Education and Honors
- Fulbright Specialist Candidate, Technology and Cyber Law, Washington, D.C., June 2013 – May 2017
- Best English Debater, 18th Interpreting Contest of the Faculty of English Language and Culture, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China, December 2011
- Boston College Law School, Newton, MA. J.D., May 1988, cum laude
- Amherst College, Amherst, MA. B.A., American Studies and Classics (double major), May 1985, magna cum laude (American Studies) and cum laude> (Classics)
- Harry S. Truman Scholar (Massachusetts 1983). Four-year national scholarship awarded in recognition of commitment to a career in public service.
- Cybertraps for Educators (2015). A frank, hard-hitting discussion of the types of trouble that teachers can get into through the use and misuse of electronic devices.
- Cybertraps for the Young (NTI Upstream, 2011). A look at the legal trouble that teens and pre-teens can get into through the use and misuse of electronic devices, and advice for parents on how to minimize the risks and protect their children.
- American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right (Beacon Press, 2010). A page-turning narrative of privacy and the evolution of communication, from broken sealing wax to high-tech wiretapping.
- The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court (Beacon Press, 2008). The history and politics behind the Religious Right’s thirty-year campaign to reshape the federal judiciary in general and the U.S. Supreme Court in particular.
- The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture (Prometheus Books 2006). A critical look at efforts to impose standards of decency on American culture and the rising role of religion in politics, social policy, and science.
- The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy (Amacom 2003). An overview of innovations in surveillance technology and the impact that they are having on workplace privacy.
- Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age (Routledge 2000). An entertaining look at the history of pornography and the social, legal, and economic forces that have combined to make the online pornography industry so successful.
In addition to those mainstream books, I also co-authored a book entitled Vermont Jury Instructions&emdash;Civil and Criminal with Attorneys John Dinse and Richie Berger] (Butterworths Legal Publishers 1993).
- Author/Lecturer, Burlington, VT, February 1995 – present. Author of six books and numerous articles focusing on law, technology, privacy, obscenity, employee rights, and contemporary political issues. Organizer and presenter of dozens of seminars and lectures based on the topics covered in those books. Extensive media experience, including numerous on-camera interviews on all major networks and live interviews on dozens of national and local radio shows.
- Computer Forensics Expert, Burlington, VT, 1999 – present. Performed computer forensic examinations and provided technical consultative services to clients in a wide range of civil and criminal cases, ranging from intellectual property theft and zoning ordinance challenges to murder, obscenity, and child pornography. Trained in the use of the X-Ways Forensics software suite, as well as the operation and structure of computers, hard drives, and file systems. Extensive experience in the operation and file storage capabilities of personal computers, as well as the economics and business operations of the online adult industry. I am currently listed as a computer forensics expert with The TASA Group, the Vermont Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Vermont and New York State Public Defenders Associations.
- Associate, Miller, Eggleston & Cramer, Burlington, VT, August 1993 – February 1995. As associate attorney, assisted partners in handling all aspects of trial preparation and litigation. Primary practice area was business litigation, with additional work in the areas of corporate law and intellectual property.
- Associate, Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, Burlington, VT, October 1990 – August 1993. As associate attorney, assisted partners and senior associates in all aspects of litigation. Primary practice areas included insurance defense, medical malpractice, and intellectual property. In 1993, co-authored “Vermont Jury Instructions — Civil and Criminal” with partners John Dinse and Richie Berger.
- Law Clerk, Hon. Frank H. Freedman, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Springfield, MA, October 1988 – October 1990. Assisted Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank Freedman in the research and drafting of federal trial court opinions. Also assisted in all aspects of federal trials, including jury selection, motion and evidentiary hearings, preparation of jury instructions, and post-trial motions.
Recent Lectures and Seminars
- Cyberethics for Educators, California Schools Risk Management, San Bernardino, CA, 18 August 2015. Keynote lecture on the ethical challenges facing educators from the use and misuse of digital technology.
