I am excited to announce or, perhaps more precisely, leak that Renee Stackhouse and I will be co-hosting a new podcast, “Meet & Confer” – A SDCBA Podcast for San Diego Lawyers. The podcast will be sponsored by the San Diego County Bar Association and produced by the SDCBA’s very-talented Technology Officer, Adriana Linares. The podcast will be for and about the San Diego legal community. Adriana, Renee and I have a growing list of potential topics for the show, including the generational divide between younger and older San Diego lawyers, interviews of prominent San Diego lawyers, new tech, the San Diego legal marketplace, practicing law in San Diego, practice tips, San Diego lawyer artists, and some mystery topics like “What Happened to the Blackstone Ball?” It won’t just be Renee and I chatting. We will have interesting guests discussing informative and entertaining topics, all in an effort to explore and celebrate our unique, diverse, and interesting San Diego legal community. I am quite excited about this project and to be working with my friends, Renee and Adriana. So, keep an eye out for “Meet & Confer” – A SDCBA Podcast for San Diego Lawyers. Coming very soon!!
I am very excited to be an Adjunct Professor at the USD School of Law this coming Fall. Sounds quite lofty – really, not so much. I will be helping to teach a litigation skills course to 1Ls in USD’s very successful Experiential Advocacy Practicum course. I will be leading small group sessions of 1Ls where the students learn and practice litigation skills, like conducting client interviews, taking depositions, or making closing arguments. I thank USD, my law alma mater, and, specifically, Linda L. Lane, Annsley and George Strong Professor-In-Residence for Trial Advocacy, for this new and unique opportunity. This is not a change in careers – my civil litigation/trial practice continues, full speed! This is just something that sounds interesting, allows me to continue my involvement with USD SOL, and provides the opportunity to use my litigation skills, acquired and honed over several decades, to help what will be a new crop of San Diego attorneys.
Jim the professor! Well, kinda.
Should be interesting and fun.
I am pleased and quite honored to now be representing, along with attorneys Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi and Bryan Pease, the plaintiffs in an action against the San Diego Housing Commission seeking to address significant long-standing housing segregation in San Diego. The action alleges the Commission administers Federal Section 8 program funds in a manner which perpetuates racial segregation and the concentration of poverty in San Diego in violation of state and federal law. The action seeks to enjoin the Commission from continuing to administer its Section 8 program in this discriminatory fashion. A successful result in this case will have a significant positive impact in San Diego and for thousands of its residents. That is why I joined the case and why my fine co-counsels and I will work hard to try to deliver that successful result.
NAACP San Diego Branch; San Diego Tenant Union; and, Darlisa McDowell v. San Diego Housing Commission – San Diego Superior Court Case No.: 37-2019-00012582-CU-WM-CTL
I have a new piece – “Young Lawyers Giving Back” – in the May/June 2019 Edition of San Diego Lawyer. It highlights three young San Diego Attorneys who, despite very busy lives with significant personal and professional demands, spend hundreds of hours providing pro bono legal services and giving back to our profession and communities. These young talented attorneys are not alone. Many young, very busy, San Diego attorneys find the time to do significant work on behalf of others and give to others in need. That bodes well for our profession and for our city!
I also had the recent honor of moderating a SDCBA Panel Discussion on Practicing Law In Changing Times, which is also reported in the new San Diego Lawyer. As you will see, it was lively, interesting discussion!
Check out these pieces and the other fine articles in the new San Diego Lawyer.
I have an article – “Solo/Small Firm Tech – Lean, Efficient, Effective” – just published in the Spring 2019 edition of The Practitioner, the magazine of the Solo & Small Firm Section of the California Lawyers Association. If you belong to the section, check it out! If not, join and then check it out.