Open Dialogue & Mentoring Session for Law Students


Ask us anything! Talk with attorneys who have been in your shoes and are here to help your transition from law school. Ask about starting salaries, firm hours, work/life balance and more.

Join us for a candid discussion on what's really expected from you as a law clerk and associate, including:

  • How to stand out among a crowd of associates
  • Practice basics so you can avoid the deer caught in the headlight look in front of your boss
  • Common pitfalls and tools to navigate and survive your first job
  • Tips to develop your game plan to prepare effectively and feel more confident your first day of work
  • Insight on opening your own practice

What do you want to know? Submit questions in advance during online registration. 

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm | Registration, Networking & Dinner
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Roundtable Discussion

Resume Collection: students interested in circulation their resume to CAALA members for current or prospective hiring needs should email 

Program Speakers:

Ronnivashti Whitehead is a Senior Trial Attorney at Cellino & Barnes, L.C. where she practices in the area of personal injury. Prior to that she was a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Ronni Whitehead. Ronni has served on the CAALA Board since 2009. Ronni was recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017 and was a Rising Star in 2015. She is a recipient of the National Bar Association’s Best Advocates Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 Award. Ms. Whitehead is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Illinois (2003) and California (2006). 

Dan Kramer is a trial lawyer who specializes in representing families and individuals involved in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters. Dan has obtained ten jury verdicts as lead counsel, all victories on behalf of his clients. Multiple verdicts were featured in both The Daily Journal, Verdict Search, and The Huffington Post. In his first year with the firm, Dan obtained a $3 million settlement on behalf of the family of a WWII veteran who was tragically killed when a truck owned by a large grocery store chain ran a red light and crushed their husband and father to death. In 2015, Dan obtained a $1,237,500 settlement on the eve of trial on behalf of CalTrans worker who was severely injured in a freeway collision. This year Dan obtained a $1,420,000 settlement just before trial against a shopping center for failing to protect its customers when a vehicle jumped a curb severely injuring a mother and her two daughters. Most recently, Dan obtained a $1,000,000 policy limits settlement on behalf of a family who lost their 87 year old father and grandfather who fell down a poorly lit stairwell.  Late last year, Dan obtained a $2,160,000 jury verdict against the City of Los Angeles in a slip and fall case.

In 2015, Dan graduated from the renowned Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities. From 2013-2016, he was honored as a “Top Attorney” in personal injury and employment law by Pasadena Magazine. He is currently an adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School where he teaches Law Firm and Civil Litigation practice at the Graduate Legal Academic Program. Dan is a founder of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Personal Injury Section which he currently chairs, and was recently elected as the youngest member of the Southwestern Board of Directors.


Janet Gusdorff, an AV-rated attorney, is the principal and owner of Gusdorff Law, P.C., in Westlake Village, CA. She has been certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, and focuses her practice on both state and federal appeals. She is also licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. She graduated from Loyola Law School, where she served as Note and Comment Editor on the Loyola Law Review. Ms. Gusdorff was selected as a SuperLawyer “rising star” in Southern California each year since 2012. She proudly serves CAALA as an at-large member of its Board of Governors. 

Complimentary program is open to current law student members of CAALA plus one guest, includes light dinner buffet.


Location & Parking

CAALA Conference Center
800 W. 6th Street, Suite 700
Downtown Los Angeles
*Complimentary parking is available in our building's underground lot. Entrance is located on the west side of Flower, immediately south of the intersection. Please let the parking attendant know you are attending a meeting at Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles (CAALA) in order to receive the complimentary parking. 


Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend the program for any reason, please email to cancel your registration.