Legislative/Administrative Law, Community Affairs, Real Property and Litigation
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United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
District of Columbia - December 1981 (Examination)
Florida - November 1982 (Examination)
A J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. - 1981
A B.A., Howard University, Washington, D.C. - 1977
A Chofu High School, Tokyo Japan - 1973
1997 - Present - General Counsel/Deputy General Counsel/Legislative Counsel, Council of the District of Columbia; Washington, D.C.
A Duties involve review of all bills and proposed resolutions prior to engrossment and enrollment (placing in final form); oversight and assistance of legislative drafting in the Council of the District of Columbia; providing advice to members of the Council, staff and committees; conduct of litigation involving all courts and administrative agencies of the District of Columbia. Reviewed thousands of legislative measures during my tenure.
A Prepared Internet web site for the Office of the General Counsel <"http://www.abfa.com/ogc>
2002 - Present -Uniform Law Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
A Mayoral appointed position. Represent the District of Columbia in 114-year old national organization which promotes uniformity in state laws where uniformity is desirable and practicable. Draft and recommend uniform laws for adoption by the legislatures of the 50 states and the District of Columbia; serve on Drafting Committee to Revise Model State Administrative Procedures Act and Study Committee on an Administrative Procedure Act for Interstate Compact Entities.
2003 - Present -Member, District of Columbia Historical Records Advisory Committee
A Mayoral appointed position. The Historical Records Advisory Board receives, reviews, and makes recommendations on all grant applications to fund historical records projects in the District of Columbia. The Board also makes recommendations to the Mayor on collecting, preserving, and conserving historical records of the District government.
2001 - 2004 -Member, District of Columbia Board of Appeals and Review
A Mayoral appointed position. Made final administrative determinations, and provided final administrative remedy sustaining, reversing or modifying actions from which appeal is taken, or dismissed or remand cases under its jurisdiction. Rendered decision in licensure, permit, civil infractions, zoning, and certificate-of-need cases.
1987 - 1997 -Acting Administrator/Attorney Advisor, Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances, Washington, D.C.
A Served as acting director and principal advisor in the D.C. Office of Documents and Administrative Issuances, providing legal and regulatory expertise in the compilation, codification, editing, and general preparation of the official legal publications of the District of Columbia; personally reviewed and approved or rejected more than 7,000 agency regulations, and 800 Executive Orders and administrative issuances.
A Prepared Internet web site for the Office of Documents (until site was place online)
1994 - Legal Counsel/Attorney (consultant), Capitol Entertainment Services, Inc.,Wash., D.C.
A Provided legal advice and representation to President/Chief Executive Officer of a local minority owned business involved in sightseeing and related transportation business.
1985 - 87 Legislative & Policy Analyst, D.C. Dept. of Housing & Community Development, Washington, D.C.
A Drafted and reviewed legislation and regulations for compliance with D.C. and federal housing and community development regulations and statutes, prepared comments and analyzed proposed legislation, responding to questions raised by the D.C. Council and community organizations concerning programs, budgets and other matters.
1981 - 85 Executive Director/Attorney, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C, Washington, D.C.
A Responsibilities included preparation of statements for hearings, researching federal and local statutes, regulations and caselaw affecting the relevant area, other activities included representation of clients in criminal, civil, probate, landlord and tenant, and family divisions of D.C. Superior Court and D.C. Court of Appeals on a pro bono or court appointment basis.
1977 - 1981 Other Positions Held:
1981 Law Clerk, Interstate Commerce Commission; Enforcement Section; Washington, D.C.
Summer 1981, Attorney, Law Office of Ralph L. Flowers, Fort Pierce, Florida
1979 - 80 Law Clerk, National Association of Home Builders; State, Local and Environmental Affairs Section; Washington, D.C.
Summer 1979, Legal Assistant, Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, Washington, D.C.
1977 - 1978, Congressional Appointment and Legislative Intern, Offices of Congressmen Sam Gibbons (D-Fla.) and William L. Clay (D-Mo.), Washington, D.C.
A Presenter, Conducted Legislative Drafting Seminar. University of the District of Columbia School of Law. February 2002, October 2003.
A Revised, District of Columbia Legislative Drafting Manual (2005 Ed., and 2001 Ed.)
A Authored, The Role of Intranets in Information Management <"http://www.abfa.com/dcdocs/intranet.htm">
A Authored, Regulatory Reform in the District of Columbia: A Proposed Revision of Administrative Rulemaking Procedure "<"http://www.abfa.com/dcdocs/regfram.htm">
A Authored, Compiled and Edited: 1991 -1995; 1997- 1998, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners Manual (This manual is used by all of the District's 323 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners)
A Panel Participant: "Problems Associated with Incorporation by Reference of Agency Regulations," Office of the Federal Register, Fall 1992
A Presenter: "Rulemaking Procedures in the District of Columbia," Workshop for agency legislative liaisons, Office of Intergovernmental Relations, 1993
A Presenter: "Types of Notices Typically Received by Advisory Neighborhood Commission Offices," Workshop for ANC Commissioners sponsored by the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Assembly, 1993; 1996 - Council of the District of Columbia: Government Operations Committee ANC Seminar
A Presenter: Various Rulemaking Workshops/Seminars to groups of D.C. employees
A Panel Participant: "Rulemaking in the District of Columbia - Winter 1996," “Legislative Review of Administrative Rules - February 2006;” National Association of Secretaries of State/Administrative Code and Register Section.
A 1992 - Adult Chairperson, Neighborhood Planning Council No. 10, elected November 1992 (This position involved responsibility for developing, implementing and monitoring grant funded programs for youths aged 14 - 21 in an area containing more than 40,000 persons with an annual budget of approximately $45,000).
A 1986 - 92 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (Brookland, SMD 5A09) 1992 Chairperson; chaired meetings of 14 other Commissioners and advised the D.C. government on official actions affecting the Commission area comprised of approximately 30,000 persons with an annual budget of more than $50,000.
Community Activities or Achievements (Past and Present)
A Brookland Centennial Festival Committee; Brookland Community Center; Brookland Union Baptist Church; Families United of Brookland; Brookland Civic Association; American Institute of Parliamentarians; Volunteer - Washington Tennis Foundation; Volunteer Judge - 2005 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Law (February 3, 2005).
Place of Birth: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Married, two children
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