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SUMMARY I possess a unique combination of skills and experiences that allow me to effectively

SUMMARY

I possess a unique combination of skills and experiences that allow me to effectively advocate for clean energy companies, national non-profits, and local governments grappling with complex issues of environmental, energy, tax, and administrative law. My science background ensures that I am able to quickly grasp technical aspects of my client’s position. My world-class legal education, including a Juris Doctor from Harvard and two federal clerkships, guides me in crafting compelling legal arguments. And my experience as a congressional candidate provides me with key insights in developing public relations and political outreach strategies for my clients.

In recent months, I have co-authored a U.S. Supreme Court brief, represented a trade association of sugarcane ethanol producers in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rulemaking, and helped pass one of the first Property Assessed Clean Energy ordinances in the state of New Mexico. I have also filed lawsuits on behalf of community groups fighting to prevent the construction of new migrant detention facilities, and a local government seeking to protect its residents from ozone pollution.

EDUCATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, Juris Doctor, May 2014

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY, B.S. in Biological Sciences, summa cum laude, May 2011

Bar Membership: Maryland, New Mexico

Admitted to Practice: District of New Mexico, D.C. Circuit, Fifth Circuit

EXPERIENCE

CANDIDATE FOR U.S. CONGRESS, Las Cruces, NM; June 2017Dec. 2017 Raised approximately $80,000; published six op-eds in regional outlets; attended DCCC candidate training and met Democratic leadership; participated in televised debates and interviews; developed social media campaign; managed staff and consultants

U.S. DISTRICT COURT, C.D. CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles, CA; Oct. 2016June 2017 Law Clerk to Judge George H. King. Co-authored opinion partially denying summary judgment in false claims case, resulting in $280 million settlement. Co-authored opinion invalidating software patent that was later affirmed by the Federal Circuit. Worked on class action, consumer protection, employment, and intellectual property cases.

U.S. DISTRICT COURT, D. ARIZONA, Phoenix, AZ; Sept. 2015Sept. 2016 Law Clerk to Judge David G. Campbell. Co-authored opinions resolving dispositive civil motions, discovery disputes, and evidentiary objections. Worked on food and drug, disability insurance, and tribal law cases.

NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, Washington, D.C.; Sept. 2014Sept. 2015 Co-authored briefs in three D.C. Circuit cases. Developed novel interpretation of Clean Air Act provision adopted by EPA to support Clean Power Plan. Represented NRDC in White House and EPA meetings. Testified before EPA on regulation of aircraft emissions, and drafted statement on subject signed by 22 members of Congress.

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Academic

The Clean Power Plan and Statutory Interpretation, 45 ENVTL. L. REP. 10,650 (2015)

International Climate Action Without Congress, 44 ENVTL. L. REP. 10,562 (2014)

Popular

EPA Rollbacks Threaten Air Quality in the El Paso Area, EL PASO TIMES (June 4, 2018)

New Course Needed to Fight Climate Change, ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL (July 26, 2017)

LANGUAGES

Professional working proficiency in Spanish.

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