Princeton University (Politics cum laude)
Tulane University School of Law (J.D.)
I'm a native of a small town (Eau Claire) in Wisconsin. After graduating from Memorial High School (where I was heavily involved in competitive debate) as Valedictorian, I attended, and graduated from, Princeton University in 1971 with a degree (cum laude) in Politics. In 1974, I attended, and graduated from, Tulane University School of Law. Although I practiced bankruptcy, real estate and corporate law for nearly 40 years, I have interspersed my time as a lawyer with stints as a business law and real estate instructor at Orange Coast College, Cerritos College, and lastly, Saddleback College.
I've always believed that much of a student's learning and academic success comes from the enthusiasm and perspective of the teacher. For instance, History, as it is commonly taught, can be a truly boring subject. However, if History was taught the way it really happened, warts and all, and not with the "whitewash" by which students are mostly taught, I think students would actually be clamoring to get into history classes. I believe students learn best if the subjects are made both interesting and are made truly relevant to students' lives they would actually enjoy the learning experience.
While in high school, I was heavily involved in public speaking and debate. During that time, I also won the school's English award. While at Princeton, I earned my FCC Third Class Radiotelephone Operator's license (I believe the FCC no longer requires that license) and was a DJ and news broadcaster for WPRB, Princeton's 17,000 watt radio station. In fact, for a few years recently, I was also a DJ at the Saddleback College radio station. As a lawyer, I was, and continue to be, constantly writing (and often presenting in court) legal briefs, memorandum, and the like.
The study of Politics necessarily involves the study of, and grasp of, history. Much of history is, after all, determined by the political climate in which national and international events occurred. Accordingly, while at Princeton, I took courses in History as well as courses in my major, Politics
Much of the successful relationship between teacher and student depends on chemistry. The teacher and the student need to "connect" with each other; there needs to be an academic and intellectual bond. That is why I would highly encourage the student (and perhaps his or her parents) to meet with proposed instructor before the tutoring process even begins. And, since successful teaching and learning is a continuous process, the student is encouraged, at least in my case, to feel free to call the instructor even after the formal teaching session is concluded. I'm a native of a small town (Eau Claire) in Wisconsin. After graduating from Memorial High School (where I was heavily involved in competitive debate) as Valedictorian, I attended, and graduated from, Princeton University in 1971 with a degree (cum laude) in Politics. In 1974, I attended, and graduated from, Tulane University School of Law.
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As a student in high school was heavily involved in competitive debate and was actively engaged in competitive debate contests throughout Wisconsin. In addition, I would help tutor the underclassmen in debate and persuasive speech techniques. I also performed in drama productions. While at Princeton, I was, for three years, actively involved in the school's radio station, WPRB. In that capacity I had a regular radio show, and frequently filled in for announcers who were, for whatever reason, not available for their own radio shows. As a lawyer, I am frequently involved in both trial and motion practice, both in the California state and federal courts. In that capacity I am required to participate in oral argument on behalf of my clients. Additionally, I hold a California community college teaching certificate, and I have taught both business law and real estate law in Cerritos College, Orange Coast College and Saddleback College.