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Jamahl Kersey '08 JD

What have you been up to since graduation?
I did a post bar clerkship at the San Diego District Attorney’s office where I had my second jury trial before even becoming licensed. After passing the bar, I worked at an insurance defense firm in Orange County then moved back to San Diego and started my own practice in March 2010. The Law Office of Jamahl C. Kersey, Esq. is located in Sorrento Valley. We are focused on delivering high quality legal representation, and utilizing the latest in technology to provide wonderful customer service. My practice consists of Immigration and Criminal Defense and my cases range from deportation defense and family-based visas to theft offenses and serious drug crimes.

My ultimate goal upon becoming an attorney was to be able to use my knowledge, skills and expertise to be able to help those in need. I am proud to say that I have been able to successfully assist many people and I am equally proud of the fact that my practice has created jobs and internships opportunities for talented law students.

What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memory of USD is when my partners and I took first place in the San Diego Defense Lawyers National Mock Trial Competition. I have judged the competition ever since and take great pride in seeing our names and USD Law engraved on the trophy years later.

What is your favorite place on campus, why?
Naturally, my favorite place on campus would be Grace Courtroom. My classmates and I spent countless hours there preparing for mock trial competitions. With all of the trophies and plaques of those who came before us, Grace Courtroom is rich with history.

Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
It is really tough to pick just one. I really enjoyed Employment Discrimination. Professor McGowan is such a great instructor and made the subject matter so much fun. Civil Practicum with Professor Wharton was very beneficial to my career in that we had the opportunity to listen to well-respected lawyers speak on aspects of civil litigation. Last, but not least, Professor Berend did a great job with the Criminal Clinic.

How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I have definitely stayed connected with USD since graduation. I have guest-critiqued mock trial teams, spoken on a number of different panels on the topics of networking and “hanging one’s shingle,” volunteered to mentor law students, and participated in the mock interview program.

If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Do internships and many of them. You must put the tools you acquire in the classroom into practice. Also, get out and network! Reach out to the USD alumni network, remembering that it is not about going around asking for jobs or business, it is about building relationships. From those relationships good things can and will come.

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