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When it comes to the practice of law, the Internet is changing everything.

“Our message to you is to become a 21st Century digital lawyer,” said members of the American Bar Association eLawyering Task Force at a California Western presentation on November 7.

What is eLawyering?

Simply put, it is delivering legal services to clients using the Internet.

The speakers emphasized that the entire economic model of law practice is undergoing a seismic shift and that digital lawyering using secure client portals is becoming the new normal.

It’s a revolution,” said presenter Adriana Linares, a legal technology trainer and consultant with LawTech Partners. “It began 15 years ago, but it is accelerating now. You should look for technologies that are built specifically for lawyers.”

There are hundreds of self-help legal websites, such as LegalZoom, but sites like this don’t necessarily offer the legal advice of an attorney. That’s where eLawyering comes in.

“There are tumultuous changes happening,” said presenter Richard Granat, CEO and founder of DirectLaw, a virtual law firm platform provider, and co-director, Center for Law Practice Technology. “The legal profession serves only the top 20 percent of the U.S. There are 57 million millennials who need legal services—and these clients want self-serve options.”

“Successful lawyers in the emerging legal market will be those who are able to effectively deliver legal services both in person and over the Web,” said Matthew Lab, Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, which presented the event. “Through the effective use of internet-based technology, lawyers will be able to provide legal services to a large pool of prospective clients whose legal needs were previously unmet.”

The presenters offered several resources to lawyers who want to know more about how they can become elawyers, including; and

To learn more about a California Western alumnus practicing in this area, read this: profile of Alison O. Dearden ’09 from Res Ipsa online.


Friday, November 7, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Lecture Hall 1 (LH1)
California Western School of Law
350 Cedar Street, San Diego, CA

presented by:

The American Bar Association eLawyering Task Force (Law Practice Division)

eLawyering is doing legal work – not just marketing it – over the Web.  Pioneering practitioners have found dramatic new ways to communicate and collaborate with clients and other lawyers, produce documents, settle disputes, interact with courts, and manage legal knowledge.  There are exciting initiatives underway now that deserve attention by all lawyers – present and future.

The legal profession is being disrupted from without and from within. To be successful in the coming era, lawyers will need to know how to practice over the Web, manage client relationships in cyberspace, and offer “virtual” legal services.  Come hear about the knowledge and skills you need to prosper in the years ahead.

eLawyering also offers major opportunities to improve access to justice by those who can’t afford or don’t like traditional commercial modes of service delivery.

This free program is open to all area law students and lawyers with an interest in the innovative use of technology. Lunch will be served (pizza and drinks).

Panelists will include:

Adriana Linares (legal technology trainer and consultant with LawTech Partners, a professional services firm specializing in the legal industry)

* Marc Lauritsen (President and Founder, Capstone Practice Systems; former director of clinical programs, Harvard Law School; adjunct professor, Suffolk Law School)

* Richard Granat (CEO and Founder, DirectLaw – a virtual law firm platform provider, and Co-Director, Center for Law Practice Technology,


 Please RSVP to Francine Vasquez at    or 619-515-1576 on or before Wednesday, November 5th.

Are you a young lawyer (0-5 years experience)?  If so, the YOUNG LAWYERS CAREER EXPO is for you.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA, from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

2014 Career Expo


Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm. in Moot Court

Lunch will be provided

A Networking Reception will follow at 1:30 in Roy Bell


Public Interest Attorney Panel:

ALLIE ABBEY, Esq. Staff Attorney, Dependency Legal Group of San Diego

MITRA EBADOLAHI, Esq. Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union

ELIZABETH M. KNOWLES, Esq. Director, ABA Immigration Justice Project

BECKY LEVINE, Esq. Supervising Attorney, Community Law Project – City Heights

ART NEILL, Esq. Founder/Executive Director, New Media Rights


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Thursday, October 2, 2014
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. (Moot Court Room – Lunch Provided*)

 (*Lunch Reception with the panelists will follow the program in the Roy Bell Reading Room)

Sponsored by Career and Professional Development Office


Criminal Law Attorney Panel: 

DAVID FINN, Esq.  Asst. US Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division

MATTHEW BINNINGER, Esq.  Trial Attorney, Federal Defenders, Inc.

JIMMY RODRIGUEZ, Esq. Deputy Public Defender,  SD Public Defender’s Office

CALLY A. BRIGHT, Esq.  Deputy District Attorney, SD District Attorney’s Office

DANNA NICHOLAS, Esq.   Deputy City Attorney,  Office of the City Attorney


Attention all law students: The voice for San Diego’s diverse legal community is calling you to be a part of the action!

Whether you are in your first, second or third year of law school, you will not want to miss this valuable networking opportunity. Connect with local attorneys from a variety of practice areas, SDCBA Section, Committee & Division chairs as well as local Judges and leaders from many specialty bar associations. Join your fellow students for this unique and educational opportunity to expand both your professional horizons and your community involvement.

There is no charge to attend this event.

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


401 West A Street
Check-in – Suite 120





Thursday, September 18, 2014
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. (Moot Court Room – Lunch Provided*)

 (*Lunch Reception with the panelists will follow the program in the Roy Bell Reading Room)

Sponsored by Career and Professional Development

Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance – USD Athletics

Ms. Adkins is the Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance for the University of San Diego Toreros. During her years of law school at California Western School of Law, Ms. Adkins placed a high interest in Sports Law. In her role with the Toreros, she ensures that all student-athletes, coaches and administrators follow all Division 1 NCAA rules and legislation.  During law school, Ms. Adkins was a legal assistant for the L.A. Angels of Anaheim and worked with the firms Foley & Lardner and Shoecraft & Burton. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Arizona and her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.

