Ona Russell holds a PhD in literature from UCSD. She has taught at colleges throughout San Diego, including at the Extension where she developed a course on literature and the law. That course was subsequently approved by the CA Bar for continuing legal education. For several years, she delivered her talk to legal organizations statewide and wrote numerous articles on the topic for Orange County Lawyer magazine. Ona is also a credentialed mediator and the author of three award-winning historical mysteries set against the backdrop of actual courtroom trials. Her latest book, Son of Nothingness, is due out this spring. Set in 1949 Los Angeles, it centers on a Chicano lawyer at odds with his identity and in search of truth, both personally and professionally. In all of her writing, Ona focuses on the concept of justice and seeks to give voice to the overlooked, unlucky, and/or forgotten.
Ona is the great niece of Louis I. Kahn, celebrated architect of San Diego’s own, Salk Institute. She has two grown children and lives in Solana Beach with her husband and three crazy dogs.