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  • Biography

    B.A., University of Tennessee
    J.D., Yale Law School

    Joined Albany Law School in 2000. Previously in private practice with Winston & Strawn in Chicago, specializing in employment-related appellate litigation; visiting professor at University of Toledo College of Law; law clerk to the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana. Research interests include employment discrimination, federalism, and lesbian and gay rights.

  • Legal Appearances

    The Hot Seat, News 10 @ 5:00 (WTEN/ABC-10 (Albany) television broadcast, Mar. 4, 2004) (New York Attorney General opinion on same-sex marriage)

    News Channel 13 (WNYT (Albany) television broadcast, Feb. 24, 2004) (Federal Marriage Amendment)

    News 10 (WTEN (Albany) television broadcast, Feb. 24, 2004) (Federal Marriage Amendment)

    News Channel 9 ((Albany) television broadcast, Feb. 24, 2004) (Federal Marriage Amendment)

    News Channel 9 ((Albany) television broadcast, Sept. 3, 2003) (congressional hearings concerning same-sex marriage)

    The Hot Seat, News 10 @ 5:00 (WTEN/ABC-10 (Albany) television broadcast, Dec. 1, 2002) (Supreme Court grants of review in affirmative action and gay rights cases)

    The Hot Seat, News 10 @ 5:00 (WTEN/ABC-10 (Albany) television broadcast, Dec. 11, 2000) (presidential election controversy)

    The Hot Seat, News 10 @ 5:00 (WTEN/ABC-10 (Albany) television broadcast, Dec. 8, 2000) (presidential election controversy)

    The Hot Seat, News 10 @ 5:00 (WTEN/ABC-10 (Albany) television broadcast, Nov. 27, 2000) (presidential election controversy)

    The Hot Seat, News 10 @ 5:00 (WTEN/ABC-10 (Albany) television broadcast, Nov. 17, 2000) (presidential election controversy)

  • Legal Briefs

    Labor Law: Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Caterpillar Inc. v. International Union, UAW, 523 U.S. 1015 (1998) (No. 96-1625) (principal author) (cert. granted and subsequently dismissed by stipulated of parties)

    Employment Discrimation: Brief for Appellee, Marigne v. C.R. Bard, Inc., 180 F.3d 275 (11th Cir. 1999) (No. 98-9300) (table) (principal author)

    Employment Law: Petition for Rehearing with Suggestion for Rehearing En Banc of Defendant-Appellees, Fredrick v. Simmons Airlines, Inc., 144 F.3d 500 (7th Cir. 1998) (No. 97-3004) (uncredited co-author)

    Public-Sector Labor Law: Brief Amicus Curiae of the Illinois Education Association-NEA, Local No. 981, AFSCME v. Illinois Educ'l Lab. Rels. Bd., 760 N.E.2d 1054 (Ill. App. Ct. 1999) (No. 98-4165) (table) (principal author)

    Administrative Law: Brief of Caterpillar Inc., Caterpillar Inc. v. NLRB, 138 F.3d 1105 (7th Cir. 1998) (Nos. 97-1669, 97-1670 & 97-2649) (per Posner, J., sitting as single judge) (uncredited co-author)

  • Presentations

    Can Social Conservatives Violate Gay Rights Laws? The Problem of Subjective Motive in Sexual Orientation Law, Presentation at Faculty Workshop, Albany Law School, Nov. 19, 2003

    Deconstructing Sexual Orientation, at Globalization and Comparative Family Law: A Discussion of Pluralism, Universality and Markets, Albany Law School, Feb. 7, 2003

    Deconstructing Sexual Orientation, "Uncomfortable Conversation" on Sexuality and Feminist Theory (colloquium), Cornell Law School, Nov. 14-15, 2002

    Negotiating the Politics of Judicial Nominations (panel), Lavender Law, Annual Conference of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, Oct. 12, 2002

    Same-Sex But Equal: Reformulating the Miscegenation Analogy, Presentation at Faculty Workshop, Albany Law School, Oct. 2, 2002

    The Court and Rights: The New Federalism and the Undermining of Civil Rights Law--Progressive Federalism?, Presentation at Joint Annual Meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and Society Association, Vancouver, B.C., May 31, 2002

    Where's Nino? Boy Scouts v. Dale and the Missing Scalia Dissent, Presentation at Faculty Workshop, Albany Law School, February 27, 2002

    Special Issues in Teaching First-Year Law Students, Presentation at AALS New Teacher Conference, Washington, D.C., Summer 2000

    Grounding Airline Deregulatory Pre-emption: The Case of State and Local Civil Rights Laws, Presentation at Faculty Workshop, Albany Law School, April 2001

    The Emerging Prohibition of Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation, Address Before Albany Law School Labor and Employment Law Student Association, Spring 2001

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Publications

  • McCulloch v. Maryland, in MILESTONE DOCUMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY: EXPLORING THE SOURCES THAT SHAPED AMERICA 465 (2008)

  • Disagreeing without being disagreeable: Criticisms of Log Cabin's McCain endorsement are overly shrill and personal, Washington Blade (Oct. 10, 2008)

  • United ENDA's flawed reasoning, Washington Blade, (Nov. 22, 2007)

  • N.Y.'s Neighbors: Recognizing Same-Sex Couples Is Norm, New York Law Journal (July 13, 2007)

  • Sodomy and abortion aren't same rights, Washington Blade (November 4, 2005)

  • Letter: HRC abandons ENDA ‘enactability,' Washington Blade, Sept. 3, 2004, at 25

  • Letter: HRC has trans issue backward, Wash. Blade, Aug. 20, 2004, at 24

  • Letter: Show some sensitivity, USA Today, Aug. 19, 2004, at 14A

  • Letter: Reasons To Hate Bush, Wash. Post, Aug. 14, 2004, at A19

  • Letter: Letters to the Public Editor: Other Voices: Some Dissenting Views From Readers, N.Y. Times, Feb. 22, 2004, at WK-2

  • Letter: Forced Marriage?, The Advocate, Feb. 17, 2004, at 4

  • Progressive Federalism? A Gay Liberationist Perspective, 66 Albany Law Review 719 (2003)

  • Judicially Straight? Boy Scouts v. Dale and the Missing Scalia Dissent, 76 Southern California Law Review 521 (2003)

  • Letter: Affirmative Action and the Constitution, Washington Post, July 1, 2003, at A12

  • Same-Sex But Equal: Reformulating the Miscegenation Analogy, 34 Rutgers Law Journal 107 (2002)

  • Letter: Scope of gay rights bill reflects practical reality, Albany Times Union, Nov. 6, 2002, at A6

  • Letter: Judge was right in recent ruling, Albany Times Union, Oct. 12, 2002, at A6

  • Why Interstate Containment of Same-Sex Marriage Is a Good Interim Policy, (Fall/ Winter 2001) Albany Law School Magazine 14 (2001)

  • Florida vs. the Supremes: The State High Court's Supreme Efforts Thwarted in the 2000 Election, 3 Government, Law and Policy Journal (New York State Bar Association, Committee on Attorneys in Public Service) 11 (2001)

  • When There Is No Winner to Take All: Salvaging Political Legitimacy by Splitting Florida's Electoral Votes (Commentary on JURIST: The Legal Education Network)

  • Letter: If It Walks Like a Bigot..., Washington Post, Jun. 25, 2000, at B06

  • Letter: Racism and the Bar, New York Times, Feb. 19, 1999, at A22

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