I grew up the oldest of five children in a blue collar Catholic family in a small town in northern Wisconsin. Our father died when I was 12. I graduated in the bottom quarter of my high school class and then spent 3 years in the Army.
I used the GI Bill to go to the UW-Stevens Point where I acquired an undergraduate degree with majors in English, History, Philosophy and Social Science (6 year plan), and since then I have racked up several years of credits in subjects from Calculus to French to Chemical Dependency.
I'm an INTJ.
I started law school when I was 38, passed the bar exam on graduation, and worked moving furniture and as a security guard while building a practice. I tried my first case for $160 (and won). I lost my first jury case (and cried in my car on the way home). I have trouble charging people fees for something as intangible as legal advice.
Today I'm an attorney who rarely practices law, a recovering marijuana addict who one day may decide to quit recovering, a lifelong learner, a fitness enthusiast, motorcyclist, and liberal.
I think about social justice issues quite a bit.
I'm balanced, confident in my abilities, and generally aware of my limitations.
I'm an atheist and have been since my early 20's. Ironically, I view the Sermon on the Mount as a moral guide.
I've got a wicked sense of humor that is not reflected in this dry autobiography.