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About John Schum Law

John Schum, Esq.


John Schum has over 25 years experience in the criminal justice system, to which he has dedicated his entire legal career to mastering. Having been a prosecutor, defense counsel, and military judge he has the unique ability to see a case from all sides, and to use that ability to your advantage to ensure all aspects of your case are addressed and well represented. He is able to represent clients in California, on all islands througout the State of Hawai'i, and military service members in all 50 states and at military bases internationally.

The firm also provides representation for businesses and individuals whose conduct may fall under State Recreational or Medical Marijuana Use Laws. These matters must be handled very delicately. Although California and Hawai`i Laws allow for limited use of marijuana, it is still illegal under Federal Law. Before exposing your interests to potential criminal liability, I encourage you to call and ask for assistance first.

Formal Education:

Military Judge's Course TJAGSA - University of Virginia in 2003

Masters of Law in Military Law from TJAGSA - University of Virginia in 1999

Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island in October 1992

Juris Doctorate, California Western School of Law in May 1992

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management - Purdue University in 1984

Handling Capital Cases - National Judicial College, University of Nevada

Scientific Evidence and Expert Witnesses - National Judicial College

Criminal Evidence - National Judicial College, University of Nevada

Short Course for Defense Attorneys, Northwestern School of Law

Defending Capital and Complex Cases, Naval Justice School

Career Prosecutors Course, National College of District Attorneys

Evidence for Prosecutors, National College of District Attorneys

Prosecuting Homicides, National College of District Attorneys

Prosecuting Capital Cases, Naval Justice School

Professional Experience:

August 2006 to present - Private Practice, Law Office of John Schum

Criminal Defense; DUI and Traffic Offenses; State, Federal, and US Military Defense.

June 2003 to December 2005 - Military Judge, Kaneohe, Hawaii

Presided over approximately 100 criminal cases for the Navy and Marine Corps Commands throughout Hawaii.

May 2001 to May 2003 - Regional Defense Counsel, Eastern Region

Supervised over 60 attorneys in the largest geographical region for defense services in the Marine Corps.

Defended servicemembers in the region accused of the most complex and serious cases.

June 1999 to May 2001 - Senior Defense Counsel, Camp Lejeune, NC

Supervised 25 attorneys in one of the two busiest offices in the Marine Corps.

Reviewed all cases and assigned defense counsel to represent the individual servicemember.

I ensured that servicemembers received the best attorney in the office to handle their individual case.

Defended servicemembers in the region accused of the most complex and serious cases.

August 1998 to May 1999 - Master of Law in Military Justice at University of Virginia

Received my Masters of Military Law with an emphasis in Military Justice at

The Judge Advocate General's School of the Army.

December 1996 to July 1998 - Defense Counsel, Camp Pendleton, CA

Defended over 300 courts-martial and administrative separation boards.

December 1995 to December 1996 - Review Officer, Camp Pendleton, CA

Conducted the initial review of over 1500 records of trial to ensure that any errors were identified and corrected prior to forwarding them to the Appellate Court.

December 1993 to December 1995 - Senior Trial Counsel and Military Justice Officer, Camp Pendleton, California

Prosecuted criminal cases and supervised other prosecutors.

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