How did you discover your passion for what you do?

I’ve wanted to be an attorney for as long as I can remember. I originally thought I’d enjoy practicing corporate law, but I found my passion was helping others on a more personal level. The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to an attorney for criminal defendants, but that same right does not exist in civil cases. Domestic violence victims, people at risk of losing a child in a custody battle, and those unlawfully evicted often need attorneys but cannot afford them. After working for multiple non-profits and county legal aid offices, I knew that I wanted to help those who could not afford an attorney but still needed and deserved one.


What words of wisdom or advice do you live by?

My favorite quote is “You’ve survived 100% of your worst days.” It helps me to keep in perspective that no matter how bad a situation seems, I will get through it, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe there is power in positive thinking and I try to approach each day with this mindset.


How do you make sure you stay connected with your professional network?

In order to be successful in the legal profession, you must constantly network. The easiest way to do this is to be active in your local bar association. I live in one county and work in a different county, so I am an active member in two local bar associations. I am the secretary of the Young Lawyers Division in one bar association and a member of the Bar Leadership Institute in the other, which is an initiative to help young lawyers develop professional and community leadership skills. I plan and attend events where I am able to reconnect with old co-workers, friends from law school, and meet other local attorneys. Staying connected with my professional network not only allows me to be involved, but to give back to my network through referrals and continued support.