- Protecting Vulnerable Adolescents: Cyber-bullying, Sports-related Concussions and Other Tough Stuff, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 30 May 2015. Panel presentation with Professors Katharine Silbaugh and Catherine Kerr regarding some of the threats and challenges facing teens these days.
- Libraries: The Front Lines of the Decency Wars, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 29 May 2015. Presentation and class discussion with the students in the “Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” class taught by Dr. Laura Saunders. Click here to view feedback from my visit.
- Electronic Privacy in Higher Education: Balancing the Interests of Employees and Employers, National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, New York, NY, 20 April 2015. Panel member for presentation on collective bargaining, privacy, labor law, and surveillance technology.
- Cybertraps for Educators: The Rising Cost of Digital Misconduct, Southern California Schools Risk Management Joint Powers Authority, 26 March 2015. Presentation to school officials and board members on the growing number of lawsuits stemming from digital misconduct by educators.
- Computer Forensics: Learning from Bytes Taken Out of Crime, Forensic Mental Health Association of California Annual Conference, Monterey, CA, 19 March 2015. Remote participation in a panel discussing the role of computer forensics in the detection, analysis, and treatment of individuals posing threats to the school environment.
- Cybertraps for Educators, Alaska Society for Technology in Education Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK, 24 February 2015. Presentation for teachers and administrators on the legal risks for educational professionals arising out the use and misuse of electronic devices.
- Cybertraps for the Young, Alaska Society for Technology in Education Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK, 23 February 2015. Presentation for educators and parents on the legal risks children face from the use and misuse of electronic devices.
- Cybertraps for Educators, Valdez School District, Valdez, AK, 13 February 2015. Professional development presentation for Valdez School District staff on the legal risks arising from the use and misuse of electronic devices.
- Cybertraps for the Young, Valdez School District, Valdez, AK, 12 February 2015. Full day of lectures to K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 graders about the risks of the use and misuse of electronic devices.
- A Cross or a Crossbeam?, Beacon Broadside, August 8, 2011
- The Top 5 Things Representative Anthony Weiner Can Teach Your Children, Beacon Broadside, June 27, 2011
- Rep. Weiner’s Bad Behavior Yields 5 Teachable Lessons for Parents and Kids, Sacramento Parent, June 10, 2011
- “You Have the Right to Remain Silent”, Beacon Broadside, June 7, 2011
- School Board Update,
Front Porch Forum, February 2, 2011
- My Turn: How Burlington’s school budget was formed, The Burlington Free Press, December 30, 2010
- School Board Update,
Front Porch Forum, December 21, 2010
- School Board Update,
Front Porch Forum, November 10, 2010
- Frosted Limes: The Unintended Consequences of Shutting Down LimeWire, DFI News, November 9, 2010
- School Commissioner’s Corner, North Avenue News, October 1, 2010
Community and Public Service
- Burlington School Board, Burlington, VT, October 2002 – March 2011; Chairman of the Board, April 2009 – March 2011; Clerk of the Board, April 2003 – March 2009; Chair of the Finance Subcommittee, April 2005 – March 2009; Member of the Technology Subcommittee, October 2001 – March 2005. Elected as one of two Ward 5 representatives to the Board of School Commissioners. Duties included drafting District policies, overseeing operation of District administration, helping to develop and present District budget for annual Town Meeting day vote, and in general, representing the best interests of the city’s children.
- Vermont Community Access Media, Burlington, VT, May 2007 – May 2010; Secretary of the Board, May 2007 – May 2010. Elected by local cable subscribers and media producers to serve as member of VCAM Board of Directors. Duties include drafting organization policies, overseeing and evaluating the VCAM Executive Director, reviewing VCAM expenditures, and advising VCAM staff on interaction with the public and area cable companies.
- Ward Clerk, Ward 5, Burlington, VT, April 1996 – October 2002. Responsible for overseeing operation of neighborhood polling place during national, state, and local elections.
- Burlington Fire Commission, Burlington, VT, July 1992 – June 1998; Vice-Chair, July 1995 – June 1998. Served as commissioner on community oversight board for the Burlington Fire Department.