About Jo

I graduated from Suffolk University School of Law in 1993, and from Boston College magna cum laude with a BA in Psychology in 1990. During law school, I received awards for my advocacy skills, including Best Oral Advocate and Winner of the Third Year Mock Trial Competition. I was a member of Suffolk’s Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Team and was a Semi-Finalist at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Regional Competition. I was a participant in the Suffolk Prosecutor’s Program, which gave me the opportunity to try criminal cases in district court.

I have been a member of the Massachusetts bar since 1993. My legal experience includes litigation work as a staff attorney for the Boston Police Department’s Office of the Legal Advisor. I internally prosecuted Department officers and employees who violated department rules and regulations and represented the Department at hearings at the Civil Service Commission and the Division of Law Appeals. I also represented the Department at court hearings concerning the denial or revocation of a license to carry a firearm. I also handled requests by the entertainment industry, such as the television series “The X-Files” and the movie “Blown Away,” to use the Department name and logo. I provided the Police Commissioner, Department officers, and employees with legal advice concerning issues related to their law enforcement duties. I successfully argued a case before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court concerning the protection of Criminal Offender Records Information. Police Commissioner Paul Evans recognized my work by giving me a Special Citation and a Distinguished Service Award during my time at the Department. After I left the BPD, I worked as a legal writer and Editor-in-Chief of Law Enforcement Publications at Quinlan Publishing, where I wrote “The Internal Affairs Handbook.” I also worked as an online legal editor for Lexis-Nexis, a large legal research company. Since 1998, I have been involved with the nonprofit Tapestry Institute, which helps people reconnect to nature through programs based within Indigenous worldview. I am the current president and have created and direct the Earth Law program.

I have been a horsewoman for more than 40 years. Since 2001, I have been a Mustang advocate and have been fortunate enough to adopt and gentle wild Mustangs. I have helped fearful horseback riders through talks I gave at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, clinics and seminars throughout the West, and even a DVD (the picture on the right is from a video about my horse work). Due to family health concerns, I live in Wyoming. Living here gives me wonderful opportunities to spend time in and photograph nature and my horses.

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