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California Western Programs Well-Represented at ABA/AALS Meeting on Criminal Justice

Mario G. Conte to address attendees of the ABA/AALS one-day program on criminal justice during AALS Midyear meeting

The American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Criminal Justice will co-host a one-day program on Monday, June 10 during the annual AALS Midyear meeting in San Diego.

Focused on cutting-edge issues in criminal justice, this program brings together top legal academics, experts, clinicians, and practitioners to offer ideas about criminal law and procedure, designed to bridge the gap between scholarship and practice.

The approach to legal education at California Western School of Law mirrors this desire to produce practice-ready graduates from day one, offering students a number of hands-on clinical opportunities across all areas of the law. Prompted by the strength of the law school’s criminal justice programs, AALS has encouraged California Western to play a prominent role in 2013’s Midyear meeting.

California Western Professor Mario G. Conte —who teaches trial skills and advocacy courses while serving as faculty advisor to the law school’s Moot Court Honors Board—has been invited to the conference as a keynote speaker, and will present on “The Dilemma of Regulating Law Enforcement in a Democratic Society.” Conte co-created the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program, offering students who have earned their J.D. and passed a state’s Bar Exam more specialized training in federal criminal defense law.

Following the day’s events, California Western is pleased to host a reception for meeting attendees on campus, in the lobby of the law school’s classroom building.

California Western’s focus on criminal law includes the robust Criminal Justice Program, an area of concentration offered to students that consists of courses with hands-on components like crime scene investigation, mock trials before live juries, and performance critiques by practitioners and judges. The concentration also offers the opportunity to work closely with the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy and the California Innocence Project.