After graduation, I returned to Central Florida to serve as a public defender in Orlando. I handled thousands of cases, from arraignment through trial. It was hard, it was intense, it was high pressure and stressful, and the experience was invaluable.
Along the way, I found my legal calling – working with students, teachers, and staff from kindergarten to college and professional schools to ensure that their rights are protected.
When I’m not working with Driven Law clients I bake, do jigsaw puzzles, chase [constantly] after my amazing toddler, and binge reality TV – especially MTV’s The Challenge. I’m also a proud member of a club kickball league.
I always wanted to work for the federal government in a position where I'd have the chance to make the world a better place. I didn’t wait to graduate from the University of Florida to start; while in school I was lucky enough to mentor at-risk middle school students and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it was time to go and help.
By the time I graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Religion, I realized that a career with the federal government just wasn’t the road I wanted or needed to take to ‘make the world a better place.’
Rather, I decided that law school was the best path. At the University of Georgia School of Law, I earned a mediation certification, interned as a mediator and in the public defender’s office – and took trapeze classes.
(As it turns out, tight-rope walking and high-stakes multitasking would come in handy as an attorney.)