He earned his B.A. from Columbia University in 1988. He subsequently earned his law degree from Harvard University in 1991.
He had his first book The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia published in 2006. He has ruled in court with a conservative, states-rights bend.
He and his wife Louise have two children named Belinda and Emma.
He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy following his graduation from law school.