1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Middletown, Ohio. Middletown is about 40 miles north of Cincinnati, Ohio and 30 miles south of Dayton, Ohio. My parents were both college professors at Miami University in Ohio, so I also spent a lot of my time running around the town of Oxford, Ohio.
I began at the LLTC as Assistant Dean for Law Library & Technology Services and Assistant Professor of Law in January 2010.
3. Where did you work prior to the LLTC?
I've been around quite a bit. My first professional librarian job as Reference Librarian at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University. I worked there for a number years progressing to the Assistant Director for Technology Services. I also worked a start-up, for-profit law school in far western Kentucky that, unfortunately, shuttered its doors. I also worked in private practice as a commercial litigator with a large (for Dayton, Ohio) law firm, as a federal judical law clerk, as an attorney for the Social Security Administration, and as an attorney for an insurance defense firm. Back in my early 20's I managed a Domino's Pizza near my hometown.
4. What do I do at the LLTC?
As noted above, I am the Assistant Dean for Law Library & Technology Services and Assistant Professor of Law. In this capacity, I manage approximately 25 employees and direct the Law Center's library and technology efforts.
5. What do you like best about your job?
Meetings. I realize that is hard to believe, but I actually love meetings and committee work. I also enjoy working with my colleagues on the Law Center faculty and the other Law Center administrators as well as working with the other staff members of the LLTC. The Law Center is blessed with a great group of employees and everyday I look forward to coming to work.
6. What is your proudest accomplishment on the job?
As a manager, my proudest accomplishments are the accomplishments of my staff. When a staff member accomplishes something and is proud of the work he or she did, I'm proud too. I'm also very proud of the efforts I've made since my arrival working with so many others to push through the new classroom technology upgrades. The Law Center needed these upgrades and I'm very proud to have played my part in making the upgrades happen.
7. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my partner of 10 years Heath as well as our two dogs, Tank and Piper, and our three cats, Spike, Ms. Meepers, and Grumpy. Heath and I have a number of TV shows we like to watch together. I own a 1957 red Ford Thunderbird that I enjoy tooling around in on the weekends.
8. Favorite food?
I'm not a picky eater - I like everything except coconut.
9. Favorite book?
I enjoy reading a lot different stuff. As a teenager, I read every horror and science fantasy book I could get my hands on, and I still enjoy picking something up in those genres every once in while to read. It is tough for me to point to one single book. Lately, I've enjoyed the author Patrick McGrath. If you decided to pick up one of his books, start with his first The Grotesque. I also enjoy all things David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs.
10. Is there any particular advice you would like to share with students?
In my opinion, law school is largely about time management. If you are willing to manage your time wisely, with a lot of it put aside for class preparation and study, you will do just fine. Don't get behind.