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ABA 2011 Fall Leadership Summit

September 26, 2011

ABA Law Student Division
Fall Leadership Summit
Circuits 9, 12, 14, and 15

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
1155 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92123

The ABA Law Student Division Fall Leadership Summit is quickly approaching!

Come network meeting two dozen attorneys and judges, the ABA is providing Breakfast & Lunch!

The Host Committee at the Thomas Jefferson  School of Law and your Circuit leaders promise a fantastic Fall Leadership Summit experience. We have planned events that will not only give you leadership tools, but also opportunities to engage with some of the top legal minds in the country.

We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to begin building your bridge to the legal profession through learning, leading, connecting and networking. Registration is free! Deadline to register is September 27th.
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American Bar Association – Law Student Division
2011 Fall Leadership Summit

Featured Members of Judiciary:

The Honorable Peter W. Bowie
U.S. Bankruptcy Court

The Honorable Mitchell D. Dembin
U.S. District Court

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
1155 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA

There is no registration fee to attend this meeting

Pre-Registration Deadline: September 27, 2011
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Join Us For a Day of Networking and Career Development

Attending the ABA Law Student Division Fall Leadership Summit is the perfect venue for you to experience first- hand how the ABA can help you achieve your goals while you’re still in law school. Join other law students from the 9th, 12th, 14th and 15th Circuits for a day of leadership development.

Schedule of Events

Updates regarding sessions and speakers will be posted as arrangements are finalized.  All meetings will be held at Thomas Jefferson School of Law unless otherwise indicated.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Attire for the day: Business Casual 7:45am-8:45am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Introductions

Dean Rudy Hasl, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Marty Stratte, SBA President, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Lawyers Outside the Office: Leaders Amongst Leaders
Often revered as pillars of their respective communities, lawyers are often regarded as examples of diligence, justice, and leadership. The opportunities to take on critical leadership roles, both amongst colleagues and the community-at-large, are plentiful and varied. Join a panel of speakers who have embraced the leadership challenge and hear what opportunities and rewards await those who also answer the call.
Travis N. Barrick, Gallian Wilcox Welker Olson & Beckstrom, LC (Las Vegas, NV)
Robert Barton, Holland & Knight (Los Angeles, CA)
Larry Campitiello, Sullivan, Hill, Lewin, Rez & Engel, APLC (San Diego, CA)
Teresa A. McQueen, Pedersen Law & Dispute Resolution Corp. (Irvine, CA)
Anna Romanskaya, Stark & D’Ambrosio, LLP (San Diego, CA)

Judicial Panel: Into the Judge’s Mind and Chamber
A panel of judges from a various courts will share their perspective as to what it is like to sit behind the bench and wear the robes.  They also will provide law students with valuable pointers and recommendations regarding what to expect in their courtrooms and practicing as a courtroom lawyer today.


Joshua S. Goodrich, 9th Circuit Governor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Honorable Peter W. Bowie, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California (San Diego, CA)
Honorable Mitchell D. Dembin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District California (San Diego, CA)
Judi M. Sanzo, Director of Law Practice Programs and Adjunct Faculty, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (San Diego, CA)

Keynote Speaker

Lunch with Experience
Discuss your legal career with local law professionals who will share insights about adjusting and thriving in the profession. Learn what is really relevant from the law school experience and how to refine your career expectations while you’re still in law school. Remember to bring your business cards, just in case an opportunity arises during these informal discussions.

Shafeeq Abdul-Wadud, Law Office of Shafeeq H. Abdul-Wadud (Probate, Taxes, Family Law)
Moises Alcides Aviles, Aviles & Associates (Civil Rights/Federal Appellate Litigation)
Jon Baumunk, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of La Verne College of Law
Teresa Beck, Partner, Lincoln Gustafson & Cercos (General Civil Litigation/employment/construction)
Madeline Bernstein, President, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Animal Rights)
Tim Dennison, De Novo Legal PC (Intellectual Property)
Robert L. Grimes, Grimes & Warwick (State/Federal Criminal Defense)
Peta L. Hallisey, Of Counsel, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek (ERISA, Employee Benefits, Employment)
Nicole Heeder, Heeder | Thompson (Employment)
Sidney K. Kanazawa, McGuide Woods LLP (Torts and Insurance)
Anna Romanskaya, Stark & D’Ambrosio, LLP (Family Law/Civil Litigation)
Steven Schorr, Law Offices of Steven Schorr (Appeals in Complex Criminal and Civil Litigation)
Amanda L. Thompson, Heeder / Thompson (Employment Law)
Professor Claire Wright, Associate Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Former Partner, Baker & McKenzie (San Diego, CA)

Panel Discussion: The Changing Legal Profession
As the recession grinds on, a growing number of attorneys are finding new ways of doing business and building a new kind of practice. Meet some 21st century innovators as they help you discover the power of taking control of your professional success and future.
Shafeeq Abdul-Wadud, Law Office of Shafeeq H. Abdul-Wadud (Los Angeles, CA)
Haas M. Sadeghi, Sadeghi Resolutions (San Diego, CA)
Janine Sarti, General Counsel, Palomar Pomerado Health (San Diego, CA)

Staying Up-to-Date with the ABA Law Student Division
Michelle Philo, Law Student Division Vice Chair-Student Bar Associations, Whittier Law School (Irvine, CA)


“Idea-Raisers” and Discussion Roundtables
Share your law school’s strategies for successful programs and seek advice on how you can enhance your law school experience, both inside and outside the classroom.  Whatever issues you bring to this forum, be prepared to think outside the box and join your fellow law students for what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking discussion.

Student Bar Associations
ABA Representatives
Other Student Organizations
Information for aspiring law student leaders

Overview and Closing Remarks


Dutch-Treat Dinner

Details to be announced