I spend a significant amount of time on pro bono projects and volunteer work aimed to promote civil rights, human rights, and the rule of law.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) - 2018 - present
Legal research and writing in support of CREW's ongoing projects related to political fundraising and anti-corruption law.
Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild - 2006- present
Present policy analysis to Portland City Council on key issues related to police accountability, supervised law students assisting individuals with police complaints before the civilian police review board.
Oregon Justice Resource Center Amicus Committee - 2014 - 2017
Co-authored the following briefs for the Amicus Committee, which provides amicus assistance on cases that present significant social justice issues:
- State v. Barrett - Addressing prosecution of Portland's Anti-Camping Ordinance as a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
- State v. Jiminez - Regarding the circumstances in which officers may question individuals about the possession of weapons as part of a routine traffic stop.
- State v. Delong - - Regarding the right to remain silent and requirements for a knowing and voluntary waiver of that right.
Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform - 2013 - 2017
Represented grassroots organization as amicus in litigation brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the City of Portland for use of excessive force against people with mental illness.
EarthRights International - 2010-2011
Trained representatives from countries in the Mekong River region on report writing, organizational development and international human rights law; co-authored two reports documenting human rights violations connected to foreign investment in oil and gas projects in Myanmar (Burma).
Working Families Party of Oregon - 2010
Prepared legislative legal briefings on legal issues associated with formation of a state-owned bank.
Never Walk Away - 2008
Advised independent filmmaker on First Amendment issues.