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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 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.
Vermont Jury Instructions—Civil and Criminal [with John Dinse and Richie Berger] (Butterworths Legal Publishers 1993). Co-authored book summarizing Vermont jury practice and providing model jury instructions for civil and criminal trials.
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.
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.
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.
“Fast and Free Online Legal Research for Your Legal Practice,” National Business Institute, Burlington, VT, June 30, 2011. Presented half-day lecture on practical uses of the Internet for attorneys.
“Privacy, Anonymity, and Intellectual Freedom in the Facebook Era,” Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock, AR, June 23, 2011. Selected to present the Central Arkansas Library System’s Fred K. Darragh Distinguished Lecture.
“Computer Forensics 101,” Public Defender Conference, Glade Springs, WV, June 16, 2011. An overview of the basics of computer forensics for West Virginia public defenders.
“There’s No Such Thing as ‘Safe Sext’ — How to Protect from Cell Phone Misuse,” National School Boards Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2011. A lecture for school board members and superintendents about the rise of sexting among teenagers and strategies for preventing it.
“Integrating Cyber-Bullying Prevention Within a Comprehensive All-Hazards School Crisis Plan,” National School Boards Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 8, 2011. Guest appearance at a full-day pre-conference workshop organized by Winton I. Goodrich, Associate Director, Vermont School Boards Association.
“Bill of Rights 101,” Castleton State College, Castleton, VT, April 4, 2011. Keynote address on civil liberties and technology at the annual Bill of Rights day hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont.
“CyberTraps for Law Students (and Young Lawyers),” Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, March 21, 2011. Lecture on potential legal and ethical traps for new lawyers.
“Sexting: How One Click Can Ruin Your Child’s Life (The Social and Legal Risks of Cellphone Misuse),” Boston College, Newton, MA, March 3, 2011. Lecture for general college audience on the rise of sexting among students and steps parents and schools can take to limit the incidence of risky online behavior.
“Media Law and Ethics,” St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, February 24, 2011. Visiting class lecture on the history of privacy and the impact of technology.
“The History of Privacy in America,” The Warren White Lecture, Drury University, Springfield, MO, February 17, 2011. A lecture based on “American Privacy,” delivered as part of Drury University’s convocation on the theme “The Persistence of Memory: Perspectives on the Past.”
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
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.