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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER)

Monday, August 24

CWSL Academic Policies

Presented by Hannah Brenner Johnson, Vice Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
This session will impart crucial information about CWSL’s academic policies that will help you negotiate your path through law school. You will learn about CWSL’s honor code, graduation requirements, and more.

Thinking Like a Lawyer

Presented by Allison D. Cato, Legal Writing Professor
In this session, we will discuss the different ways lawyers think about, and analyze, problems. You will be introduced to the concepts of inductive/analogical reasoning and deductive/rule based reasoning. We will then specifically focus on inductive/analogical reasoning. You will be placed into breakout rooms to participate in interactive, case based exercises. Using your inductive/analogical reasoning, you will vote on the outcome of both cases.

Virtual Lunch: Legal Skills Sections (Optional)

We invite you to join this optional open session to meet and connect with your Legal Skills I section.

Identity and Diversity at CWSL

Presented by Heather L. Johnson, Esq., Vice President at Engaged Learning; and Laura Padilla, Professor of Law
In this session, we will explore intersectionality and the multi-dimensional nature of our individual diversity and that of the CWSL community. Through sharing, we will gain insight into the wealth of backgrounds and cultures within this entering class.

Social Hour with the Student Bar Association (SBA) (Optional)

We invite you to join this optional open session to meet CWSL's SBA representatives and learn more about getting involved in student government and student organizations.

Tuesday, August 25

Mindfulness Mornings (Optional)

Presented by Susan Finster, Assistant Dean of Student and Diversity Services
Start your day with 15 minutes of mindfulness practice. All are invited to experience this powerful tool for well-being, stress-reduction and balance.

How to Succeed in Law School

Presented by Catherine Hardee, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, and Associate Professor of Law
This session will provide an overview of best practices for law students. Presented in three parts (one of which is after the virtual lunch), students will have the opportunity to learn how to adequately prepare for class, how to best make use of class time, and how to consolidate learning after class is over.

Virtual Lunch: Meet Your Classmates and Open Q&A (Optional)

We invite you to join this optional open session to meet and connect with your classmates. You will have the opportunity to join one of the following breakout groups based on interest or location: "first generation college or law students," "PRIDE – LGBTQIA+," "caretakers (students who are parents or are taking care of others)," "regional (based on location)," and "military (active, reservists, and veterans)." There will also be an open Q&A room to answer any questions you may have.

Social Hour with the California Innocence Project (CIP) (Optional)

We invite you to join this optional open session to meet members of CWSL's CIP legal clinic.

Wednesday, August 26

Communicating Like a Lawyer

Presented by Amy E. Day , Legal Writing Professor; and Liam F. Vavasour, Legal Writing Professor
Building on what you learned earlier in the week, this session will introduce you to several of the different ways lawyers communicate effectively with clients, courts, opposing counsel, and others, both in writing and through speech. In the first part, you will be introduced to several of the principles and practices of effective written communication, with an emphasis on introducing you to the IRAC paradigm used by lawyers to organize their analysis, and on clarity and concision in your writing. The second part of the class will introduce you to effective oral advocacy in the law, with an emphasis on speaking effectively and professionally with classmates, teachers, colleagues, clients, and others, both in and out of class. The session will also reinforce the themes of professional identity, ethics, and civility discussed with you throughout the week.

Virtual Lunch: Meet Your Classmates and Open Q&A (Optional)

We invite you to join this optional open session to meet and connect with your classmates. You will have the opportunity to join an open breakout room or one of the following breakout groups based on interest: "non-traditional (not your first career)," "living in San Diego," "BIPOC," "Pan Asian," and "La Raza (Latinx)." There will also be an open Q&A room to answer any questions you may have.

1L Engagement: Your Introduction to Resilience and Success

Presented by Kiyana Kiel, Assistant Dean for Academic Achievement; Carly Sassi, Associate Director of Academic Achievement; and Kathleen Bolus, Assistant Director of Academic Achievement
This session will provide guidance on how to effectively and efficiently manage your time and learning for classroom, as well as exam preparation. It will also provide context to your learning and a semester calendar to demonstrate a suggested timeline to engage in the skills vital to law school success, including: time management; reading and classroom preparation; content review and refinement; exam preparation; self-evaluation; grit/resourcefulness; and an introduction to learning style preferences. This presentation is a brief introduction to the “1L Engagement Workshop Series,” which will take place throughout the fall.

Virtual Trivia with Student and Diversity Services (Optional)

We invite you to join this optional open session, which will be facilitated by Liz Lechner and CWSL's Student and Diversity Services Office and feature a fun virtual trivia.

Thursday, August 27

Mindfulness Mornings (Optional)

Presented by Susan Finster, Assistant Dean of Student and Diversity Services
Start your day with 15 minutes of mindfulness practice. All are invited to experience this powerful tool for well-being, stress-reduction and balance.

Success Inside and Outside the Classroom: Well-Being, Your Professional Identity, and Preparing for Your Career

Presented by Matthew Lab, Director of Access to Law Initiative (ALI) and Professional Development; Jocelyn Salvatori, Associate Director of Career and Professional Development; Susan Finster, Assistant Dean of Student and Diversity Services; and Claudia Salinas, 3L and President of the Student Bar Association 
Success in law school and the profession depends on developing the right set of tools. This interactive session will provide you with a snapshot of the legal profession and discuss a few ways you can immediately begin your career exploration and development, acting in partnership with the Career and Professional Development Office. Student & Diversity Services will introduce you to successful techniques to support your well-being while in law school and beyond, share non-academic resources, and introduce you to our dynamic student organizations.

Perspectives on Justice, Equality, and the Law

Presented by several members of the CWSL community: Professors William Aceves, Justin Brooks, and Nancy Chi Cantalupo; and students Maria Corral-Ribordy, 3L and Lamont Freeman, 2L
We are living at an extraordinary moment in this country’s search for a just and equitable society. Lawyers have always played an important role in this search. And law schools have a unique responsibility to build a legal community that is diverse and inclusive as they train students to seek justice. This session will address how California Western promotes the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as your role in this community.

Law, Legal Education, and Community

Presented by Thomas Barton, Professor of Law
In this session, we invite you to explore the interplay between individuals and communities in our legal system and in legal education. Attendees will brainstorm ideas for building strong communities among diverse individuals through respectful, inclusive dialogue. The ability to develop meaningful connections with colleagues, clients, and the broader community is essential to the successful practice of law.

Friday, August 28

Stay Safe: What You Need to Know at CWSL

Presented by Susan Finster, Assistant Dean of Student and Diversity Services
In this session, you will learn CWSL’s policies and procedures under CAMPUS Save (TITLE IX/VAWA) as well as resources and tips to support your well-being while a student. Soon after the session, students will complete a 90-minute online training. Both this session and the online training are mandatory.

Small Group Discussions with Faculty Points of Contact

Prior to this session, you will receive an email informing you of who your faculty point of contact is. In this session, you will meet and have a small group discussion with your faculty point of contact.