While a cadet at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, I determined I wanted to go into the service. First, I wanted to enter the military for patriotism, and second, because of my strong desire to give back. From an early age I knew that whatever I did in life, I wanted to serve others.
During my time with the United States Air Force, I decided to follow my dream of entering the legal field. I had a strong desire to serve those around me in a new capacity, but it was still with the same underlying aspiration to help people.
My parents were very influential in my decision to pursue a career in the law. My father was a member of the clergy and my mother was a counselor. From an early age, I witnessed the impact a job choice can have not just in your own life, but in the lives of men, women, and children who are experiencing challenging times.
During my second year of law school, I had the opportunity to work for an esteemed family court judge. This experience opened my eyes to the possibility of a career in family law. I observed how this judge handled tough and very sensitive situations while showing respect to all involved.
Through his example and my desire to help those enduring the stress associated with major life transitions, I know that I chose the right field of law. I, like everyone, have experienced my own trials and tribulations, but I feel that my particular skill set, attributed to my service in the military, has sharpened my ability to deal with stressful situations using a thoughtful and targeted approach. My goal when working with clients is to help them resolve their family law issue so they can focus on growing stronger individually for the benefit of themselves and their family.
University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina
Honors: Moot Court, Pro Bono Board
Honors: Gold Stars and Deans List
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal First Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 Service Star
Phi Delta Phi
American Bar Association, Family Law Section
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section
North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Family Law Section
Wills for Heroes Co-Chair 2015-2016
Safe Alliance, Volunteer Attorney
Member of Women Lawyers of Charlotte