James W. Chamberlin






Small business owner.U.S. Foreign Service Officer, 1973-97.Attorney, special member Alabama State Bar.Computer consultant.Foreign languages: Portuguese, some Polish and Italian.Lived in Brazil, Thailand, Poland and Italy.Held top secret security clearance.


         1999- Present: Computer Handyman, LLC -- Created computer service and consulting business doing: 

         Courtroom computer support during trials in New York, Washington, and other cities; alpha and beta testing of computer program for trial presentations.

         Web site design and development, including use of PHP and MySQL for interactive web pages.  

         Hardware and software installation and repair, including work on the Windows Registry.

         Design, setup and maintenance of small networks.


          1999 -2006 Z-Axis Corporation

         Courtroom computer support for Z-Axis during large trials in New York, Washington, and other cities; performed alpha and beta testing of new versions of computer presentation program for trials. 

         1998 Texaco-- Accounting.Handled cash accounts and receivables for Texaco Trading and Transportation in Denver.Developed cash monitoring database in Microsoft Access.Maintained accounts for a multimillion-dollar program of gasoline sales in Microsoft Excel.

         1973-1997 U.S. Department of State --

         1995-1997 American Embassy, Rome, Italy -- Chief of the Science Office.Responsible for negotiations with the Italian Government when Italy held the presidency of the EU, including Europe's role in the North Korean nuclear non-proliferation agreement (KEDO), a fisheries dispute over Italy's swordfish catch, and US-Italy space cooperation, including the logistics module (Leonardo or MPLM) for the space station.

         1992-95 American Embassy, Warsaw, Poland -- Science Counselor.Administered U.S.-Polish fund supporting over 300 science projects with an annual budget of $3 million.Member of the board of the Polish Ecofund, which funded environmental projects.Prepared for and participated in President Clinton's first visit to Poland.

         1990-1992 U.S. Department of State Office of Environment, Health and Conservation ‑- Deputy Director.Managed an office of 8 scientific and foreign policy professionals.Responsible for international policy on living things, including endangered species, and preparation for the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

         1988-1990 U.S. Department of State Office of Proliferation Affairs -- Deputy Director.†† Responsible for enforcing and expanding the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

         1986-1988 American Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil -- Senior Science Officer.Responsible for policy on nuclear non-proliferation, the environment, including the Amazon, and science cooperation.

         1984-1986 American Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand -- Computer Systems Manager.Responsible for 100+ State Department users on PCs and Wang minicomputers, plus oversight of other US Government computer systems in Thailand, with about 500 users.

         1982-1984 Arms Control & Disarmament Agency -- Staff officer.Responsible for arms control implications of NASA's civilian space activities and the military's space activities including President Reaganís Star Wars.

         1979-1982 U.S. Department of State Office of Strategic and Nuclear Intelligence Analysis -- Staff Officer.Responsible for analysis of intelligence relating to nuclear non-proliferation, and high-tech military developments in the Soviet Union.Prepared for and participated in initial negotiations to create the MTCR.  

         1977-1979 U.S. Department of State Office of Brazilian Affairs -- Assistant Brazil Desk Officer.Responsible for Brazilian affairs in Washington.Prepared materials for a visit by President Reagan to Brazil.

         1976-1977 U.S. Department of State Office of Current Intelligence-- Staff Officer.Monitored current intelligence reports, alerting senior officials as necessary.Prepared a daily summary of intelligence reports for Secretary State Kissinger.

         1974-1976 American Consulate General, Sao Paulo, Brazil -- Consular Officer.Issued visas and passports.Cared for American citizens under arrest or in other trouble.

         1973-1974 U.S. Department of State -- New hire training.Portuguese language training.

         1972- 1973 Veterans Administration -- Attorney.VA Board of Veterans Appeals.


B.A., Mathematics, Principia College, Elsah, Illinois, 1967

J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1972

Foreign Service Institute, Washington, DC.Portuguese language training, 1973

Foreign Service Institute, Washington, DC.Computer systems manager training, 1984

Foreign Service Institute, Washington, DC.Polish language training, 1993


U.S. Army 1968-1970.Artillery fire direction, DMZ of South Vietnam, 1969-1970


Army Commendation Medal, 1970

Vietnam Service Medal, 1970

U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, 1981

U.S. Department of State Meritorious Honor Award, 1990


Alabama State Bar (special member), American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR), Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST)


HTML, PHP, MySQL, Windows, OS-X, some Linux, Word, Excel, WordPerfect,



Web: https://www.compuhandyman.com