Growing up in Oak Grove, Missouri, I always had a strong fascination with the legal profession. Having watched my fair share of legal dramas on television, I always loved the idea that there were people out there working to make things right and help those in need and I often dreamed about one day doing the same. After graduating as Valedictorian from my high school, I knew that pursuing a career as an attorney could put me in a position to make that dream a reality.
I decided to stay relatively close to home by attending the University of Missouri-Kansas City, majoring in sociology. I knew that by choosing sociology as my major that I would be able to study relationships and social interactions that could help prepare me to be a strong advocate for others. When it came time for my senior year of college, I decided to get a jumpstart on my legal career by entering into law school while still working toward my undergraduate degree. I was quickly accepted into the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, which enabled me to begin pursuing my law degree during my senior year.
By May of 2009, I was able to graduate Summa Cum Laude from UMKC with a Bachelor's degree in sociology and a focus on family studies. I spent my final two years in law school practicing family law as a student attorney in the Child and Family Services Clinic. I was also fortunate enough to serve as a law clerk for two different law firms, and also serve as an intern for Commissioner Sherrill L. Rosen in the 16th Circuit Court of Missouri. It was through these various experiences that I was able to pick up valuable knowledge and experience from some of the brightest legal minds in Missouri.
My entire life, I’ve truly been able to find joy in helping others. I feel a tremendous sense of honor and pride to be able to change people’s lives for the better.