Baker, Joshua K. - Class of 1999
A member of Oak Brook College's charter class, Joshua served as a legal assistant to the general counsel of the Institute in Basic Life Principles throughout his law school years. As a 3L and 4L, he also worked with various OBCL faculty as a professorial assistant. In his free time, he also did freelance legal research and writing for the Alliance Defense Fund and the Marriage Law Project.
After graduating in 1999, Joshua successfully passed the California Bar Exam and was admitted to the California bar in June 2000. In August of that year, Joshua began work as a staff attorney at the Marriage Law Project in Washington, D.C., where he is currently employed. The Marriage Law Project offers legal research and policy guidance to individuals and organizations seeking to reaffirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman, providing the legal resources that enable attorneys, legislators, religious groups, and public policy organizations to participate as equals in the ongoing debate over same-sex "marriage."
Joshua currently resides in northern Virginia, where he enjoys playing recreational soccer and participating in the choral and handbell ministries of Columbia Baptist Church.
Current as of October 29, 2002
Herdlein, Wendy - Class of 2000
Before attending Oak Brook College, Wendy worked in a clerical position for the law offices of Briegel Baylard, P.C. During law school she worked in a variety of positions, initially working as a legal assistant to the general counsel of the Institute in Basic Life Principles. Wendy also engaged in freelance legal research for Alliance Defense Fund attorneys, and for attorneys at the Marriage Law Project, the organization with which she is now employed.
After passing the February 2000 California bar exam, Wendy took a staff attorney position in August 2000 with the Marriage Law Project located in Washington, D.C. The Marriage Law Project focuses on protecting marriage as a male-female union. Wendy's work includes writing scholarly legal articles, advising state and national family policy groups, and participating in litigation through advice to counsel, coordinating amicus briefs, and participating as amicus. Wendy resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Current as of October 29, 2002
Johnson, Thomas M. - Class of 2000
During law school, Tom worked as a law clerk for the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office and the Law Offices of Bryce L. Letterman.
Tom graduated from law school in 2000 and was admitted to the California State Bar on June 7, 2000. He has also been admitted to the Central and Northern Districts of the United States District Court. After admission to the bar, Tom started a private practice in Diamond Bar, California in the areas of civil litigation, administrative law, business law, estate planning, and mediation. From 2000 to 2001, he was also an associate at the Law Offices of Jeffrey T. Osborn. He is a founding board member of Conciliation, Inc., a Christian alternative dispute resolution organization in Santa Ana, California. He has served as a neutral on the mediation panel of the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2001. He is an active member of the Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino County Bar Associations and the Eastern Bar Association in Eastern Los Angeles County. He has served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Delegation to the Conference of Delegates of the California Bar Associations since 2002. He is also active in the North Chapter of Daniel's Inn and the Christian Legal Society in Pasadena, California.
Tom is single and resides in Diamond Bar, California. He is an active member of Claremont Bible Chapel in Claremont, California.
Current as of October 14, 2002
Jones, Darren A. - Class of 1999
While enrolled in Oak Brook, Darren worked for Home School Legal Defense Association (www.hslda.org) as a legal assistant to Dewitt T. Black, III. His responsibilities included counseling clients on the telephone, tracking and analyzing legislation in 21 states, and acting as a legal secretary for Black.
After passing the California Bar Exam on his first attempt in February 2000, Darren was hired as an attorney by HSLDA. Initially, he functioned as a contact attorney, which involved corresponding with superintendents, social workers, and truancy officers, as well as assisting state organizations with legislative battles. He initiated a project to develop homeschooling forms suitable for use in each state, and he was heavily involved in writing news articles for the website. Since December 2001, he works as a Litigation Attorney under Mike Farris and Jim Mason. In June 2002, he attended a weeklong Trial Advocacy course presented by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. His first court appearance was on August 20, 2002, when he successfully convinced a judge to allow a family to begin homeschooling over the objections of Child Protective Services.
Darren is married to Sara (Roberts) Jones, a former intern with HSLDA from Mississippi. They have two daughters, Adelaide and Daphne, and two sons, Stuart and Phillip. They currently reside in Stephens City, Virginia.
Current as of June 15, 2009