Northwestern University (Psychology Pol. Sci.)
University of Utah (J.D.)
University of Phoenix (MEd)
I have loved teaching throughout my entire life. I actually taught my way through law school while working at the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and the Elderly in Salt Lake City, UT. The majority of my job was in giving presentations or forum for nursing homes, assisted living centers, or at the State Hospital about the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and (with school districts) the Education for All Handicapped Children Act. I also served as an investigator for them. I also taught students with special needs through Special Olympics starting back in college.
After being appointed a judge, I wanted to continue teaching and spent 7 years being a Paralegal Instructor at Pueblo Community College's Southwest Center in Cortez, CO. Some of the students that successfully completed the program are still lifelong friends. I also served as the coach and teacher for mock trial and moot court for children from elementary school to seniors in high school.
Upon moving to Denver, I obtained my Master's in Education - Secondary Education degree with a perfect 4.0. I am currently a Colorado-licensed attorney qualified to teach AT LEAST Social Studies and English for 6th through 12th grades. I just renewed the license, so it is good through 2021. I am seeking reciprocity with Michigan to be licensed to teach those same subjects for those same grades as a teacher or at least a substitute teacher in Michigan. During my student teaching, I taught US History to high school sophomores and juniors and Honors Geography to freshmen. Then, I served as the Criminal Justice/Crime Scene Investigation attorney for 5 school districts as a high school teacher and adjunct professor with Arapahoe Community College. Students obtained both high school and college credit for taking my classes. So, I taught students from a wide variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and had to drive to multiple schools each day of the week to teach these five classes at five different schools.
I developed a very close mentoring relationship with the students, to serve as a positive role model for them as a male, human being, as well as a representative of the legal profession and the education profession. I developed numerous social media sites for students to learn from and to communicate with each other about homework assignments and group projects.
I was the youngest judge in Colorado history back in 1995 at age 28. During the 7 years that I was a judge, I also taught all of the students in the Associate's degree program for paralegals at Pueblo Community College (in Cortez, CO) in every subject related to criminal law, legal writing, investigation, constitutional law, etc. I then moved to Denver and became an adjunct law professor and a community college instructor for students wanting to enter into the police academy with an Associate's degree in Criminal Justice. I have also taught US History, Civics, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, English, Word History and all social studies topics at the high school level in CO for 3 years. I continue to substitute and serve as a guest speaker. I have also been a private tutor for 3 kids for the past year.
One thing that people always say is that "Mr. L. is always so approachable." As a judge, I learned to communicate very complex legal concepts and theories into a very simplified format. Most jurors in the United States who end up on juries are only educated to the Fourth Grade level (that is consistent nationwide). I also find out the best way that a student learns - audio, visual, or hands-on and use a variety of different methods to gain the student's attention and motivation. I have loved teaching throughout my entire life. I actually taught my way through law school while working at the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and the Elderly in Salt Lake City, UT. The majority of my job was in giving presentations or forum for nursing homes, assisted living centers, or at the State Hospital about the Americans with
I was a practicing attorney, prosecutor, judge and magistrate in the State of Colorado for 22 years - from 1992 through 2004 (when I retired). I taught Criminal Justice to Associate's Degree students at Pueblo Community College Southwest Center in Cortez, CO for 7 years. Then, I continued teaching at Arapahoe Community College for another 3 years in Littleton, CO. I obtained my certification to teach Criminal Justice from Colorado State University and taught in Cherry Creek, Denver, Douglas County, Englewood, Littleton, and Sheridan public school districts.
I obtained my major in Political Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL back in 1989, along with a double major in psychology. I then taught Political Science both as a regular teacher (Aurora and Cherry Creek School Districts in CO) and as a substitute in surrounding Denver school districts. I taught for 3 years and tutored Political Science for another 2 years.