I majored in philosophy and minored in pre-law at San Francisco State University, and chose a legal career over an academic one in order to immerse myself in civil rights and justice issues. After graduating from McGeorge School of Law, I practiced criminal defense law throughout California and the West. I tried dozens of cases, wrote and argued hundreds of motions, and represented over 1,000 defendants in the state and Federal courts. I apprenticed with legendary criminal lawyer J. Tony Serra in San Francisco for 8 years before returning to my hometown of San Diego, where I represented the indigent as a court-appointed attorney. Along the way I received a Master of Arts degree in philosophy at San Diego State University while practicing law full-time. After moving to Boulder, Colorado, I began teaching philosophy at Front Range Community College. Following the completion of my degree at Binghamton University (The State University of New York), where I was a doctoral student in their Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal philosophy program (SPEL), I was Lecturer in Ethics and Law, Department of Humanities, United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut. I was appointed to the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice, Cal State Stanislaus, in 2017. At Stan State, I teach courses in law, procedure, and ethics, and advise students majoring in our Criminal Legal Studies concentration as well as those students seeking careers in law.