February 01, 2019 - As you complete your time as a Boyd Public Interest Fellow, what are your reflections on the experience?
It feels unusual to be rewarded for public interest work, but it really put me in a position where I could comfortably dedicate my time to helping others without worrying about my ability to afford it. I also... read more
December 07, 2018 - How goes your first semester of law school?
I’m having so much fun! It’s a bit disconcerting because there aren’t very many benchmarks as to how well I’m actually doing, but I’m trying to measure myself off how well I can mentally respond to professors’ answers in class and taking a few practice exams (with... read more
November 16, 2018 - Tell our readers about your position here at UNLV.
In my current position in the President’s Office at UNLV, I assist in managing a multitude of daily requests and providing responses to a diverse range of issues that are directed to the President’s Office from various campus and community constituents. One of my... read more
November 09, 2018 - It's quite a trek from your native Rhode Island to Nevada. Why did you make it?
I came to Las Vegas for economic opportunities and a change of scenery. The weather in New England is notoriously rough and years later I am still thankful to be living in such a beautiful desert. As for economic opportunities, I... read more
November 02, 2018 - On one hand, home is Rome, yes?
Yes! R(h)ome is where I was born and where I recently lived for the past four years. It is truly an eternal city that has helped me not only grow, but also learn to love and appreciate the little things in life.
But on the other hand, home is Las Vegas. Tell us about the contrast... read more
October 26, 2018 - You were a competitive debater as an undergrad at UNLV. How has that experience helped you in law school?
My experience with debate helped me with many different parts of law school. It helped me get over most anxiety when speaking in public. It taught me how to research and write fully formed arguments. Finally... read more
October 19, 2018 - In your career as a newspaper reporter, what's been the best story you got to tell?
The best story in recent memory was about a free little league created and run by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Bolden Area Command, which polices Las Vegas’s Historic Westside. It was refreshing to hear officers... read more
October 12, 2018 - Teacher by day, student by evening – how’s that daily role reversal been working for you?
Excellent. Effective instructors never stop learning, so it feels natural. My students benefit from it as well as I am able to bring what I am learning in my classes to them. The time commitment can be a challenge for my... read more
October 05, 2018 - You attended and graduated from a virtual high school. What was that experience like?
I actually went to a few other high schools in Las Vegas. First Western High then Palo Verde. I was homeschooled my last year of high school – I only needed a few credits to graduate and didn’t want to go to an actual school for... read more
September 28, 2018 - How was your transition from LA to Las Vegas?
My transition from LA to Las Vegas has been smooth thus far. I am still getting used to the Las Vegas Valley culture. Things are a lot slower, but the Strip and downtown Las Vegas make up for it. What I really love about Las Vegas are the outdoor recreational... read more
September 21, 2018 - How does an east coast guy, born in NYC and educated at Columbia, decide to go to law school in Las Vegas?
My wife and I decided to leave the east coast, so we looked at schools all around the country. I was very impressed by Boyd’s legal writing program, its job placement statistics, and its outreach to the... read more
September 14, 2018 - An internship with the Nevada State Assembly set you down the path to law school, yes?
Yes, I interned for Assemblywoman Bustamante Adams the summer after my sophomore year of undergrad and it was an invaluable experience! I gained a unique insight into the law-making process in Nevada. Also, I met several... read more
September 07, 2018 - How have you reconciled your northern Nevada roots and your UNR undergraduate past with your southern Nevada/UNLV/Boyd present?
I have reconciled the battle between North and South by recognizing the important roles each play for Nevada’s future. There was hesitation in choosing Boyd—particularly when it came to... read more
August 31, 2018 - How was your summer?
My summer had nonstop activities! I worked full time at a law firm handling estate planning, bankruptcy, and domestic disputes, worked on an appellate criminal pro-bono case, took some courses, and traveled to California, Texas, and Arizona to visit family. It’s been a crazy few months, but I... read more
May 11, 2018 - Prior to entering Boyd, you worked for Cirque du Soleil. Was that as exciting as it sounds?
Absolutely! I had so much fun working for Cirque and wouldn't trade those years for anything. The shows employ people from all over the world and all walks of life, and everyone has a story to tell. Plus, being backstage... read more
May 04, 2018 - You've spent some time working in the political arena. Is that an arena to which you'd ever wish to return?
Yes, politics while often messy, is always interesting and changes daily. It’s also a bit of a mental challenge that I welcome when it comes to figuring out where the politics end and where the policy... read more
April 27, 2018 -
As a child, you moved from the UK to the USA. What are your memories of that transition?
My strongest memory is being very annoyed when I was marked down for "mis"spelling colour on a spelling test. I felt the teacher should not have taken points when I was right. I also got very tired of being asked if I... read more
April 13, 2018 - What made you decide to leave your native Colorado for the Silver State and Boyd?
Moving to a new city in a new state was a difficult decision. Leaving behind friends, family, relationships; leaving behind the known for the unknown. But moving to a new city in a new state is also a rare opportunity, one that I... read more
April 06, 2018 - You spent many years working as a legal researcher for the Nevada Attorney General's Office (AGO). How did that experience inform/reinforce your decision to apply to law school? read more
March 30, 2018 - What are the upsides and downsides of life as a professional poker player?
A downside is the ups and downs — the volatility of results. I specialized in poker tournaments, which are characterized by frequent famines and rare feasts. Each tournament of the kind I was playing lasts three to six or more days, but... read more
March 23, 2018 - So your family has been in Nevada since 1866, yes?
The exact date my family arrived in Nevada depends on which relative’s story you want to believe, but the most believable story is that we arrived in 1866. Regardless of which story, we have been here a long time, and I am proud to say I am a fifth generation... read more