Stephen R. - Judge Steve on Law, Criminal Justice, History & Politics

Cal Tech Stephen R. Tutors California Institute of Technology Students in Pasadena, CA
$60 / hr
Aurora, CO
20 miles Travel Radius
In-person + Online
As a retired judge I am actively involved with teaching at several local universities. I began teaching continuing education courses to my fellow judges and attorneys. Then I fell in love with teaching graduate and undergraduate students. Over the last eight years I taught criminology, business and criminal law, criminal justice, political science, history and social sciences.

In addition to my career as a County Court and acting District Court Trial Judge, I served in many other offices ...
My son and I have been taking lessons regarding the US constitution and US government from Judge Stephen on a weekly basis for a few months now. I had been postponing writing the reviews because I want to write more accurate reviews. First of all, Judge Stephen is extremely knowledgeable, we can ask questions regarding historical ruling or present ones. He can always answer the questions and point us to some documents where we can read more. Secondly, he is very accommodating. Our lessons change from one week to the next due to other conflicts. He always finds a time slot to accommodate our changes. Third, he is very helpful. He offered some detailed advice regarding our particular situations. We recommend him highly to anyone who wants to understand US laws and how the US government works.
- Zeng Z. from Sunnyvale, CA
Judge Stephen helped me analyze a case from an objective point of view highlighting relevant details in order to write a legal memorandum using the IRAC method. With my first case study I didn't have a clue as to what I was going to do and by the second case study (and out second session as well) I was able to to brainstorm using the IRAC method and Judge Stephen helped me write out my thoughts with much clarity. I highly recommend Judge Stephen because he makes sure the student understands what needs to be done.
- Fabio L. from Grove City, OH
Judge Stephan is a fantastic tutor and the best Business Law tutor I could find on Wyzant. He is well versed in the IRAC format and cuts to the chase. He's deeply knowledgeable and can analyze a legal issue from the perspective of all parties involved. He is committed to paying a meticulous level of detail with every practice session. Thanks to Judge Stephan, I developed a deeper sense of the law than I ever had before, and my class was a resounding success.
- Abraham K. from Seattle, WA
Stephen took the time to really explain and help me understand the organization of legal writing and how to frame my issue in the context of what I was looking at. He's super patient and willing to let you jump all over the board with ideas.
- Monica C. from Durham, NC
I know that I will meet my goal once we are done working together. Just from the icebreaker session I have learned a lot.
- Max L. from Hampton, VA
Judge Stephen was extremely knowledgeable with helping me navigate my argument for an amendment by explaining in depth what the possibilities would be to succeed with such an amendment. Thanks again :)
- Carson L. from Oregon, OH
Judge Steve is highly knowledgable, presents difficult concepts in a clear, concise and easy to digest manner. He is positive, supportive, and invested in your success. I have no reservation in suggesting his service to any law student. Thank you for the wonderful and positive learning experience.
- Angel A. from Lake Grove, NY
Fantastic review for exam prep. We covered a range of FRE rules...Would absolutely recommend. I have worked with Judge Steve over the past few months and his knowledge and experience in invaluable.
- Riley R. from Minneapolis, MN
Excellent as always! An extremely engaging and highly informative lesson concerning Brown v. The Board of Education, and more. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you!
- Karlene W. from Canton, GA
Judge Stephen is an excellent coach and mentor. He is seasoned, very knowledgeable and draws on a wealth of experience to promote an overall sense of intellectual and psychological well being in his students. He has shared some great ideas and tips on how to better organize my thoughts and capture and engage my audience. I plan on using these tips on my next presentation. He gives of his knowledge freely and always has words of encouragement to help me focus on my abilities.
- Funmi S. from Houston, TX
Today we went over all most important Crim law and Crim pro concepts within 1.5 hrs. Stephen?s examples are always helpful! And the explanations are on point, clear and concise.
- Nick A. from Southampton, PA
Judge Steve is extraordinary. He is my hero and mentor, and I thank him for countless invaluable teachings and his extensive knowledge of law. He is a tireless advocate for his students and it is an honor to be taught by a judge ruled by ethics, compassion, deep knowledge and humility.
- Elle A. from Boston, MA
I normally don?t write reviews but I?ve been meeting with Judge Stephen since February. My experience with him has been one of the best. I?m in the process of reapplying to law school and he has helped me so much. He helps me formulate strong arguments and understand how to better articulate my points. He really pushes me to be the best future lawyer I can be. With him as a tutor I have more confidence in my self that I will succeed in law school!
- Stephanie J. from Jamaica, NY
My first lesson with him was very productive. I?m excited to continue learning from him so I can be an an effective law student!
- Stephanie J. from Jamaica, NY
Steve is patient and understanding. He assisted me with my assignment and has so much knowledge and examples. Thank you so much!
- Galit M. from Aurora, CO
I have received the tutoring session from Stephen of enhancing my public speaking and presentation skills. This tutoring session is really helpful, it provides me with an insight on how to convey clear messages to the audience, maintain appropriate eye contact and posture in front of the podium. This is a great experience to work with him and I think his students will feel the same way.
- Olive C. from San Francisco, CA
I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson with Stephen. He helped me understand the inner workings of Congress, and he was able to do this extremely well because he is a former state legislator. If I need additional help I will certainly contact Stephen again.
- Fred G. from Van Nuys, CA
The tutor was helpful in stimulating my thought pattern as to how to go about finding the peer reviewed articles I was looking for. While he did not provide me with any, this is likely good, as it was better for me to find them on my own. He did seem to not really understand what I was looking for initially, and the articles he sent me were not peer reviewed scholarly articles and hence were not helpful for my assignment. However, the tutoring session was successful in that the ideas he gave me helped me go about finding what I was looking for with the kind assistance of my college's librarian.
- Tom H. from Upper Marlboro, MD
Very calm, understanding and considerate, Judge Steve makes a great mentor for anyone who wants to learn the intricacies of law. There is something to be said for his 37 years of experience on the bench.
- Cezarina M. from Houston, TX
Judge Steve has a lot of experience and helped me get to my issues quickly so I could be more efficient and skilled in completing my writing project. He also is very honest in dealing with students and gives great value for the time. Very helpful were practical pointers on how to achieve my overall academic mission, aside from the specific writing assignment we have been discussion. I intend to continue working with Judge Steve to improve my research and writing skills.
- Jennifer F. from Kansas City, MO
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