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New diversity scholarship named for ABA president

California Western School of Law trustees have established the Robert Grey Diversity Scholarship program named in honor of the current president of the American Bar Association, the second person of color to head the association.

The new scholarship fund supports the diversity objectives of the law school in which minorities represent over one-quarter of the student population.

“The scholarship fund reaffirms California Western’s goal of maintaining a student body that represents diverse backgrounds,” Grey said. “The school is rightfully proud of its commitment to the diversity of the bar, and I encourage all law schools to have a similar commitment. I am proud to be honored in this way.”

Grey, who is a partner in a Virginia law firm, was the keynote speaker at the law school’s spring 2004 graduation.

Summer program explores NAFTA impact

Capitalizing on its location at the front door to Latin America, California Western is sponsoring an in-depth look at the laws relating to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) June 6-28.

Subjects taught by California Western professors include a NAFTA introduction; NAFTA and business law; NAFTA and labor issues; and NAFTA and the environment.

The program includes visits to border factories, migrant labor camps and meetings with U.S. and Mexican government officials.

“The NAFTA Summer Program is a combination of a legal laboratory, corporate annual meeting, trade union action and performance art exhibition,” said Professor James Cooper, the program’s director.

International law moot court team is best in west

The school’s Jessup International Law Moot Court Team won first place at the Southwest Regional competition that included law school teams from Loyola, Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Hawaii, Arizona and Ohio State.

The team advanced to the international round in Washington, D.C., in April where they defeated teams from Hungary and China before bowing out in an early round. The Phillip C. Jessup Competition is the world’s largest and most prestigious international law school advocacy competition, involving approximately 1,500 students from more than 300 law schools in nearly 50 nations.

California Western team members are Ricardo Arias, Micah Bailey, Terri Bianchi, Kelly Ranasinghe and Melissa Robbins.

“At the international competition the team met law students from 103 schools from around the world and argued in front of judges from Puerto Rico, Germany, England, Greece and the United States,” said Professor Roberta Thyfault, who coached the team along with Professor William Aceves. “They were competent and professional advocates who stood up to very difficult questioning from the judges. They were excellent representatives of California Western.”

IP conference brings together business and law leaders

The second Southern California Intellectual Property Conference hosted by California Western in March was the perfect place for exploring issues from cyberspace to music licensing to technology transfer.

“What makes the conference so useful, particularly for San Diego with its concentration of companies having significant IP investments, is the high-caliber of presenters and the breadth of issues discussed,” said Mark Weinstein, California Western’s associate dean.

Presenters ranged from in-house counsel for Qualcomm and Copley Press to attorneys for major IP law firms Townsend and Townsend and Crew and Paul Hastings. Government speakers included the general counsel for the U.S. Copyright Office, the commissioner for trademarks from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division for computer crimes and intellectual property.

Fall 2005 law firm recruiting kicks off

California Western has launched its program aimed at law firms interested in interviewing and recruiting third-year law students starting in August. The free service features several recruiting options, including on-campus interviews, resume collection for interviews in law firms’ offices, and direct contact allowing firms to notify the school of opportunities so qualified candidates can contact the firm directly.

For more information, please contact Louis Helmuth, assistant dean for career services, at lhelmuth@cwsl.edu or (619) 525-7093.

Budding law professors eligible for innovative fellows program

California Western is accepting applications for its Fellows Program, offering law professionals without prior teaching experience an ideal opportunity to teach law classes, develop their scholarship and receive mentoring from tenured law professors. Fellows are appointed for two years and are assigned to teach a maximum of two courses each year.

“As a Fellow, I was mentored to prepare a scholarly agenda and to develop my teaching skills so that I could more confidently enter full-time law teaching,” said Michael Yu, who entered the Fellows program after six years in private practice. He is now an assistant professor teaching at California Western.

USS Midway site of reunion

The USS Midway will be the site of the all-alumni reunion dinner/dance to be held Saturday, Sept. 17.

On Friday, Sept. 16, the school will host a cocktail party at the San Diego Museum of Natural History for the classes of 1965, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’90, ’95 and 2000.

For more information, visit www.CaliforniaWestern.edu/alumni.

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