President of the Board
James teaches Journalism Law at the Graduate Schools of Journalism at both Stanford and UC Berkeley. He has been honored for his work with awards by California Lawyer as Attorney of the Year, the Society of Professional Journalists Northern California Chapter, and the Ecology Law Quarterly. His work includes writing and running or chairing campaigns for statewide initiatives in the last 25 years on topics such as insurance regulation, campaign finance and political reform, marijuana legalization, old growth forestry, consumer privacy, and litigation reform. He is a volunteer advisor to the California State Bar’s Environment Section Executive Committee and chaired its Yosemite Environmental Institute. He is a trustee of River Network, and past-President of Friends of the River. He has served as a City of Oakland Public Ethics Commissioner, as Executive Director of California Common Cause, and as chair of the Society of Professional Journalists (NorCal) FOI Committee. He is a graduate of Brown University and Berkeley Law School. He is a white water rafter and kayaker, trains whitewater guides, skippers a sailboat on San Francisco Bay, and canoes.