James was founded in 1981 to provide more practical law books than the treatises that then dominated the market.
Extensive practice tools
Forms are an essential part of that mission, so over the decades we have encouraged our authors to load their books with time-saving motions and pleadings, client letters, and step-by-step procedural checklists. We have also sought heavy doses of pattern arguments, model questions, pitfalls to avoid, and practice tips.
In the ’90′s, expanding conglomerate ownership triggered an increase in profits-first business practices among the majors, which have continued to this day in the form of aggressive annual price hikes. We prefer efficiency over price increases. We hope to keep our low prices intact for many more years.
Excellent customer service
We like to reach a live and helpful voice when we have a customer problem, and believe that should always be the case when you call James during business hours. As a result, James has no phone maze to wade through, and our knowledgeable customer service people are empowered to solve problems without restriction.
James Publishing’s Kids
For over 10 years we have devoted a portion of our receipts to helping young people around the globe through a foundation called James Publishing’s Kids.
When helping young people in other countries, we generally work with local partners. With them we have created a school for orphans in Kabul, drilled water wells for villages in Indonesia, built a group home for abandoned and abused children in the Philippines, and provided tuition donations to young women in Kenya. In the U.S. we work directly with recipients, who are usually students in need. We have provided 4-year college scholarships to high-performing inner-city high schoolers, donated books to a local elementary school for disadvantaged children, given partial scholarships to high-achieving engineering students at UC Irvine, and written and published a college planner for California high school students. We thank our customers for their decades of support as we follow this evolving and enjoyable path of service to them and others.
Jim Pawell Founder