I was born in East Los Angeles in 1972, and was raised in the San Gabriel Valley, just south of Pasadena. I graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science, in 1996. Before attending law school, I was a reporter and news editor for various publications in Los Angeles. As a journalist, my favorite gig was as a city reporter covering local politics for the Pasadena Herald Tribune. I also worked as the editor-in-chief for the Mid-Valley News. I moved to San Diego in 1998 to live here permanently, to be closer to family, and to attend Thomas Jefferson School of Law. I graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in May 2001. I am a committed Christian who attends First Baptist Church in El Cajon, where I also reside.
Volunteer Intern - San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program Domestic Violence Clinic - Helped victims of domestic violence complete requests for temporary restraining orders while also completing their declarations. Also provided interpreter services in a restraining order hearing, in Arabic.
(06/1998 - 08/1999).
Intern - San Diego City Clerk's Office: Assisted diligently in an office-wide project to edit and re-publish the San Diego Municipal Code, by updating the Code's history tables section. (05/2000 - 08/2000).
Legal Intern - San Diego City Attorney's Office: Acted as a reader and typist for legally blind prosecutor in the Criminal Division. Frequently edited documents and pleadings in fast-paced, pressurized deadline situations. Also attended numerous hearings and settlement conferences or plea bargain negotiations.
(08/2000 - 05/2005).
Law Clerk - Law Offices of Patrick J. McCrary: Was responsible for drafting qualified domestic relation orders (QDROs) used by courts to divide retirement and pension benefit accounts at dissolution. Also drafted demand letters and marital settlement agreements. (11/2003 - 11/2004).
Legal Assistant - San Diego County Sheriff's Department (Civil Office): Was responsible for reviewing and verifying accuracy of customers' instructions made to Deputy Sheriffs who would serve various types of processes in the field. Also was instrumental in troubleshooting complex collection cases. (05/2005 - 06/2007).
Associate Attorney - Law Offices of Joseph Samo: Made numerous court appearances in family and civil court. Drafted and filed moving and responsive briefs or pleadgins. Represented dozens of clients and was successful in obtaining settlement awards for personal injury clients on several occasions. (08/2007 - 01/2009).
SPEAKING EVENTS AND PRESENTATIONS
"Asserting Criminal and Civil Remedies for the Victim of Elder Abuse" - San Diego Law Library - March 2013
"Domestic Violence and its Impact on the Courtroom" - Thomas Jefferson School of Law - Family Law Society - November 2012
"The Domestic Violence Restraining Order and its Place Among Immigrant Communities" - Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Foothills Bar Association - September 2012
"Legal Issues Facing the Modern Immigrant" - Arab-American Historical Foundation Annual Conference (at USC) - October 2008
"Due Process Issues to Consider when Performing an Eviction" - San Diego County Sheriff’s Department – Meeting of the 70
Languages spoken: Arabic, Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Charles T. Bumer Civil Libertarian Award||National Lawyers Guild||2000|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Joseph Samo||2007 - 2009|
|Legal Assistant||San Diego County Sheriff's Department||2005 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||Law Offices of Patrick J. McCrary||2003 - 2003|
|Legal Intern||San Diego City Attorney's Office||1999 - 2005|
|Intern||San Diego City Clerk's Office||1999 - 1999|
|Volunteer-Intern||San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Foothills Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association||N/A||2007 - Present|
|University of California - Los Angeles||Political Science||Other - Bachelors||1996|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Arab American Historical Foundation Conference||Legal Issues Facing the Modern Immigrant||2009|
|San Diego County Sheriff's Department Quarterly Meeting of the Seventy||Important Issues and Proper Procedure in Handling Unlawful Detainers||2007|