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Meet Two Recent Whittier Law School Graduates

The Second in a Series Profiling Recent Graduates

Gerrick Warrington, Whittier Law School Class of 2013

Gerrick Warrington (Class of 2013)

Position: 2014 Judicial Clerkship, Hon. Scott Clarkson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Activities at Whittier: Editor in Chief, Whittier Law Review

Advice for other law students: "Don't say you know something when you don't."

Goal: To work in the bankruptcy field in the private sector (after the clerkship)

Gerrick's clerkship with Hon. Scott Clarkson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana will commence in the fall of 2014. He was also a judicial extern for Judge Clarkson, a position he secured through Whittier's externship program. "Judge Clarkson really teaches his clerks well. The court is a fantastic learning environment," he says. In addition to researching bankruptcy issues, he has helped draft opinions for the Judge. Gerrick credits his time at Whittier for preparing him for his clerkship. "Many of Whittier's benefits are intangible. The professors teach practical skills, the students are pleasant and there is a sense of community."

Lani Baron, Whittier Law School Class of 2011

Lani Baron (Class of 2011)

Position: Attorney Mediator and Owner, Alternative Divorce Solutions

What She Does: Divorce mediation, team mediation and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Activities at Whittier: Center for Children's Right's Fellow; Law Review; Moot Court Honors Board

Goal: To help make the process of divorce less painful to both parties

"After having witnessed the pain and devastation that can occur from lengthy and high conflict divorces, I knew there had to be a better way," says Lani Baron, owner of Alternative Divorce Solutions. Baron specializes in mediated divorce, a process that she says is less adversarial and more collaborative than traditional litigated divorce. The mediated divorce process addresses all areas of divorce that are typically handled through litigation. "I help couples develop a customized plan that is agreeable to both parties. We address property and debt division as well as spousal support. Half of my clients have children, so we also address child support and develop parenting plans."

Lani credits the Center for Children's Rights for helping prepare her for her career in family law. After law school she worked on mediated divorces with fellow Whittier alumna Judy Williams before opening her own practice. In addition to mediated divorce, her firm also handles prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.