Episode 38: TLC Faculty, Daniel Rodriguez on Discovering the Story of the Taft School Shooting
“Shootings that take place at schools, universally, are not something that happens unexpectedly. Usually what happens starts gradually, it builds up. If you talk to school psychologist on this type of situation, they will tell you that usually, the shooter will have leakage or that he is leaking out warning signs that he is going to go, get a gun, and come to school. So it doesn’t happen overnight, he is testing it. He’s giving out warnings and if nobody does anything about it, he will escalate it to another step, another step, another step…” – Daniel Rodriguez, 2008 TLC Grad & Faculty Member
Today, we are sharing another episode from TLC Faculty Member, Scott Glovsky’s podcast, Trial Lawyer Talk. Scott talks with Daniel Rodriguez about a case that had a profound impact on him, and something that has been a relevant topic in today’s political conversations, school shootings. Daniel describes how he discovered the story by reversing roles with everyone involved and explains how important it was for him to relay the complete relevant story to the jurors. Daniel is a well-known trial lawyer from Bakersfield, California. He founded his firm, Rodriguez & Associates with the primary focus on defending the injured.
Included in this Episode
- Statistics on school shootings since Columbine
- Daniel talks about the school shooting in Taft, California
- All the problems interlinked that should have been noticed
- Our jobs as a community and as parents
- Importance of finding and recognizing “leakage”
- Discovering the story of this school shooting
- How Daniel connected with this case and story
Interviewing Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez is the son of Mexican migrant field workers, having spent his childhood learning through hard work and strong family values. Today, he has raised his own children and lives in Bakersfield, CA, having graduated from TLC in 2008 and joining the faculty team in 2009. Through his experience with TLC, he has learned to look at life differently and his consequent interaction with all the people in his life has changed for the better because, as he will tell you, he is keenly aware of his many flaws and shortcomings making him all the more tolerant of those in others. That awareness has been both humbling and liberating. His practice is primarily focused on personal injury with an emphasis on oilfield injuries, trucking accidents, traumatic brain injuries and police excessive force cases.
Host, Scott Glovsky – Trial Lawyer Talk
Scott graduated from TLC in 2007 and has been a faculty member since 2014. He has been practicing law since 1993 when he graduated from Cornell School of Law. Scott’s practice emphasizes personal injury and is nationally recognized as an advocate for the rights of the injured and insurance policyholders. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of California’s “California Street Fighter of the Year” award and the “President’s Award of Merit” from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.