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PART II: EXPLORING OPTIONS IN ALTERNATIVE LEGAL PRACTICES

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

 ERIN ADKINS, Esq. (CWSL ‘10)
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.

KRISTEN KNEPPER, Esq.
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.

TIFFANY M. O’NEIL, Esq.
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. 

RICH GEISLER, Esq.
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.

BRYCE BESSER, Esq. (CWSL ’04)
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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