2017 Elder Freeman Policy Fellow
AOUON Community Organizer
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Ban the Box, Reentry, Policy Advocacy, Community Organizing.
Joseph has over twenty years experience as a civil and criminal litigation paralegal. Joseph graduated with a certification degree in Paralegal from the University of North Texas in 2013 and has worked on cases in Santa Clara, Solano, San Joaquin, and San Francisco Counties. Joseph learn his legal skills while representing himself pro se, eventually earning release from an indeterminate life sentence after a 27 year (1982-2009) stretch in prison. In addition, he conducts research and preparation for civil, criminal, and appeal cases involving Family and Domestic Relations Law, Paralegal Practices and Procedures Administrative Law, Employment Law–including Real Estate and Property Law–Document production and drafting, Criminal and Civil Law and Procedure, Legal Research and Writing, Civil Litigation, General Civil Procedure, including Discovery, trial prep, evidence Legal Research.He also acquired a certification of identification of stones/diamonds from GIA Gemology Institution of America, and is a journeyman butcher for over 30 years. He acquired these skills by using his incarceration time wisely.