Legal Interpretation & Legal Philosophy

I’m a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School and a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Cornell University. My research focuses on legal interpretation and legal philosophy, with an emphasis on statutory interpretation, precedent and analogical reasoning, and the nature of law. My work appears in law reviews, as well as peer-reviewed journals.

I received my JD, with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School and my BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Saint Thomas. Following law school, I practiced commercial litigation with Kirkland & Ellis and clerked for Judge Jay Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  I’m admitted to the Illinois State Bar.

I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my wife, Kate Blackwood, and our son. Outside of my research and teaching, I enjoy running, hiking, and reading nineteenth-century realist fiction. Follow the links below to learn more about my work or to connect with me online.