The NJC’s new president fills in the blanks
When I was a kid I wanted to be a … priest, inspired by my maternal grandparents, who were both destined to enter the religious life until they met each other. That all changed when I turned 13. Then I decided I wanted to be a lawyer.
A favorite childhood memory: catching blue crabs and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay
When I’m not thinking about judging and the law, I like to … plan our next vacation destination with my wife.
Most people don’t know that I … climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (halfway in a day) with my wife.
My heroes: Rosa Parks, Bill Gates Jr. and Fr. William Sullivan, S.J.
Favorite food: paella
Favorite beverage: Starbucks coffee
Favorite vacation spot: Kauai, Hawaii
Favorite sport to play: tennis
Favorite sport to watch: college basketball during March Madness, and football (Go Seahawks!)
Favorite movie: American: The Godfather; foreign: Cinema Paradiso
Favorite TV show: Better Call Saul
Favorite books: classic favorite: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain; nonfiction American history: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow; leadership: Onward by Howard Schultz
Favorite judge: Too many to pick one, but historically, someone everyone should know about is Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr., who served in the military prior to becoming a judge and whose landmark civil rights rulings helped end segregation.
Last book read: Donor-Centered Leadership by Penelope Burk
The best thing to happen to me in the past year: attending the annual Rehnquist Dinner at the Supreme Court and learning that a search was under way for the new president of the NJC.
The worst thing to happen to me in the past year: Nothing—it’s been a wonderful year!