Where are you from?
I’m from Central Maryland outside of Baltimore City.
What drives you?
I enjoy using my skills to have a positive impact on clients. Small impacts can have rippling effects.
What does social justice mean to you?
Social justice is work to break down barriers and to increase access to justice for marginalized populations.
What do you feel is the greatest challenge to social justice today?
Lack of collaboration to accomplish common goals. Settling for quick fixes as solutions without fixing the roots of problems when creating policy.
What is a piece of advice to give law students and young lawyers that want to make a meaningful impact on civil rights and social justice in today’s world?
Make pro bono cases a constant part of your practice. Mentorship and guidance is available through nonprofit legal service providers. You will learn so much and it is an invaluable way to gain experience.
Get involved with bar associations. You will find mentorship through connecting with experienced attorneys. There may be opportunities available to advocate for changes in state or local laws through involvement. Through ABA entities there may be opportunities to advocate for change or for the profession.
What CRSJ project(s) are you working on? Or, what have you undertaken in CRSJ that you found most rewarding to have worked on? Are there any upcoming events or projects you want us all to know about?
I am a member of the Human Rights Magazine Editorial Board and contribute to reviewing the content from authors.
What do you do to relax in your spare time?
I enjoy hiking. I like exploring new trails and views. One of my favorite trails is the Appalachian Trail. No multi-day hikes yet, though.
What is one thing most people do not know about you that you feel they should?
I will create goals through running. I’ve run two half marathons, several 5Ks, and other distances.