John Weitkamp graduated cum laude from Claremont Men’s College in 1975. He attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, graduating with his Juris Doctor degree in 1978. While at Loyola, John joined the William Joseph Ford Chapter of PAD. He served as its Clerk and later as Justice in 1977-78 - the year in which Ford Chapter received 1st Place in the Outstanding Law School Chapter Competition.
John served as District III Justice from 1978-1983 and then as Coordinator of District Operations (DJ to the DJs) from 1983 to 1987. Thereafter, he served the International Executive Board as Special Projects Consultant from 1987 through 1998. He also served as chair of the Law School Chapter Reactivation Task Force from 1994 to 1998.
John was also a principal in the creation of the P.A.D. Pre-Law Program, served as the first Pre-Law Director, and served on the Pre-Law Advisory Council for five years.
Brother Weitkamp has attended every Convention since 1962 and has twice served as Interim Executive Director (1994-1995 and 1998). On August 10, 1996, he was inducted into the Distinguished Service Chapter - the 17th member so recognized.
At the 2000 Convention, he was elected to the International Executive Board as one of the four International Board Members At Large. This Convention was also the “kick-off” for the P.A.D. Building Opportunities Capital Campaign, which he co-chaired with Past International Justice/Distinguished Service Chapter member Clifford Schechter. The Campaign eliminated our headquarters mortgages; provided a repair and maintenance sinking fund; and provided recognition for the generosity of our sisters and brothers supporting same.
At our Centennial Convention, John was elected to the position of International Advocate on the IEB – counsel to the International Executive Board and the Fraternity. At our 55th Biennial Convention held in Los Angeles in August 2004, he was elected to the position of International Vice Justice and had the honor and privilege of working with the indefatigable International Justice J. Derek Hill and his Chief of Staff Rhonda K. Hill.
At the 56th Biennial Convention in Dallas, Texas, John was elected International Justice. Each evening during his term as “IJ” he recognized a member, chapter or event on the PAD listserve. He continued the work of his predecessors in strengthening the fraternity’s infrastructure. He also served as a Trustee on the PAD International Endowment Fund for 8 years in which he created over 100 permanent funds.
John and his wife, Karen Zdonzyk (Sammis Chapter), met at the 1982 Convention. They have spent some of their PAD time together installing 7 pre-law chapters in Southern California. In 2008, they purchased their dream home in Sitka, Alaska to which they have relocated.
John is working towards retirement. He and his father, Executive Director Emeritus Fredrick J. Weitkamp, were partners in the law firm of Weitkamp & Weitkamp in Granada Hills, California for 30 years. In 2011, Brother Weitkamp was recognized by the Professional Fraternity Association with its Career Achievement Award.
John served during the 2014-2106 biennium as chair of the P.A.D. "Take The Pledge" Program, the purpose of which was to encourage the largest attendance ever at the 2016 Convention, which was achieved with 402 attendees. The Take The Pledge Program was continued for the 2018 Convention and yielded the 8th best attendance in PAD history. More importantly, we had 63 "repeaters" attend (members whose first Convention was PADCON2016) - better than 5 times the average number of such attendees in the previous two decades. "TTP has been approved for PADCON2020 and is well under way!!!. Encourage your sisters and brothers to pledge AND register to attend our 63rd Biennial Convention, which will be held at the Rosen Hotel, Orlando, Florida, from August 5-8, 2020.
John's latest activities include: working with Brother Aaron Dobruck on the establishment of the Alaska Statewide Alumni Chapter; and appointment as Deputy IJ of the Project 500 program - the purpose of which is to increase PAD membership among members of the bench and bar who did not join PAD while in law school.