A younger me, back when I taught electrostatics.
This website should give you an idea of my varied interests. Hopefully, my work history speaks to my priorities.
My mother is an English teacher and my father a retired civil servant. They helped instill in me an appreciation for my blessings coupled with the importance of giving back. I began my professional life as a high school physics teacher, convinced that teaching would best leverage my interests and skills to make a difference. I've experimented with information technology as a means for improving democratic dialogue, and most recently, I've come to believe that there's something for me to do in the law.
I live in Massachusetts with my wife and son where I work as a data scientist for the MA Committee for Public Counsel Services (public defenders). I also serve as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School. I used to produce a science-themed video series (The Tabletop Explainer), and occasionally I write science fiction under the guise of speculative legal fiction.
- Life, Lawyerist (2016 Short Fiction Contest Winner).
- Driverless Cars Poised to Undermine War on Drugs: A Dispatch from the Future, Lawyerist.
- Learning to Code for Lawyers, Lawyerist:
- Uncovering Big Bias with Big Data, Lawyerist.
- Bureaucrats and Mathemagicians: Data Science and the Public Defenders, Law Technology Today.
- ABA's First Hackathon: How a Public Defender Built Due Processr, Law Technology Today.
- Eagles for Equality, The Huffington Post.
- The Tabletop Explainer, YouTube Partner. (over 5 million views)
- Heads in the Clouds, the Coming Storm: The Interplay of Cloud Computing, Encryption, and the Fifth Amendment's Protection Against Self-incrimination, Boston University School of Law Journal of Science and Technology Law.
- What if We Don't Raise the Debt Ceiling?, The Huffington Post.
- Full-Body Scans v. Nude Screenings: A Back-of-the-Envelope Calculation, The Huffington Post.
- Let the Two-Way Conversation Begin, techPresident.
- Trading Places, British Council Ezine (Internet Archive cache).
- Debunking Brain Gym, Tilts at Windmills.
- Phylm, AAPT 127th National Meeting.
- Moving Targets, NOVA Online.
In the News. As seen/heard on:
Law (selected coverage)
- ABA Journal: A New Wave of Legal Rebels (print edition); Hacking takes center stage as a tool to improve access to justice (print edition); 'Hackcess to Justice' winners look to increase the reach of their apps; Winning apps in 'Hackcess to Justice' help write wills, navigate disasters and calculate jail time.
- Lawyerist: Podcast #20: David Colarusso, Hacking for Justice; QnA is a Free Tool for Adding Questions and Answers to Your Website.
- Techdirt: The Drug War Is Creating Problems Too Big To Fix; Over 7,800 Prosecutions Questioned After NJ Lab Tech Caught Faking Drug Test Results;
- .Mic: One Massive Statistic Shows Just How Racist Our Criminal Justice System Is.
- WVTF Radio: How Big Data Reveals Bias in Virginia Courts.
- Legal Design Toolbox: QnA Markup to Create Interactive Conversational Resources.
- Lowell Sun: Jury finds man not guilty [of] taking infant in Lowell.
- Boston University School of Law: Meet the Clinic Students; Streamlining the court system: David Colarusso ('11) develops electronic case-management software.
- Justia: LexisTexas: Privatizing Access to Public Courts.
- Futurelawyer: WeJudicate: Citizen Coders Serving Justice.
- Legal Geekery Podcast: Fed Ct Website Updates, Racial Bias and the Death Penalty, Privatizing Access to Justice, Supreme Ct Haikus and More. (around the 33 minute mark)
Design (selected coverage)
- The Atlantic: Picture of the Day: Congress Gets a Fail Whale.
- MSNBC, Last Word Blog: Twitter whale meets partisan fail.
- CYMBacon: Partisan Fail Illustration.
- The Washington Post, BlogPOST: Congress Web sites crash after Obama's speech (#DearCongress).
- NPR's Day to Day: Site Holds Vote on Debate Questions.
- The Nation: The People's Press Conference.
- National Journal 'Ask The President' Declares Victory; Word On The Tweet: @MrPresident Edition.
- ABA Student Lawyer: Circuit Board (Internet Archive Cache).
- BU Today: Testing the Web's Political Power: David Colarusso (LAW'11) creates online forum to press political candidates on issues that matter.
