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James Preis

James Preis

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Telephone: (213) 740-2547
Direct Line: 213-389-2077 ext. 13
699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

James Preis is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS), where he is involved in impact litigation, legislative advocacy and public education. As an adjunct professor at USC Gould School of Law, he teaches courses on Mental Health Law.

With MHAS, Preis has litigated several major cases on behalf of people with mental disabilities, lectured on mental health advocacy issues, and authored books, law review and professional articles on legal issues affecting people with mental disabilities. MHAS, which is sponsored by the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the Mental Health Association in California, is a private, non-profit organization providing free legal services to people with mental and developmental disabilities.

Preis received a BA in Philosophy from Stanford University and a JD from USC Gould.


Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2018
Re: Jody David Armour

Jody Armour was quoted about the large sum a court awarded in damages to a family of a man fatally shot by a San Bernardino County deputy. "The jury was convinced that there was clear and convincing evidence that the officer was not merely negligent and unreasonable in killing the victim, but that his behavior was egregious, that it was characterized by malice," Armour said. "I remember $5-, $7-, $8-million awards, but nothing in this area."


Robert K. Rasmussen
January, 2018

"Puerto Rico and the Netherworld of Sovereign Debt Restructuring," Workshop, Duke Law School, Durham, NC. 

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas participated on a panel on "Effective Assessment:  Measuring Your Law Library's Impact" at the Association of American Law School's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Pauline Aranas
January, 2018

Pauline Aranas concluded her year-year term on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information.