I view the law like I view teaching – as a lens to observe and understand the world.
From a young age, I had a strong interest in justice, in right and wrong, and in the natural order of things. This interest led me to follow my dual career paths – the law and education.
Following an idyllic childhood in Louisiana, I graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School, separated by a stint in the army. After practicing with a large law firm in Seattle, I took a job at Western Washington University where I taught undergraduates to think about the relationship between law and society for 33 years. During that time I began to practice law part time at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner, working on major cases. Now retired from teaching, I continue a part time law practice, helping other attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner develop litigation strategy, write briefs, and argue motions and appeals.
I divide my personal time among the things I love the most
1) Family, with special attention to my two grandchildren;
2) Woodworking, mainly bird carving but also an 18 foot totem pole in the new Whatcom Museum;
3) Conservation, primarily as a founding board member of Whatcom Land Trust I have helped negotiate transactions conserving well over 10,000 acres of land;
4) Hiking, kayaking and exploring the world including Borneo, Zambia, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Chile, Trinidad-Tobago, Laos, Peru, Madagascar, Nepal, Central America, China, Venezuela, Arctic Alaska, Tibet, Morocco, Argentina, Cambodia, and Europe.
- Princeton University ( B.A., summa cum laude, 1963)
- Yale University (J.D., 1968). Phi Beta Kappa
Admitted to Practice
- Washington State Supreme Court, 1969
- U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington, 1977
- Washington State Bar Association
- Professor Emeritus, Western Washington University
- Board Member, Whatcom Land Trust
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