Norton R. Nowlin holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Tyler plus one year of law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in San Diego, California. He also holds an ABA-approved paralegal certification from Edmonds Community College, in Lynnwood, Washington, is a 1985 graduate of the 72nd San Diego County Sheriff's Academy, at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California, and worked professionally as a California peace officer. In 1992, Norton completed Texas teacher certification at the University of Texas at Tyler, and has seven years of teaching experience, curriculum design, and IEP design in public and private schools in Texas and Washington State. He is certified by EXCET to teach political science, government, psychology, composite social studies, and generic special education. Norton has accumulated over 120 hours of academic graduate and post-baccalaureate work in political science, psychology, economics, sociology, history, law, and paralegal studies, and he presently works as a program specialist, free-lance paralegal, free-lance writer, poet, and political commentator/journalist. A published former op-ed essayist for the "Seattle Times," Norton's essays, articles, and other literary works have been widely read throughout the USA, and the world, via newspapers and the Internet.