As an Alabama native, one life lesson that has stuck with me since growing up in Madison County is the significance of helping others in need. From an early age, I wanted to find a way to use my strengths to give back and help improve the community around me. When I discovered the potential to do just that, I began my journey to becoming an attorney.
While studying for my undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama, I came to appreciate the value of hard work as I had three different jobs and a full-time course schedule at school. These jobs helped support me financially, but balancing all of those responsibilities also taught me better time management and people skills that have had a positive impact on my work today. I worked at the Student Union Center, was an Apartment Manager and a Mental Health Aid Worker at Brewer Poarch Children's Center. These jobs complimented my studies in political science and psychology at UA.
After completing my undergrad, I was truly excited to end that chapter and enter law school — to finally take my first true steps toward becoming a lawyer. But the summer before my law school classes even began at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, I had the opportunity to clerk for Congressman Robert "Bud" Cramer in Washington D.C. He was instrumental in the North Alabama Space and Defense Industry and also founded the National Children's Advocacy Center. I respected Congressman Cramer for many reasons, but these two especially. And since I had worked with abandoned, neglected and abused children in college, I knew how meaningful it would be to work in his D.C. office. I learned a lot in Washington. As you'd expect, it was an exciting, educational time that primed me for law school. I'll always be grateful for the opportunity.
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.