H. James Curry Jr. , Esq.
Legal: St. John’s School of Law, Juris Doctor – June 1990
Undergraduate: B.A. Degree – June 1981 Gannon University, PA
Major: Political Science Minor: Philosophy
Thesis: Political Science – “Voting Habits of College Students.”
Philosophy – “An Examination of the Concept of Work from the View Point of Existentialism.”
B.A. Degree – St. John’s University, N.Y.
Major: Paralegal Studies
Research: Writing several papers on the subject of Law Office Management.
October 1999 – present
Assistant General Counsel-Senior Attorney
Department of Juvenile Justice, Southern Region-Dade, Monroe, Broward, Ft. Myers, and Palm Beach Responsibilities: Provide legal advice and assistance to the Department administrators at the Central Office, and field offices on a wide range of subjects including: lawsuits, litigation, employee personnel action, rule promulgation, Administrative Procedure Act issues, offender rights, contracts and other matters as needed.
November 1996 – October 1999
Assistant General Counsel-Attorney 1
Department of Juvenile Justice, Dade and Monroe counties
Responsibilities: District Legal Counsel to the Senior Juvenile Justice Manager and his staff. Provide legal advice to him on contracts, employee relations, statutory interpretation, negotiation with the State Attorney, Police Department, Court Administration, Judges and Contracted Programs. Organize and implement the prosecution of Status Offenders, by providing legal representation for the Department before the Bench. Instructed approximately 100 employees in District 11 (Dade and Monroe Counties) on changes in the law.
March, 1993 – November 1996
Delinquency Case Management Counselor
Department of Juvenile Justice, District 11, Miami, FL
Responsibilities: Management of a caseload of approximately 90 juveniles. Primary assessment of mental health, abuse, neglect, abandonment, educational needs. Submission of written reports to both the State Attorney as well as the Court with a detailed plan for individualized treatment needs of the juveniles. Attendance and active participation in judicial and administrative hearings.
September, 1992 – March 1993
Case Management Trainee (Tracker)
Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Miami, Fl .
Responsibilities: To understand the duties of Case Management as they relate to mental health, educational needs, substance abuse, and its impact upon the behavior of youth. Studied the preparation of concise reports detailing a course of action.
The Office of the Public Defender, Bennett H. Brummer, Miami, Fl.
Responsibilities: Interviewing all newly arrested defendants in the Bond Hearing Unit. Those who met a prearranged set of criteria were brought to the attention of Pre-Trial Services for consideration to be released. Then, transferred to the Early Representation Unit ERU .
March, 1982 – March, 1991
Legal Service Assistant
The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, Kew Gardens , N.Y .
Responsibilities: Liaison to 120 attorneys, as well as, advising and working closely with the Senior Attorney: direct participation in advocacy negotiation; preparation of legal documents; legal research; specific investigation; interviewing of clients ; calendar monitoring; case evaluation; preparation of motions and memoranda of law. Trained newly hired Paralegal and assisted in the monitoring of the legal research projects of Law School interns.