At the age of 14, I entered the work force. I held a part-time job throughout my middle and high-school years.
"Despite my challenging home life, I had a mentor that encouraged me to excel in my studies: my adopted sister, Linda. Linda is the sole reason I was able to break the circle of poverty and abuse in my life. She supported my every desire to improve myself."
When I was offered a scholarship to attend Cornell University, Linda made sure I got up and out of my situation.
After graduating, I served for three-years as a social worker and child abuse investigator for Tompkins County, New York. Not wanting to simply ‚Äúsit‚ÄĚ at counsel table during court proceedings for the children I worked with, I realized that my desire to be a child advocate would best be met if I became an attorney; I wanted to speak directly to the judge! In 1990, I was offered a fellowship by the American Bar Association‚Äôs Council on Legal Education Opportunity project for minority and low income students. Following this six week course of study, I was accepted by the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law.