I'm a political science Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University. My social science research focuses on legal decision-making, judicial politics, and Supreme Court legitimacy and public opinion. My doctrinal legal work entails trust and estate law and property law. My scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in Political Research Quarterly, The Oxford Handbook of American Law and the Judiciary, the Law & Politics Book Review, and the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Journal.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on U.S. constitutional law (I & II), judicial process, public opinion and the Supreme Court, political psychology, the use of social science in the courtroom, and legal research and writing. I'm also in the process of developing an advanced legal writing course that's designed as a Supreme Court simulation wherein students take on the various roles involved in the Supreme Court litigation process; this course actively engages students with semester-long tasks that include certiorari, briefs, oral arguments, and final majority and minority decisions. In law, I teach courses on property law, gratuitous transfers, and an estate planning seminar.
Originally from Rochester, New York, I moved to South Carolina for college. Shortly after receiving my BA in history, I moved to Florida and worked for two different companies before I began law school. In 2011, I graduated from the Florida State University College of Law, with distinction. In May, 2014, I married my longtime girlfriend, Sara Anne, and we now live in Tallahassee, FL with our two dogs, Susie and Kennedy.
"It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is. . . . This is the very essence of judicial duty."
-John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison (1803).
". . . we must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding. . . . intended to endure for ages to come, and consequently, to be adapted to the various crises of human affairs."
-John Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland (1819).
“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?”
-James Madison, Federalist no. 51 (1788)