I was reminded during my first year of Legal Writing that “[t]he pen [was] mightier than the sword[.]” I had never even seen a sword. So, “the pen” became my weapon of choice. While I am no lyricist, writing and the power of the pen has allowed me to go on a whole ‘nother journey. My background is simple. My motivation is constant. And my hope is only to make things a little better.
I have always wanted to help people. When I was younger and living in rural Mississippi, I thought that the only way to do that was to be either a firefighter or a doctor and neither was very appealing to me. I was both blessed and excited to find out that attorneys help people too, and there was almost never any blood involved. My family, while pretty big by today’s standards, had no lawyers, and I had never met a lawyer while living in the small country town where I was raised. Years later, while attending Tougaloo College as a Political Science/Pre-Law student, I met my first lawyer, participated in my first mock trial, and was absolutely sold on my career choice.
As I got closer to my first bar exam, my family began to look different to me. They became my source of comfort, my confidants, and my personal cheering section. I realized that as much as I wanted to help people who I did not know, I wanted to help my family too. They were essentially no different from the people I had always wanted to help. People who were unaware of their rights. People who had been mistreated, misused, and mislead by mega-corporations, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. People who needed someone to fight these giants for them—to be their David, if you will. In 2011, after obtaining a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and completing three years of law school, I officially accepted the job.
I worked as a Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney for approximately 2 and1/2 years—fighting giants who ran nursing homes where the promise to take care of a family’s loved ones was never more important than the profit made by having the facility’s beds filled. In February/March of 2017, I choose to be part of a new battle. Although it involved facing different giants in a different industry, my motivation—still guided by the desire to help and to effect change—remained the same.
Mississippi College School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2011
Wichita State University, Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, 2008
Summa Cum Laude
Tougaloo College, Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law, 2006
Summa Cum Laude
West Virginia, 2015
United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 2015
American Association for Justice