Jackie Speier to take gig at SF Law Firm

Jackie Speier, who narrowly survived the bloody Jonestown massacre as an aid to the late Rep. Leo Ryan, and ten years in Sacramento is taking her law degree out of mothballs and moving back into a legal career according to the legal newspaper Daily Journal.

The popular, but termed out state legislator who was defeated in a tight race for lieutenant governer against John Garamendi last year is reportedly accepting a job at Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy and will be working in the firm’s public agency practice division under direction of fellow Hastings Law College grad Joan L Cassman.

This “public agency” law racket shouldn’t be much of a stretch for Speier who has spent decades navigating the political minefields of California politics first as a San Mateo county supervisor, then not only as an an Assemblywoman but also a State Senator. She must have some friends and knowledge at state agencies because Cal Train has even named a train after her…


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Speier has also been in the midst of a promo push with more than a dozen Bay Area stops squeezed into April and May promoting her recently released autobiographical title “This Is Not The Life I Ordered” .

3 Comments so far

  1. Lloyd Baum (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 6:06 pm

    Whatever will make my very good friend Jackie happy delights me. This sounds like a great opportunity for her to keep her hands in what is going on in Sacramento and at the same time be near her family. If she works out of the law firm’s San Francisco office she can have lunch with her husband, Barry. Nevertheless, don’t be surprised if someday she decides to run for another public office.


  2. 49Giants (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 8:15 am

    I was born the year she was shot. Today, she is one of my heroes. I’d love to sit down with her and pester her with questions over a cup of coffee.


  3. cd (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    This woman has faced a LOT of bad hands and still remains dedicated to public service when most anyone else would’ve said “see ya” and bailed.

    I hope that she runs for statewide office again someday – she’s an asset to California.



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