John grew up in Iowa, graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and clerked for the Hon. Lewis R. Morgan on the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before joining ACLU-MN, John practiced in the area of complex civil litigation at Faegre Baker Daniels, trying more than 100 civil jury cases to conclusion. He also represented students harassed because of their sexual orientation, victims of domestic violence, immigrants seeking asylum, and proponents of sane gun control. John is frequently retained as a mediator and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.