What drew you to the law?
I had originally wanted to be a philosopher, and my master’s thesis concerned the moral implications of the term “collateral damage.” During the course of my research, I became familiar with human rights law and wanted to learn more about it.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I most enjoy challenging my students’ conceptions of what lawyers do. The media rarely focuses on lawyers outside of litigation contexts, and advising a transactional or regulatory client is very different from making arguments in a courtroom.
What do you hope students gain from your courses?
I hope they learn to approach legal issues from the perspective of a real client and to be able to understand and explain complex legal concepts in a manner that will be effective for that client.
What did you do prior to entering academia?
I was an associate at two large law firms based in New York City. I primarily focused on international business litigation. I also briefly worked for Judge Kirsch of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands.
What are you passionate about outside of the law?
I love to travel. I also follow virtually every major professional sport except hockey, which is rather embarrassing since I am Canadian.
What are your research interests?
My research primarily focuses on the duties of lawyers and judges in transnational contexts. I am also increasingly concerned with the future of the legal profession.