James Proffer

Major: Political Science: Legal Studies/International Relations
Hometown: Concord, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Housing Law Project Director | CLIC

How did you first get connected with the Associated Students?
I joined an AS recognized student club: The Student Democratic Club. It was a wonderful experience that connected me with a lot of people who I would not have met had I not joined up. It taught me a lot about myself and how to improve how I interact with other people.

How would you describe your current role with CLIC?
I am a student leader and instructor. I help to run CLIC along with the Administrative Directors, other Program Directors, and Supervising Attorneys. I, along with my Supervising Attorney Jim McKenna, oversee the Housing Law Project. We work on landlord-tenant issues including but not limited to: habitability, leasing and rental agreements, security deposits, evictions, landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, foreclosures, and mobile home law. I help to teach up to 10 paralegal interns how to work in a legal clinic, and how to provide free legal information to clients in a timely manner as proscribed by the Business and Professional Codes that dictate paralegal services in the state of California.

What does working for the AS do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I work with an amazing group of people from diverse backgrounds who all believe in the common cause of promoting the general good through public service and dedication. We have come together as a team in a way that has improved the way I see the world, and it has made me a more positive person. I believe that my internship with the Housing Law Project last semester was critical in helping me attain a Resident Manager position with Everett Apartments. I expect that serving in a supervisory role while still an undergraduate will be impressive to future employers. My work at CLIC has informed my classroom experience in ways that I find difficult to explain.  For instance, we use the same time tracking system that is used by law offices all throughout California, and the importance of learning such a practice now was impressed upon me during a recent class lecture in POLS 455: The Legal Para-Professional by Professor Sally Anderson.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position with CLIC?
I bring a passion for helping people both in the abstract but also on a personal level. I believe I have a proven commitment to public service and the skills needed to be a student leader, which includes the desire to better both myself and the community in which I live. As an individual who works in property management, I believe I bring a unique perspective and experience to landlord-tenant law that helps me to see possibilities and options for clients and my interns that might otherwise be missed.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I hope to attend law school at Duke University after graduating from CSU, Chico. I plan to attend the joint Juris Doctor / Master’s program where I want to study international law. My dream would be to work for the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice or the United Nations. While my work at CLIC does not translate directly to international law it is still work in the field of law and CLIC alumni have attained high status jobs in a number of fields not directly related to the area of law they worked in at CLIC. I hope to follow in those very capable footsteps to leave the world a better place than I found it.