Robert J. Harelson

rjhRobert Joseph Harelson “Joe” has long been an advocate of the senior community.  Prior to and throughout his academic endeavors at University of California, Davis and John F. Kennedy, School of Law, Joe apprenticed, interned and clerked with Associations and Clinics aimed at preserving wisdom, culture and history with the common theme: Respecting and protecting our Elders.  Joe has successfully achieved substantial results in cases wherein Skilled Nursing Facilities are made accountable for their actions (or lack thereof) in treating our elders and seniors.  Joe’s depth of knowledge and experience also involves landowner property rights, elder abuse and neglect, injuries, and in collaboration with his law partners, business policy and procedure. Joe is also experienced with eviction and reclaiming real property up to and through trial.

In his free time, Joe enjoys a variety of hands-on projects including classic car restoration, welding, painting, gardening, international travel, camping, diving and backpacking.  Besides his love for exploring and living in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills, Joe is driven by his fascination in researching the foundation and expanse of complex statutory schemes, codes and the legal theory for application in litigation and trial. 


California State Bar Association (2014)


J.D – 2011  John F. Kennedy, School of Law

University of California at Davis, French

2014 Completed CalWorks; Calfresh; Affordable Care Act; MediCal and Homeless Assistance Induction Training with Sacramento County.


Nevada County Bar Association- Secretary 2016

NCBA Secretary 2016

Foothill Fosters Dog Rescue Volunteer 2012-2014

Volunteer Legal Services Program of Northern California 2014- 2015

YXP Food Bank Legal Resources 2013-2015

                Provide legal resources and consultations to South Sacramento community.

Nevada County “At Risk” Youth Representative 2015-Present

                Represents local “at risk” minors in the Civil and Criminal Justice system.

Sacramento County Native American Caucus 2015

Founder and Director of Sierra Valley Education, a compliance and counseling service for Commercial Drivers and Union workers 2010-2014

Tribal Member and Citizen of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians