Experience and Education

Education:

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1995

Recipient of the Jack Cronquist Award for “Outstanding Performance and Commitment to Clients” in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic, 1994-1995.

The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Science, with University Honors, 1991

Experience:

Staff Attorney/Law Clerk, 11th Appellate District Court of Appeals
5/94 to 8/94; 8/95 to 10/99

Experience included practice in all legal issues heard by the Court including original actions, administrative, civil, and criminal appeals including work on death penalty cases.

Private Practice of Law
11/99 to present

I have the pleasure to represent Clients in all phases of litigation in State and Federal Courts throughout Ohio, primarily in Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, and Cuyahoga Counties. Appellate advocacy in the 8th and 11th Appellate Districts, Supreme Court of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Admitted to the United States Supreme Court, June 2009.

Acting Judge, Western County Court, Geneva, Ohio
5/03 to 12/12

In Ohio, Acting Judges serve at the pleasure of the Court in communities that have only one elected Judge. Acting Judges receive specialized training to hear cases including trials of misdemeanor offenses and lower dollar civil disputes when the elected Judge has a conflict of interest or is otherwise unavailable to hear a case.

Kent State University Ashtabula, Ohio
9/10 to present

Adjunct Instructor of Justice Studies and Criminology, Department of Sociology
Adjunct Instructor of Business Law and Ethics, Department of Business Management

I have the pleasure to teach students within our Community in subjects such as the Following: Issues in Law and Society; Introduction to Justice; Criminal Procedure and Evidence; Court Functions; Basic Interviewing; Investigative Process; Advanced Criminal and Legal Issues; and Business Law and Ethics. My work with Kent State has given me the opportunity to speak across the Nation and locally on a variety of topics involving the citizens of Northeast Ohio and their work in the field of social justice, and expanding our Country’s ideals to all Americans. Notable speeches discuss topics involving the Underground Railroad, Women’s Suffrage and Civil Rights; including participation on panel discussions about these topics at the White House (February of 2016), the “official” opening of the Harriet Tubman Museum (May of 2017), and lead speaker at a Professional Development seminar held at Ohio History Connection (July of 2018).