I am a 2004 graduate of the George Washington University School of Law, in Washington, D.C. While there, I won the Imogen P. Wiliford Award for Excellence in the Study of Constitutional Law, presented by the Law School to the graduating student with the best grades in constitutional law classes.* I interned at the Department of Justice in the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Division, as well as the Civil Appellate Division, where I worked on a variety of cases, including a challenge to the inclusion of “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. After law school, I attended the University of South Carolina, where I received a Master’s Degree in Political Science in 2010. I have worked as an attorney for the federal government for the last five years.
I have published three law review articles including “The Empire Forgotten: The Application of the Bill of Rights to U.S. Territories,” 57 Case W Res L Rev 147 (2006), “Ninety Miles from Freedom?: The Rights of the Guantanamo Bay Detainees,” 18 St. Thomas L. Rev. 77 (2005); and “The Susceptibility of Municipalities to Suit Under the False Claims Act,” 33 Pub. Contracts L. J. 625 (Spring 2004).
I have provided pro bono assistance on a brief before the United States Supreme Court in Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. 723 (2008).
I am licensed to practice in Washington State, Washington, D.C., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
*The Supreme Court of Washington does not recognize certification of specialties in the practice of law and the award is not a requirement to practice law in the state of Washington.