Steve Harvey

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Steve Harvey

Location: Littleton, CO, United States

Member Since: May 2010

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I grew up in Glencoe, IL, a suburb of Chicago, the youngest of five kids, and graduated from New Trier West High School in 1977. After two years at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, I decided to take a break from school, and seek a different sort of education. For the next seven and a half years, I worked, traveled and lived in various parts of the world and various parts of the United States, experiencing as many different aspects of life as I could. I worked in fields, factories, and offices; with infants, children, and the elderly; in education, sales, and health care; in Asia, Europe, Texas, and California; and did a two-year enlisted infantry tour of duty in the United States Army (stationed in what was then West Germany). I returned to SIU and finished my B.A. in Sociology, earning honors and awards in the process. During those last years of college, I founded and presided over an International Relations Club, volunteered on a crisis intervention hotline, and wrote for a small local publication. I then completed my M.A. in Sociology at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and continued on in the Ph.D. program for five more years (where I earned more honors and awards), though I elected to write a novel rather than my dissertation. During those years of Graduate School, I taught undergraduate classes in Introduction to Sociology, Criminology, Social Change, Complex Organizations, and Social Problems, and did paid research into how better to deliver outreach services in blighted urban settings (though our model applies more broadly). I presented papers at conferences of Sociologists, Political Scientists, and Economists, as well as being the guest of the Dutch government for a week long symposium on the integration of microeconomic analysis and network analysis. I also volunteered as a Big Brother. I moved from Connecticut to a cabin in the mountains of northern New Mexico in 1996, where I wrote the first draft of the novel I had been developing. I then moved down to Albuquerque, where I continued to study and teach at the University of New Mexico for two and a half years. In December, 1999, I moved to Mazatlan, Mexico, where I finished my novel (since published) and met my wife, Dolores. We moved up to the Denver area in May of 2002, and into our house in South Jeffco in May of 2003. Our darling daughter Scheherazade was born in August of 2003. From August of 2002 through August of 2007 I taught high school Social Studies (Intro, American History, American Government, World History, and World Geography) and Spanish (one year) in Denver Public Schools, Littleton Public Schools, and Jefferson County Public Schools, chairing the Community Outreach Network on my own time while teaching at Alameda High School in Jefferson County. Finally heeding the call to public service, I matriculated at CU Law school in August 2007 on a full merit scholarship, with the intention of pursuing a career in public interest law. In my first year of law school, I was a semi-finalist and "best oralist" in the mock trial competition. In my second year, I won the prestigious Don W. Sears Award for having "made the greatest contribution to the classroom learning experience." In preparation for a career in public interest law, I took a broad sampling of law school classes relevant to public policy: Energy Security, Sustainable Energy; Energy Law and Regulation; Environmental Law; Climate Change Law and Policy; Public Land Law; Labor Law; Immigration Law and Policy; Education Law; Parent, Child, and State; Water Resources; Property Law; Constitutional Law; Tax Policy Seminar; Administrative Law; Legislation; and Colorado State and Local Government, to name a few.While in law school, I did several internships and externships, including one with the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, giving legal rights presentations in Spanish to detainees in removal proceedings; one during the 2009 legislative session with Rep. Andy Kerr, Assistant House Majority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives; and one during the summer of 2009 with the Center for Systems Integration, working on projects involving child and family health and welfare.Having received my J.D. degree on May 7, 2010, I am currently looking for work in policy design and advocacy, am the founder and president of the non-partisan South Jeffco Community Organization, and am the Democratic Candidate in House District 28 for the Colorado House of Representatives.


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