James Rapp is a partner is the firm Schmeideskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP, and has represented since shortly after it was established in 1974. He a member of Bar in Illinois, Missouri, and the District of Columbia, and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and various federal courts. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, and the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of various education law related publications, among them Education Law, a seven-volume comprehensive publication of LexisNexis, and Education Law, part of the LexisNexis Civil Rights & Strategy Series, and School Crime and Violence: Victims’ Rights, published by the National School Safety Center. He represented the National School Safety Center as a friend of the court before the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of Illinois named him as a charter member and subsequent chair of its Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board. He has been active in professional, civic, and philanthropic organizations, among them John Wood Community Foundation.