My love for the law started when I volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, where I advocated for children in the foster care system. After graduating from the University of Puget Sound with a degree in History and as a Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar, I attended law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge. Prior to graduating law school, I interned for a civil practice that involved work for an insurance defense firm, a subrogation firm, and several criminal and civil solo-practitioners. I also was provided the opportunity to work for several legal clinics where I wrote appeals for the California Appellate Program (CCAP) and represented misdemeanor clients with the Federal Defender of the Eastern District of California. I was selected as a member of the Law Review and Mock Trial Team. I received several awards for my trial skills, including receiving the designation Order of the Barristers.
In 2012, I chose to move to Reno and clerked for Judge Schumacher and Judge Weller. After passing the California Bar and Nevada Bar, I began my legal career as a public servant. Initially, I worked for a legal aid center, Washoe Legal Services, as a Child Advocate Attorney representing children in foster care.
I’m a trial attorney who has dedicated my career as a public servant to protecting the constitutional rights of our community members. I’ve advocated in courtrooms and the legislature alike, working tirelessly to be a voice for the voiceless.
As a criminal defense attorney with the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office, I regularly appear in Reno Justice Court and am closely attuned to the types of cases that are heard in Justice Court. I have also had the privilege as the Government Affairs Liaison to work with our legislators in enhancing the laws that directly impact Justice Courts.
The most important case I have advocated in my career is the landmark case State v. Second Judicial Dist. Court (Hearn) which, via Assembly Bill 222, changed our laws to provide more veterans with greater ability to participate in the kind of specialty court programs that provide them with assistance after they return home from service. Learn more about this case here.
I’ve been President of the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association and Chair of the Washoe CASA Foundation. I currently serve as Vice Chair of the Northern Nevada Discipline Panel, Vice Chair of Note-Ables Music Therapy Services, Treasurer of the Nevada Association for Criminal Justice, Board Member with the Innocence Center of Nevada, TIP mentor (mentoring new Nevada attorneys), and am a member of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Committee.
In recent years, I’ve worked in different capacities to teach basic criminal law to our youth. From teaching intervention programs through the Washoe County School District, mock trial and Families and Public Policy at UNR, to basic criminal law classes at the Eddy House and Children’s Cabinet, my aim is to ensure that the youth of our community understand our criminal justice system and the legal system. Our community works best if everyone understands the laws that are built to protect us and that we all have to follow them.
What is Reno Justice Court?
Reno Justice Court is a court for everyone who lives in the City of Reno Township and Verdi. It’s often referred to as the “people’s court” because it’s where most people will come to address their issues. Justices of the Peace hear a wide variety of criminal and civil cases. These include misdemeanor criminal cases, bail and preliminary hearings for criminal cases, traffic tickets, small claims under $10,000, civil cases under $15,000, protective orders, and evictions. Reno Justice Court also has specialty treatment courts, such as Veterans Court, which are problem-solving courts that work to enhance justice in our community. Click here to find out more about Reno Justice Court.
If you or someone you love ever finds themselves in court, it is likely that you will be in Justice Court. This is why it is so important to elect a judge that you can trust will treat you fairly. When elected, I will ensure that everyone in my courtroom is treated fairly.