I became a lawyer because of my experiences in foster care. When I was in foster care, it felt like my words only held power when my lawyer said them. I want to go beyond that with my legal representation and advocacy and be part of creating a world that truly values youth and young adult wisdom and experiences.
Starting early in law school, I sought internships and clinical opportunities to help me develop the skills needed to do just that. After law school, I clerked in the Unified Family Court in Delaware for two years. There I had the opportunity to participate in countless proceedings and substantially contribute to written orders pertaining to custody, dependency, and delinquency.
After clerking, I was awarded the Zubrow Fellowship at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. During my Zubrow fellowship, I led the update of the Juvenile Law Center’s Know Your Rights guide by Jennifer Pokempner, Esq. Frustrated by the vast difference between the rights on the page and youths’ lived experience, I sought and was awarded a Fellowship from Open Society Foundations to address youths’ need for effective grievance protections. I authored a comprehensive report on youth voice in institutional placements across the country, grounded in both my own personal experiences and a historical analysis. The historical analysis truly helped me begin to understand the roots of racism in our legal structures and systems and helped me grow personally.
After my fellowship, I began representing parents in dependency cases at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
I am genuinely thrilled to join the incredible community of advocates at TeamChild, offering their skills talents and expertise to uphold the rights of youth and imagine systems of care that create opportunities for all children to thrive.