Dean’s Message: A Strategic Course  for the Future

Welcome to our first issue of La Verne Law Report, a new publication designed to keep you in touch with the programs, faculty, services and students at La Verne Law.

Located in Ontario, Calif., the University of La Verne College of Law provides a rigorous academic program with clinical and externship programs that enable our students to hit the ground running after they graduate.

We have built one of the most innovative programs of legal education in the United States, from our state-of-the-art legal writing program to our newly designed Evidence Course that will be showcased in a new text book to be published next year by Thomson-West. Our long-standing Lawyering Skills Practicum has been providing hands-on legal skills training to generations of law students.

Public service is another important ingredient of the La Verne Law experience. We want to make a difference in the communities we serve, and we want our students to appreciate how they can make a difference and why it is important to do so. It starts with a community service event for all incoming students, and continues through the externship and volunteer opportunities they engage in throughout law school, culminating with participation in our Justice and Immigration Clinic and Disability Legal Rights Center in their final year of studies.

La Verne Law is accredited by the State Bar of California.

We have been a part of the local law community for 40 years. Many of you work side-by-side with La Verne Law alumni, or perhaps you yourself are a member of our elite group of graduates.

We are committed to serving this region as we have in the past, and we continue to move forward.

La Verne Law is a better law school today than it was five years ago. Five years from now, we will be stronger still. We invite you to be a part of our ongoing transformation.

Allen K. Easley


2012 University of La Verne College of Law §1983 Civil Rights Symposium

Law Review Announces Civil Rights Symposium

Attorneys and legal rights professionals are encouraged to mark their calendars now for an impressive two-day symposium that will address new developments in civil rights law.

The University of La Verne Law Review has lined up a notable list of speakers for the “2012 University of La Verne College of Law §1983 Civil Rights Symposium,” to be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21 at the Ayres Hotel in Ontario.

Speakers Include:

  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California, Irvine, School of Law
  • Andre Birotte, U.S. Attorney for the Central District and former Inspector General of the Los Angeles Police Commission
  • Charlie Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department
  • Jim McDonnell, Chief of the Long Beach Police Department
  • Michael Gennaco, Member of the Office of Independent Review for
    the County of Los Angeles and a former U.S. Attorney
  • The Honorable Stephen Larson, former U.S. District Court Judge and Partner at Arent Fox, LLP

The symposium will address recent civil rights litigation in the nation, with a focus on plaintiff’s claims, defenses and new developments primarily in the 9th Circuit Court. Topics of interest will include qualified immunity and client control.

For more information, visit or call Kelly Fragiacomo at 909-460-2004.

La Verne Law Teams Up with Peace Corps

The University of La Verne College of Law has entered into a ground-breaking partnership with the Peace Corps, establishing the very first Fellows/USA partnership in the nation to exclusively offer a law degree.

Fellows/USA is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance and degree-related internships to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs).

Under the program, RPCVs enrolled at La Verne Law will participate in externships with local public interest organizations or in one of the law school’s two clinics, where they will use the cross-cultural, language and leadership skills developed in the Peace Corps to assist in providing legal services to people who cannot afford attorneys.

La Verne Law Fellows will have the opportunity to direct their talents toward advocating for children’s and workers’ rights, disabilities services, and public defenders’ services, or combating human trafficking and slavery, among other important issues.

“This exciting new partnership between La Verne Law and the Peace Corps will allow us to deepen even further our commitment to serving high need communities in the Inland Empire region of Southern California,” said La Verne Law Dean Allen Easley.

Weekly Series Teaches Trial Litigation

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy recently completed a weekly series, “Prosecution of a Personal Injury Case,” a special program offered to students and alumni to help them better prepare for futures in trial litigation.

Presenters included Justice Douglas P. Miller, and attorneys Michael Bidart, Ricardo Echeverria, Nick Rowley, Steve Messner, Danica Dougherty and others.

Sessions included a mock client interview and retainer agreement, discovery, points and authorities, and policy limits, and the drafting of all documents necessary for trial. A trial notebook was among the sample documents made available to students.

“The focus of this program is to enhance our students’ abilities as advocates,” said Professor Jane Egly. “It helps them see and learn the steps and strategies needed in a practical way.”

Looking for Talent? Turn to La Verne Law

Many legal employers turn to La Verne Law to help them in their search for legal talent. Our graduates are employed with law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies and public interest organizations. Current students often work as law clerks with these same entities.

La Verne Law offers On-Campus Interviewing, a Spring Career Fair and other services that help prospective employers recruit our skilled students and alumni.

On Campus Interviewing
The most convenient way to fill your law clerk or attorney positions. Just give us your hiring criteria and, on a preset date, visit the campus to interview the students you have preselected. [OCI Employer Registration Form]

Resume Collect/Resume Books
We collect resumes from qualified law students and recent graduates that meet your criteria, and forward them on to you.
[OCI Resume Collect Form]

Spring Career Fair
This event provides employers with an opportunity to meet and interview our law students and recent graduates for summer or entry-level positions. [Registration Form]

Job Postings
We post job openings free of charge for our students and alumni to view. [Job Posting Form]

In addition to these free job-related services, La Verne Law also offers employers and professionals the opportunity to get involved with students as mentors and panelists. Our Mentor and E-Mentor programs provide the opportunity for professionals to assist students pursuing careers in the field of law. We also invite professionals to sit on our career panels. Your valuable practice experience can positively impact law students, and who knows who might sit next to you on a panel.
[Download Attorney Registration Form]

For more information on these and other services, please contact August Farnsworth at 909-260-2016 or or visit

La Verne Law Student Gets Front Seat in State Department Affairs

Imagine meeting with foreign policy leaders on issues of global importance.

