As an Alabama native, if there's one thing I learned while growing up in Madison County, it was the value of helping others in need. From an early age, I wanted to find a way to use my strengths to help improve the community around me. Since earning my JD, I have enjoyed working with members of my community and pride myself on being a leader who can be counted on. For instance, I have dedicated my time to serve on the board of directors for LIFT Housing and Family Services of North Alabama.
Outside of my legal and community services, I strive to continuously be active and push for excellence. To this day, I have completed two Ironmen 140.6 events (IM Florida in 2013 and IM Arizona in 2012). On a more regular basis, I truly enjoy getting out to enjoy the beautiful hiking, mountain biking, and camping our state has to offer.
While studying for my undergraduate degree, I learned the value of hard work as I juggled three different jobs while also maintaining a full course schedule at school. I worked as the resident manager of an apartment complex, building manager of the student union center, and a social worker at Brewer-Porch Children's Center. While the three jobs helped support me financially and provide a roof over my head, they also helped teach me the value of good time management and honest, hard work. Despite the challenge of working and studying, I was able to juggle all three jobs while maintaining a strong 3.5-grade point average.
When it came time to graduate in 1995, I was excited to enter law school and take my first steps toward becoming a lawyer. I was accepted into the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma, and before classes even began, I was selected to clerk for Congressman Robert "Bud" Cramer in Washington D.C. during the summer of 1995. I had the opportunity to learn a lot during that summer and returned to Norman in the fall with an unbridled passion and excitement to study law. In 1998, during my third year of law school, I was fortunate enough to return to my home state and study at the University of Alabama School of Law, receiving my Juris Doctor that same year.
It’s a privilege to help the people of my community through their financial hardships. Whatever struggles they may be facing, I’m happy to provide help and support in any way that I can.