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Frank B.

Mountain View, CA

$50/hour

Retired Attorney, Practicing Short Story Writer and Novelist

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/24/14
5.0 average from 25 ratings
I had a great time with Frank and am improving my chess skills.
— Gordon, Palo Alto, CA on 1/17/16

$50/Hour


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Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Philosophy
Boalt Hall
J.D.

Education

Pomona College, Claremont, CA (Philosophy)

Boalt Hall (J.D.)

About Frank

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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Mountain View, CA 94043
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"I had a great time with Frank and am improving my chess skills."

- Gordon, Palo Alto, CA on 1/17/16
Music:
Music History
English:
English, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
Reading, Speech, Writing
History:
American History, Classics, Criminal Justice,
Music History, Political Science, Social Studies, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking,
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Chess

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.

Criminal Justice

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.

Public Speaking

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.

Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Philosophy
Boalt Hall
J.D.

Education

Pomona College, Claremont, CA (Philosophy)

Boalt Hall (J.D.)

I had a great time with Frank and am improving my chess skills.

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!

— Gordon, Palo Alto, CA on 1/17/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Frank will travel within 20 miles of Mountain View, CA 94043.