Who am I? Why this Blog?
I’m Dr. Jonathan L. Kramer.
In August 2016 I completed my Doctor of Law and Policy (LP.D) degree at Northeastern University in Boston. I received my doctoral hood in September 2016. I was a member in the 8th Cohort of that unique program.
I set up this blog at the suggestion of one of the LP.D program leaders whom I truly respect, Professor Neenah Estrella-Luna, Ph.D. Early in the LP.D program she strongly recommended that each Cohort member track their progress and stand up to the scrutiny of peers, just as we do when we publish or present papers.
I took Professor Estrella-Luna’s suggestion to heart, and this blog allowed me to chart my personal journey from a highly-educated lawyer and masters-level blob to highly-educated lawyer and doctoral-level researcher blob.
At least that was my initial goal…
In real life, I’m a practicing telecom law attorney licensed in California and New Mexico, as well as a radio frequency engineer. My law firm has five attorneys, four staff, and two dogs working in offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Seattle, and in our covert office on a Southwest Airlines jet (minus the dogs).
I have earned the following academic degrees:
Associate of Science (AS) degree (honors) Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Los Angeles, California.
Juris Doctor (JD) degree (cum laude) Abraham Lincoln University School of Law. Los Angeles, California.
Masters of Law (LL.M) degree (with distinction) Strathclyde University. Glasgow, Scotland.
Doctor of Law and Policy (LP.D) Northeastern University. Boston, Massachusetts.
Having completed my Doctor of Law and Policy degree, just for fun I might go after a few more professional licenses.
My current goal is to become licensed as a Real Estate Broker in California. Done that!
I am personally accountable for my education and the work I put in to that education. Because of that, I’ve decided to be transparent about my grades, whether good or bad (but better good than bad).
Q1 – Summer 2014:
Law and Legal Reasoning 1
(LWP 6120) Grade: A
Law and Policy Concepts 1
(LWP 6401) Grade: A
(LWP 6424) Grade: A-
Q2 – Fall 2014:
Law and Legal Reasoning 2
(LWP 6121) Grade: A
Law and Policy Concepts 2
(LWP 6402) Grade: A-
(LWP 6423) Grade: A
Q3 – Winter 2015:
Law and Legal Reasoning 3
(LWP 6122) Grade: A
Law and Policy Concepts 3
(LWP 6403) Grade: A
(LWP 6420) Grade: A
Q4 – Spring 2015:
Law and Legal Reasoning 4
(LWP 6123) Grade: A
(LWP 6404) Grade: A
Economics for Policy Analysis
(LAW 6410) Grade: A-
Q5 – Summer 2015:
Methods & Theory Appl Research
(LWP6425) Grade: A
(LWP6431) Grade: A
Doctoral Research Design 1
(LWP6500) Grade: A
Q6 – Fall 2015:
Public Policy Theory & Practice 1
(LWP6450) Grade: A
Doctoral Research Design 2
(LWP 6501) Grade: A
Q7 – Winter 2016:
Public Policy Theory & Practice 2
(LWP6451) Grade: A
Doctoral Research Design 3
(LWP 6502) Grade: A
Q8 – Spring 2016:
Public Policy Theory & Practice 3
(LWP6452) Grade: A
Doctoral Research Design 4
(LWP 6503) Grade: A
July 2016: My final GPA after all program coursework is 3.958 on a 4 point scale. I can live with that.
Month: April 2016
(l-r: Jonathan Kramer, Michelle Puhlick, Edward Kammerer, Ph.D. Photo: Darin Detwiler.)
Last Saturday (April 23, 2015) I had the privilege of presenting the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA) Annual Meeting. My presentation was on some of the preliminary findings to be reported in my thesis later this year. The NESPA meeting was held in Newport, Rhode Island.
Family or Thesis – An easy choice
About 5 weeks ago a significant and negative family event occurred that has forced me to refocus my priorities. The on-schedule completion and defense of my thesis has had to take a backseat to the family event, but family must come first in situations like ours.
I’m hoping that I’ll defend in June, but more likely it will be July.
Grades for Winter 2016 Posted. I don’t care.
I’ve just received the grades for the Winter 2016 quarter, which ended at 23:59:59 on Sunday, April 2, 2016. As I have promised for transparency purposes, I’ve posted them to the left side of this screen…scroll down if you’re interested.
I am not interested…anymore.
Huh? I don’t care about my grades?
The reality now is that the real grade for me will come during the first week in September, when I’m officially notified whether my thesis is accepted in final form and I have successfully defended it. There’s no guarantee of either or both, so I cannot lose sight of what’s vital…finishing up the writing and getting the defense completed and behind me.
Okay, to be fully honest, I do care about my grades, but that’s my pride speaking. I’m glad that I’ve meet the high standards set by the institution, so far, and I’ll be happy when my final grades are posted. But I’ll be a lot happier when I get the official letter from Northeastern saying that I should stop by for the doctoral hooding later that month.
That’s the only grade that counts, now.
Finishing up the Winter 2016 Quarter…Thesis Time
I’m (way) behind on my writing timetable. Who would have thought it would take longer than planned to write a thesis? No, not me. Yeah. Not me.
Pages don’t write themselves. It takes fingers on keys to make the magic happen. That’s that magic I’m working on.
Talking with some of my Cohort members, I’m not alone. We use the discussion boards to push and pull each other along. I don’t know where I’d be without the support and encouragement of those 15 friends and colleges as we face our final quarter together, starting in, ah, 2 hours and 46 minutes.
I should be able to post my grades for the almost completed quarter later this week.