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I am an author, attorney and analyst. My opinion columns have been published in major daily newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as the UK Guardian, the Huffington Post and Women's eNews websites. My posted piece defending Martha Stewart was reprinted in the book "Reading and Writing Short Arguments" (McGraw Hill: 2005).

I am thrilled that real editors actually pay me for my opinions. I am honored that my work has been used in University teaching courses, referenced in journals and books, and used in a seminar by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Like Michelle Obama, I also bootstrapped my way to a top law school and wrote my thesis criticizing the bigotry embedded in our elite institutions. I am currently working on a memoir about my experiences in law school. I'm trying to keep it light and funny, which is probably why it's taking so long to finish.

I recently had my first child and moved from San Francisco back to my hometown of Salem, Oregon, in the beautiful Willamette Valley. My grandmother's grandmother rode a wagon over the rugged Oregon Trail -- the women in our family have always been hearty and worked alongside the men (you can't exactly worry about your nails or wear high heels when you're caulking a wagon to float the Columbia River).

In San Francisco I worked as a consultant with the Promontory Financial Group where I advised major banks on governance and risk management issues (clients included Wells Fargo, American Express, the National Australia Bank and the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi-NYC). Promontory was started by Gene Ludwig, the former Comptroller of the Currency, and Alan Blinder, former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve.

Prior to that I was a campaign finance and elections lawyer with the Mill Valley, CA, law firm Nielsen, Merksamer. Clients included Apple Computer, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Pfizer, Merck, and Philip Morris n/k/a Altria.

My political work includes positions as a legislative counsel, committee counsel and administrator, and lobbyist in the Oregon Legislature, an internship in Congress and paid staff on a U.S. Senate re-election campaign.

I'm so thrilled to herald the blessings of choosing to become a mother for the first time in my 40s. I wouldn't do it any other way. My beautiful, exuberant boy hasn't diminished my ambitions or drive one tiny iota. Parenting has, however, replaced any notion of free time.

Other publications:

"Memo: Nancy and Hillary are More Than Elected Moms" - Women's eNews website:

"Nice Dunk, Dear" - San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed Aug. 30, 2002

"New 'Stepford Wives' Fuels Old Anti-Career Views" - Womens eNews website:

"The Blonding of Women Lawyers" -
Skirt! Magazine