What drew you to the law?
I have been a part of the legal community my entire adult life. I began working in a law firm when I was 20 years old, and I have continued to learn and grow in the law ever since.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Teaching is the best part of my job. I love my students, and I am passionate about transferring my knowledge to them. I understand everyone learns differently, and my goal is to utilize as many different teaching tools as possible so as to reach the maximum number of students.
What do you hope students gain from your courses?
My hope is that students will learn the substance of the law, but also the practicalities of practicing law. My students draft legal documents, engage in think-tank activities and conduct and present in-depth research projects.
What did you do prior to entering academia?
I was a litigator for Perkins Coie, a large international law firm based in Seattle, Washington. I represented many different business clients, but my main client was a large investor-owned public utility company. I practiced mostly energy and utility law before the courts and the public utility commissions.
What are you passionate about outside of the law?
I am passionate about traveling with my family. Every opportunity we have, we travel to a new place. I have been to 49 states (still hoping to see Alaska soon) and 22 countries. Not only is travel rejuvenating for us, it is also an opportunity to learn and understand other cultures. It informs my research, broadens our views and expands our network of fascinating people living all over the world.
What are your research interests?
My research explores the role of policy and regulation in the area of sustainable energy, with a focus on renewable energy, climate change and distributed generation.