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Santa Clara County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Bill James

Candidate for
Director; El Camino Hospital District

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Community Involvement

I have lived in Mountain View for nearly a decade. My wife and I currently own a home in the downtown area. Prior to buying our home we rented an apartment in Mountain View. My wife and I have been active in our church, St. Athanasius Church in Mountain View, and we have also worked as volunteers to register voters and to support a number of local candidates for public office. I am the President and a member of the Board of Directors of Rescue Now International, a local non-profit that works to improve access to healthcare in developing countries. In addition, I am a volunteer for the St. Joseph the Worker Center in Mountain View, which helps day laborers find work.

Legal Experience

I counsel high tech companies on intellectual property matters. I also prepare patent applications and work to get patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Prior to focusing on patent law, I represented clients in patent litigation and other complex commercial litigation. When I was working as a litigator, I volunteered some of my time to represent individuals who could not afford a lawyer.

Recipient of Fulbright Binational Business Grant

I lived and studied business and law in Mexico for the 2000-2001 academic year. I am proficient in Spanish. I hope to use my ability in Spanish, and my experience living in Mexico, to reach out to Spanish-speaking members of our community.

Stanford Law School

I graduated from Stanford Law School in 1994 in the top 10% of my class.

Active Duty, U. S. Navy

I served on active duty for five years, from 1986 to 1991. For 2-1/2 of those years, I served onboard a warship based in Yokosuka, Japan. I was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for my service in Japan and the Navy Commendation Medal for my service on shore duty in San Diego, California during the Persian Gulf War, for coordinating the expedited delivery of advanced damage control and chemical/biological warfare defense equipment to ships participating in the war.

U.S. Naval Academy

I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1986 in the top 10 of a class of over 1,000. In my four years at the Naval Academy, I completed a dual major in Mechanical Engineering and History.

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