He practiced as a criminal defense attorney and CJA public defender in Washington, D.C. from 1990-2005 and was counsel of record in over a dozen published opinions issued by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the highest court of the District of Columbia.
He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of Iowa, as well as the United States Court of the Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He filed an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court in Lewis v. United States, 518 US 322 (1996) a key case defining the right, or actually unfortunately the lack of right, to jury trial in criminal cases.
He is the founder of the Tenants' Project and has been counsel in many major Iowa landlord tenant cases including:
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