A medically retired police sergeant, Jon Schorsch most recently served as a legal professional for the King County Department of Public Defense. A leader with experience in organizational culture and vision, Jon Schorsch also volunteers as a self-defense instructor for the National Federation of the Blind and supports the United Way.
Founded more than 125 years ago, the United Way has grown to become a leading charitable organization in the United States and worldwide. Working to improve quality of life, the organization consists of local branches in close to 1,800 communities and over 40 countries.
The United Way’s efforts focus primarily on education, finances and economics, and health. For example, the organization operates a support program known as 2-1-1. Available in the United States and Canada, 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and links callers to local resources. The program, which is available 24 hours a day, is staffed by community resource specialists who can provide information in areas that range from food and homelessness programs to health care services and domestic abuse supports. In 2017, the program triaged more than 14 million calls, texts, and emails.
Jon Schorsch spent more than a decade as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department before retiring and going on to earn his JD at the Seattle University School of Law. In his professional life, Jon Schorsch drew upon extensive experience with employment laws and regulations related to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Formed by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA functions as a division of the Department of Labor and is led by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. The primary purpose of OSHA is to create and enforce standards and regulations related to workplace safety in the United States.
In March of 2018, OSHA announced that it would begin enforcing a rule related to workplace exposure to beryllium. The law sets an eight-hour limit for beryllium exposure, with a shorter limit for those working in the construction and shipyard industries. Beryllium is a metal commonly used in the aerospace, medical, and electronics industries. When processed, beryllium dust can be inhaled by workers and cause a variety of illnesses.
OSHA initially announced the rule in January of 2017. The agency stated the delay in enforcement was to allow time for the industry to fully understand the new regulations.
A longtime sergeant for the Port of Seattle Police Department, Jon Schorsch took medical retirement in 2007. After completing his law enforcement career, Jon Schorsch attended Seattle University School of Law to complete his juris doctor.
Located in Seattle, Washington, the Seattle University School of Law stands out for its commitment to teaching a diverse group of lawyers using real-world training from world-class educators. The school also maintains a robust continuing legal education program (CLE) that includes its Summer Practice Academy.
Aiming to be the most comprehensive legal training program in the state of Washington, the Summer Practice Academy offers certificate programs taught by leading legal scholars and practitioners. The 2018 Academy will be the fifth hosted by the school and will include a range of three-day seminars that will qualify for up to 17.25 Law and Legal CLE credits.
One of the highlights of the Academy is the Mastering Legal Writing Certificate Program, which offers tailored legal writing instruction for practicing attorneys. The Academy will also offer a Health Law Certificate and a program focused on mass atrocities and human rights.
To learn more about the Summer Practice Academy, please visit http://law.seattleu.edu/summerpracticeacademy.
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