Jake is probably the worst person to talk to about being an attorney because he loves what he does. He is blessed to work for Idaho Legal Aid Services where he manages the Idaho Falls office and handles domestic violence related family law, housing issues, and disability situations. He is active in the community where he serves on the board of directors for both the Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership and CLUB, Inc. He is a prior president of the Bonneville Interagency Council.
Jake grew up in Murray, Utah. He served an church mission in California where he learned Spanish and became interested in helping people who often slip through society’s cracks. He received a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Utah and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Gonzaga University School of Law. While in law school, he was fortunate to be the Business Editor of the Gonzaga Law Review, the Public Service Chair of the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, and a Laurel Rubin Farm Worker Justice Fellow. He also spent a summer as a law clerk with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C.
Jake’s favorite piece of wisdom as a young professional comes from Antoine de Saint-Exupery who said “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add but when there is nothing left to take away.” Learning to remove excess, jargon, and emotion is equally as important as adding to your skills. Correcting and sincerely dealing with mistakes, be them your own or from other people, is a valuable part of this.
Jake’s personal life is filled with his wonderful wife, two kiddos, and a dog. He spends as much time as he can with them in Yellowstone and the Tetons. He loves Café Rio and playing the guitar louder than he should. He maintains a law practice blog for young attorneys at seegenerally.com