law schools across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Schools opt to participate in this study evaluating how well law schools advance their goals of promoting students’ education, enrichment, wellbeing, and career opportunities.

In 2017, Cal Western was one of 77 participating law schools, and 55% of Cal Western students responded to the survey. Dean Schaumann presented the data by comparing Cal Western’s results to those of two different comparison groups: Continue reading “Student engagement survey: 90% of participants believe Cal Western was the right choice”

Events recap: Defamation play, CIP dodgeball, beach clean-up

"Defamation Experience" Highlights Role of Personal Identity in Litigation

Defamation Exp photoRather than reading holdings out of casebooks, students got to determine the final verdict of a mock trial on Feb. 8. Hosted by Diversity Services, “The Defamation Experience” was an interactive play based on a defamation suit between Ms. Regina Wade, a self-made black business woman and Mr. Golden, a white wealthy Jewish business man. Ms. Wade was represented by white attorney Mr. Lawton, and Mr. Golden was represented by black attorney Ms. Allen. Ms. Wade claims that Mr. Golden defamed her with a false statement to a third party: that she stole Mr. Golden’s watch during a meeting at his home. The social consequences caused Ms. Wade to lose a major business client.

With no concrete evidence, the courtroom became full of drama as the attorneys appealed to the jury’s notions of race, gender, religion and class to advocate for their respective clients. Continue reading “Events recap: Defamation play, CIP dodgeball, beach clean-up”

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

By Nick Aliquo, SBA American Bar Association Representative

Nick Aliquo
nraliquo@law.cwsl.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Nicholas Aliquo and I am your American Bar Association (ABA) Representative here at California Western. I’m assuming most of you, if not, all of you know that one of the many perks of attending California Western is that we are an ABA-accredited law school. However, not all students actually know what the ABA is and what the ABA can do for you. My job is to help fix that.

The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with over 400,000 members. There are 205 institutions that are ABA approved. The ABA is committed to serving its members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity as well as advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world. Membership is open to law students (hey that’s you!), lawyers (that will soon be you) and those just curious and interested in the legal profession (hopefully you). Now I know you’re wondering: okay, this all sounds great, but why should I care about these three letters or three words? Well, let me tell you! Continue reading “Join the ABA! Message from Cal Western’s ABA representative”

9 tips on how to rock the interview

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

Let’s face it: law job interviews can be stressful, especially for the uninitiated.  Now that the spring recruiting season is upon us, many of you have already or will soon interview for legal internships or post-graduate positions.  So, why do employers interview?  Isn’t your brilliant cover letter and resume enough to convince them that you are the perfect candidate?  Not likely.

Employers interview simply because the information presented in your application materials only presents a “snapshot” of the candidate, which by its nature cannot accurately reflect the entire person. Meeting a candidate allows the interviewer to confirm his or her initial impressions as to your qualifications and to evaluate how you will perform tasks, respond to clients, and how well you will fit in and work with the rest of the team. Keep in mind that an interview is nothing more than a focused “conversation.”  As such, students need to express their value and indicate what sets them apart from other candidates. The following tips should increase your chances of a successful conversation. Continue reading “9 tips on how to rock the interview”

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.