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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|San Diego County Top Attorneys - Immigration||San Diego Daily Transcript||2014|
|Order of Barristers||University of San Diego School of Law||2008|
|American Board of Trial Advocates Award||University of San Diego School of Law||2008|
|Third Place||American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition||2008|
|Kathy Payne Scholarship||Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association||2007|
|Delroy Richardson Endowed Law Scholarship||University of San Diego School of Law||2007|
|First Place||San Diego Defense Lawyers National Mock Trial Competition||2007|
|Kathy Payne Scholarship||Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association||2006|
|Attorney||San Diego Office of Assigned Counsel||2014 - Present|
|Owner and Managing Partner||The Law Office of Jamahl C. Kersey, Esq.||2010 - Present|
|Graduate Law Clerk||San Diego District Attorney's Office||2009 - 2009|
|Associate||Trachtman & Trachtman||2009 - 2010|
|Certified Legal Intern||San Diego District Attorney's Office||2007 - 2008|
|Judicial Intern||San Diego Superior Court, The Honorable Steven R. Denton||2007 - 2007|
|Law Clerk||Balestreri, Pendelton & Potocki||2007 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Justicia Criminal Defense Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2011 - 2012|
|Black Law Students Association||President||2008 - 2008|
|La Raza Students Law Students Association||Member||2006 - 2008|
|Hector Aguiluz-Pineda v. Holder||Petition for Review Granted|
|People vs. Salgado||Charged with First Degree Murder, ultimately Convicted of Second Degree Murder|
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|San Diego County Bar Association - New Lawyer Division For the Record||On the Stand - Jamahl Kersey||2014|
|University of San Diego Torero Network||Featured Torero||2012|
|Univ Of San Diego Sol||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|San Diego State Univ||Spanish Literature||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2004|
|City Heights Law Day||Defending Criminal Cases||2016|
|USD Law Career Services Lunch Presentation||Starting a Solo Practice||2014|
|Neighborhood Law School||Immigration Law: Navigating the System and Where to Get Help||2014|
|Immigration Justice Project Volunteer Lawyer Training||Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions||2014|
|Recent Developments in Criminal Immigration||Criminal Defense/Immigration||2013|
|Immigration||Know Your Rights||2012|
Posted by anonymous
Jamahl is a great example of what an old school attorney was like, fighting for his clients because he actually cares about the law and wants to ensure it is enforced the right way. I would recommend Jamahl's work as I feel confident that his skills, knowledge, passion, and drive is what has made his one of the top up and coming attorneys in San Diego.
Posted by Nagisa
Jamahl was very helpful and gave me prompt responses every time. He truly cares about his clients and takes good care of them. I recommend him to everyone, because it is not easy to find a good lawyer.
Posted by Feliz
I hired Jamahl Kersey as a criminal attorney about 4 years ago and he worked on my case for a little over a year. Never being in legal trouble in my life and then being charged with felony grand larceny, obviously caused a great deal of stress. I did not want to rely on a state appointed attorney for something so serious that was going to have a long term affect on my life. Jamahl was recommended to me by a family member and after my first phone consultation, I at least had confidence in having someone who would represent me well.
Describing the details of my case are probably not too important in review of Jamahl Kersey but some details of the process and Jamahl's approach do tell a lot about him. By far the thing that stands out the most to me looking back on the process was how personally invested Jamahl was in my case. He took what felt like a personal interest in getting MY desired result. I probably was not the easiest client in that I was not willing to take any kind of deal at all. I did not do what I was being accused of and refused to take any type of deal. Through the whole process different deals were being offered our way, each getting better and better. At one point the deal offered was no jail time, record wiped clean after I think 1.5 years and a fine that was going to be cheaper than if we went to trial. I asked Jamahl for advice and he told me this deal was worth considering but always left every decision up to me. I was innocent so I said no to every deal. I remember having a conversation with Jamahl telling him that I was 100% innocent and he might hear that all the time but it is true with me and that is why I will never plead guilty. He said something to me that I feel is a characteristic you would want in an attorney. First he let me know he believed me when I claimed I was innocent and second he told me he didn't care a whole lot if I was or not. He said to me "My concern is to protect your Constitutional Rights." In any situation I would want an attorney who is going to fight for me no matter what and I feel he would've fought that way for me weather I was really guilty or not. Throughout the year long process Jamahl was always well informed on my case. He was familiar with all the details and never did I feel like he didn't know something about the cases status or was he confused or unfamiliar with the facts. Probably the thing that impressed me the most about Jamahl was his aggressive style. Talking to Jamahl on the phone and in person he does not come across as that type of person. In court and when dealing with the state's attorney he gave off a presence of not someone you can mess with and definitely don't try to bully or BS with. This was very apparent at my pretrial. At one point a detective on the witness stand was trying to give facts that were false and Jamahl quickly got on him and made it be known to everyone that this will not fly. I think his courtroom presence and aggression when dealing with the state's attorney is what lead to my case being dismissed. Jamahl was fully prepared for an actual trial and was ready to put on his big show but the state's attorney dropped the case days before the trial, they knew they would not be able to win. If I had gone with a public defender or another attorney I honestly don't believe this would have happened, I probably would have gone through a full trial. When it was all over he was just as happy and excited as I was.
As I said earlier, Jamahl is an attorney who is definitely invested and cares about his clients. You can tell right away that he is a smart guy who is highly motivated and gives 100 percent effort in everything he does.
Troy Owens, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Jamahl is widely known as an expert in criminal cases with immigration issues. He remains a resource to many attorneys who lack the expertise. Jamahl's dedication to his clients and his attention to detail make him a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. I highly endorse Jamahl to any client in need of his services.
John Walker, Business Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Jamahl is an thoughtful and experienced attorney who brings real world common sense to getting the best result possible for criminal defendants. The criminal justice system can present many traps for the innocent. Jamahl is very skilled in navigating through the process. I strongly endorse this lawyer.
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