James Blair JD ’98


James Blair JD ’98 was hired as the director of Institutional Advancement at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area. While a law student Blair spent a summer as the director of orientation for the incoming law school class, a role he says in many ways led him to this position many years later. He has also been teaching business law at DVC for a number of years; he started his journey to law school by taking the class he now teaches.


James Blair JD ’98 is opening a pub, Creek Monkey, in Martinez, California. His goal is to eventually open a full production brewery adopting the name Excelsior for his microbeer. He is using as a model Oregon’s McMenamin brothers, who are famous for turning disused historic buildings slated for the wrecking ball into hipster paradises. The name of Blair’s establishment stems from a local urban legend of simian sightings where the famous beavers now call home.