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Did you know that public interest law spans a wide variety of practice areas?  

Attend this panel and learn about just a few of these practice areas: 

  • Intellectual property, internet and communications law
  • Consumer protection law
  • Education law
  • Immigration and asylum law
  • Tax law 

Attorney Panel and Lunch Reception 

EXPLORING OPTIONS IN PUBLIC INTEREST LAW

Thursday, October 11th
12:15-1:30pm
Moot Court Room 

Panelists:

Katherine A. Clark, Esq. (CWSL ’10 – Jewish Family Service of San Diego)
Ms. Clark is a 2010 CWSL alum and an attorney with the Jewish Family Service of San Diego – Citizenship & Naturalization Program. During law school, she interned with Casa Cornelia Law Center, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Ms. Clark was also a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team which advanced to the International Rounds in Washington D.C. In 2011, she began working at Jewish Family Service of San Diego and started the Citizenship & Naturalization Program. Ms. Clark is also an Adjunct Professor at CWSL and taught the Summer 2012 DA Appellate Class and continues to coach the Jessup International Moot Court Team.

Linda Johnson, Esq. (CWSL ‘09 – San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program)
Ms. Johnson is a 2009 CWSL alum and staff attorney with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program – Education Law Project. During law school she focused on social justice, by working on increasing Elder Rights in Santiago Chile, and investigating wrongful convictions as a clinic student for the California Innocence Project. After law school, Ms. Johnson went to work at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles, where she worked to ensure children in the foster care system, and their caregivers, received the appropriate public benefits. In 2012, she joined the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program as a staff attorney. At SDVLP she assists children in the foster care system with educational issues.

Art Neill, Esq. (New Media Rights)  Mr. Neill is the founder and Executive Director of New Media Rights, an organization which provides pro bono legal advocacy regarding intellectual property, online publishing, and legal issues that arise with new technologies and media. In 2012, New Media Rights became an independently funded program of California Western School of Law. Prior to New Media Rights, as a public interest consumer attorney, Mr. Neill achieved numerous victories and refunds for consumers, serving as counsel in cases at the California Public Utilities Commission as well as in federal court against companies such as MCI/Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and SDG&E. He is also a techie, musician, and an adjunct professor of law at CWSL, teaching a course on Internet & Social Media Law.

Shahin Rahimi, Esq. (CWSL ’02 – Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.)
Mr. Rahimi is a 2002 CWSL alum and staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. After passing the bar, he worked in private practice as a class-action securities litigator and counselor in the San Diego area for a couple of years before moving on to the Legal Aid Society. As a staff attorney and manager of the Community Economic Development Team at LASSD, his duties include managing the day-to-day operations of the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. The tax clinic is in its 9th year and has assisted more than 250 taxpayers every year since 2010.

Alysson Snow, Esq. (Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.) Ms. Snow is the Senior Attorney for the Consumer Protection Team at the Legal Aid Society and handles all aspects of negotiation and litigation. She graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. While in law school, Ms. Snow did extensive volunteer work. After graduation, she worked as an associate attorney for DLA Piper where she defended officers and companies in both federal and state court in securities fraud cases and defended large pharmaceutical companies in product liability and consumer fraud litigation. She also volunteered more than 600 hours of pro bono work while at DLA. In March 2009, Ms. Snow realized a long time goal to dedicate her career to public interest work and began working at the Legal Aid Society.

 

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