As a law school graduate, my passion has always been to advocate for those who often struggle to afford legal representation. I pursued my undergraduate degree at Florida State University, majoring in History with a focus on Politics and Women’s History. After college, I took a detour from the conventional path to law school, exploring various jobs and cities, ultimately landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My diverse work experiences, including writing for a weekly newspaper and assisting a union organizer, allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges our clients face.
My inspiration to attend law school was ignited during jury duty, where I was fascinated by the legal process and concerned about the lack of explanation provided to those most impacted. My experiences with the union further highlighted the need for dedicated legal support for marginalized communities.
Although I initially aspired to be a labor lawyer, my career took a different turn as I found more direct ways to help those in need. I have worked as a Guardian ad Litem for abused children, ensuring they received the necessary services to thrive and feel safe. I also represented domestic violence survivors seeking protection orders and served as Director of Operations and General Counsel at Washington, D.C.’s largest homeless shelter, providing transitional housing for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and trafficking.
Throughout these experiences and to this day, I have had the honor of representing people with disabilities in Social Security cases. Having represented over a thousand claimants, I find great satisfaction in helping individuals maintain their homes or access essential medical care. My commitment to advocating for the most in need remains the driving force behind my legal career.