I work at the Legal Innovation & Technology Lab (the LIT Lab) at Suffolk Law School, where I help courts and legal aid nonprofits increase access to justice through online tools that make legal processes more accessible to more people.

I design and build websites and web-based tools. You can learn more on this page.

I look for opportunities to solve problems with technology. Some of my current projects include a web app for your daily most-important tasks, a directory of women-owned skateboard companies, a client dashboard plugin for WordPress, and a directory of Black-owned businesses in Minnesota.

I am a dad to two amazing daughters.

I am a bookworm. You’ll usually find me with a science fiction or fantasy book, but I also read widely. I keep track of the books I finish at Bite-Size Book Reviews.

I love spending time outside, especially paddling, backpacking, hiking, and winter camping.

My (abbreviated) resume

Some highlights:

  • I think my core strengths are creativity, adaptability, strategic thinking, and problem-solving.
  • When I started Caveat Emptor in 2005 I was among the earliest law bloggers.

Employment History

Clinical Fellow at the Legal Innovation & Technology Lab (LIT Lab) at Suffolk Law School

Web Designer & Developer

Co-Founder of Lawyerist

  • Started the original Lawyerist blog, led the company as CEO during its initial growth phase, and then continued on the management team as Editor in Chief and Founder.
  • Managed a team of writers producing Lawyerist’s law practice content.
  • Promoted Lawyerist through speaking at conferences, writing for the Lawyerist website, and hosting the first 250+ weekly episodes of the highly successful Lawyerist Podcast.
  • Designed, developed, and maintained Lawyerist’s website and plugins, including web-based tools like the Small-Firm Scorecard.
  • Managed numerous projects, including content restructuring, marketing campaigns, and website development.
  • Overall, my areas of focus included legal innovation, access to justice, technology competence, mental health, and community building.

Consumer Rights Lawyer at The Glover Law Firm

Previous Employment

  • Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School 
  • Associate Attorney at Brown & Carlson, P.A.; Barry V. Voss, P.A.; and F. Clayton Tyler, P.A.

Publications

  • Lawyerist law practice blog, podcast, and video, from 2007 to 2020
  • Caveat Emptor consumer rights blog, from 2005 to 2017
  • William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 35:3, “Has the Flood of Debt Collection Lawsuits Swept Away Minnesotans’ Due Process Rights?” in 2009

Volunteer Service

Board of Directors at HOME Line

Board of Directors at Volunteer Lawyers Network

Awards

  • ABA Legal Rebels Trailblazer in 2017
  • Fastcase 50 honoree in 2014
  • VLN’s Volunteer of the Year in 2011

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