“I was connected with Annabel and loved how child-focused the Children’s Law Center is.”
- Why did you choose Family Law?
I felt the most connected with the Family Law professors when I went to law school. Their kindness and empathy struck me and made Family Law stand out to me in my studies. Upon graduating I took a clerkship with a family law judge. She was such a calm and powerful presence, but at 5 feet tall even she was also so passionate. In every case she strove to give families autonomy, education, and mediation with a focus on de-escalation. I see these same goals in the Children’s Law Center—to empower families—which is why stuck with Family Law.
“We give just the right amount of legal counsel and emotional support; we are child focused which empowers families.”
2. Why choose the Children’s Law Center?
I want to learn as much as I can from everyone here. Family Law is of course a very emotional division of law, but that’s what I like about it. Using law to look after people, especially children and what is best for them, that’s important to me. The Children’s Law Center takes care of vulnerable people, instead of taking advantage of them, as can sometimes happen in family law practice.
I gravitate towards the neutral roles: Mediator, Guardian Ad Litem, and Best Interest Fact Finder. Everyone here encourages me to step into those roles, instead of focusing solely on litigation. Because I’ve seen some law firms drag out conflicts for their own benefit, seeing that the Children’s Law Center truly sits down with clients to generate real solutions matters a lot to me.
3. Hobbies and Interests?
I’m a beginning surfer and aiming to get in the ocean 1 to 2 times per week. Being a mother of 2 kids means I’m mostly working or in full mom mode. I just began to love landscaping and gardening which are my newest downtime hobbies.
I also love spending time with our potbellied pig, Jellybean. She has been a great “co-worker” while I’ve worked from home.
“I want to set myself up for success”
4. How do you maintain or create work-life balance?
Being a balanced person allows me to be my best self in my different roles: mother, employee, wife, friend. Finding that balance isn’t always easy, but I strive to find it so I can inhabit all of my roles as well as I want to. I really try to be “present” whether at work or with my kids.
Stacy and Annabel have been incredibly open-minded and flexible with me to support my work-life balance.
“I want us to be known as “the law firm” to go to when your family needs support.”
5. What are your goals for yourself and for the firm in general?
I’ve been practicing in the areas of BIFF and GAL work with Stacy over the last year, and I want to continue learning more in that realm. I would like to continue developing my specialties in those roles. I would also like to expand my practice into mediation.
I would like for the Children’s Law Center to be well-known as a law firm with integrity. I would love for the practice to expand our team of attorneys as well.
6. Fun Fact About You?
I have a deep knowledge of birds and bird-watching thanks to my dad. We are both big nerds. He is a professor of animal behavior, so I got to go on lots of trips with him when I was a kid.
7. Favorite Saying?
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
I also have a silly little pep-talk routine with my kids when I drive them to school each morning. We always say, “It’s a good day to have a good day!” and say we will have an “attitude of gratitude.” It sets the tone for the day, and I really enjoy that routine with them.
8. How are you staying positive through these difficult times?
I have to work at reframing things in a positive light. I am grateful that I could make adjustments to work and childcare. Having the flexibility to work from home, and having a backyard for my kids to play when we were quarantined is just so lucky.
My husband is an ER doctor, and I am so grateful he has stayed healthy through this time. Staying focused on what the bright moments of these times have been—despite how awful this time has been for so many people—is what keeps me staying positive.