Third-year student Malalai Farooqi did just that when she was appointed to an internship with the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. Her work this summer with the agency allowed her to participate in research and strategic planning on matters in the Middle East that put her face-to-face with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and various ambassadors. Farooqi was born in Afghanistan and moved to the U.S. with her family when she was 6. Her ongoing connections with her native country along with an extensive education and background in political science and foreign relations helped her to provide special insight to her work. “We were addressing issues in Afghanistan that were important at the time,” Farooqi said. “Because I had an expertise in the area, I was able to provide a unique perspective.”

Law Student Speaks on Patent Strategies

Rajappan Balagopal, a third-year student, was a featured speaker at the Licensing Executives Society’s Los Angeles Chapter luncheon. LES is a well known international organization for IP licensing/litigation professionals, and Balagopal is a longtime member. His presentation, “A ‘Business First’ Approach to Patent Strategy & Portfolio Management,” drew from Balagopal’s broad experience in food, pharmaceutical, industrial equipment, semiconductor, communications, software and media sectors to discuss approaches to patent strategy and portfolio management that align efficiently with a company’s business plans. Balagopal is a Senior IP Strategist with the law firm of Chadbourne & Park LLP of Los Angeles.

Charles Doskow Moderates Panel on Corporate Influence

University of La Verne College of Law Professor and Dean Emeritus Charles Doskow joined other experts in a Sept. 30 forum addressing the influence of corporations on American politics.

The forum, “Corporations in the American Electoral Process: The Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court Decision,” was sponsored by The American Institute for Progressive Democracy, Claremont Graduate University and Common Cause. The panel included U.C. Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Common Cause President Bob Edgar. Doskow, a professor of constitutional law, was the discussant for the panel, which addressed the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission U.S. Supreme Court Decision of 2010, in which bitterly divided Justices ruled 5-4 that the government may not limit corporations, unions and other groups from spending as much as they like on independent messages to support or attack political candidates.

In other news, Doskow, a longtime professor and advocate for the legal profession, was recently presented with the 2011 Erwin Chemerinsky Defender of the Constitution Award by the Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter.

Jodi Wood Jewell Joins La Verne Law Team

La Verne Law welcomed Jodi Wood Jewell this year as an Assistant Professor of Law, teaching and writing in the area of Legal Analysis and Writing.

She came to La Verne Law from Whittier Law School, where she taught Legal Analysis.  She has taught at Utah Valley State University, Western State University College of Law, and at California State University, Fullerton.

While at Cal State Fullerton, she was the recipient of a community engagement grant for her work in incorporating experiential learning through teaming up with non-profit organizations. She has lectured in the Southern California area on the impact of free speech on workplace dress codes and is known for her unique philosophy of enhancing critical thinking skills in her students through classroom interaction.

She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Brigham Young University and her J.D. from J. Reuben Clark Law School.

Jon A. Baumunk Named Interim Director of Academic and Bar Support

Jon A. Baumunk has joined La Verne Law as Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Interim Director of Academic and Bar Support. He comes to La Verne Law from Whittier Law School, where he directed the bar preparation and academic support programs as Assistant Dean for Bar and Academic Services. Previously, he taught and directed the bar preparation program at California Western School of Law as an adjunct professor and Director of Bar Programs, and taught at Thomas Jefferson School of Law as an adjunct professor and bar preparation tutor. Prior to his work in academia, Professor Baumunk practiced business and insurance law in Las Vegas.

Professor Baumunk earned his law degree from California Western School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned a master’s degree in accounting from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he graduated cum laude.

Before entering the legal profession, Professor Baumunk was an investment analyst and portfolio manager at a state pension fund, a mutual fund, a bank, and the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. He is originally from Princeton, New Jersey.

Law Library is a Regional Resource for Legal Information

La Verne Law is home to the largest law library in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, boasting more than 300,000 volumes and microform volume equivalents and an array of online databases.

Bright and airy, the library accommodates more than 200 users all within 27,000 square feet of space.

While the main purpose of the library is to support the needs of students, faculty and staff, its collection is also available to the community-at-large.

It offers access to electronic databases such as Westlaw, Fastcase, Loislaw. RIA Checkpoint, CCH Intelliconnect and CEB OnLaw. The print collection includes a comprehensive collection of California and national practice materials as well as an extensive collection of legal periodicals. The La Verne Law Library also provides the public with convenient access to government documents.

The law library’s catalog is available online. For more information, call 909-460-2070 or visit


La Verne Law Events

La Verne Law Review Civil Rights Symposium

Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21,
1945 E. Holt Blvd., Ontario

Mentor Reception

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26,
La Verne Law, Rooms 206 and 217
[Registration Form]

Career Fair

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12
La Verne Law, Rooms 206 and 217
Registration Form