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STATE UNIVERSITY OF NY (SUNY) NEW PALTZ, BA in English, 2008
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NY (SUNY) NEW PALTZ, MA in English, 2010
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NY (SUNY) NEW PALTZ, MAT in Secondary Ed./English, 2012
Working at Getman, Sweeney and Dunn has afforded me an opportunity to use my skills and abilities in meaningful and deeply satisfying ways, whether I’m speaking with clients to better understand their experiences, assisting attorneys in crafting and shaping our arguments, formulating strategic and tactical approaches with the case teams, or providing logistical and technical support at trial. All of this work is in service of something greater—helping workers in various industries, across the economic spectrum, stand up for and defend their right to be paid fairly for the work they do, often against formidable adversaries. It is particularly gratifying when an employer, as a result of the pressure of litigation, ultimately changes their pay practices or policies to conform with the law. I am inspired every day by the courage of the workers we represent and by the commitment of this team of incredibly talented people.
James joined Getman Sweeney as a litigation paralegal in 2013, and works closely with attorneys to ensure effective case prosecution. Prior to working with the firm, he taught English Composition and literature as an adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz, Marist College, and Dutchess Community College, teaching research skills, rhetoric, and poetics to university undergraduates. He also worked as a freelance copy editor and proofreader, and has edited, proofed, and indexed books for publication through the SUNY Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Pearson, Cengage, and various small presses.