James Keddis

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Born and raised in New Jersey, I am the eldest son of Egyptian immigrants who came to America in the 1970’s seeking a better life for their future children.  I gained a passion for civil rights interning with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Washington D.C., leading to my graduation from Rutgers University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  I decided to pursue this passion further by moving out west to seek a law degree from California Western School of Law and interning with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Phoenix, Arizona.  Since graduating from law school in 2004, I have worked in private practice in Arizona and became an Arizona Assistant Attorney General for almost three years representing Child Protective Services to pursue the interests of safety, stability, and permanency for abused and neglected children.  Shortly after making the Pacific Northwest my home, in 2012, I started Keddis Law Office, LLC in Portland, Oregon and focused my legal practice on family law and employment law, advocating for the legal rights of children, families, and workers.  As a private attorney in the Portland area, I have also been a member of the Multnomah County Children’s Representation Project, which is comprised of court-appointed attorneys in domestic relations cases advocating for children who are seeking a safe, balanced, and stable home life.  My journey representing our society’s most vulnerable children brought me to TeamChild in Yakima, Washington, where I am excited to be a part of an amazing group of people dedicated to upholding children’s rights to education, health care, and housing while advocating for community-based solutions in lieu of exclusion and incarceration.

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