Can you tell us more about your career path after law school?
My path has primarily included positions in the fields of Education and Law, often in the interest of youth and young adults. As a recruiter, placement specialist, supervisor, and program implementer in a variety of settings, I have sought to uplift constituents, clients, and my co-workers as we create a more equitable world.
I consider myself a generalist, using my legal training to become a better researcher, analyst, writer, and public speaker. I have mostly held nonlegal positions in the nonprofit sector, but I have worked as an attorney in both the nonprofit and private sectors.
As an active volunteer and recently appointed member of the GW Alumni Association, why do you think it's important for alumni to remain connected with each other and current students?
I’m a big believer in the power of community. Whether it’s from an intentional or random shared experience, there is the opportunity to bond with other alumni and assist or even inspire students at our alma mater. Tapping into the spirit of GW can improve the reputation and ability of the school to help people advance their career and life goals. Working together, we can “leave our campsite better than we found it.”
Is there a class or experience during your time as a student that helps you in your career?
Using a Critical Race Theory lens when learning from former GW Law Professor Paul Butler in a cutting-edge course and an independent study course. Also particularly valuable was co-leading student groups. Gaining practical skills, balancing priorities, and attempting to build consensus.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to yourself as a 1L?
Try to space out study time… somehow. I was normally working full-time during the day, caring for a dependent, and attending classes at night. The key strategy would be to work a little smarter, not harder trying to cram more into my brain. The second piece of advice would be to be involved in extracurriculars and stay informed about student community issues – but less so.
Anything else we have missed that you want to share with us?
Consider being involved with the Law School and/or another aspect of GW that interests you. Did you know there is an initiative underway to honor Judge Leah Brock McCartney, LLB '54, JD '68, the first Black female graduate of GW? The campaign to create a mosaic will acknowledge her achievements, create discussion, and could add toward creating a more inclusive and welcoming campus. And serve as a history lesson/reminder about what it means to be the first. And even after there is the first, ensuring the opportunity for others to follow.