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Sep 2007Present

Program Director

Maryland Citizens Against State Executions
Nov 2006Aug 2007

Legislative Staff Attorney

Maryland Public Defender

Attorney responsible for analyzing legislation pending before the General Assembly, writing and editing testimony on legislation affecting the Office of the Public Defender and its clients, testifying before legislative committees, and generally advocating the position of the Office of the Public Defender with individual legislators.

Apr 1992Apr 1999

Assistant Public Defender

Maryland Public Defender

Attorney responsible for handling all aspects of a large criminal felony docket, including negotiations with the Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office; advising clients of the constitutional and statutory rights afforded those charged with criminal offenses; arguing motions to suppress; conducting both bench and jury trials; and participating in continuing legal education seminars.

Jan 1992Apr 1992

Bill Analyst

Maryland General Assembly

Attorney responsible for preparing legislation for committee consideration; other responsibilities included researching relevant court decisions and laws and preparing memoranda pertinent to proposed legislation, preparing statements regarding proposed legislation, and responding to legal inquiries of the Committee members.

Aug 1989Dec 1991

Staff Assistant

Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Responsibilities included legislative correspondence on issues pending before Congress, and response to constituent inquiries; analyzing complex legislation involving legal issues related to the Constitution, civil rights, criminal justice, antitrust and copyright law, and immigration law; drafting floor statements; and preparing materials for Committee hearings, markups and floor action.


Sep 1988May 1991


George Washington University Law School