Ramsey Legal Services March 2016 to present
- Full service family law representation, including estate planning, conservatorships and adoption.
- Civil Rights litigation in the areas of educational access, excessive force, conditions of confinement, and LGBTQ equality and protection.
University of California, Berkeley, History Department, 2014 – 2016:
Academic Advisor / Curriculum Scheduler / Enrollment Manager
- Facilitated Peer Advisor Program, coordinated multi-year curriculum planning against limited University resources, managed work-study program to achieve department objectives
Health, Education & Welfare Section of the Office of the Attorney General 2011-2013
Represented multiple governmental agencies in various actions, including:
- Prosecuting teacher disciplinary actions at administrative hearing on behalf of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
- Pursuing child care license revocation actions on behalf of the Department of Social Services.
- Defending challenges to nursing home citations on behalf of the Department of Public Health.
- Highly effective client and witness rapport: thorough and efficient preparation for testimony, clarification and assistance in discovery responses and trusted advisement.
- Collaboration with governmental agency staff to draft superior and appellate court pleadings, prepare for and conduct administrative and superior court hearings.
- Employed ADR techniques to resolve claims when in the client’s best interest.
Joe Ramsey Law 2012
Assisted in mediator capacity to successful resolution of a variety of cases, including:
- Contentious family estate conflict over multimillion dollar real estate assets.
- Arbitration of medical malpractice action against orthopedic surgeon.
- Premises liability case involving employee injury against major retail chain.
Correctional Law Section of the Office of the Attorney General 2008-2011
Managed heavy prisoner civil rights litigation caseload from intake to disposition, specifically involving due process, equal protection, denial of adequate medical care and excessive force claims in both state and federal court, including:
- Five federal civil rights jury trials in the Eastern District U.S. Court.
- Successful resolution of claims to client satisfaction in the formal mediation setting, as well as through informal collaboration with opposing counsel and primary stakeholders.
- Substantial deposition experience.
- Extensive law and motion practice in federal and state court, disposition of 75% of caseload through summary adjudication.
- Post-judgment enforcement on Coleman v. Brown by direct collaboration with officials from the Governor’s Office and the Department of Mental Health (now part of the Department of Health Care Services), in addition to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation clients.
- Co-coordinated the Law Student Intern Program: recruitment, assignment, monitoring and evaluation.
Anwyl, Scoffield & Stepp 2007-2008
General liability defense litigation, including:
- Substantial law and motion, legal research and deposition experience.
- Successful settlement negotiation: three complex litigation cases, each involving at least a dozen cross-defendants and over twenty plaintiff homeowners; two personal injury claims by minor plaintiffs against school districts; and a straightforward landlord-tenant claim.
- Eight-week jury trial in Yolo Superior Court of complex breach of contract, warranty, negligence and strict liability case, with primary and complicated statute of limitations issues.
Jacobsen & McElroy 2003-2007
Complex construction defect litigation and personal injury defense including:
- Development of comprehensive litigation plans.
- Coordinated discovery requests and responses with multiple subcontractor clients.
- Expert witness retention, collaboration and preparation for deposition testimony.
- ADR training and experience in mediation and court-ordered settlement conferences, with successful results through formal mediation, cooperative negotiation with opposing counsel, and arbitration.
Folsom Cordova Unified School District 1990 – 2003
Middle school educator: taught history and language arts; served as division chair and task force member on heterogenous delivery, students needing assistance, charter school development, and retention prevention; coached both girls and boys extracurricular sports; advised the Culture Club and Book Club.
- Mitchell Middle School Teacher of the Year 1991-1992
- Folsom Middle School Teacher of the Year 1995-1996
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento — Juris Doctor, 2003
Honors: Salutatorian, Trial Advocacy Award, Moot Court Honorable Mention
American Jurisprudence Awards: Agency, Torts, Evidence, Wills, Personal Property, Remedies
California State University, Sacramento — Single Subject Teaching Credential – History, 1990
California State University, Sacramento — B.A. History, 1989
California State University, Sacramento — B.A. Psychology, 1987