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  • BUS 140, Legal Environment of Business
  • BA (Political Science), UC Santa Barbara
  • JD, McGeorge School of Law
  • ATTORNEY, California
  • VOICEMAIL: 760.757.2121 x1320
  • EMAIL: lpage@miracosta.edu
Leon Page
BUS 140 Class

Leon J. Page is employed as a deputy county counsel for the County of Orange, where he currently practices labor and employment law.  As a deputy county counsel, Leon has litigated hundreds of legal disputes, and many of his cases have resulted in published, precedent-setting, appellate decisions including the election cases Nguyen v. Nguyen, 158 Cal. App. 4th 1636 (2008) and Capo for Better Representation v. Neal Kelley, 158 Cal. App. 4th 1455 (2008); the California Public Records Act case, Orange Co. Employees Assn. v. Superior Court, 120 Cal. App. 4th 287 (2004); and several bail forfeiture cases, including People v. Aegis Security Ins. Co., 130 Cal. App. 4th 1071 (2005); and American Contractors Indemnity Co. v. County of Orange, 130 Cal. App. 4th 579 (2005).  Prior to joining the County of Orange in 2003, Leon worked as an associate attorney at Fisher & Phillips LLP, a management-side labor and employment firm, where he represented both public and private sector clients.

Leon obtained his J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law in 2000, where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class.  In 1999, he was honored with the Charles D. Driscoll Labor Award (awarded to the law student who exemplifies the highest commitment to the improvement of labor-management relations.)  While enrolled as an evening student at McGeorge, Leon worked as a Legislative Assistant in the California State Assembly and successfully managed the passage of several bills into law, including measures relating to emergency highway repair, the issuance of emergency protective orders, and the admissibility of hearsay evidence.  Leon obtained his B.A. (political science) from UCSB in 1994, graduating with high honors.

In 2005-2006, Leon wrote a regular opinion column for the North County Times.  In early 2011, and after an almost four-year legal battle, Leon concluded a public interest/taxpayer lawsuit involving MiraCosta College, in which he successfully challenged the financial settlement given to the college’s former president/superintendent.  Over the last few years, Leon has also taken a number of classes at MiraCosta College, including courses in history, dramatic literature, and dance.

Leon is very excited to be teaching Business Law 140 in the fall.  He looks forward to providing students with practical knowledge and useful skills to help them guide their businesses through our country’s complicated legal system. 

Leon was born in the United Kingdom and immigrated to the United States in 1980.  Leon now lives in Carlsbad with his wife and three children.  He enjoys swimming, riding his motor scooter, and following local, state, and national politics.

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Teaching Philosophy/Style and Class Management/Activities

The law is a fascinating and complicated subject.  I am a zealous advocate of teaching students practical skills and useful knowledge.  Knowledge is power.  Knowledge instills confidence.  I want to empower students and enable them to better navigate the complicated world we live in.  As a practicing litigator, I endeavor to present the issues in my class in the manner that they would be adjudicated "where the rubber hits the road," in the courtroom, where what matters is not what did or should happen, but what you can prove.

This Fall 2011, I will be teaching Business 140, Legal Environment of Business.  We have a great deal of material to cover.  The text book is terrific, and I will very much enjoy teaching this class.  Naturally, students will find some of the subjects covered in the course to be more interesting than others, but I encourage students to stick with it!  You never will know what subject of the law will "grab" you and capture your imagination.  In my case, I was grabbed by labor and employment law, which I practice today, but you might be equally fascinated by criminal law, commercial transactions, constitutional law, or contract formation, all of which are just some of the many subjects we will cover in Business 140.

By the time we're finished with the course, students in my class will not only have a greater understanding of how the world works, they'll have been exposed, albeit briefly, to a big chunk of what law students cover in law school.  Most importantly, students will be better equipped to tackle the thicket of legal issues that affect business activity in the United States today.  I hope you will join me on what will be an amazing intellectual voyage.