James Alan Connelly Esq
1993 - 2020
James Alan Connelly, Esq.
October 17, 1993 - November 30, 2020
Sacramento, California - James Alan Connelly, Esq., an attorney and gifted writer, died on November 30, 2020, at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento due to complications associated with Leukemia [AML].
Born on October 17, 1993 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, James grew up in Stockton, CA. James cared deeply about others and will be most remembered for his acts of kindness and compassion, as well as for his love for Shera, his family, and his dog "Buster." James was a HUGE Sacramento Kings, Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots fan, loved music, singing, playing video games and is best known for his unique sense of humor and goofy dance moves! Described as an "old soul" in a young man's body – our beloved James was brave, lived life to its fullest, and rather quiet and reserved until he knew you!
James graduated from Lincoln High School in 2012, earning five varsity letters in cross-country and track & field, and was elected as Senior Class President before majoring in English at Wheaton College, IL. While at Wheaton, James was active in cross country and track & field and served as the Section & Design Editor for the school newspaper. In addition to working as a legal assistant/file clerk for Smith Feddeler & Smith, P.A. in Lakeland, Florida, James was a legal assistant for the Dyer Law Firm in Stockton before entering Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, CA. After transferring to the University of California, Davis School of Law, James was selected to serve as a judicial extern to the Honorable Consuelo M. Callahan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2017 and as a summer intern in 2018 for Neumiller & Beardslee Law Firm in Stockton, CA.
James was an Executive Editor of the UC Davis Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honors Board, where he was voted "Member of the Year" by his peers. He also received the CALI Award for Legal Research & Writing II and the best brief writer award in Appellate Advocacy I. Upon graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree and being admitted to practice law in California in 2019, James was an associate attorney for Neumiller & Beardslee until his recent passing, all while undergoing chemotherapy treatments and a stem cell transplant. James was also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
James is survived by his mother Pokna, his father and step-mother Mark & Alicia Connelly, his brothers Ryan & John, his step-brothers Matthew & John Pollock, his grandfather Bob Connelly of Sunderland, MA, and his life partner, Shera Kwak of Villa Park, CA.
A virtual "celebration of life" will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PST during which the family will announce details regarding two academic scholarships being established in James' honor – one at Lincoln High School and the other at UC Davis School of Law.
The family wishes to acknowledge the Sutter Cancer Center in Sacramento, CA for their loving care and treatment of James during his battle with AML as well as Be the Match, through which a donor contribution helped to keep James with us a little longer. For those who wish to do so, contributions in the memory of James can be made at www.BeTheMatch.org/JamesConnelly.

Published by The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 13, 2020.
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I was grateful enough to know James through LHS student council as I filled his position as class president, which wasn’t easy as he set the perfect example of what a leader should be. James was the most intelligent, funny, caring, and kind person that really wanted to make a difference in every single persons life. If you knew James, you would know that he truly cared about your success and believed in your dreams/goals, even if you didn’t, and would always be there to motivate you. James also saw potential in his community, while most people wanted out, he was someone who wouldn’t run away from issues but work on solving the problem and was going to be Mayor one day. James, I’m honored to have been your friend and I’m truly inspired by all that you successfully achieved, without any limitations. James, you will be missed deeply and you touched the lives of so many people and your story will continue to inspire your community. Im completely heartbroken to hear about the news and no words can describe how sorry I am for your family’s loss. Sending your loved ones lots of love during this really difficult time. Rest In Peace James.
Sylvia Ma
December 30, 2020
I knew James back in high school. Like me, James participated in Cross Country and Track and Field. Those of us that had the privilege to know him - either as a teammate or as a classmate - could see that James always put his best foot forward, and he was extremely successful because of that. He emerged as a leader in anything he engaged in. If you knew James at all, even just a little, you knew about his many achievements. As awe-inspiring as his achievements were, I remember him most for his kind, gentle-hearted nature. He was well respected by everyone. It’s not every day you meet someone like him. James was wise beyond his years - even in high school. Although I didn’t stay in touch after graduation, there was never a drop of doubt that he would continue onto greatness. There’s no doubt in my mind that he lived his life to the fullest - until the very end. And loving every single person so deeply along the way. I’m so grateful to have been able to have known him back then and witness his greatness. I’ll always be in awe of his entire being.

Sending love and healing to all of his loved ones.

Rest in Paradise, James.

Best wishes,

Paola Rodriguez
Paola Rodriguez
December 28, 2020
I met James in our high school orchestra. I remember him as a dorky, funny, gentle, and very multi-talented individual. This guy would come perform in a school concert as the first chair violist right after crushing a cross country race! He was a big part of my life while at Lincoln... he even came to support me at one of my performances outside of school. We fell out of touch for several years but reconnected briefly in 2017. I learned that he was in law school and remember feeling so proud. I am shocked beyond belief and devastated to hear about his passing. James, I will miss you so much. You were a fighter and an inspiration. I send my deepest condolences to his family, partner, and loved ones. Thank you for loving him well. May you all find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Alice Huang
December 23, 2020
Sherry Austriaco
December 23, 2020
James helped me become a better runner and compassionate friend during high school. I still remember orchestra concerts and shenanigans, running camps and mike repeats, James always had his priorities straight. He never compromised his values. James, you are so loved. You lived honestly and with faith, hope, and love. I am a better man because of you.
Alex Piasecki
December 22, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful young man.

Sharon Caine
December 18, 2020
Words can’t express how truly sorry I am for your loss. I pray to the God we serve for comfort to all of James family and to those he held dear.
Carl Henderson
December 16, 2020
In loving memory of our son James. "Bubba" - we will love you and miss you always!
Mark & Alicia Connelly
December 15, 2020
December 11, 2020
May God bring comfort to you all in your time of loss. Jimmer or James was special to the Feddeler family. He and Chaz became fast friends at Wheaton and eventually like brothers. Jimmer became Jimmerson, affectionately a part of our family, especially because he lived with us for two summers while he worked at the law office and brought a quality of work for an intern that has been unmatched to this day. He had a kind, gentle spirit and had great passions! I can not measure or express how much he is missed. We lived apart coast to coast but always knew life events would bring us together again. We mourn the loss of those future events. We Rest In Peace knowing he is with the Lord and we will see him again!
Blessings, peace and love,
Mrs. Beverly Feddeler
December 10, 2020
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