I am an attorney practicing in Northern California, mostly in the area of criminal law. I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law cum laude in 1999. Prior to that time, I worked in the commercial fisheries in Alaska for approximately 15 years including as a deckhand on crab boats in the Bering Sea out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska (as recently described in the Discovery TV show Deadliest Catch) and was also involved in events surrounding the Exxon Valdez oil spill while living in Kodiak, Alaska. While I served time in the late 1970s as a private in the Marine Corps in North Carolina as part of a discipline building, personal survival strategy some young men adopt as a rite of passage into manhood (not, as a political opponent seized upon to suggest, in order to make any political statement in support of imperial adventures overseas, although I honor the role played by my own family members and others in the Marines in WW2), I am also influenced by my experiences in the radical movement and culture of the 60s and 70s, but my views have, unsurprisingly, moderated with age.
I earned a Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1976. During my freshman year in 1972, the campus was occupied by National Guard troops for a week during anti-war protests (it was also so occupied in May 1970 after the Kent State shootings). Later, while working in salmon canneries, I had occasion to belong to two unions, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU []) and the Sailors Union of the Pacific (SUP []). I am a direct descendant of Carter Braxton and Elizabeth Corbin, and also of Allen Caperton; while a great grandfather from the other side of my family was the judge who presided over the trial of the IWW leaders of the 1912 Lawrence textile strike (Joseph F. Quinn). Thus my interest at Wikipedia is mostly focused around contemporary and modern history.