I majored in philosophy and minored in pre-law at San Francisco State University. After graduating from McGeorge School of Law, I apprenticed with legendary criminal lawyer J. Tony Serra in San Francisco for eight years before returning to my hometown of San Diego, where I represented the indigent as a court-appointed attorney. While practicing law full time I obtained a Master of Arts degree in philosophy at San Diego State University. In 2010 I started teaching philosophy at Front Range Community College in Boulder, Colorado. After earning my Ph.D. in the Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal philosophy program at Binghamton University (The State University of New York), I was Visiting Lecturer in Ethics and Law at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. In 2017, I was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, Cal State Stanislaus, where I teach courses in law, procedure, and ethics, and advise students majoring in our Criminal Legal Studies concentration as well as students seeking careers in law.