Academic Account Manager – Thomson Reuters

Ms. Knepper serves as an Academic Account Manager with Thomson Reuters where she manages multiple law school accounts and develops brand awareness and usage among developing attorneys through brand based legal research training seminars and workshops. She began her legal career as an Associate with Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP before assuming the role of Legislative Counsel for US Senator Debbie Stabenow before transiting into her current role. She is admitted to practice law in both Florida and Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Communication and her Juris Doctor from American University.

Dir. Knowledge Management & Records –
Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Ms. O’Neil oversees the firm’s research department, which includes conducting investigative, business and legal research on matters related to firm business.  She trains attorneys and staff on efficient research strategies and conducts general department functions such as contract negotiation, budgeting and supervising.  Ms. O’Neil also oversees the Records department establishing and implementing valuable workflow solutions.  Prior to joining Procopio, Ms. O’Neil managed the Research Services department in the San Diego and Phoenix offices of DLA Piper.  She earned her B.A. degree in Political Science from California State University, Chico; her M.L.S. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; and her J.D. from Concord Law School. 

Vice President – J. Whalen Associates, Inc.
Principal – Indie Law Group, Inc.

Mr. Geisler is a lawyer, teacher and real estate broker in San Diego with more than a decade of experience in dealing with land sales, contracts, development permitting and entitlements and local municipal decision making. He has worked in both the public sector working for then Council President Scott Peters and private sector as Vice President of J.Whalen Associates, Inc. Rich has vast non profit experience as a founder, board member, volunteer, advocate and business lawyer for many organizations including the International Children’s Cancer Foundation and as the Board President for the Recreational Music Center. recently founding The Indie Law Group, a business law firm that specializes in non-profit corporations. Rich also teaches business law and management and policy courses at the University of Phoenix.He earned his B.S. at Northern Arizona University and J.D. at the University of San Diego.

Litigated Claims Sr. Analyst , UC San Diego

Mr. Bresser conducts training programs for campus leadership, managers, and supervisors on prevention of employment lawsuits, personal injury lawsuits, and other litigated claims; and provides legal research and oversight of evidence collection activities for all litigated claims managed by the UCSD Risk Management Program. He collaborates with campus and external counsel, and affected UCSD department managers to develop effective defense strategies for pending lawsuits and represents the campus in matters within the jurisdiction of Small Claims Court. Prior to joining UC San Diego, Bryce’s practice focused on general civil litigation and labor and employment law.








 Thursday, September 11, 2014
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. (Moot Court Room – Lunch Provided*)

(*Lunch Reception with the panelists will follow the program in the Roy Bell Reading Room)

Sponsored by Career and Professional Development Office


ALREEN HAEGGQUIST, Esq. (CWSL ‘02/Partner, Zeldes, Haeggquist & Eck, LLP)

Ms. Haeggquist is the co-founder and managing partner of Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, where she  represents employees who have been wrongfully terminated from their jobs, have suffered violations of employment contracts or otherwise experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace. She also has extensive experience litigating complex consumer class actions on behalf of consumers on a variety of matters. She currently serves on the Board of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, California Employment Lawyers Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCSD and her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from California Western School of Law.

KATHERINE MAYER MANGAN, Esq. (Partner, Hahn Loeser, LLP)

Ms. Mayer Mangan is a partner and co-chair of Hahn Loeser’s Appellate Group where she focuses her practice on complex litigation and has special expertise in appellate work. Kate began her legal career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable  M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining the firm, Kate had her own boutique firm that specialized in appellate work, prior to which she served as a litigator at Latham & Watkins and at the U.S. Department of Justice. Kate runs, a blog that is dedicated to improving the professional lives of lawyers and the community we serve.  She founded of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at USD Law and has twice received the Wiley W. Manual Certificate for
Pro Bono Legal Services for her pro bono work. In 2000, she earned her B.A. summa cum laude from Pomona College, and in 2004, a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.

PARISIMA ROSHANZAMIR, Esq. (CWSL ‘12/ Trial Attorney, The Gomez Law Firm)

Ms. Roshanzamir devotes her practice to representing victims of catastrophic injuries in a wide variety of cases, including wrongful death, auto, bicycle, and truck accidents, personal injury, slip and falls, wrongful termination and sexual harassment.  In June 2014, Ms. Roshanzamir was named as one of the 200 most outstanding lawyers in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal.  She graduated summa cum laude from San Diego State University earning a B.A. in Economics and her J.D., cum laude, from California Western School of Law where she received the Distinguished Advocate award.

ROSHNI V. PATEL, Esq. (Director of Legal Affairs, Ajinomoto Althea, Inc.)

Ms. Patel manages legal affairs for Ajinomoto Althea, a local biotech company. Passionate about healthcare and wellness, education, and moving organizations forward toward success in their mission and vision for the future, Roshni has experience in employment law, civil litigation, bankruptcy, construction defect, real estate law, class actions, trial work, and health science research. She has and continues to manage and mentor international support staff, involving regular interaction with clientele and initiating strategic problem solving skills to mitigate corporate risk. In 2000, Ms. Patel earned a B.A. in political science from UCLA and subsequently a joint J.D./M.B.A. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2004.

NEGEEN MIRREGHABIE, Esq. (Associate, Robbins Arroyo)

Ms. Mirreghabie is litigation attorney with Robbins Arroyo, LLP where she works to protect shareholders’ rights. While Ms. Mirreghabie has held a number of positions that include Adjunct Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, she currently works as part of Robbins Arroyo’s litigation team and serves as Immediate Past President of the New Lawyer Division of the San Diego County Bar Association.  She earned her B.A. in political science summa cum laude (in 2.5 years) from UCSD and her J.D., with honors, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2008.

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