I have been passionate about social justice from a young age. I took some law classes in college, and decided that the best way to make my interest in social justice into a career was to go to law school to become a public interest lawyer. I became a legal aid advocate so I can be a part of making equal justice a reality for the immigrant community, victims of crime, and people who are poor.
I came to CLASI as a Rothschild Skadden Fellow in September 2017. The Rothschild Skadden Fellowship, generously funded by Skadden Arps and other Delaware law firms, supports the legal careers of budding public interest attorneys like myself. As a Staff Attorney/Rothschild Skadden Fellow at CLASI, I represent immigrant victims of crime and domestic violence who are applying for humanitarian relief and lawful immigration status in the United States. I also represent victims of domestic violence and human trafficking on applications to expunge criminal records that are related to their victimization. I felt like I made a difference in my client’s life when I helped her obtain an expungement of an arrest that she incurred as a direct result of her domestic violence victimization. Now my client can move forward with her life without her arrest serving as a reminder of the abuse she suffered.
My one claim to fame is that I was born in the same New York City hospital as Blue Ivy, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s first child. Eighteen years later, I started college at Penn State, followed four years later by law school at Georgetown. At Penn State, when I wasn’t cheering on the Nittany Lions from the student section, I double-majored in Political Science and History, supported students through the student conduct process as a Student Conduct Advisor, and served as the Executive Vice-President of the College Democrats. At Georgetown, I discovered I am a constitutional law nerd (who would have thought reading and debating U.S. Supreme Court cases would be fun?!) I also served as a Student Notes Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and as a Student Attorney in the Georgetown Law Domestic Violence Clinic.