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James received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois in 1967. He went on to receive a Masters degree in Anthropology in 1972 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Anthropology in 1973 both from Yale University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois in 1986. James is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of Illinois and United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
Before becoming an attorney, James was a Professor of Anthropology for several years, and is presently an adjunct faculty member in the Master of Liberal Studies Program at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He has taught in the OLLI program at Bradley University. He joined the Kavanagh firm as an Associate in 1988 and became a Member of the Firm in 1995. James has published several articles on the topics of Torts, Civil Procedure, and Worker's Compensation. In addition he has co-authored the supplement to Expert Witnesses in Commercial Litigation for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's practitioner's handbook on Business Litigation.
James is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Peoria County Bar Association, which awarded him its Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award for 1996. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Peoria Civic Opera (now Opera Illinois) and the Western Avenue Greenway Project, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the eartland Festival Orchestra.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1986||05/17/2016|
|Partner||Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick P.C.||1988 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Peoria County Bar Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Illinois Bar Journal, 98: 98-105||Experts Cannot Testify About the Law -- or Can They?||2010|
|Inter-Business Issues, August 2006, pp. 42-43||Retaliatory Discharge Under Federal Maritime Law||2006|
|Illinois State Bar Association Vol.41, No.2, pp. 1-5, Worker's Compensation Law||Reconciling the Heart Attack Cases II||2004|
|Illinois State Bar Association Vol.31, No.2, pp. 3-7, Human Rights||Some Observations on the Legal Status of American Indians and American Indian Tribes||2004|
|Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education pp8S-1 - 8S43. Co-author Charles G. Roth, In Business and Commercial Litigation||Expert Testimony in Commercial Litigation||2003|
|Tort Trends Vol. 37, No.4, pp.3-6, Illinois State Bar Association||The Legal Status of Local Public Entities Under Illinois Tort Law||2002|
|Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Quarterly 52:530-544, Federal Rules of Evidence||Admissibility of Evidence of Other Wrongful Acts in Insurance Litigation||2002|
|InterBusiness Issues, October 2002 p-28||Recent Cases on Retaliatory Discharge||2002|
|What are the Limits? Trial Briefs Vol.46, No.5, pp.3-5, Illinois State Bar Association||The Use of Requests for Admission of Fact in Proving a Litigant's Case||2001|
|Official Illinois Bar Journal Vol. 79, No. 1, January||Legal Ethics and the Public||1991|
|The American Journal of Legal History Vol. 30, No. 1, January||American Indians and the Law of Real Property in Colonial New England||1986|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Law||JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA||1986|
|Yale University||Philosophy||PhD - Doctorate||1973|
|Yale University||Philosophy||MA - Masters||1972|
|University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign||N/A||A.B. - Bachelor of Arts||1967|
|Workers Compensation Law + Practice Seminar||Workers Compensation Law + Practice||2010|