Meet the Admissions Staff - California Western
Meet the Admissions Staff

California Western's Admissions Staff bring a wealth of experience and are eager to guide you through the law school admission process and help you prepare to study law. If you would like to discuss your decision to attend law school or want to schedule a tour of the campus, please call (619) 525-1401 or contact one of the Admissions representatives below.

 

General Contact Information

California Western Admissions
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 525-1401
(800) 255-4252 ext. 1401
admissions@cwsl.edu

After-hours message lines:
(619) 525-7083
(800) 255-4252 ext. 7083


Traci HowardAssistant Dean for Admissions
Traci Howard, Assistant Dean for Admissions
Dean Traci Howard has directed California Western's Admissions department since 2001. Prior to joining the Admissions team, she was a staple in the Student and Diversity Services department, where she focused on diversity recruiting and retention. Before moving to San Diego from Nebraska, Dean Howard spent several years working at the undergraduate level in Admissions, Student Affairs, and Minority Affairs. Howard attends more than a dozen law fairs around the country each year, is active within the Law School Admissions Council � speaking on panels and presenting workshops � and has counseled hundreds of students on the law school application process, personal statements, and preparing for law school. She has also presented at the Association of American Law Schools annual conference and at numerous Law School Admission Council annual meetings. Dean Howard served as Chair of the LSAC Diversity Committee (2009-2011) and as an ex officio member of the Academic Assistance Topical Workshops 2010 Subcommittee; College Diversity Directors Conference Planning Work Group; Diversity Fund Grants Subcommittee; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues Subcommittee; Pipeline Models Conference Planning Committee; PLUS Subcommittee; and the Academic Assistance Assessment Website Advisory Group. She is currently serving as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on PreLegal Education and Admission to Law School (2011).
e-mail: thoward@cwsl.edu    phone: (619) 525-1401
 
 
 
Shawnessy Westcott NegrottoAssistant Director, Admissions
Shawnessy Westcott Negrotto, Assistant Director, Admissions
Originally from Alaska, Shawnessy Negrotto came to California Western in 2006, first serving as an Admission counselor and housing coordinator. Now, as Assistant Director of Admissions, Ms. Negrotto helps prospective students explore their interest in California Western by providing admission advising including arranging class visits and campus tours and discussing the application process. Additionally, she provides admitted students with resources to facilitate their housing search, from managing a database of local vacancies and students seeking roommates, to discussing the unique aspects of San Diego�s neighborhoods. Ms. Negrotto is responsible for organizing our campus Preview Days, Orientation programs and scholarship events. During the fall, she attends recruiting events across the country and also serves on panels at workshops. Her favorite aspects about working at California Western include being part of an amazing team at the law school, meeting students from all over the US and helping them discover what makes CWSL a special place and networking with colleagues from other law schools. Prior to joining the California Western Admissions, Ms. Negrotto worked as an admissions advisor and recruiter at the University of Washington, Tacoma, where she earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Shawnessy also holds a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University.
e-mail: swestcott@cwsl.edu    phone: (619) 525-1411
 
Christopher BaidooAssistant Director, Admissions
Christopher Baidoo, Assistant Director, Admissions
Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, with each stage of his education, Christopher Baidoo has moved further west. He received his Bachelor of Social Work from James Madison University, his Master of Social Work from Indiana University, and Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. While at California Western, Christopher was the Executive Editor of the California Western International Law Journal, served as a large group tutor for both Contracts and Property, and was an extern for the Hon. William C. McCurine at the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. As Assistant Director, he oversees the database system, application development and processing, prospective student cultivation, and seasonal admissions recruiters. In addition to his work as Assistant Director, he practices law with an emphasis on estate planning.
e-mail: cbaidoo@cwsl.edu    phone: (619) 525-1402
 
Susan O'Dean-SekeresAdmissions Assistant
Susan O'Dean-Sekeres, Admissions Assistant
The other welcoming voice and great smile students encounter in Admissions belongs to Susan O'Dean-Sekeres. She was born in London and has also lived in South America and Germany. She moved to San Diego in 2001 and joined the Admissions staff at California Western in 2002. O�Dean-Sekeres is responsible for processing incoming applications, arranging campus tours, and answering phone queries from prospective students. She also assists as housing coordinator as needed.
e-mail: sao@cwsl.edu    phone: (619) 525-1401
 
Tony DuldulaoAdmissions Assistant
Tony Duldulao, Admissions Assistant
Tony Duldulao began working at California Western in July of 2009. In January 2010, he joined the Admissions team as the Admissions Assistant. Tony is the first voice people hear when they call the office. He is also responsible for processing mail, applications, mailing out materials to prospective applicants and answering questions from callers and visitors to the office. Tony, who grew up in American Samoa, moved to San Diego in 1998. In American Samoa, he worked for Chicken of the Sea as the Inventory Manager and then later transferred to the corporate headquarters, in San Diego, where he was the Marketing Operations Manager. After nearly 10 years, Tony moved on to begin working at the corporate headquarters of Jack in the Box, in the Facilities Management department. Tony earned his B.A. from Saint Joseph�s University in Philadelphia, majoring in International Relations and Politics. He also received his MBA in International Business from Saint Joseph�s University.
e-mail: tduldulao@cwsl.edu    phone: (619) 525-1401