Happy resident of the Inland Northwest, lawyer & teacher focused on excellence in legal research & writing.
I develop effective, efficient and comprehensive legal research solutions for contemporary legal practice. In my work with law firms, I provide research and strategy consulting services that empower lawyers to optimize results in client representation. In my work with students, I provide individualized feedback and group instruction designed to provide the tools necessary for them to develop skills as autonomous legal researchers, analysts and advocates.
I have worked as a law clerk, attorney, and legal research & writing teacher since graduating from law school in 1997. As a teacher I strive to provide my law students with a solid foundation in the essentials of legal research, analysis and writing, with ample feedback and constructive critique.
My scholarship addresses topics in criminal law, religion & the First Amendment, teaching persuasive legal rhetoric, and the use of legislative history in constitutional & statutory construction. My articles have been published by the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Gonzaga Law Review, the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, the Dayton Law Review, the Regent Law Review, the Tulsa Law Review, the Utah Law Review, and the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute.
My work describing and analyizing state Blaine Amendments has been cited by the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Florida Court of Appeals. I have been interviewed on school vouchers by the New York Times and the Seattle Times. I have also been interviewed on legal topics by the local ABC news affiliate.
I am an active member of the Washington State Bar Association. I am available to consult on cases and provide research and writing assistance for law firms on a contract basis. In my work with law firms, I am committed to providing quality, cost-effective advice and research to help legal practioners find practical solutions for their clients.