January 26, 2016 — Pepperdine Law professor Jim Gash’s (JD ’93) book, Divine Collision: An African Boy, An American Lawyer, and their Remarkable Battle for Freedom (2016, Worthy Publishing), was officially released today. Read the publisher’s press release here (PDF). The story of Gash’s work with an imprisoned boy in Uganda through Pepperdine’s Global Justice Program is also featured in the upcoming Revolution Pictures documentary REMAND.
Excerpts from Divine Collision press release:
Jim Gash was living a comfortable life as a Los Angeles lawyer and law professor at Pepperdine University. Henry was a teenage boy wrongly accused of murder, languishing in a Ugandan detention center for almost two years without trial. Henry was losing hope, and prayed for a sign from God. Halfway around the world, Jim Gash listened to attorney and philanthropist 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 and told Bob to count him in. Little did Henry know, his prayer had been answered.
Jim Gash graduated first in his law school class at Pepperdine in 1993. Over the course of his career, 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 Pepperdine Law’s Dean of Students. In 2010, Jim traveled to Uganda on a juvenile justice project where he met Henry. Since then, he has returned to Uganda sixteen times. In 2012, Jim Gash 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. Today, Jim 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 www.throwingstarfish.com.