A San Diego Lawyer's Reflections.

As time passes, the words of our teachers seem to take on greater meaning.  If only we could have had greater appreciation and understanding at the time.

Some thoughts after years of practice, business, family and events.  At the age of 16 after two years of Grossmont High School, in what was then rural San Diego east county, I was off to the Ford Foundation's experiment with early college at the University of Chicago and unforeseen adventure.   Decades of adventure (and misadventure) followed.  Now with full-time practice, a vineyard and winery. CV further on.

Karl Llewellyn taught “Elements” at the University Of Chicago Law School.  He was my hero. At the 50th college reunion I asked a law school alum if he remembered Karl.  Did he ever. One day he was determined to be totally prepared for class, and he said he was. The day of class an assistant announced Karl passed away the night before.”

The encounter reminded me that I had taped some of Karl’s lectures. Now digitalized, Karl's voice was like yesterday.  The era is evidenced by my voice about the recording someday being made into an RCA record. Hopefully Karl and wife Soyia would be proud (if from somewhere in the hereafter).

Click to hear his opening lecture (Be patient, Karl begins at about minute 2.00 on the first lecture-all are big files and take a while to download)

Karl Llewellyn First Lecture 10-18-57

Karl Llewellyn Lecture 1-27-58

Karl Llewellyn Lecture 12-06 Stating of Cases

Karl Llewellyn Lecture11-25-57 Parole evidence rule, Meaning of Expression

Karl Llewellyn Lectures 1-8-58

Personal life has been a delight. A eleven-year-old granddaughter makes one wonder if one could skip parenthood going directly to grandparenting. Health, strength and consuming curiosity make wielding tools and tractor a spare time pleasure..


The CV:

LAW: San Diego/Escondido, CA: Peter Clarke, Attorney at Law. Business, international and specialty representation including labor, employment, real estate, mortgage, construction, planning & zoning, and personal injury. Litigation, appeals and mediation. Extensive domestic and international trial and appellate litigation before California Superior and Federal District Trial Courts, California District Courts of Appeal, California Supreme Court and Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Cited by California State Bar Association for 50 years association.

MARTINDALE-HUBBELL RATING: AV® Preeminent.™ An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence (Martindale's language, not mine-doesn't that sound swell).

OTHER BACKGROUND: Present: Credentialed mediator, National Conflict Resolution Center; Adjunct Professor, Conflict Resolution, University of the Rockies Graduate School of Psychology; Owner, Altipiano Vineyard & Winery. Past President American Civil Liberties Union San Diego Chapter, Board of Directors Southern California Affiliate. Business acquisition evaluation and management of risk, profit and organization including successful nationwide restructurings. General Counsel, COO and CFO of businesses including a 13-state US Postal Service contractor, a 48-state Department of Defense contractor (secret clearance) and hospitality businesses.

LAW SCHOOL: University of Chicago School of Law, JD Stanford University Law School
COLLEGE: BA University of Chicago College

ADMISSIONS: California Supreme Court, United States District Court for Southern, Central & Northern Districts, 9th Circuit Court of Appeal 


Peter Clarke, Attorney at Law, 20365 Camino Del Aguila, Escondido, CA 92025, 760-839-7900, Fax 760-839-7980, Cell & text: 619-857-7242, email peterclarke@hotmail.com