Jim Gash’s comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor nearly ensured that he and Henry, a Ugandan boy languishing in prison for two murders he didn’t commit, would never meet. Henry was losing hope and prayed for a sign from God. Halfway around the world, Jim listened to best-selling author of Love Does, Bob Goff, encourage lawyers to use their legal training to help imprisoned children in Africa. Jim felt an irresistible urge to respond to this call. Little did Henry know, his prayer had been answered.
Jim Gash graduated first in his Pepperdine law school class in 1993. He has clerked with a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, worked at one of the top law firms in the country, and served as dean of students at Pepperdine University School of Law. In 2010, Jim traveled to Uganda on a juvenile justice project, where he met Henry. In 2012, Jim became the Specialist Advisor to the High Court of Uganda and, in 2013, became the first American ever to appear as an attorney in Ugandan Court. In recognition of his ongoing work in Uganda, Jim received the 2013 Warren Christopher Award, which is presented to California’s International Lawyer of the Year. Today, Jim teaches at Pepperdine Law, directs Pepperdine’s Global Justice Program, and is scheduled to become an official citizen of Uganda in 2016. Jim and his family live in Malibu, California. Jim blogs at throwingstarfish.com.
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