- The Washington Post: Normalizing the Internet; What's Up?: Questions From the People, Sharp to Strange; The Debates' New Face YouTube Users Will Quiz the Candidates.
- Newsweek: Hey, Barack, Answer Me! YouTube and CNN partnered for a debate. Will they rock the vote, or is this just Web 2.0 window dressing?; Stumper's Top 10 Must-Ask CNN/YouTube Debate Questions (Internet Archive Cache).
- The New York Times: On YouTube, Candidates Get an Eyeful.
- cnet: Presidential hopefuls to debate with the aid of CNN and YouTube.
- The Christian Science Monitor: A debate where citizen is star: Monday's YouTube event nudged the format into cyberspace, but it was no Internet breakthrough.
- Boston Globe: Net gains: How technology could save presidential debates.
- The Seattle Times: Tonight's Democratic debate.
- Silicon Valley Mercury News: Democrat hopefuls to take questions from YouTube.
- techPresident: Community Counts: Real Participation in the Debates.
10Questions (selected coverage)
- OJR: OJR speaks with a co-creator of 10Questions.com about how the site is helping empower popular discussion about the U.S. Presidential campaign.
- Wired: TechPresident Ends Experiment in Online Presidential Debates, Declares Success; Web 2.0 Project Taps 'Wisdom of the Crowd' to Probe Presidential Contenders.
- The Washington Post: A Timeless Debate Format? Or a Dated One?
- The New York Times: Beyond the YouTube Debate: You Ask, They Answer (We Hope); New Web Venture: 10 Questions for '08 Field.
- The Guardian: The presidential primary debate 2.0.
- General Coverage of 10Questions in 2010.
- Lexington Minuteman: Teacher brings presidential race to you, YouTube; Exchange teacher returns from Scotland; LHS teacher wins Fulbright Award; Blast off!; Lexington High School kids 'dominated the competition'; Wishing on a star: Teachers create attendance program.
- edu.blogs.com: Brain Gym: worthwhile or wasteful?
- Evil Mad Scientist: Make a physics education video and win the Phylm Prize!; Weekend project: Phylm contest entry.
- Ciencia Hoje: Uma idéia na cabeça e uma webcam na mão. (Machine Translation: One idea in the head and one hand on webcam)
- Teachers Teaching Teachers (podcast): What does Obama's Online Town Hall Meeting have to do with our classrooms?
- Vancouver Sun: Deciding when to be a cyber-parent: Finding out what your kids are up to in cyberspace can be touchy, but experts say parents must try.
- Boston University School of Law (JD)
- DNA People's Legal Services (summer law clerk)
- BU Law's Journal of Science & Technology Law (article editor)
- US Navy JAG Appellate Defense (legal intern)
- Harvard Graduate School of Education (EdM)
- Cornell University School of Arts & Sciences (BA)
- Nova Online (intern)
- Suffolk University Law School (adjunct faculty)
- Committee for Public Counsel Services (staff attorney & data scientist)
- Anaces, Inc. (co-founder, CEO)
- Boston University Prof. Ward Farnsworth (research assistant)
- Lexington High School (physics & astronomy teacher)
- Broughton High School (Fulbright exchange teacher)
- Lexplorations (camp instructor)
- Camp Galileo (camp instructor)
- US Secret Service (software developer)
- Cornell Campus Life (resident advisor)
- Cornell Dept. of Physics (webmaster)
- Cornell Dept. of Astronomy (lab assistant)
- Discovering Justice (Mock Trial Coach)
- Team Jumpstart (Boston Marathon Runner)
- Venture Crew 160 (associate advisor)
- Cambridge Auxiliary Police (officer)
Select Awards and Honors:
- Named one of the ABA's 2016 Legal Rebels
- Named one of the 2016 Fastcase 50
- Award Winning Hacker, ABA Hackcess to Justice
- Marathoner, 2012 Boston Marathon
- Michael Wagner Educational Technology Award for Teacher Recognition, Lexington MA
- Eagle Scout with silver palm ‡
References: On request
† This list does not include all of my contract work.
‡ It saddens me that I once felt the need to include a footnote here. Luckily policies have changed for the better, but this article should explain my thinking.