Educational Background

University of Colorado

Juris Doctor

Boulder, CO | 1981 - 1984

Law School Honors or Awards:

  • Graduation in top 15% of class (23 of 152)

  • Captain, Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, which won the 1984 Mountain Regional Championship and represented CU at the national championship in Washington, D.C.

  • Best Oralist Award, Mountain Region of Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

  • Research and Editorial Assistant to Professor Hiroshi Motomura

  • Vice President, International Law Club

  • Law Clerkship, US Army JAG Corp, West Berlin, West Germany (Summer of 1983)


University of S. Colorado (now CSU Pueblo)

Bachelor of Science

Pueblo, CO | 1977 - 1981

College Honors or Awards:

  • Graduation with Special Distinction (the highest honors)

  • Double Major (Philosophy and Political Science)

  • Presidential Achievement Scholarship (Academic)

  • Presidential Achievement Scholarship (Debate)

  • Member, U.S. Debate Team, Japan Tour (Represented the U.S. for six weeks during the summer of 1980 in exhibition debate competitions throughout Japan on issues of tax policy, debating against 23 Japanese unviversities)

  • Captain, U.S.C. Forensic Team (elected twice)

  • Lloyd P. Dudley Annual Award for Excellence in the field of Speech

  • Outstanding Freshman Debater Award; Outstanding U.S.C. Debater Award (received twice)

  • 3rd place cross-examination debate, Junior Nationals (1978)

  • Received numerous competitive awards at speech tournaments while representing U.S.C.

  • Served in student government as the U.S.C. Student Advocate, advocating on behalf of the student body and representing students in college disciplinary actions.


Harrison High School

Colorado Springs, CO | 1974 - 1977

High School Honors or Awards:

  • Received numerous competitive awards at speech tournaments, including 3rd place in cross-examination debate at the Colorado High School State Forensic Tournament in 1977

  • Spent final semester of senior year in an Executive High School Internship conducted at the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office under the supervision of District Attorney Bob Russel.