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Recent California Western Graduates Recognized for Excellence in Practice

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One in five finalists in the "Young Attorneys" awards recently given by the San Diego Daily Transcript is a graduate of California Western School of Law—12 finalists in all—recognizing the law school’s strength in preparing its students for the practice of law.

Among attorneys with two or fewer years of legal practice, half of the finalists were California Western alumni, more than from any other law school.

"We are happy to see so many of our graduates on this list," says Niels B. Schaumann, president and dean of California Western. "Their inclusion highlights the strength of California Western, but it also underscores the strength of our recent graduates, many of whom are thriving despite having emerged from law school in one of the toughest economic periods in recent history."

From the class of 2012, the following graduates are highlighted: Wana L. Bernales, Jessica M. Blas, Irina A. Doliner, Amy Y. Hsiao, James M. Kaen, Sasha Kamfiroozie, Parisima Roshanzamir, and Irina Sherbak.

Also on the finalist list are Melissa J. De Leon, Stacey R. O’Neill, and Karen G. Potter of the class of 2010, and Dwayne H. Stein from the class of 2008.

The finalists were selected from more than 250 nominees recommended by their peers in San Diego. Of the nominees, 56 were California Western grads.

The San Diego Business Journal also recognized the success of young California Western graduates by naming four to its Emerging Generation: 25 in their 20's" list for 2014. Those recognized include Nathan G. Batterman '11, De Leon, Irving Pedroza '13, and Agustin R. Peña '12.

The attorneys recognized by these award programs represent a broad range of practice types, including solo, small, medium, and large firms, and public law, including the office of the San Diego County District Attorney. Several participate in the law school's Access to Law Initiative, the nationally recognized law firm incubator program that allows new attorneys to build successful practices while giving back to the community.

California Western offers a carefully sequenced series of courses and experiences designed to prepare students for success on the bar exam and in practice. Each year of law school builds upon the last to provide students with the knowledge, skills, experience, and values needed to develop rewarding careers. To learn more, visit