May 26, 2016 — Pepperdine Law alumnus Jose Egurbide (JD ’95) is featured in a story entitled “A Crime for Help” in the Spring 2016 edition of Pepperdine Magazine. In the article, Egurbide discusses the nationally recognized restorative justice program that he developed for the City of Los Angeles.
From “A Crime for Help”:
Jose Egurbide (JD ’95) had just graduated from Pepperdine School of Law when he began working with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office first as a senior law clerk and, since June 1996, as a deputy city attorney. “While I had not considered government work as an option prior to that point,” he reveals, “the prospect of being able to handle my own trials immediately upon joining the City Attorney’s Office really appealed to me.” His interview with former city attorney and Los Angeles mayor James Hahn (’72, JD ’75) proved successful, and he began handling criminal trials from then on.
As he managed projects related to assistance programs for Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row area, Egurbide saw firsthand the shortcomings that the traditional justice system has when it comes to permanently resolving various community issues. This inspired him to pursue the development of non-traditional criminal justice solutions when dealing with certain types of offenders, and as years have passed, he has become more deeply involved in mediation-based, alternative prosecution programs.
Read the full article at magazine.pepperdine.edu.