Legal Interpretation & Legal Philosophy

I’m a PhD Candidate in Philosophy at Cornell University, where my research focuses on legal interpretation and legal philosophy, especially statutory interpretation, the nature of law, and legal determinacy. My work appears in law reviews, as well as peer-reviewed journals.

Before coming to Cornell, I clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced commercial litigation with Kirkland & Ellis. I received my JD, with high honors, from the University of Chicago and my BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Saint Thomas. I’m admitted to the Illinois State Bar.

I live in Ithaca, New York with my wife, Kate Blackwood, and our son, in a house overflowing with books. Outside of my research and teaching, I enjoy running, hiking, and reading nineteenth-century fiction. I serve on the board of directors of the Finger Lakes Runners Club and as a Graduate Teaching Fellow for the Center for Teaching Innovation.