Affiliated With: Emerge California

Emerge - (California)

I am a mother, attorney, small business owner, and citizen who is passionate about working to make my community a better place for everyone. I advocate for the poor, and have volunteered with service non-profit organizations, including Friends Outside, Project Open Hand, and the Vacaville Public Education Foundation during the past 25 years. In college, I was active with groups such as Students for Choice. In law school, I was an officer of the Public Interest Law Foundation, which worked to raise stipend money for students and graduates willing to choose low-paying but critical public service careers.
Even before I graduated at the top of my law school class, I had decided to dedicate my career to defending indigent adults and children in criminal and child welfare cases. I used the prestigious clerkship with the San Francisco courts to help in my pursuit of my dream job: defending indigent persons accused of crimes. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work as a public defender for the first decade of my law career, and I now run a small law office with my husband, who is also a former public defender. Our law office primarily serves economically disadvantaged clients. I was recently certified by the state bar of California as a criminal law specialist. This is a distinction earned by a very small minority of attorneys in the state of California.
I am actively involved with local Democratic organizations, as well as my local Chamber of Commerce. I attend and provide input at city council and school board meetings. I believe I posses a fair amount of community name recognition as someone who speaks from an informed point of view and who is ready to get involved in making real change, rather just talk about doing so.
My community involvement and volunteer work over my entire adult life supports the fact that I am not a newcomer to public service. My academic and professional achievements reveal that I am serious about pursuing personal growth and change in order to be the best person I can be. I am ready to put my zealous advocacy skills to work for the larger community by running for public office.


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