Most of my non-judicial legal work experience has either been in the public sector representing individuals or in legal education teaching students the skills necessary to become competent ethical professionals. Through my work as a prosecutor and public defender, I learned all aspects of trial procedures and evidence used by judges when presiding over and deciding cases. Teaching students and running an indigent clinic at the University of Dayton School of law allowed me additional opportunities to learn and teach trial procedures and the ethical standards necessary to provide quality representation to those who cannot afford representation.
All my jobs have prepared me to be a judge by bringing me in contact with people from all ethnic and economic backgrounds. My work experience has instilled in me a sense of duty to treat all people equally, fairly, and with respect and kindness; all necessary qualities for being a good judge. My past positions also allowed me the time and connections to get involved with, and even help develop, organizations that help address the lack of legal representation for those of limited resources. A judge must be committed to seeking justice for the individual but also must be committed to seeking justice for the community by helping address and solve systemic problems facing the legal system.
My prior work experience has prepared me to be the fair and respectful judicial official I have become.