April 2016 – Present
- Representation of minor children in Domestic Relations matter, primarily for unrepresented parties and largely serving Spanish speaking children and parents
- Working as the “eyes and ears” of the court to bring attention to issues otherwise not before the Court
- Participating in a manner which encourages settlement of parties
October 2015 – October 2016
- Domestic relations litigation and collaborative resolution facilitation from adoption and custody to divorce and post-decree matters for primarily Spanish Speaking clients.
- Delicately, creatively, and efficiently handled matters positioned at the intersection of immigration and domestic relations concerns
December 2014 - August 2015
Drafted orders and maintained files for Illinois State Board of Education due process hearings.
Court appearances and case management for clients with Domestic Relations, Probate, and Workplace Discrimination matters; Maintained organized caseload and regular client contact.
Conducted legal research and drafted memoranda for supervising attorneys; Determined most persuasive and applicable cases to support tiral motions.
Successfully managed client matters in a manner to encourage out of court agreements including collaborative settlement in contended divorce matters.
January 2014 - May 2014
Represented clients from interview through trial and post-trial matters.
Drafted briefs for the First Appellate District Court.
Conducted research and assisted in composing amicus briefs.
September 2013 – May 2014
Coordinated learning objectives with the goal of mock trial preparation as well as college preparation for high school aged children.
Managed daily goings on of program; Contacted parents.
Tracked program participation; Successfully retained students and increased youth participation.
January 2013 – April 2013
Assisted with providing legal aid to Spanish speaking residents of the Cincinnati area; Interviewed clients and families in order to complete DACA claims and requests for work permits.
Analyzed local need to determine most efficient and encompossaing methods for outreach and to serve the community.
October 2013 – May 2014
Outlined student’s academic and professional goals in order to develop action items and plans for better and consistent study habits; Successfully raised student GPAs by .6 on a 4.0 scale.
Researched psychology of student behavior and success; Summarized and reported finding to supervisors for program enhancement suggestions; Implemented findings in coaching sessions
May 2012 – July 2012; June 2013 – August 2013
Evaluated child maintenance legislation in order to compare international approaches for legal reform memorandum. Completed legal research and wrote memoranda.
Analyzed statutes, legislative history, international documents and previous judicial decisions in order to compile information for an ongoing human rights cases, including the landmark LeGaBiBo case.
College of Law Honors Scholarship
Human Rights Quarterly, Senior Article Editor
Black Law Students Association
American Constitutional Society
SUS Summer Fellowship
Delores Auzenne Fellowship
Distinguished Scholarship Full Scholarship
Academic Achievement Award for top graduate in the History & Political-Science
Provided free legal consultations as part of a community awareness effort
October 2014 - Present
Organized logistics for the Walk Where You Live annual event as well as location mapping for the participants’ path.
October 2007 - Present
Developed and implemented Life Skills and entrepreneurship training for high school aged youth
July 2010 - July 2011
Organized community programs and developed volunteer opportunities to work toward bridging the digital divide in low-income communities. Recruited and managed volunteer activities.
Officiated the execution of grant and city mandated requirements.
June 2010 - May 2011
August 2010 - May 2011
May 2008 - May 2010
Licensed Attorney: Admitted to Illinois State Bar
Typing: 90 + WPM
Familiarity with both Mac and PC systems.
Microsoft Office proficient
Spanish (fluent– speaking, reading, writing)
Immigrant and Non-Documented Communities
Low Income Communities
Communities of Color