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About Me

For more than 30 years I've been a professional reference librarian with one of the nation's largest public library systems.  As a public servant, my mission is to provide helpful and accurate information to the public.  

Although I am not - and never was - a lawyer, I've also tried to be professional in regard to the litigations I was unfortunately drawn into through the years.

Every one of my court filings was in proper procedural form.  Every citation was carefully Shepardized and was believed to truly stand for the proposition for which it was cited.  Each litigation had merit (except for one - which I immediately dismissed upon realizing my mistake) and each was pursued in good faith, in good form, and with civility (unlike most of the lawyers attacking me).  

I never attended law school - except for taking one course at the University of Southern California Law School Library: "Basic Aspects of Law Librarianship" under Professor Albert Brecht (this was part of my USC Library School Master's degree program).  In addition to learning the technical side of legal research I came to appreciate what seemed to me - at least at that time - to be the wisdom and fairness of our judicial system.  

I later came to realize that my confidence in the system was grossly misplaced.  In fact, no matter how solid the body of law and procedural safeguards - these are all useless in the face of a crooked judge.

Nevertheless, my litigation skills were, indeed, praised by judges in several courts.

Nov. 6, 1990, I personally conducted oral argument in the 9th Circuit courthouse in Pasadena, California.

I had litigated, in propria persona, through the Bankruptcy Court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and through the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal.  When, at the conclusion of oral argument, Judge Dorothy Nelson (one of the three judges on the panel) said I had done a good job presenting my case, I was terrifically pleased.  The opinion in that successful case was published in the Federal Reporter and is cited by many courts throughout the United States.  Click here for audo of hearing.

During a pre-trial conference before Judge Arthur M. Greenwald:  

"[ME]: Okay. [me ]. I am a layman in propria persona.

THE COURT: I know who you are, Mr [me]. You've been before the Court for many years. I know who you are.

[ME]: Thank you. I take that as a compliment.

THE COURT: That is.

[ME]: Okay.

THE COURT: I respect your talents.

[ME]: Okay.

THE COURT: You may be a pro per, but you're probably one of the better propers that's ever appeared before my Court So, I know who you are, I know what you can do, so let's go on from there, please.

 [ME]: Okay. Thank you. "

In addition, I was successful in propria persona in several other litigations.

Prior to June 1,1994 I had never been involved in any litigation with City National Bank.

I had been involved in litigation with one of the co-trust- beneficiaries (MN) in an action for declaratory relief filed February 8,1988 and a will contest.    Both were actions  unrelated to the FB trust.

Two appellate cases arose from the declaratory relief action.

California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate Dist., Division One, case (decided April 6,1990) resulted in a reversal and remand for new trial. Click here to see.

In California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate Dist., Division Two, case (decided May 9,1994)  the lower court judgment against me was affirmed (but ordered modified in part).

An appellate case arose from the will contest.

California Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate Dist, Division Two, case (decided August 30,1991) resulted in reversal.  Click here to see.

How these came about is a long story in itself (see How It Began page).

In 1991, as part of the will contest litigation, my sister’s lawyer was granted sanctions against me because I insisted on tape recording a deposition so that I would have a record of it without having to pay a fortune for the court reporter’s transcript.  The Court of Appeal (2nd Dist) reversed the sanction order.  Its opinion held that my interpretation of  California Civil Procedure Code,sec. 2025 was indeed correct.