I work as a staff attorney for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services (public defenders). For six years prior to law school, I taught high school physics and astronomy, and the choice to leave teaching was probably the most difficult of my professional life. I began my career as a teacher because I felt it was the place where I could best put my skills and interests to work making a difference. Eventually, I entered law school having come to the conclusion that I could do more with the law. Having encountered a number of legal issues as a teacher, entrepreneur, and community volunteer, I came to recognize that the law greatly affected all that I cared for. Because of this, the law, especially public service work, holds a strong attraction.
Fun times on the USS Harry S Truman during a tour with the other JAG interns, and yes, I think I'm wearing the same shirt in both this and the DNA picture.
I was an article editor for the BU Journal of Science and Technology Law, and my Note, Heads in the Clouds, A Coming Storm: The Interplay of Cloud Computing, Encryption, and the Fifth Amendment's Protection Against Self-incrimination, was published in volume 17 of the journal.
Before graduating, I participated in BU's Criminal Law Clinic where I worked as a Rule 3:03 attorney providing criminal defense to indigent defendants at the Boston Municipal Court.
I now work in norther MA as a public defender, representing indigent clients in criminal court cases. Occasionally, I even get the chance to revisit the role of teacher, volunteering as a coach for Discovering Justice's mock trial program. As I'm fond of ponting out, all I've really done is move from the laws of nature to those of humanity.
Occasionally, I blog about the law and my work under Law & Lawyering on my blog.
As discussed on this site's disclaimer, none of the information found on this website should be considered legal advice nor can I dispense legal advice in person or over email.
Calculate likely indigency status for MA civil and criminal proceedings based on SJC Rule 3:10 and MGL c261 s27A. Determine sentences based on the MA Sentencing Guidelines.
A collection of materials I find useful to have on hand in court: links, resources re-formated for mobile, and interactive aids I call guesstimators. I'm always looking for new material. So give it a look, and drop me a suggestion.
A Coming Storm
A Note on the interplay of cloud computing, encryption, and the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination, published in the BU Journal of Science and Technology Law, Volume 17.
Helping provide "justice for all" by building a suite of open source-open API tools for the courts and legal practitioners.
Answers to science questions, brief lessons, and ideas for teachers and students.