It is with great pleasure and pride that I write to let readers know that two new contributors will stellar credentials have joined the Truth In The Law Blog “The True Verdict” they are Phil Houston and Greg Doucette.
Phil is a great friend and colleague who has an international reputation in the fields of detection of deception , critical interviewing and analysis in both the public and private sectors.
Phil’s 25-year career with the Central Intelligence Agency was highlighted by his service as a senior member of the Office of Security. In that capacity he conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies, both as an investigator and as a polygraph examiner. He is credited with developing a detection of deception methodology currently employed throughout the U.S. intelligence and federal law enforcement communities. The scope of Phil’s work has covered criminal activity, personnel security, and key national security matters, including counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism. The fact that many of his interviews were conducted in foreign countries, coupled with six years of residence overseas, has given him unique insight and extensive experience in dealing with foreign cultures, particularly in the Far East.
Phil introduced the detection of deception methodology to the corporate world with the co-founding of Business Intelligence Advisors, where he served as Executive Vice President and worked with the company’s largest clients in the U.S. and abroad. The story of his success in creating a commercial application and market for the detection of deception methodology is featured in the recently published book, Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy by Politico reporter Eamon Javers.
Phil is now the Chief Executive Officer of QVerity.
Greg is also a good friend and is currently a 2L at NC Central University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina.
A former college dropout, Greg fought his way back into school after a 5-year absence and went on to earn a BS in Computer Science in 2009. From 2007-10 he energized the higher education community in North Carolina while serving as the Student Senate President of NC State and President of the statewide UNC Association of Student Governments: in addition to his appearances in television and print media, Greg's 2008-09 advocacy work led one columnist to brand him "the most consequential student in North Carolina" while his 2009-10 lobbying campaign was highlighted in Forbes Magazine. Those combined efforts saved students and their families $25.7M+ over two years.
Greg is now the publisher-writer of the blog law:/dev/null, a chronicle of his law school experience that was ranked #4 in the 2009-10 ClearAdmit Best of Blogging Competition (including #1 best representation of academic life). Greg also serves as the Treasurer for his law school's Student Bar Association, a member of its TYLA 2L Trial Team, and is an internationally-known advocate for students and educational accessibility.
Both Phil and Greg have incredible insights and will make great additions to our commentary, analysis and (sometimes) biting critique of the law, politics and current affairs!