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MCLE - Substance Abuse, Bias, Ethics & Breakfast

  • 01/23/2016
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Rm 237 | 370 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92866


  • 3 hours of MCLE and breakfast for one

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STMSOC MCLE Wrap-Up: Substance Abuse; Avoidance of Bias; Legal Ethics 

St. Thomas More Society of Orange County Present an MCLE Wrap-Up:  Substance Abuse; Avoidance of Bias; and Legal Ethics



"Providing Structural Incentives to Promote Legal Ethics" 

Professor Anthony Caso (Chapman University Fowler School of Law)

Anthony T. Caso earned his J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and M.B.A. from Golden Gate University. Professor Caso joined the Chapman faculty in 2008 as a Visiting Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty Professor Caso held a variety of positions at Pacific Legal Foundation, including service as its Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel. Professor Caso's litigation experience includes successful cases at every level of the state and federal court system, including the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Professor Caso has taught as an Adjunct Professor of State Constitutional Law at McGeorge School of Law and an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, College of Professional Studies.   In addition to directing the Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic, Professor Caso teaches Administrative Law.

"Avoidance of Substance Abuse in the Practice of Law" 

Greg Dorst, JD, CAS

Greg Dorst was born in Fontana CA in 1955, the son steel mill parents. In 1973 he graduated from Chaffey High School and elected to attend Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. Greg was a student-athlete earning a varsity letter in three (3) sports while lifeguarding on the beach in San Clemente in the summertime. By 1983 Greg had earned a law school degree from the University of La Verne College of Law and passed the California State Bar Exam.

As an attorney, Greg worked as a trial lawyer for the San Bernardino County Office of the District Attorney and as a private practitioner specializing in criminal defense and real estate litigation. In July of 1997, Greg stopped practicing law and began a new chapter in his life.

The year 2000 brought Certification as an Addiction Specialist and a career in the field of mental health and addiction. In 2004 Greg was selected to consult for The Other Bar, working with attorneys, judges and law students in need of help for substance abuse issues and mental health needs. Moreover, in 2009 Greg became the CEO of Cedar House Life Change Center and presided over its expansion on the way to becoming Southern California’s premier Co-Occurring Treatment Facility.

In 2014 Greg took a position as the Spiritual Director and Sr. Pastor of the Claremont Center for Spiritual Living, a non-denominational church and educational center in Claremont, CA. Greg finds that his work in the field of addiction “dove-tails beautifully with spiritual work”.

"Lawyers' Roles in Protecting Against and Avoiding Bias Against Individuals Exercising their Religious Liberty" 

Professor and former Dean John Eastman (Chapman University Fowler School of Law)

Dr. John C. Eastman is the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, and also served as the School's Dean from June 2007 to January 2010, when he stepped down to pursue a bid for California Attorney General. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute. Prior to joining the Fowler School of Law faculty in August 1999, he served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court of the United States and with Judge J. Michael Luttig at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After his clerkships, Dr. Eastman practiced with the national law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, specializing in major civil and constitutional litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with high honors in 1995. He was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Law Review, a Bradley Fellow for Research in Constitutional History and an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics. Dr. Eastman also has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School, with fields of concentration in Political Philosophy, American Government, Constitutional Law, and International Relations. He has a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of Dallas. Prior to law school, he served as the Director of Congressional & Public Affairs at the United States Commission on Civil Rights during the Reagan administration and was the 1990 Republican Nominee for Congress in California's 34th District.

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Mario W. Mainero, Professor, Director, Bar Services

Mario Mainero is Professor of Academic Achievement and Director of Bar Services. From 1995-1997, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Chapman Law School, teaching Legal Research and Writing and California Civil Procedure. and from 1999-2001, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier Law School, teaching Legal Skills. From August, 2001 to January, 2007, he served as a full-time Professor of Law and Director of the Academic Success Program at Whittier Law School, where he also served as Associate Dean for Student and Graduate Academic Support. In that capacity, Professor Mainero developed Whittier Law School's academic support and bar preparation programs, including an early bar preparation program that eventually doubled Whittier's bar passage rate to nearly 60% on the July, 2006 California Bar Exam. At Whittier Law School, he taught a number of courses, including Legal Analysis Workshop, a for-credit bar preparation course that taught essay writing and analysis in each of the bar courses, Evidence, Torts, Legal Skills, and Law Practice Theory and Economics. He was named Teacher of the Year at Whittier Law School for the 2005-06 Academic Year. From December, 2006 to February, 2010, Professor Mainero served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor to Orange County Supervisor John M.W. Moorlach. He administers Chapman Law School's bar preparation program, which includes his for-credit bar preparation course, which at Chapman Law School is titled Select Topics in American Law, and a free supplemental bar preparation program each winter and summer. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science cum laude from Claremont McKenna College, his Master's Degree in Political Science, including a minor in Research Methodology and Statistics, from the University of New Mexico, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of New Mexico.



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