Undergraduate institutions attended and degrees earned
University of Wales – Welsh Studies

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Annapolis, MD

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
Immigration clinic, Immigration Law and Policy Association

Post-graduation plans
non-profit humanitarian-based immigration practice

What was your most memorable moment?
The deeply inspiring thank you call we got from a client who has had an unimaginably difficult life, telling us we had saved his life because we had taught him how to trust people.

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through this experience without…
my immigration clinic colleagues and mentors.

Who are your mentors? How have they impacted your journey?
Professors Maureen Sweeney and Gabriela Kahrl. They are kind, brilliant, dedicated, and they know what really matters: justice and respect for all. They have both given me life-changing talks and really valued my strengths, highlighting the importance of empathy, while expertly helping me with my weaknesses.

What did you learn about yourself while earning this degree?
I have always struggled with shyness. I really never thought I could do this. But with hard work and the support of my colleagues and mentors, I did it. Now I am so much more confident and I have learned anxiety can be managed and isn’t going to hold me back.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
Professor Maureen Sweeney. From the first moment I worked with her, when she trained me for a week of asylum work at a detention center at the US Mexico border, she has been my “legal hero.” She is so dedicated to doing what is right, and helping others do what is right. It was my ultimate dream to participate in her clinic, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to since I was an evening student. I am very honored and thrilled to be able to say that I did get to do her clinic, for four semesters. I have learned more from her than I can ever say. Thank you Professor Sweeney!

What was your favorite class and why?
Immigration Law, because I was very sure what kind of law I wanted to practice. I came to law school to learn immigration law, and I couldn’t wait to take it as my first possible elective. I only wish I could have taken it again and again!

Write a message.
Thank you my clients for your strength and all I’ve learned from you. Thank you Professor Sweeney for teaching me everything I know. Thank you Gabriela for your invaluable pep talks and your confidence in me. Thank you Professor Colbert for connecting with me and always making time for me. Thank you Professor Czapanskiy for your support with overcoming anxiety. Thank you Professor Millemann for the panels you brought in that reminded me how many good people there were out there. Thank you to all my professors who encouraged me and didn’t let me give up. Thank you Christine Smith Burton, Tonya Foley, and Zyra Quirante for being my lifelines during pandemic law school. Thank you my mom, my husband, and my brother for watching my daughter, whose almost entire life has taken place with me in law school. Thank you, my daughter, for being the best.