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Securities regulation attorney Dixie L. Johnson recently shared career advice with California Western students interested in business and securities law.
Leading Securities Lawyer Shares Career Advice with Business Law Students
Chair-Elect of the ABA Business Law Section encourages California Western students to stay hungry

SAN DIEGO, January 25, 2013 - California Western School of Law welcomed the incoming chair of the ABA Business Law Section and leading securities regulation attorney Dixie L. Johnson to campus this week to share tips with law students interested in careers in business and securities law.

Johnson, partner and co-head of the Securities Enforcement and Regulation practice group and co-head of the White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement practice area at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in Washington, D.C., explained her unique career path from elementary school teacher to University of New Mexico School of Law student to her current work as a securities regulation attorney at a major law firm.

During her lecture, Johnson told students in attendance not to focus so much on where they are going to law school, but rather to work hard to achieve success in school, maintain a hunger to continue learning after graduation, and to be aggressive when reaching out to potential employers.

“Once I was in the door, no one made a big deal about where I went to law school,” said Johnson. “Success in law school will equate to success in practice.”

Johnson, who is scheduled to discuss “Ethical Dilemmas for Disclosure Lawyers” at the 40th annual Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego this week, also discussed the advantages of attending a smaller law school.

“The big schools get better speakers, but the smaller schools oftentimes offer a more hands-on, thoughtful approach to teaching the law,” said Johnson.

Johnson closed her presentation by addressing the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between a person’s professional and personal life, and shared some ideas that have worked for her family.

“We are grateful Ms. Johnson was able to share her insights with our students this week,” said President and Dean Niels B. Schaumann, who practiced corporate and securities law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York before becoming a law professor. “Her lecture was a great opportunity for our students to learn from a successful practicing attorney.”

Where theory meets practice
California Western combines a traditional academic program with a strong focus on skills development and ethical practice, preparing students for success on the bar exam and in their legal careers. Through the second-year STEPPS course, third-year internships, and other experiential opportunities, students are able to work side-by-side with practicing attorneys and develop the skills and experience they need to build successful careers in the law.