Dan at his Encino Law Office

Writing: I am the author of a memoir, All the Difference, Paperback:


Excerpts from various chapters appear on my website along with other writings (poems, short stories, humor, and media). Instructor in three creative writing classes, Dr. William G. Wallis, Professor of Creative Writing and English Composition at Los Angeles Valley College and Santa Monica College, edited and critiqued most of my memoir. Two other creative writing professors encouraged me to publish. Some memoir excerpts appear on line by Leroy Chatfield for the Farmworker Movement Documentation Project at “My First Trial for the UFW” and “UFW and ACLU Join the Battle for Farmworker Rights in 1973.” At “A Berkeley Confrontation” was published in February 2012 (also published at 2012 and now “Vietnam Savagery” will appear there later in October 2012. My webpage,, launched in March 2012 also contains short stories, poems, songs, media (You Tube and interviews), political comment, and humor (enhanced with photos) that receives 240-300 visits a month. Some memoir excerpts have been published on the  bi-monthly Yokohama High School Newsletter reaching thousands of alumni: “Fujiyama,” “Dodging Death,” “Bux,” “A Voyage to Japan,” and my poem, “Buddha Smiles in Kamakura.” I blog on Facebook commenting on what interests me daily and link hundreds of friends to my website each time I post.

Legal Experience: Attorney at Law 1972–2006:  Staff Attorney 1974 – 1976 for the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Southern California Los Angeles as Director of the Farm Worker project; Litigation involving Personal Injury, Police Misconduct, Defending Against Unconstitutional Injunctions and Temporary Restraining Orders, and Criminal Defense. Staff Attorney June 1973 – 1976 United Farmworkers of America (AFL-CIO) various locations following the grape strikes and then to Los Angeles.  Litigate 17  Consumer Class Actions, Provide Legal Services to Union Members and Picketers, Police Misconduct, Criminal Defense, Defense of Union Against Temporary Restraining Orders and Preliminary Injunctions. Staff Attorney 1972 – 1973 Greater Bakersfield Legal Services Bakersfield, California.

Law Offices of Daniel C. Lavery, 1977 - 2006: Civil Rights, Wrongful Termination, Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Defamation, Privacy, Police Misconduct, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, Family Law, Criminal Defense, Mediation, Settlement Negotiations, Civil and Criminal Appeals.

Law School Courses Taught: Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Litigation, Criminal Law, Legal Drafting, and Discovery.

Speaking Engagements: Many Public Speaking Engagements for the ACLU and other organizations including progressive churches: “The Elusive Quest for Justice,” “Understanding, Uncovering, and Protesting against Torture,” “Civil Rights Practice for the Solo Practitioner,” “Recent Constitutional Law Cases and their Impact.”

Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence Years Attended (1969 - 72) Hastings College of Law, University of California San Francisco, California. Selected speaker for the Hastings Graduation Colloquium "Law as an effective instrument for social change." While at Hastings worked as an intern for the Alameda County Public Defender, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, a summer internship with the United Farmworkers Organizing Committee, and the re-election campaign for Congressman Allard K. Lowenstein in Long Beach, N.Y.

B.S.E.E. Major Naval Science, English,  United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, years attended (1960 - 64).Naval assignments: Asst.  Ops. Officer, Subic Bay Naval Base, P.I., 1968.  Navigator, USS Oakhill (LSD-7) 1966-7 (6 month Vietnam deployment); Recon Attack Navigator,  RA5C, Vigilante 1965, Sanford, Fla. Naval Flight School Pensacola Fla. 1964.

Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship August 1972-August 1973. Intense community lawyer and civil rights litigation training at Howard University by Drew Days.

Skills, honors and Professional highlights: Successful appeal in Coriell v. Superior Court, 39 Cal App. 3d 487, 114 Cal Rptr. 310 established the right in California to seek discovery prior to class certification. Successful appeal in Kelly V. General Telephone, 136 Cal App. 3d 278, 186 Cal Rptr. 184 established the right of an employee to plead a case for slander and negligent infliction of emotional distress against an employer for a false statement contained in a personnel file without first conducting a reasonable investigation if the communication was motivated by malice. Attended Mediation training in 1997 provided by Loyola Law School (36 hours).

Published Law Review Article, "Conspiratorial Violence at Picket Lines: Actionable under Section 1985(3) and Section 1981," University of San Fernando Valley Law Review, Labor Law 1976 ,Volume 5 Number 1, pp 227-258.

Hobbies: Baseball coach for 16 years for Little League, Babe Ruth League, and Mickey Mantle League, public speaking at service clubs, churches and law venues, gardening, physical fitness, weight training, hiking, softball, golf, soccer coach, choir, guitar (Video Obama's Train Is Coming at, travel, reading, writing (Memoir, poetry, essays, short stories, sports, and political stories, critique, and workshop groups), taking creative writing courses at community colleges.

5 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hi Dan,

    I read your website with great interest! I am one of the editors of UC Hastings’ alumni magazine, and we are planning an article for the next issue on the anti-Vietnam War movement at the law school in the late 60s and early 70s. I’d love to speak with you about your memories of that time, and also ask you if you know of any other Hastings alumni who were active in the movement.

    If you have a moment to speak with me, I’d really appreciate it.
    My email address is:
    My phone is 925-943-1199, x-219

    I look forward to hearing back from you!
    Deborah Kirk

    • Hi Deborah: Thank you for your kind remarks about my posts. I look forward to a discussion with you on Hastings during those turbulent years, 1969-72 when I attended and Nixon invaded neutral Cambodia setting off a chain reaction on most all the campuses across the nation. I have a few posts here about that and in my memoir, All the Difference, chapter 35, pp320-338. I look forward to conversing with you on a most crucial part of my education and development.Yes, I do know some activists in anti-war actions from Hastings who were vocal in protesting that war.

  2. Dear Mr. Lavery:

    I am a legal assistant in Scranton, PA. My boss will be leading a seminar on immunity in a few days. One of the seminal cases that he plans to discuss is U.S. v. Kastigar, which I have learned was argued in front of the Supreme Court by Attorney Hugh R. Manes. (Please correct me if I am mistaken). I have also learned that Mr. Manes was a remarkable person and champion for civil rights. I saw on your blog that you wrote a lovely elegy for Mr. Manes after he died. I simply seek a photo of Mr. Manes in his heyday to be used in my boss’s presentation. I wondered if you perhaps might have one.

    Thank you for your help,

    Jennifer Krist

    PS I love the Another Mother for Peace flower that you have on your website.

    • Hi Jennifer: Thanks for your interest in Hugh manes, my post about him, and civil rights. I knew him well and he was a mensch, a leader, and intense advocate for the underdog. I will search for a picture of Hugh and send it to you if I can.(I have updated this comment and sent you an email with an article about Hugh that contained his smiling face). Please check your cite of U.S. v. Kastigar as it will reveal if Hugh was of record but I no longer have my law library. If I find out later I’ll confirm. Good luck to you in your future legal endeavors and read my memoir if you get a chance at:

  3. Hi,I\\’m one of Hugh Manes\\’ five kids, Mehgan. Could you please send me what you posted after my father died? Also, what article with his photo did you send? Was it the LA Times obit?Thank you.

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