State of the art in the art of the state — I entered law school following 9/11/01, clerked for now Justice Gilbert V. Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, earned a JD from Emory University, and, until returning to academia at Harvard University, practiced with firms handling cases of public import. I am licensed in MA, RI, CT, NY, and LA. I am an active member of the Plymouth and Barnstable County Bar Associations, as well as the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations.
I began my practice briefing the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals. I worked up appeals with scholar and advocate David J. Bederman, renowned specialist in matters constitutional and international. I have since been leading complex cases in multiple jurisdictions and across subjects — including domestic relations, trust/estate/probate, real estate, professional liability, municipal/legislative, constitutional, international, intellectual property, construction, regulatory/administrative, corporate and commercial, labor/employment, environmental, maritime, insurance, education, nonprofit, and tax.
I took the first opportunity I had out of law school to get involved in public affairs: I moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to litigate the flood and levee cases. There, I superintended an array of matters proceeding through governmental systems disrupted to their cores, including representation of the Louisiana Recovery School District in its bid to take over Orleans Parish schools. There was no shortage of civic issues to shepherd, some of which bore directly on civil rights.
I returned to New England to attend Harvard University, where I earned an additional degree in Policy and Management, was a fellow at the Center for State and Local Government and the Program on Education Policy and Governance, as well as a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, and where I published a scholarly account of democratic malfunction. I also joined a Harvard Law School clinic as a teaching/practicing attorney, continued publishing on public policy, and finally took a residential position at Harvard College (Cabot House) before exiting the university and signing on as the director of legal studies at Cape Cod Community College in 2013 to make a difference in the lives of those facing inordinate challenges to their professional progress.
After moving my residence to Duxbury on the South Shore of Massachusetts, I also relocated my practice there to incorporate regional family cases into my portfolio. After practicing in a variety of environments and disciplines, I found the pivotal and highly interpersonal nature of domestic relations to be a vocational addition to my litigation practice. I am a qualified neutral mediator and conciliator in conformance with G.L. c. 233, §23C, and a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. In the course of developing this area of practice, I researched and wrote an historical novel about a young man caught between political and familial priorities in 1960s South Africa, including detailed treatment of the customary laws of domestic relations of the isiXhosa people. My work with families also draws on my experience in education, which is centered on student growth and development.
While I most often tackle matters in accordance with existing law, I appreciate stewarding issues the law does not yet reach, either because they are rapidly developing or inadequately addressed by demonstrably preferential policy, or because there is demand for a predictive application of law to emerging technology.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Zuckerman Fellowship||Harvard University||2009|
|Director of Legal Studies||Cape Cod Community College||2013 - 2021|
|Fellow||Harvard University||2009 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Plymouth County Bar Association||Member||2017 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Family Law||2006 - Present|
|Arizona State Law Journal||The Etiology of a Malfunction in Democratic Processes||2011|
|The First Amendment in Public Fora||The First Amendment||2012|
|Northern Insurance Company of New York v. Chatham County, Georgia|
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