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Expert No. 3570

Bar Admissions

California, November 2002 


Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA               
Juris Doctor, May 2002
Class Rank: Top 20%
Achievements: Dean's Honor List 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2001-2002;
Scott Moot Court: Top Ten Brief Honors; National Team, 2001;
President, Student Bar Association, 2002;

University Of California
Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology, July 1994

Police Experience

Large Metropolitan Police Department
1997 - Current

Officer in Charge, Crime Suppression Detail
Officer in charge of a 16 officer crime suppression squad.  Handle high-risk warrant service, uniform crime suppression, plainclothes surveillance, and other missions.  Direct report to the commanding officer, responsible for investigating use of force incidents, pursuits, personnel complaints.  Complete all personnel ratings, discipline, and training.

Sergeant / Adjutant to the Commanding Officer
Managed and advised the commanding officer on all operational matters, including deployment, use of force, vehicle pursuits, personnel misconduct, officer-involved shootings.  Prepared after-action reports evaluating large police deployments for major events and protests.  Prepared statistical and procedural reports for COMPSTAT information sharing inspections.

Supervised a shift of patrol and specialized enforcement officers, including management of police pursuits, tactical deployments, and uses of force.  Prepare personnel complaints and evaluations.  Made recommendations regarding continued employment / termination of probationary police officers.

Investigated homicides, sex crimes, and robberies, through and including trial. Managed crime scenes; evidence collection; interview and interrogation; trial preparation.  Prepare victims, witnesses, and other officers for trial.  Acted as primary investigating officer / witness for the prosecution.  Several major crime investigations through verdict.

Counterterrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau - Detective
Authored the current California model for the identification and prioritization of terrorist targets.  Member of the database design team creating the ACAMS critical asset management system.

Patrol Divisions - Field Training Officer
Trained new police officers in the field deployment of their weapons systems, investigative talent, and police powers.

Legal and Academic Experience

Law School
Malibu, CA
January 2007 - Current

Adjunct Professor of Law                               
Developed and teach "Police Practices," an upper division elective analyzing police powers, police misconduct, civilian oversight, best practices in policing, and other current topics.  With the specific mission of preparing advocates for police department clients, witnesses, colleagues, and opposing parties, Police Practices is the only course of its kind in the nation.  The course utilizes a combination of administrative, case law, and statutory interpretation.  Police Practices is in its 4th year, with outstanding feedback from faculty and students. 

Law School
Los Angeles, CA
May 2006 - Current

Adjunct Professor of Law
 "Police Practices," as above. 

Baker & Hostetler, LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Summer 2001
Summer Associate / Permanent offer extended.

Media / Consulting

Fidler Institute of Criminal Justice
Distinguished panelist on Miranda, discussing the future of the case and the warnings, given recent Supreme Court jurisprudence
Daily Journal, Los Angeles
Editorial concerning public sector pension reform and the long-term effect on public safety

KROQ, Los Angeles
Featured on syndicated radio show including discussion of police practices and live, on-air question and answer with listeners

Consulting and Expertise
Assisted attorneys and law firms with myriad police practices issues arising in police litigation, employment law, and others. Firms available upon request.   

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Unit Citation
Awarded by the Los Angeles Police Commission for meritorious service at Operation Archangel, in the initial concept, development, and management of counterterrorism programs in Los Angeles

Montecito Award for Technology
Awarded for development of Operation Archangel, and its associated technologies. National award for the technological development most likely to contribute to our national security and well-being

Numerous commendations for bravery, leadership, teamwork, community assistance, training and development

White House Fellowship
Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles
Big brother, 1995 - 2000

Supporting references are always available upon request.

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