Judge Neetu Badhan-Smith and Associate Professor Bobby Rimas at California State University, Los Angeles.

UCLA Filipino alumnus and Associate Professor Bobby Rimas hosted Judge Neetu Badhan-Smith as a guest speaker in his American legal systems course at the DTLA campus on Oct. 19.

Rimas said Badhan-Smith inspired students by talking about court procedures, the importance of having a work-life balance, and diversity on the bench. Badhan-Smith also emphasized the importance of legal teams’ preparation. They should thoroughly know the discovery of a case as well as the elements of a claim.

She ended her presentation by offering interviewing tips.

“Be and know why you are uniquely you,” Badhan-Smith said.

“Know how valuable you are … so that when you go on those interviews, you have the confidence to play it forward.”

Rimas said Badhan-Smith’s presentation was “phenomenal beyond words.”

Badhan-Smith presides at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Van Nuys and was appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the position in 2017.

Badhan-Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from ULCA and her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School. Before her appointment as judge, Badhan-Smith was the deputy public defender in Los Angeles County and an attorney at the Southern California Housing Rights Center in Los Angeles.

In addition to being an associate professor, Rimas is a paralegal at the Larson LLP law firm. He is also the vice chair of the special committee on diversity, equity and inclusion for a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization.

Rimas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and a Master of Legal Studies degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He is the past chair/president of the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association and past president of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association.