After graduating from Georgetown University in the same class as President Bill Clinton in 1968, Mr. Jordan joined the U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America where he became fluent in Spanish, and first became interested in becoming a lawyer while organizing credit cooperatives to lend money to campesinos ("farmers") in Santa Rita de Copan. He then attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and earned his Juris Doctor in 1976.
While in law school, Mr. Jordan volunteered at the Community Legal Assistance Center. He was a student intern at the L.A. City Attorneys Office, in their civil litigation, tax, and criminal prosecution units. Upon graduating law school, Mr. Jordan practiced law in a small, respected personal injury law firm in downtown Los Angeles, and a business law firm in Glendale. In 1983, Mr. Jordan opened his own solo law practice, and practiced full time law for two decades.
In 1997, Mr. Jordan became a full time law professor and Director of the Legal Assistant & Paralegal Studies Program at Los Angeles Mission College (one of the nine L.A. Community Colleges) located in the Los Angeles northeast valley (Sylmar). The Paralegal Program has both an on campus and a unique, "one of a kind" entirely online paralegal certificate program (with 12 law classes at the incredible price of $138 per class) instructed by an excellent law faculty.
Professor Jordan (Prof J) comes from a distinguished family of educators, including a grandfather, Charles Bernard Jordan, who was the Dean of Purdue University School of Pharmacy, West Lafayette, Indiana, a father, Charles Richard Jordan, who was a "Madison Avenue Ad Man" and who taught advertising at Fairfield University in Connecticut, a brother, Phillip Jordan, stage manager for the Boston Ballet (17 years), who taught theater arts at the University of Rhode Island, worked as the technical director of the "O" show of Cirque du Soleil at the Hotel Ballagio in Las Vegas, and who worked as the production manager of the Cross Country - Biathalon venue of the Winter Olympics 2002 in Salt Lake, Utah, and the Summer Olympics 2004 in Greece, assisted with the Wynn Las Vegas $100 million theater - a 2,000-seat room which is shaped like a globe with the audience sitting in sections that will have water flowing above, below, around, and through them. Phil is currently the Director of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts. Prof. J's sister, Marynell Jordan Schlegel, PhD Ed is a retired principal of the Lulu Walker Elementary School school in Tucson, Arizona from which her two daughter's graduated and who implemented "year round education" in her school district.
Mr. Jordan is married and has two children. His wife was the National Advertising Manager for the Los Angeles Times and currently is employed as the Director of Strategic Advertising at Outlook Newspapers in La Canada. His two adult sons, both graduated from college in 2003, one with emphasis on multimedia from Mission College Multimedia Program, and who is currently working in retail sales in Glendale, California and the other who studied abroad in Ecuador during the Fall Semester of his Junior year and gradauted in Math with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Occidental College and who currently works in web development.
Professor Jordan loves golf, spinning, yoga, and lifting weights, and sailing. He is certified to practice law before the State Courts of California, U.S. Federal District Courts/Central & Southern Districts, United States Tax Court and the United States Military Court of Appeals. He has in the past been active in the local YMCA, and business networking groups in the greater Los Angeles basin.
Professor Jordan has written articles on the use of internet technology in the Paralegal Classroom, and, and "RX for your First Paralegal Job"
Mr. Jordan was the Chair of the Staff Development Committee at Mission College, and the editor of the former weekly college ejournal "El Timbre". and also is editor of best teaching practices, weekly updates, law links, and computer tips, and hypertext articles on "technology" and its uses in the classroom, and "Desktop Training". Prof. Jordan also participates as a facilitator in the LA Community College District of the Instructional Skills Workshops ( ISW)., and the "Inventive Teacher Academy" . Prof. J has publishes regulary his law blog at http://profjordan.blogspot.com/. He acts as the Distance Education Chair and the Interim Chair of the Technology Committee. He assists in training of faculty in the Etudes Program at Mission College (the Learning Managment System).
Prof Jordan has taught a Bankruptcy Law class at the UCLA Attorney Assistant Training Program, and a Civil Procedure Class and Evidence class at People's College of Law.
Any questions or inquires regarding the Legal Assistant-Paralegal Program should be directed to Professor Jordan at his email address firstname.lastname@example.org , or 818/415-2015 (cell phone) or (college phone) 818/364-7720 at L.A. Mission College.