Ed's passion for teaching writing began at Stanford, where he won a grant to design an undergraduate writing seminar. From Palo Alto, Ed took his love of writing to New Haven, where he earned a PhD in Comparative Literature at Yale and then taught in the Literature department and the Directed Studies first-year honors program. Ed received a Yale University Prize Teaching Fellowship for outstanding undergraduate teaching.
NYU Law School introduced Ed to the art of legal writing. While earning his JD he worked as a Research Assistant with two mentors, Kenji Yoshino and Rachel Barkow. His work on Yoshino’s book, A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare’s Plays Teach Us About Justice, shaped his philosophy on the power of applying lessons from literature to legal writing.
After law school, Ed joined Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. He specialized in white collar criminal defense and securities litigation. Ed had the opportunity to work with outstanding attorney mentors who served as role models for effective advocacy and brief writing. Ed’s pro bono work included serving as co-coordinator of Legal Outreach, a week-long intensive academic program that teaches legal analysis and oral argument skills to high school students from underserved communities. For his advocacy work representing women in abusive relationships in Family Court, Ed received a Commitment to Justice Award from Her Justice, a New York City nonprofit agency.
Ed then worked at a legal writing training and coaching practice, conducting workshops for law firms in cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Louisville, Miami, Mountain View, New York, Palo Alto, Rochester, and Washington DC. Ed also ran the attorney coaching program, working with attorneys in both law firms and government.
Before joining the PhD program at Yale, Ed pursued his passion for travel and learning languages. He speaks fluent French and conversational German, Italian, and Spanish. The best jobs he ever had were teaching English in the Canary Islands and interning at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, where he gave tours of the museum’s incredible collection of twentieth-century art and bartended at receptions in its spectacular garden.
A Boston native, Ed lives with his wife and daughter in Park Slope, Brooklyn.