Biography

Jon focuses his practice on appeals and complex motion practice in state and federal courts and arbitration. He has briefed and argued cases before the Maine Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Jon has a B.A. in English from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude and was ranked first in his class. Jon has served as a law clerk for Judge Kermit V. Lipez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law, and as a lecturer in Political Science at Yale University. He is the author of Debating War and Peace: Media Coverage of U.S. Intervention in the Post-Vietnam Era (Princeton University Press), has written numerous columns for the Maine Bar Journal, and has contributed to The Green Bag: An Entertaining Journal of Law.

Professional Activities

  • Maine Bar Association
    • Maine Bar Journal, member of editorial board and columnist

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project

Publications

  • Debating War and Peace: Media Coverage of U.S. Intervention in the Post- Vietnam Era (Princeton Univ. Press, 1999).
  • "On the Importance of Headings and Subheadings in Judicial Opinions," 20 Green Bag 2D 97 (Autumn 2016).
  • "Bad Arguments," 17 Green Bag 2D 435 (Summer 2014).
  • "What’s Wrong with Summary Judgment: Dealing with Immaterial Facts and Deterring Unrealistic Motions," Maine Bar Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2 (2011).
  • "Free But Not Independent: The Real First Amendment Issue for the Press," 39 University of San Francisco Law Review 929-966 (2005).
  • "Remaking Law Review," 56 Rutgers Law Review 603-623 (2004).
  • "The Media’s Independence Problem," World Policy Journal (Fall 2004).

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