Essayist • Teacher • Attorney

Biography

TEACHING, WRITING, EDITORIAL, AND LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Columbia University: Writing Center Consultant; Instructor: Freshman English  (2011 – Present)
  • Freelance Writer: Researched/ wrote essays & profiles for national publications       (2007 – Present)
  • Freelance Writing Consultant: Conducted  workshops for lawyers & professionals(2005 – Present)
  • The Morningside Review: Editorial Board                                                                                 (2011 – 2013)
  • Westport Writers’ Workshop: Writing Instructor: Nonfiction, Essay & Memoir (2005 – 2011)
  • Mews Books Literary Agency: Reader & Editor                                                                     (2009 – 2010)
  • Wiggin and Dana, LLP, New Haven, CT: Corporate Attorney & Partner (1984 – 2005)
  • Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts, New York, NY: Corporate Associate (1981 – 1984)

EDUCATION

  • Columbia University, New York, NY: Academic Scholarship, Hertog FellowM.F.A., 2014
  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY: Editor, Cornell Law Review J.D., 1981
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: Graduated with Distinction; Omicron Nu Honor Society B.S., 1978

CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS

  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)                         2014, 2015, 2016 Conducted Workshops on Dealing with Plagiarism
  • Writing Research Across Borders III                                                                                     February 2014 WRAB International Conference, Paris, France                                                                                           “Beyond Plagiarism: Teaching Students to Use Sources Responsibly”
  • Women’s Leadership & Mentoring Alliance                                                                            March 2013 Panelist: “Can Women Have It All?”                                                                                                            (Moderated by Judith S. Kaye, Former Chief Judge New York)
  • The University of Iowa (Carver College of Medicine)                                                            April 2012  “The Examined Life Conference”                                                                                                                        Panelist: End of Life Issues
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs                                                                  February 2011 Presented Pedagogy Paper at 2011 AWP Conference                                                                                  “Crafting Engaging and Realistic Dialogue”

COMMUNITY SERVICE & PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Save Westport Now, Steering Committee: Planning and Zoning (2005 – Present)
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs: Member(2009 – Present)
  • Westport Community Conversation Task Force: Volunteer(2009 – 2011)
  • Admitted to the New York Bar (1982 – Present)
  • Admitted to the Connecticut Bar (1985 – Present)
  • Connecticut Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America: Board Member & Volunteer (1997 – 2003)

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • “Brain Doping” – Brain, Child Magazine. Spring 2013
  • “Norman Dorsen ’50: A Passion for Civil Liberties” – Columbia College Today, Spring 2013.
  • “The Enduring Earnestness of ‘Say Yes to the Dress'”–  The Atlantic, June 2012.
  • “A Better Place” Twelve Breaths a Minute: End-of-Life Essays, an anthology published by Creative Nonfiction and SMU Press
  • “Packing for the Ineffable” – Op-Ed published inThe New York Times
  • The Million Dollar View” – Winner of the “Writing Home” contest, published in Weston Magazine, performed live at the Westport Arts Center, and broadcast on public radio
  • Dear Rudy” – Op-Ed re Giuliani Presidential Campaign, Published in the Westport News

PERSONAL

  • Married, four children
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