Assistant U.S. Attorney — College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Explain your career path
After graduating from SEMO, I commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. I attended SLU law, and then proceeded on to active duty. While on active duty, I spent the majority of my time as a criminal defense attorney. After spending more than 12 years with U.S. Marine Corps, I moved to the Department of Justice, where I am currently an Assistant United States Attorney.
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
I studied political science and history. History is something that I have always been passionate about, and I chose it because I intended to either teach or go to graduate school.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
I chose SEMO because of its affordability, size, and quality of education.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
Professor Joel Rhodes in the history department. His lectures were always captivating, and he had a way of making history come alive. He could tell a story better than anyone, and it's a skill that I have tried to develop and perfect as a trial lawyer.
Share your best college memory.
Unfortunately, that memory is with Sigma Tau Gamma and is secret.
If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.
Being hired by the department of justice.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
Sleep more than you study, study more than you party, party as much as you can.
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Develop a sociopathic work ethic, and make connections early and often in a place that you think you might want to work one day.