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For more than a decade, I have defended the rights of individuals in and out of court. Among many other endeavors, I spent a year teaching and writing for EarthRights International in Thailand, served as a federal judicial clerk in the District of Oregon, defended the Fourth Amendment as research attorney for the Federal Public Defender for Oregon and pushed for police reform as a staff attorney for the NW Constitutional Rights Center.  Before all that, I wrote for Women’s Enews, MSN and Real Change, and worked for the YWCA of Seattle and the ACLU of Louisiana.

I am currently focused on human rights and corporate accountability as a human rights research director for MSI Integrity and volunteer research project director for the International Women’s Initiative. I also serve on the Steering Group for the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association. Views here are solely my own.

I studied community development at the Evergreen State College, mass communication and social change at the University of Washington, and law as a Public Interest Scholar at Loyola Law School. I have a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Washington, where I taught freshmen while writing my thesis. I graduated from law school second in my class, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, served as an editor of the Loyola Law Review, and received the Alumni Association Award for public service.

I am admitted to practice in the courts of Florida (inactive), Maryland (inactive), New Jersey, North Carolina (inactive), Oregon, Texas (inactive) and Virginia (inactive) as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Northern District of Texas and the District of Oregon.