After attending law school, John clerked for a judge in Atlanta and then moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked as the Director of Legal Assessments and the Environmental Law Program for the American Bar Association’s Central European & Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI). CEELI provided free legal assistance to the former communist countries of Eurasia moving towards democracy and free market economies. He then was a law professor for 23 years teaching constitutional law, jurisprudence and international and comparative law courses, most recently at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
While teaching in Florida he created international criminal law internships at international tribunals in The Hague, Sarajevo, and Phnom Penh. He co-founded the American & Caribbean Law Initiative (ACLI) which is a consortium of U.S. and Caribbean law schools and faculties running programs on U.S. and Commonwealth Caribbean law. He served as a Fulbright Scholar in Uzbekistan and as an international environmental law consultant in the Caribbean on projects funded by United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), Global Environmental Facility (GEF) of the World Bank and the Organization of American States (OAS). He has authored or co-authored six books, chapters for five books, and fifteen journal articles.
John learned about L’Arche when his church in Washington, D.C., Church of the Saviour, helped found L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. He served as treasurer on its board and then went on to become the president of the board of L’Arche USA, a member of the board of L’Arche International, and president of the board of the L’Arche USA Foundation. After volunteering for L’Arche for over 30 years, he gladly accepted the offer to join L’Arche Syracuse.
John’s best decision was to marry Heather, and the greatest gifts he has received are their children Lily, Matthew, Blake and Lucy. On a windy day you may find him sailing on Lake Skaneateles or the Bras D’Or Lakes of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. On a cold day you may find him skiing or watching his children play basketball. And on a summer day no matter the weather, you may find him clearing hiking, mountain biking and horse riding trails deep in the woods, alone with God.