Show Details for the week of December 5th, 2011

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  • American Jobs going overseas – Civil Defense Attorney James Otto Files Lawsuit So Americans Can have Equal Access to American Jobs
  • The attack on the British Embassy in Iran – an interview with Trita Parsi
James Otto
James Otto

 James Otto served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corp. from 1976 to 1980. In 1981, Mr. Otto earned a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with an emphasis in finance, from National University in San Diego, California. He practiced financial analysis throughout Asia before returning to the United States in 1984.

While preparing to enter law school, Jim Otto worked for Dillingham Construction Company in Pleasanton, California as a database manger. He created database software to be placed on job sites (such as the Golden Gate Bridge restructuring and the BART project) to assist in the management of the projects.

In 1986, Mr. Otto entered Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles, California. He graduated in 1989 becoming a member of the California State Bar licensed to practice in federal and state courts. Over the past 24 years, he handled over 1,000 cases acquiring extensive experience in litigation in various areas such as accounting, appeals, business, corporations, employment practices, financing, housing, personal injuries, mediation, and trials.
From 1996 to 2003, James Otto worked for the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing prosecuting violators of California’s civil rights laws in both employment and housing.In 2003, Mr. Otto opened his own law office in Northridge, California, and since then has emphasized cases involving civil rights and the Fair Employment and Housing Act.Presently, Mr. Otto is developing new legal theories to protect American workers and green card holders from national origin discrimination.
Trita Parsi
Trita Parsi

Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign policy, and the geopoliitcs of the Middle East.  He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), for which he conducted more than 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision-makers.  Treacherous Alliance is the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Parsi’s upcoming book A Single Roll of the Dice – Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press), is set to be released early 2012.


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