Mike graduated from Pepperdine Law School, and also served nine years in the National Guard and Army Reserves, where he was the youngest graduate of Officer Candidate School and was honored as the runner-up for Brigade Soldier of the Year. He was honorably discharged after resigning his commission in 2004.
During law school he earned a perfect "100" in Constitutional Law: Federal and State Power Relations. He won additional awards for obtaining the highest class grades in Advanced Constitutional Law: Supreme Court Seminar, Civil Rights Actions, and White Collar Crime. Additionally, he was selected to serve on a moot court panel that helped prepare Dean Kenneth Starr prepare for a United States Supreme Court oral argument.
Mike worked as a research assistant to three law professors, helping them with a treatise on federal courts and Section 1983 actions, two constitutional law case books, and a book on historically-significant closing arguments. He also worked as a teaching assistant for Advanced Legal Research, and assisted with Henke’s California Law Guide (7th ed.). Recently, he wrote a book review on Constitutional Chaos and wrote numerous entries on criminal and constitutional law for the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman, ed., Routledge 2006).
Mike can be reached via e-mail at CrimeAndFederalism [at] gmail [dot] com.