Degrees:J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law
B.A. in General Studies, SUNY Institute of Technology
A.A.S. in Radio/Television Broadcasting, Herkimer County Community College
Courses Taught:Criminal Law, Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Juvenile Delinquency
Academic Background and InterestsBefore I began teaching at CCC, I was a practicing attorney with approximately 20 years of experience. Over the years my experience has primarily included representing litigants in criminal cases in local, state, federal and appellate courts, as well as in administrative proceedings such as parole revocation and probation violation hearings. I was acting counsel for participants placed in the Plattsburgh City and Clinton County Courts' Treatment Programs and represented children as a New York State trained and court appointed counsel in juvenile delinquency proceedings. Most recently I was an Assistant District Attorney at the Clinton County District Attorney's Office where my exclusive responsibilities are handling all criminal appeals and post-conviction matters. In addition to my legal experience, I was, and still am, an adjunct professor at SUNY Plattsburgh where I teach various law courses.
Personal Interests and HobbiesI have a slew of hobbies and interests that keep me busy in my spare time including snowboarding and skiing in the winter, and kayaking and biking when the weather permits. Experimenting with food is high on my list - from baking desserts to cooking meals, and it is an extra bonus when I can use the vegetables that I grow from my own garden. But what tops my list of hobbies/interests, something I must do every day without exception, is reading for my own personal use and enjoyment.
Keys to SuccessThe key to success is small steps. Do not think of the whole task at hand that has to be done as this can be too overwhelming, which leads to procrastination. Instead, (for example, if you have to read a chapter that is 50 pages long) break it down - tell yourself, first, I'll open the book. Second, I'll read the first sentence. Third, the first paragraph, then the first page, etc. The same approach can be used when writing a paper. Remember "inch by inch it's a cinch. Yard by yard it's way too hard." (Jim Kwik quote) I have always applied this approach when tackling projects or assignments (especially ones that I don't really want to do). It is effective.