I was born and raised in the Sierra Foothills, and went to college in Portland... more
I was born and raised in the Sierra Foothills, and went to college in Portland Oregon. At Reed College I majored in classical languages and history. I spent about six years working in restaurants in New York City, and opened two with a partner. I returned to law school in 2005, focusing on criminal law and policy. Following graduation, I worked as a staff attorney at the California Supreme Cour... view profile
Much of the financing for state and local needs, like schools, roads, and affordable housing, comes from the sale of tax-exempt municipal bonds to investors. Basically, investors are loaning the government the money for construction costs; in exchange investors receive tax-free interest payments on their loan. Lawyers who understand public finance issues help the government meet the legal requirements for the sales process and package the bonds for sale. Since different levels of risk are associated with loaning to different government organizations, bond and public finance attorneys also help investors calculate the risks before making such loans.