Law is the fabric of American society. From the earliest colonial codes and the common law, the United States is built on rules and principles, many of which have evolved over time. The Constitution, its amendments and cases that decided them establish limits for the government and liberties for the people. It was not and still is not perfect--especially in the areas of civil rights and liberties which have been progressing (although not always in a straight line)--but the legal and legislative processes provide us the means to improve. The Fourteenth Amendment and Civil Rights Act of 1964 are in my opinion the most significant developments in law since the Constitution and Bill of Rights were ratified.
I became a lawyer in order to be a player in our nation of laws. I decided to represent individuals to help them navigate what has become a complex system and make sure that their rights--our rights--are protected and their voices heard. I focus strongly, in my representation and in my writing, on the First and Fourth amendments and the rights of the accused.