EDUCATION

The University of Michigan LAW SCHOOL
,
Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juris Doctor, 1976
• Regional finalist, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The University of Michigan, College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts

BA in History, magna cum laude, and high honors (senior thesis), 1973



Curriculum Vitae

2005 TO PRESENT:
PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE
Criminal defense: over 500 misdemeanors, felonies, and D.C./ traffic cases in D.C. Superior Court; judge and jury trials; appeals to D.C. Court of Appeals Certified by Virginia Indigent Defense Commission for court appointed- criminal defense (felony), January 2015
Immigration- Asylum cases

1998 to 2004:
United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division
Office of International Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Deputy Director, Associate Director, and Trial Attorney

  • Litigated (through U.S. Attorneys Offices) and managed extradition
    and mutual legal assistance (evidence) cases with countries in Southeastern Europe and former USSR.
  • Developed extradition relationship with Hungary under new treaty. Conducted training of Budapest organized crime task force.
  • Designed expansion plan to place Department prosecutors in U.S. embassies to manage extraditions, legal assistance, and bi- and multilateral treaties and policy. Oversaw creation of new case management database, design of analytical reports, and presentations to senior officials.

1983 to 1998:
United States Information Agency (in 1998 USIA was moved into the U.S. Department of State), Washington, D.C.

U.S. Foreign Service Officer; Civil Service Officer
1987 to 1998:
Deputy Staff Director, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
Deputy Director, Training Division
Rule of Law Program Officer

  • Directed interagency project on conflict prevention for the Secretary's Open Forum, U.S. Department of State. Designed new training programs to modernize public diplomacy using conflict prevention concepts and information technology.
  • Created a Rule of Law program within the United States Information Agency (USIA) to assist democratic transitions in Eastern Europe.
  • Conducted six country study of needs of the legal systems in Central and Eastern Europe, leading to placement of long-term legal advisors from the U.S. in that region.
  • Selected and prepared U.S. delegations to legal conferences in the Soviet Union and Hungary. Briefed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy for a presentation in Czechoslovakia.

1985 to 1987:
U.S. Consulate General
, Cape Town, South Africa
Deputy Director, Public Affairs Office

  • Administered U.S. financial assistance to groups in South Africa for economic development, human rights, and disaster relief.
  • Presented U.S. policy to diverse audiences in South Africa and conducted press relations.

1984:
U.S. Embassy
, Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany
Acting Press Attaché

  • Analyzed German attitudes toward the U.S. as part of Department of State policy review of NATO missile placement.
  • Drafted speeches for senior Embassy officials.

1976 to 1983:
Office of the District Attorney
, New York County, New York
Assistant District Attorney

1979 to 1983:
Assigned to the Appeals Bureau

Argued numerous appeals and wrote briefs filed in New York's intermediate and highest appellate courts. Wrote motions to defend state criminal convictions in federal courts.

1976 to 1979:
Assigned to city-wide Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor Prosecuted felony narcotics and conspiracy cases in trial courts with extensive jury trial, grand jury, and investigation experience.

  • Author, “Narcotics Conspiracy Law in New York” (monograph)