I have dedicated my legal career and personal life to service. If elected, I will continue along this path and my highest priority will be to make the Bar more welcoming to and inclusive of all members and to support and enhance the Bar’s commitment to access to justice. I plan to do what is necessary to make members feel connected to the Bar and make it easier to get involved in Bar activities. The need for funding for legal services providers and expanding collaborative projects through technology and new relationships to enable a more comprehensive and inclusive access to the legal system is more prevalent than ever at this moment. I also support new initiatives to address the wholly unmet legal needs of moderate income residents through efforts to support “low bono” (reduced fee) legal services.
Serving as a mentor has been a constant since I left Chicago, and I revel in seeing my mentees succeed in life and their careers. My service has been demonstrated in other ways: I have served as a pro bono attorney; worked with foundations and community groups on fundraising campaigns to support many legal and community services providers; and created the Washington Bar Association’s Knowledge is Power program in collaboration with several volunteer bar associations to provide legal information to enhance the daily lives of members of the D.C. community. In addition to my commitment to access to justice, improving the legal system, and empowering lawyers to achieve excellence, I am committed to making the new D.C. Bar building a focal point for individual members and for volunteer bar associations with a goal toward enhancing engagement with the Bar.
I have long been active in the D.C. Bar as a candidate for President-Elect in 2012, serving on the Board of Governors from 2010-2016, serving on the Building Advisory Task Force, serving on the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee, and I am currently serving as a member of the Leadership Development Committee.
I am a 15-year public servant who works for the Department of Justice Civil Division Environmental Torts Section as an Assistant Director. I received my J.D. from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law, and my B.A. and M.P.A. from Grambling State University. I am also a member of the American Bar Association, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Bar Association of DC, Department of Justice Association of Black Attorneys, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Hispanic Bar Association, National Bar Association, Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association, Washington Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association and Foundation.
As your President-Elect, I plan to make the new D.C. Bar building the focal point for member engagement and ease the difficulty in getting involved with the Bar. I plan to work to increase mentoring. In addition, I plan to utilize my bar relationships to expand access to justice.
I humbly ask for your vote!