Updated January 29, 2008
Even Li'l Kim (who was sentenced to a year in jail for lying under oath) now knows better than to commit perjury. Why haven't education attorneys and school board members in San Diego figured this out?
I have complimented Grossmont Union High School District board members (such as Richard Hoy, in photo) for hiring the law firm Currier & Hudson, but I was disappointed with attorneys C. Anne Hudson and Richard Currier when they hired Deborah Garvin, a lawyer who has worked with education attorneys Daniel Shinoff and Kelly Angell to suborn perjury by law enforcement officers and teachers. Garvin suborned perjury when she was working with her former partner John McCormick and former associate Gabriel Hedrick.
Subornation of perjury is a felony. What can we expect from our schools when they are run by people who need lawyers like Deborah Garvin?
I wrote to Currier and Hudson about this problem, and Garvin seems to have left the firm, according to the information now available from the California State Bar.
But Grossmont Union High School District itself still seems have no concern about the ethics of its lawyers. Members Dick Hoy, Priscilla Schrieber, Larry Urdahl, Jim Kelly and Robert Shield wouldn't have signed up with Stutz, Artiano Shinoff & Holtz law firm, Parham & Rajcic law firm, and Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost law firm, as they did on March 14, 2007, if lack of ethics bothered them. Oddly enough, GUHSD's minutes indicate that the district signed up 'Stutz, Gallagher, Shinoff & Holtz." Gallagher? Gallagher left years ago. You really aren't paying attention, are you?
Gallagher left right after he found out Shinoff was obstructing justice at CVESD. Perhaps the board thinks it is saving money by hiring lawyers who win at any cost. They would be giving kids a better education, and saving money in the long run, if they hired ethical lawyers.