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Hi I'm Brian

I grew up in Arizona. I went Law School in San Diego. I am a Public Defender. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was going to Law School I thought I wanted to facilitate land transactions and litigate water rights. When I graduated in 2009, there was not a lot of job opportunities in that particular type of law. I applied to a lot of types of Law Firms and government agencies until I applied to what i thought was a prosecutors position in a small town. When I got a call from the Public Defenders office in that small town I was desperate for work, so i accepted the interview and to my surprise they hired some one with no criminal law experience at all and said "Its ok we will train you." Two weeks after I started, I had a 150 cases that were assigned to my boss said "go get em!" It turns out, I have found my calling. I love what I do. One of the reasons I love my job is sometimes folks are wrongfully accused. There is nothing better than digging in to a case and finding what the investigating officer missed and getting the case dismissed or a not guilty verdict.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a very devote Mormon family, and I loved my parents and I knew what they believed, but eventually that was not enough for me anymore. I had read the Book of Mormon several times and one day I decided to do like Moroni suggested and I prayed about the Book of Mormon to know of its truthfulness. I can't really explain how I felt after that but I knew that the Book of Moromon was true. I was less a feeling of new discovery and more an feeling of assurance or validation that what I had always believed was in fact true.

How I live my faith

In most of the places I have lived, the local ward has sponsored a troop of the Boy Scouts of America. on more than one occasion I have been asked to help with the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster. I always pretended like it was work and a sacrifice but inside I was excited for each outing for each camping trip. I found that reading the scriptures and talking about the nature of God to be a great thing to do with young men on Sundays in a church building but that it felt different reading from the scriptures by a flashlight around a campfire. Its one thing to say be nice to others, but different to pick up our own trash from a campsite as well as others trash as well to leave the woods a little cleaner than we found them. One of the other things that I have been asked to do is to visit 2 or 3 families in my neighborhood. There is spiritual or religious aspect to it but mostly its being a good neighbor the way that Christ advocated in his parable of the Good Samaritan.