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I am proud to be an attorney, a mother, and an advocate, but I think my clients are superheroes. I aspire one day to be as brave and resilient as they are.
I consider myself a Texan, but I have lived and studied in places as varied as El Paso, Texas, Ankara, Turkey, Washington, D.C., Porto Alegre, Brazil and Louisville, Kentucky.
Prior to law school, I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Zimbabwe. As a volunteer, I watched the largely peaceful country descend into political violence that left my friends, colleagues and neighbors consumed by fear. I knew that something must be done, but as an outsider I felt powerless to help. I entered law school committed to finding the tools that would allow me to help people like my friends, colleagues, and neighbors in Zimbabwe. While in law school, I participated in the immigration law clinic and had the opportunity to work on an asylum case for the two young children of a political activist from Central America. I knew then what I wanted to do.
I started my legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at a small immigration legal service provider in Lexington, Kentucky. Since then I have worked in private practice and in the immigration non-profit world. Before joining Lincoln-Goldfinch Law, I was the Managing Attorney of the Washington, D.C. office of Human Rights First.
I am an immigration lawyer because I cannot imagine doing anything else. The work that I do challenges me intellectually and emotionally. But more importantly, the immigrant men, women, and children that I work with inspire me each and every day.