Shane Dizon is the assistant dean of academic achievement, having joined California Western School of Law (CWSL) in August 2014. Dizon oversees all efforts of CWSL's academic support initiatives and nationally recognized bar preparation programs, which work with students from their first weeks on campus through their preparation for the bar exam. He leads a department responsible for skills workshops, extensive peer tutoring, intervention programming, and early bar preparation, as well as academic counseling and supplemental study and bar exam resources. Dizon also spearheads collaborative efforts with student organizations, fellow departments, and faculty to encourage optimal study skills, bar exam readiness, and assessment of academic and bar performance.
Prior to joining CWSL, Dizon served as assistant director of the Academic Success Program and visiting assistant professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Prior to Hofstra, Dizon was the Kauffman Foundation Legal Research Fellow at New York University School of Law, where he researched immigration law for entrepreneurs and investors and also conducted academic support programming. He also served as an adjunct assistant professor of business law and negotiation at the City University of New York – Brooklyn College. Dizon’s initial experience in academic support was at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a student educator for multiple doctrinal and skills courses. He also brings to the position several years of experience as a small-group instructor, curriculum developer, and private tutor for high school academic subjects and standardized test preparation. Dizon regularly presents at national academic support conferences and currently serves as chair of the West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals.
Outside of academic support, Dizon is the co-author of Immigration Law Service 2d (Thomson Reuters), a multi-volume immigration law treatise, with Nadine Wettstein. He was previously an associate with major global immigration law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, and Loewy, LLP. Dizon’s professional experience before, during, and after law school in the business and family immigration fields totals more than 16 years. He has published extensively on business and family immigration issues. Dizon has published several works on the Child Status Protection Act in both scholarly and professional practice collections and was cited in the government’s brief in the Supreme Court’s landmark case on the CSPA, Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio, 573 U.S. _, 134 S.Ct. 2191 (2014).
When not teaching students, Dizon serves on the Board of Advisors of Kickball365, which runs a multi-city tour of competitive kickball tournaments throughout the United States.