Biography

I was born in the Bronx where I resided with my family until I moved to North Carolina in 1998. My parents and siblings still reside in the Bronx and I enjoy a white Christmas with them every year.

I moved to the tar heel state to attend college at Wake Forest University on an academic and merit scholarship. I graduated early from Wake with Honors.

Unsure whether to attend graduate school or law school I spent two (2) years living and working abroad. I spent nearly a year living and working in London and I was privileged enough to secure a grant to live in Costa Rica where I volunteered for Planned Parenthood and Colectiva Por el Derecho a Decidir. Prior to returning to North Carolina I spent several months in New Zealand working at a Lodge where I learned to enjoy hiking, fishing, and snorkeling.

I returned to North Carolina in 2002 to teach at Arts-Based Elementary School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. My first grade class was comprised of sixteen (16) students who I miss dearly to this day. I also miss snacktime, storytime, and recess.

I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law as a Willis Whichard Scholar. At Carolina I was actively involved in student government, the Pro Bono Board, and the Domestic Violence Advocacy Group. I received the Ilene B. Nelson Grant for Child Advocacy and the Class of 2000 Public Interest Scholarship. I was also inducted into the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society and the Order of the Barristers. I earned my Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in May, 2006.

I began working at a small general practice firm in Wilmington, North Carolina in May 2006, and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2007. I was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 2009. I practice family law, juvenile law, and Immigration law. I also handle Department of Social Services cases. I am a member of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the North Carolina Bar Association.

I was the chair of the Criminal Justice/Paralegal Department at Miller-Motte College where I taught aspiring paralegals for 8 years. I am also honored to teach various Continuing Legal Education classes in the areas of Family Law to other attorneys.

My husband and I live in Wilmington NC and are blessed to raise our children in this beautiful city. We attend St. Luke AME Zion Church.


Litigation Percentage
60{41ce83e3044caaa3fe9e83e5c2eecf0fcf5161ef5aee83428f2ebfeab6a823c2} of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
North Carolina, 2007
District of Columbia, 2009

Education
University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2006
J.D.
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Bachelor’s Degree
Major: Education and Political Science

Published Works
“A Timeline of Events” in Pakistan, (Co-Author with Charles H. Kennedy & Craig Baxter), 2000
Voting Rights in North Carolina, A Report of Renewthevra.org, (Co-Author with Anita Earls, Emily Wynes), 2006

Classes/Seminars Taught
Criminal Law, Family Law, Mediation Approaches, Wills, Trusts, & Estates, Writing for Criminal Justice, and Paralegal Drafting
NCJA CLEs

Professional Associations and Memberships
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
North Carolina Bar Association

Past Employment Position
Family Law Firm in Wilmington, NC, Associate Attorney
Small General Practice Firm in Wilmington, NC, Associate Attorney
Arts Based Elementary in Winston-Salem, NC, First Grade Teacher

Pro Bono Activities
Centro Latino, Pro Bono Counsel
Battered Immigrants Project, Legal Aid of North Carolina
Voces Latinas, Board

Birth Information
1980, Bronx, New York.

Languages
English, Spanish, and Italian