I have more than a decade of experience in human rights and civil rights legal research and advocacy. I produce high quality research and in-depth analysis for a variety of audiences, including grassroots organizations, small and mid-sized enterprises and national and international civil society organizations. My current work is focused on business and human rights. In this role, I am able to draw on my many years of experience as an employment and civil rights lawyer and litigator, as well as my knowledge of qualitative research methodologies.
Examples of my work include a structural analysis of over forty different multi-stakeholder initiatives that address issues related to business and human rights, a report on applying a gender lens to the UN Guiding Principles, an analysis of the regulatory feasibility of forming a state-owned bank, and reports documenting human rights violations connected to natural resource extraction in Myanmar.
I enjoy both research and writing enormously, particularly when the research gets beyond a desk and out in the field. I aim for my work to directly involve the people impacted by the issues I am analyzing, through participatory research methods, opportunities for review, and reporting back. I also place a lot of emphasis on clear and concise writing, so that multiple audiences can engage with the material. My hope is to create a body of work that bridges the gaps between policy and lived experience, placing impacted communities at the center of articulating the issues and imagining solutions.
Before founding Curphey Law, LLC, among 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 studied community development at the Evergreen State College, mass communication and social change at the University of Washington, where I taught freshmen while writing my thesis to earn my Master’s Degree in Communication. I studied law as a Public Interest Scholar at Loyola Law School, where I graduated 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, Maryland (inactive), New Jersey, North Carolina (inactive), Oregon (inactive), 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.
I also serve on the Steering Group for the International Human Rights Committee of the American Bar Association. Views here are solely my own.