Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, B.A. in Government 1990.
Mansfield College, Oxford University, Oxford England - Studied political theory and British politics during the Hilary and Trinity terms as a visiting student in 1989.
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California J.D. 1993.
Santa Clara College of Law, Santa Clara, California, CACJ/CPDA Death Penalty College, 2003
2002 Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association Richard Erwin Award recipient, (The equivalent of “Trial Lawyer of the Year”)
1998 Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association Crime Lab Crusader Award.
1992 Semifinalist in the Western Regional National Trial Advocacy Competition in Sacramento.
Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association Grand Jury Practice Lecture, 2009
Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association Introduction to Civil Rights Litigation Lecture, 2009
Ventura College of Law, Strategic Considerations for Criminal Defense Attorneys in Preliminary Hearings, 2007.
Invited to lecture at the prestigious CACJ and CPDA sponsored capital case defense seminar in Monterey CA in 2003. (To view
the syllabus, click
Law School Trial
Advocacy Competition Judge
Judge for the National Civil Trial Advocacy Competition held at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, 2007.
Judge for the American Trial Lawyers’ Association Regional Mock Trial Competition held at the Ventura County Superior Court, 2002.
Judge for the Byrne
Trial Advocacy Competition at Loyola Law School 2000 and 2001.