Career and Civic experience

Current Job : Assistant Public Defender, Cuyahoga County

  • Represented hundreds of criminal defendants and civil petitioners in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court
  • More than 200 appeals in the Eighth District Court of Appeals
  • Authored several amicus briefs in the Ohio Supreme Court
  • Argued 10 cases in the Ohio Supreme Court
  • Litigated habeas corpus petitions in federal court
  • Member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3631
  • Successfully renegotiated contract as member of bargaining team for union AFSCME Local 3631
  • North Shore Federation of Labor, Delegate
  • Member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Cuyahoga County Defense Lawyers Association.
  • Taught multiple continuing legal education courses
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Delegate
  • Cleveland Public Schools / Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Volunteer

Selected Cases Argued in Front of the Ohio Supreme Court

October 4, 2006
In re: Camyrn Foster et al.
, Case no. 2006-0503

November 7, 2007
State of Ohio v. Vincent Colon
, Case no. 2006-2139

September 17, 2008
State of Ohio v. Howard Clay
, Case Nos. 07-1802/07-1852

September 17, 2008
State of Ohio v. Samuel Brewer
, Case No. 07-1755

December 6, 2011
In re: JV , Case No. 2011-01-07

Prior Career/Civic Experience

  • Judicial staff attorney for federal trial court Judge Lesley Wells, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court, intern for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson
  • Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA (summer)
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, DC (summer)
  • Unemployment Law Clinic student advocate
  • Consumer Law Clinic student advocate
  • Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity-Anchorage (helped provide housing for low income families)
  • AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer –Anchorage (worked on economic development projects with Alaskan Native villages)

Education/Honors/Awards

Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Graduated Top 5% of class, summa cum laude, order of the coif, Dean’s List
  • Member of the Wisconsin Law Review and Author of “The Resurgence of Caveat Emptor:  Puffery Undermines Wisconsin’s Pro-Consumer Trend in its Misrepresentation Law” in the Wisconsin Law Review, 2003 Wisc. L. Rev. 171.
  • Samson Fellowship Recipient
  • UW Law Highest Achievement Award: Administrative Law, Consumer Law, Contracts I, Evidence, Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law, Secured Transactions, Torts
  • Bruce Beilfuss Memorial Scholarship, received for outstanding service to the law school, 2003
  • Abe Sigman Award, received for scholarship, character and contribution to the law school and greater community, 2002
  • Wisconsin Public Interest Law Foundation Summer Grant, 2002

Masters in Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (University Fellow)

Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University, Ohio (Phi Beta Kappa)