University of California, Irvine (UCI) (Criminology, Law and Society)
Nova Southeastern Law School (J.D.)
University of California, Irvine (UCI) (Master's)
I'm a Southern California native, born and raised in Culver City. I returned to California in 2010 after spending 11 years in Florida. My areas of expertise include public speaking, law/legal research and writing/journalism.
I graduated from Culver City High School in 1989 as a California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Sealbearer. I was a member of the Senior Honors Society, the school newspaper and the debate (forensics) club.
I started my undergraduate experience at UCLA as a Pre-Mathematics major before transferring to UC Irvine. I was a writer and member of the UCI student newspaper's editorial board and worked with the UCI baseball team as a Baseball Information Assistant. I graduated from UCI with a bachelor's degree in Criminology and Law. I earned a paralegal certification from UCLA before attending law school in Florida. I graduated from Nova Southeastern University's law school in Fort Lauderdale in 2002.
I received NSU's highest pro bono (volunteer) honor and continued to work pro bono after graduating. I was on the Dean's List twice and was an officer in the Criminal Law Society. I served as a Law Student Advisor, Westlaw Representative, and a proofreader for NSU Law's student newspaper. I received the Book Award (highest grade) in both Scientific Evidence Workshop and Legal Research and Writing. I am a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.
I earned a Master of Advanced Study (MAS) degree in Criminology and Law from UCI in 2009. My capstone paper was on the CSI Effect and has been cited in the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement and on National Public Radio. I was also the External Vice President of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminology and Law Honors Society.
I have been published in a variety of newspapers, newsletters and journals. I wrote and edited several modules for a legal e-book that was published on the President's DNA Initiative website (dna.gov). I also wrote and edited chapters on forensic odontology (bite marks) and expert witness ethics in Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, Fifth Ed., by Moenssens, Henderson, and Portwood (Foundation Press, 2007).
I performed a field study at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach during my last two undergraduate quarters, assisting the newspaper and yearbook classes. I taught the advanced junior high journalism class for a year after graduating while writing for a local newspaper. I also volunteered as a debate official in regional high school tournaments.
My former Criminal Law professor employed me as her Research Assistant for my last two years of law school before hiring me as the first researcher for a government funded forensic science organization based in Florida. I worked for over eight years for the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law (NCSTL) as the Senior Staff Researcher, the lead multimedia researcher and the chief Westlaw analyst. While at NCSTL I created and presented a CSI Effect PowerPoint for 300 attendees at the 2007 National Institute of Justice Applied Technology Conference. I'm a Southern California native, born and raised in Culver City. I returned to California in 2010 after spending 11 years in Florida. My areas of expertise include public speaking, law/legal research and writing/journalism.
I graduated from Culver City High School in 1989 as a California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Sealbearer. I was
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I worked for over eight years as the Senior Staff Researcher for a forensic science non-profit funded by the Department of Justice. The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law (NCSTL) is headquartered at Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Fla. I was responsible fort researching forensic odontology (bite marks), DNA, digital image enhancement and fingerprint analysis. I also worked with the Florida Innocence Project, reviewing potential cases for Nova Southeastern University's law school. I also did extensive research and gave presentations about the CSI Effect.
I was a proofreader for my law school's newspaper. I also wrote and edited chapters on forensic odontology (bite marks) and expert witness ethics.
The goals of public speaking are to enlighten, persuade, influence or entertain. Effective public speaking skills can be developed by studying oratory (the art of speaking) or by joining a public speaking society such as Toastmasters. Successful public speakers choose vocabulary that resonates with their audience, make eye contact, control their voice (pitch, intonation, rhythm) and use hand gestures. People can also be taught how to overcome glossophobia, the abnormal fear of public speaking.
I was part of the forensics (debate) team in high school and learned the differences between writing and speaking. I learned the importance of body language in public speaking and the steps to overcoming public speaking fears. We focused on connecting with the audience, especially how to engage the listener by incorporating keywords in prepared and impromptu speeches. We studied the various delivery methods including reciting from memory, impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speech and reading from a manuscript. Finally, we chose methods of persuasion including citing evidence and statistics, applying reasoning and appealing to the audience's emotions.
I was also part of the litigation track in law school and participated in a mock trial competition. I researched prior case law (precedent) and made arguments to licensed attorneys who served as mock judges. I finished sixth in the competition and received compliments from several attorneys for my effective integration of case law and tort regulations.
In my last job I created and presented a CSI Effect PowerPoint for 300 attendees at the 2007 National Institute of Justice Applied Technology Conference. Following the presentation I was approached by a representative from the Florida Division of the International Association for Identification (FDIAI) and was invited to make the presentation at the group's annual meeting. Several months later I presented the PowerPoint again for 45 viewers.
I am a trained public speaker and have been a public speaking tutor for an Air Force Second Lieutenant and a member of the nationally ranked Mira Loma (Cal.) High School speech and debate team. I created and presented a CSI Effect speech for 300 attendees at the 2007 National Institute of Justice Applied Technology Conference. Following the presentation I was invited to speak at a regional meeting. I also created and gave a speech to a group of incoming law students at Nova Southeastern University's law school.
I have been published in a variety of newspapers, newsletters and journals. I wrote and edited several modules in a legal primer designed for scientific experts that is located on the President's DNA Initiative website (dna.gov). My scholarly article on the CSI Effect has been cited in the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, wikipedia.com and on National Public Radio.