I understand the unique legal considerations of the mental health profession. I have had many years of experience providing legal counsel and guidance to a wide range of mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, and medical doctors.
As an attorney in the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, I have had over 10 years experience conducting legal training and providing legal services to Navy Family Advocacy Program mental health and medical professionals in California and Washington State. I have also served as legal counsel on Navy Domestic Violence Case Review Committees for over 7 years.
In addition to my service with the US Navy Family Advocacy Program, I have served as a criminal defense attorney, as a federal prosecutor, and as in-house counsel. I have also had the opportunity to represent both the government and individuals in over one hundred administrative hearings.
I graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, I attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague, Netherlands, I received a BA degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, and I am currently pursuing a MA degree in counseling psychology.
I continue to serve as an attorney in the US Navy Reserve where I provide legal counsel to mental health professionals employed by the United States.
I am a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Seattle Counselors Association, the National Lawyers Guild, the Julian Jaynes Society, and the Seattle Swedish Cultural Center.
Languages spoken: Swedish
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|MI||Active And In Good Standing||2001||11/03/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Officer of the Year||Region Legal Service Office Northwest||2008|
|Officer of the Year||Naval Legal Service Office Southwest||2005|
|Naval Justice School Honor Graduate||American Bar Association||2002|
|Attorney||US Navy JAG||2002 - 2009|
|Legal Intern||Freedom House Immigrant Justice Project||1999 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Seattle Counselors Association||Membership Chair||2009 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|San Diego County Bar Association, Military Law Committee||Vice-Chair||2003 - 2006|
|National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians||Member||2003 - 2006|
|Michigan State Bar Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|National Lawyer's Guild||Member||N/A|
|Seattle Swedish Cultural Center||Member||N/A|
|Julian Jaynes Society||Contributor||N/A|
|Julian Jaynes Society||Private Speech: Cognitive Development, The Bicameral Mind, and Therapeutic Implications||2010|
|Naval War College||National Security Studies||Command And Staff Diploma||2006|
|Wayne State University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Hague Academy of International Law||Private International Law||Certification||2000|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||Linguistics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Argosy University||Counseling Psychology||MA - Masters||N/A|
|How to Limit Your Legal Risk as a Mental Health Professional||Mental Health Counselors Law and Ethics||2010|
|Family Advocacy Program Annual Training||Legal Implications of Domestic Violence||2008|
|San Diego County Bar Association Military Law Symposium||Obtaining Military Records for Civil Litigation||2006|
|United States Navy Southwest Region Legal Conference||State Sexual Offender Registries: Military Law Issues||2002|