Student / Lawyer Resources - Work on behalf of government Agencies
Consultant/Trainer, State of Montana Department of Revenue, 2008.
Assisted the department in revising all correspondence, including public statements, letters, notices, and advertisements. Devised a training program for department employees.

Consultant/Trainer, State of Montana Department of Revenue, 2005.
Assisted the department in revising its tax forms, instructions and letters, then carried out a series of training programs for department employees about how to accomplish clear writing.

Consultant, F.B.I., Gary, Indiana extortion, bomb threat, 1997.
The FBI sent me 4 bomb threat messages, which I used to compare with the writings of ten employees at a women's clinic that received the threats. Doing a stylistic analysis of the ten writers, I concluded that the writer was the head of the clinic herself. When confronted with my analysis, the clinic's owner confessed.

Consultant, F.B.I., Atlanta Olympics bombings, 1997.
The FBI gave me the 911 telephone recording in this case and asked me to prepare a linguistic profile of the writer, which I did in the form of a report.

Consultant, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, LOKI bomber case in PEI, 1997.
I was asked by RCMP to analyze the writings of a suspect in this case. I carried out a stylistic comparison and the investigators confronted the suspect with my findings, assisting in his confession.

Consultant, F.B.I., Arizona train sabotage case, 1996.
The FBI asked me to analyze a message found at the scene of the sabotage and to produce a linguistic profile of the perpetrator. I provided a report of my findings.

Consultant, F.B.I., the case of the Unabomber, 1996.
The FBI asked me to analyze the messages sent to victims of bombings, and later the Manifesto, in order to provide a linguistic profile of the perpetrator. I provided a report of my findings.

Consultant, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. v Lee Anderson (illegal campaign fund use), 1994.
I was asked by the DOJ attorney to analyze tape recordings in this case and be prepared to testify at trial. The case was settled before trial.

Consultant, U.S. Department of Justice, "Dirty Dozen Case" (police misconduct, narcotics), 1994.
I was asked by the D.C. Assistant DA to analyze tape recordings in this case and be prepared to testify at trial if the defense should use a linguist. The defense did not.

Expert Witness, D.C. Police Department, Internal Affairs, hearings on alleged cheating on police promotion examinations, 1993-94.
I was called by the DC Police Dept. to analyze the exams of candidates for promotion and to help them determine whether or not one particular examinee had used out-side information to obtain a high score on her exam. I testified about my findings at a trial before the police commissioners.

Speaker, Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, on the language of undercover operations, Osage Beach, Missouri, 1992.
I was invited to present to the Task Force what a linguist would do, for the prosecution or defense, with undercover tape recordings.

Director, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency training program on the language of undercover operations, Miami, June 1991.
The director of the Miami DEA invited me to train undercover agents on the linguistic aspects of their undercover conversations. It was a 7 hour, one day training program.

Consultant, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. v. Federal Judge Robert Aguilar (RICO, obstruction of justice), 1990.
The Asst. DA had me analyze the tape recordings and be prepared to testify if the defense should use a linguist. The defense did not.

Expert Witness, U.S. Senate, special committee on impeachment of Federal Judge Alcee Hastings, 1989.
After this matter was finished by the House, the Senate had me testify before this committee, which I did.

Expert Witness, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, hearings on the impeachment of Federal Judge Alcee Hastings,1988.
The government called me to analyze tape recordings and to testify before the committee, which I did.

Consultant, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. v. Noucher, New Hampshire (extortion), 1988-89.
The Asst. DA in this case had me analyze the tape recordings and be prepared to testify if the defense should use a linguist. The defense did not.

Consultant, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. v. Hicks, New Hampshire, (extortion), 1987.
The Asst. DA in this case had me analyze the tape recording and be prepared to testify if the defense should use a linguist. The defense did not.

Director, 6 three month training programs on clear writing of legal notices, U.S. Social Security Administration, 1985-86.
Some 50 or 60 SSA writers (12 to 15 per group) were trained by a psychologist and me in weekly sessions over a three month period in how to make their notices effective and clear. For our work we were given a Public Service Award by the SSA.

Expert Witness, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, hearing on FBI oversight, March 2, 1982.

This report was done over several months, producing several documents, including "FBI Undercover Operations," published by the US Govt. Printing office in April 1984.