I received my law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1997 and became licensed to practice that same year. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Pittsburgh. After a judicial clerkship, the main focus of my career was as a prosecutor in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where I tried hundreds of cases, presented cases before Pennsylvania Appellate Courts, and advised law enforcement agencies in various stages of pending investigations. Currently, I work for a non-profit that conducts nationwide trainings and prepares resources for prosecutors, law enforcement, and other community stakeholders. While I was a prosecutor, I also instructed at the Reading Police Academy and served for several years as an adjunct professor at Reading Area Community College and Alvernia University, where I taught criminal justice courses to undergraduates. My approach in teaching is trying to help students understand fundamental concepts with concrete examples that can later be used as a foundation to approach new problems. I look at the law as an interlocking web that relies on context to other parts of the law to understand. A real challenge to beginning any kind of study of the law is building a foundational understanding. My goal when working with students is trying to identify other parts of the law that can help give context to the area of the law being studied.
Education & Certification
Graduate Degree: University of Duquesne School of Law - Juris Doctor, Prelaw Studies
In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, long distance running, exercise, reading, and gardening.