Pomona College, Claremont, CA (Philosophy)
Boalt Hall (J.D.)
I am a 67 year old retired attorney, one time public defender, later prosecutor, appellate litigator (death penalty defense before the California Supreme Court), entrepreneurial lawyer - lots of stuff. I am also a working writer, with a couple of short stories going strong on Amazon (30,000 plus sales) and two novels. This may sound like the back of a book jacket, but I am not writing to boast, but to provide the basis of the claim of a substantial background in all types of writing, particularly expository writing (of which legal writing is only a subcategory) and most other forms of written expression. Obviously, a career as a trial lawyer implies substantial experience with public speaking and personal presentation. By education, inclination and career choice, I am comfortably knowledgeable in literature, history, and social studies.
Although I will scrupulously abide by the business protocols of Wyzant Tutoring, my primary motivation is not financial. I am too old and financially secure for a full-time job, but too young (I hope) for the rocking chair. I'd like to provide some meaningful benefit from this life experience to a young person who can derive value from it, my own children being grown and launched. I'm interested in the mentoring relationship - I won't proceed with your child unless (s)he likes me, and I like him/her, and we can both see some good coming out of the sessions - not to mention having a little fun along the way.
Technically, I can't hold myself out as an ACT/SAT writing tutor, as I am not familiar with the content of those tests. But I can say that sessions with me will improve the student's critical thinking skills, essential to being a good expository writer, student of history, or reader of literature. Basic analytical skill is the key to everything. I am a 67 year old retired attorney, one time public defender, later prosecutor, appellate litigator (death penalty defense before the California Supreme Court), entrepreneurial lawyer - lots of stuff. I am also a working writer, with a couple of short stories going strong on Amazon (30,000 plus sales) and two novels. This may sound like the back
I'm building my skills to enter my first USCF Chess tournament and Frank is the best. This last session we reviewed a grand master game and worked on end games. Future chess opponents beware. I'll be ready to crush you!
I am a lifetime USCF Federation member, with a rating of 2076. I am NOT master level, but I can teach and coach beginners through intermediates quite easily.
I am a member of the California Bar, with over 40 years experience in criminal law. I was a deputy public defender between 1972 and 1979, and a deputy district attorney between 1990 and 2007. I was also certified as a Specialist in Criminal Law between 1979 and 1984.
I'm a retired trial lawyer, with over 100 criminal trials, multiple appearances before the California Supreme Court, and so on. I actually taught trial practice in seminars before the California District Attorney's Association. Before that I did forensics and debate in high school with considerable success.