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Software Engineer - Project Manager

Alexandria, Virginia, United States
May 27, 2010

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James T Tsai  **** Heritage Sq. Dr., Burke, VA  Mobile: 571-***-****

Professional Licenses, Admissions

State Bars: Virginia (No. 76141, 2008); New Jersey (No. 2652008, 2008); District of Columbia (No. 979055, 2009)

United States Patent and Trademark Office: Registration No. 62096.

Admitted to practice: United States District of Maryland (No. 28689); Eastern District of Virginia; United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland, Eastern District of Virginia; United States District Court of District of Columbia; United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Certified for court-appointed misdemeanor indigent defense by Virginia Indigent Defense Commission (July 2009).


Case Western Reserve University, School of Law, Cleveland, OH

J.D., May 2007; GPA: 3.27/4.00

Concentration: International Law, with Honors.

Dean’s List, Spring Semesters 2006, 2007.

CALI Awards: Context of Innovations Seminar (Spring 2006), Civil Rights Seminar (Fall 2006);

Case Western Reserve School of Law Leadership Award (May 2007);

Frederick K. Cox Service Award for contributions to international law programs (May 2007);

Activities: Student Bar Association, Senator (1L, 2L, 3L); ABA Law Student Division, Lt. Governor for Diversity, Sixth Circuit; Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity; ACLU Student Chapter Chair (2005);

LLM Mentor (2005- 2007).

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland volunteer (2006-2007)

Journal of International Law, Associate (2005-2006); Special Book and Articles editor (2006-2007).

Nonsmokers Legal Research and Writing Competition Finalist. (April 2006).

War Crimes Lab (Fall 2005) – wrote memo for Prosecutor’s Office of Iraqi Special Tribunal.

George Mason University, School of Public Policy, Arlington, VA

Science and Technology Graduate Certificate Program, May 2004

The University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Charlottesville, VA

B.S., May 2001; Majors: Computer Science, Math

Activities: Engineering Student Council Academic Concerns Committee Chair (1999-2000), President (2000-2001); Asian Student Union at the University of Virginia Treasurer (1998-1999); Writer and Associate Editor of University of Virginia daily newspaper, The Cavalier Daily (1997-1999), Selected Best First-Year Staffer (1998), Health and Science page editor. Recipient of the Mac-Wade Award for Service to the Engineering School, May 2001.

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA

Governor's Advanced Studies Diploma, June 1997


Pesner, Kawamoto, Conway PLC., McLean, VA

Associate, July 2009 to present

Bankruptcy counsel for consumer chapter 7, 11, 13 and corporate 7 and 11 bankruptcies. Conduct client intake, attend creditor’s meetings, review petitions, write and file motions and responses and attend contested and evidentiary court hearings. Also assist in other civil litigation matters.

Honorable Nancy V. Alquist, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Maryland District, Baltimore, MD

Law Clerk, March 2008 to June 2009

Centers for Law and the Public’s Health, (Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities), Baltimore, MD

Senior Researcher, April 2008 to September 2008

Assisted with research and writing tasks for law and public policy center regarding health regulatory, model, public health and emergency preparedness policies and laws.

Rabin & Berdo, PC, Washington, D.C.

Law Clerk, October 2007 to February 2008

Wrote patent applications for computer software technologies, conducted research and writing in response to Office Actions, and researched and wrote memoranda for attorneys.

Congressman Mike Ross(D-Arkansas, Fourth Congressional District), Washington, D.C.

Intern, October 2007 to December 2007

Assisted with office tasks, attended committee meetings and researched Congressional legislative history.

Federal Trade Commission, East Central Region Office, Cleveland, OH

Spring 2007 Extern, January 2007 to April 2007

Composed legal memoranda, researched legal issues and assisted with litigation preparation for lawyers regarding consumer protection cases and internal agency topics.

Office of General Counsel, U.S. Dept. of Navy, Washington, D.C.

Summer Law Clerk, (Naval Sea Systems Command Office), May 2006 to August 2006

Worked on various research and writing projects for patent law, government contracting, environmental law issues in a 30-lawyer general counsel’s office supporting the Navy.

Honorable Stephen S. Mitchell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, VA.

Federal Judicial Extern, May 2005 to July 2005

CACI (formerly American Management Systems, Inc.) Management Systems & Technology, Fairfax, VA

Software Engineer, November 2001 to August 2004

Momentum is a financial accounting system that is used by many federal agencies. Developed the server-side software as part of the C++ Baseline team. Security Clearance (Dept of State) Secret.

Publications, Presentations

“The Unlitigated Case: A Study of the Legality of Guitar Tablatures.” 2009 Boston College . Intellectual Property & Technology Forum 070502 (2009) available at .

James J. Hodge, Jr., James T. Tsai, and Evan A. Anderson, Health Information Privacy and the Environmental Public Health Tracking Network: Assessment of Legal Issues, American Public Health Association, August 28, 2008.

“Foreword: International Justice and Shifting Paradigms” 38 Case Western Reserve University Journal of International Law ix (2007).

“Not Tripping Over the Pebbles: Focusing on Overlooked TRIPS Art. 66 for Technology Transfer to Solve Africa's AIDS Crisis.” 11 Michigan State Journal of Medicine and Law 488 (2007); Presented at 2006 Technology Transfer Society Conference, Sept. 29, 2006.

“Face-to-Face’s Pretty Side: Arguing for Colocation”. Presented at 2006 Technology Transfer Society Conference, Sept. 29, 2006.

“Reining The Camel Girl: Suggested Strategies To Attack Free Tobacco Samples.” Nonsmokers Legal Research and Writing Competition Finalist. George Washington School of Law, Washington, D.C. (April 2006) available at .

Associations and Other Notes

AIPLA; ABA, Law Student Division; Phi Delta Phi.

Marine Corps Marathon 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 Finisher; Cleveland Marathon 2008 Finisher.

Ultimate Frisbee League Champion (WAFC Rec Fall 2007, CMUA Rec 2008, Intermediate League Fall 2009).

Fluent in Chinese Mandarin, student of Latin for four years.

Born in Los Angeles, California.

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