Disclosures about my past work and current practices:
I was a practicing attorney from 2009 until 2013, when I joined MSNBC. I remain an attorney and member of the New York Bar, but do not currently practice law on behalf of any clients, and have not done so since 2013. I generally refrain from publicly commenting on, or writing about, my former clients in my role as a journalist. I occasionally speak at professional legal organizations and conferences.
I have also worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and served as a pro bono legal employee at the New York County Defender Services (a clerk internship) and at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School (a legal “externship”).
In 2002 and 2003, I worked for Sen. Maria Cantwell as a legislative aide; in 2004, I worked on the national staff of the John Kerry Presidential Campaign. I have not worked in government or politics since then, and I do not donate to political candidates. I do donate to nonpartisan charities.