Self-portrait (Sedona, Arizona; 2017).
Replica Max Ernst chess set made by an unknown craftsman (Czechoslovakia, circa 1975).
Parquet chess table designed by Poul Cadovius,
for France and Son (Denmark, circa 1965).
EDUCATION AND LEGAL CAREER
B.A. in Philosophy, with honors, Skidmore College (1986).
Cooper-Barnett Senior Prize in Philosophy (co-recipient).
Periclean Honor Society
Radio news co-anchor: WSPN, 91.1 FM.
J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Vermont Law School (1989).
Head Editor of Notes, Vermont Law Review.
First Place Team, Debevoise Moot Court Competition (final arguments before the Vermont Supreme Court).
Moot Court Advisory Board
Member, VLS Moot Court Team, 1988 A.B.A. Regional Competition.
Law Clerk Intern, Chief Justice Frederic W. Allen, Vermont Supreme Court, Montpelier.
Research Assistant, Professor Jason Johnston (Law & Economics)
"Ultimate Justice" Frisbee Team
Law Clerk, Hon. David M. Ebel, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Denver, Colorado (1989-90).
Associate, Holme Roberts & Owen, Denver, Colorado. (1990-91)(white-collar criminal defense; corporate litigation).
Deputy District Attorney (and, for part of the time, Lead Trial Deputy for County Courts, supervising a dozen trial deputies in four regional offices), Arapahoe County, Colorado (1991-94)(approximately 35 jury/bench trials).
Law Clerk, Idaho Supreme Court (1994-95)(Justice Stephen Bistline, until retirement; Chief Justice Charles McDevitt, during the interim; and Justice Gerald Schroeder, upon appointment).
Staff Attorney specializing in criminal law,
Colorado Court of Appeals (1995-2011).
Drafted opinions in approximately 1400 felony appeals, for more than 40 judges (and senior-status justices sitting by appointment).
Criminal law consultant and training lecturer for the judges’ law clerks.
Staff Attorney & Reporter for the Colorado Supreme Court’s Model Criminal Jury Instructions Committee (2011-15), a “blue ribbon” committee of fifteen trial and appellate court judges appointed by the Chief Justice and tasked with publishing a complete revision of the state’s criminal jury instructions. See COLJI-Crim.
CLE Lecturer, Colorado State Judicial Conference (2013 & 2014). Additional CLE lecturing to introduce the new criminal jury instructions to members of the bar (at various venues).
“Federal Court Certification of State Criminal Law Questions,” A.B.A. Criminal Justice magazine, Vol. 24, No. 4, Winter 2010.
“Removing State Criminal Charges Against a Federal Officer to Federal Court,” A.B.A. Criminal Justice magazine, Vol. 14, No. 4, Winter 2000.
“Jar Wars in the Green Mountain State: Vermont’s Drug Use Testing Act,” 13 Vt. L. Rev. 593, 602 (1989).
Co-author, “Vermont Uniform Citations: ‘The Green Book’” (Vt. Law Rev., 1989). A citation manual for practitioners endorsed by the Vermont Supreme Court.
“Rule 407: Subsequent Remedial Measures?”
The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 5, p. 895 (May 1991).
“Expert Opinion: What is the Limit on Inadmissible Underlying Evidence?” The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 5, p. 228 (Feb. 1991).
Drafter and grader of essay questions for the Colorado bar exam: 1997-2002.
Narrator of law school casebooks, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic: 1996-2001.
Author, Mainliner Denver: The Bombing of Flight 629
(Johnson Books, Boulder, Colorado, 2005). A nonfiction account of the 1955 airplane bombing that led to Colorado becoming
the first state to allow televised coverage of criminal trials.
Named one of the best true crime books of 2005 by the Rocky Mountain News. Numerous author appearances for newspapers, radio, and television, including as the primary interview subject for “Time Bomb,” an episode of the Emmy-Award winning television docudrama series “A Crime to Remember,” on the Investigation Discovery Channel.
Author/Photographer, Chess Reflections: 64 Images for Imaginative Play (Sedona, Arizona, 2017).
Author, Chess and the Law: An Anthology of Anecdotes and Analogies (Law & Chess Press, 2019).
Graduate Seminar in Public Relations and Marketing, University of Denver (2007).
CLE Lecturer: Colorado State Judicial Conference; Colorado Bar Association; Denver Bar Association; Colorado Court of Appeals (new law clerk training); Doyle Inn of Court; and various other groups.
Hurricane Island Outward Bound, "Maine Challenge" (1986).
Director, Nantucket Junior Yacht Club (1984-85)
(coordinator of social activities for the club's youth program).
Grateful Dead concerts: more than 75 (a conservative estimate).
Admitted to practice in Colorado (inactive status); and Massachusetts (retired status).