Suffolk University Law School Names New Director for Career Development


“Dave James comes to Suffolk University Law School with a strong record of success as a lawyer, as a legal recruiter and as a mentor to law students and young attorneys,” said Suffolk University Law School Dean Robert H. Smith. “We look forward to his leadership in building a national network of employers and alumni to serve our students and our graduates in their career planning and employment searches.”

For more than twenty years, Mr. James served with the City Attorney's Office of San Diego, most recently as a Senior Deputy City Attorney. In l985, he joined the Hiring Committee for the City Attorney's Office and has since interviewed more than 2,500 lawyers and law students. Becoming Hiring Attorney in 1991, he recruited law students and made presentations on legal careers at law school campuses throughout the country, and mentored new attorneys in the office.

As an active participant for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), Mr. James has served on the Board of Directors. He is presently a member of NALP's Research Advisory Council and is NALP's liaison to the ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division. A contributing editor of the ABA's Student Lawyer magazine and a member of the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects, he has authored more than fifty articles, mostly focusing on career-related topics. He also has presented programs on career-related topics at seven law schools.

Mr. James received his undergraduate degree, cum laude , from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a graduate student in psychology and counseling at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California.

For nearly 100 years, Suffolk University Law School, in the heart of downtown Boston, has remained one of the most respected names in legal education. Its expansive curriculum -- more than 200 upper-level elective courses, specialty concentrations, joint-degree programs and an LL.M. in global technology -- enables students to gain a strong academic foundation. A wide range of hands-on experience, including clinical programs, internships and moot court competitions, provides students the practical skills necessary to succeed. Suffolk Law's diverse and supportive community comes together in Sargent Hall, which was dedicated in 1999 and is among the country's most inspiring, modern and technologically advanced settings for the study of law.

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