Coastal Post Online


August 2002

Keep Tim Horvath in Law School!

By Alex Horvath

In an effort to help further the education of my younger brother, Tim Horvath, we are preparing a benefit Saturday, August 10, 5 PM, at the Bolinas Community Center. It will feature a Jamaican style dinner prepared by our own Trevor Willis who will make his Jamaican jerk Chicken. Also pastries and the like made by Marcella Robinson-Olivencia. Donated art will be auctioned in addition to services and goods from community members.

Having grown up in Bolinas in a highly volatile, alcoholic, drug-addicted and violent setting, Tim, a high-school dropout with a history of alcohol-related run-ins with local law enforcement, left Bolinas for the Great Northwest. Not knowing what would be there, but knowing clearly that he wanted his life to be different.

Tim landed in Port Townsend, Washington. It was here shortly after arriving that he found spirituality and a better way of life. He joined one of the local theater groups and acted in many plays. Somehow, he decided to go into real estate. By 1994 Tim had become a licensed real estate agent working at Realty World, and then on to Coldwell Banker.

About eight years ago, Tim decided it was his calling to become a lawyer.

Tim says attorney Tony Serra was largely an inspiration to him. Another role model in the profession was Randy Daar (of Serra, Daar, Perelson), who will be the keynote speaker at the event. Randy had successfully defended a very close friend of Tim's and did so in such a way that Tim could visualize doing the very same thing. The seeds for the idea of Tim Horvath becoming being a lawyer were planted. Armed with only an eighth-grade education (Bolinas School class of 1977) and the real estate license, Tim set out to become a lawyer.

First there were obstacles to overcome. Having conquered a bout with cancer at age 3, Tim's learning ability was impaired after chemotherapy treatments during this developmental period. Tim studied for and passed the GED. After that, Tim went on to Peninsula College near Port Townsend were he earned an Associate of Arts degree getting his highest grades in English and literature studies. This took him 3 years going to night classes and working full time as a contractor, having given up real estate sales. In 2000, Tim was admitted to New College School of Law in San Francisco, based on his AA degree from Peninsula and his score on the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test).

It took Tim another three years to complete the first two years of law school. He now faces his third and final year. By the end of the third year all students must complete 600 hours of either internship or externship work.

This is followed by the MPRE (Multi State Professional Responsibility Examination), which must be taken and passed before Tim is eligible to sit for the State Bar Exam. Additionally, Tim must then pass all his third year classes before is eligible to sit for the Bar.

The costs are great: The PMBR, the Bar review course, and the actual bar exam cost approximately $5,000 Due to the intensity of the curriculum, Tim will be unable to work as a carpenter, truck driver, etc. as he has been doing these past years in school. Student loans, grants and the like will defer some of the cost. However, that relatively small amount of money will not come close to covering Tim's third year expenses. In total, Tim needs approximately $16,000 for costs and living expenses in his final year.

The Benefit is planned for Saturday, August 10th, 5 p.m., at the Bolinas Community Center. Donations are accepted even if you cannot make it. And even if you can't donate much, or anything at all, come wish Tim well at this fun event! Call me at (707) 543-8098 for further details. -Alex Horvath



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