ABOUT ME

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I am an attorney that has dedicated my entire legal career to public interest work.  My experience and my commitment to serve has led me to run for this important position and I will be ready to take the bench on day one.  If elected, I will run an efficient and respectful courtroom, ensuring that all voices are heard and that each case is given careful consideration.

 

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where I earned a BA in political science and history, and I earned my Juris Doctor degree from The Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  As a law student, I took advantage of every opportunity to engage in public service and help others.  I worked as a student attorney at the law school’s Family Law Clinic, representing indigent clients in divorce proceedings, custody disputes and in dependency hearings.  I also interned with MidPenn Legal Services in Harrisburg and with the York County Public Defender’s Office.

 

Upon graduating from law school, I worked as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Penny L. Blackwell of the York County Court of Common Pleas before joining the Chester County Public Defender’s Office as a trial attorney.  For over 10 years, my duties as a public defender entailed representing indigent defendants during all stages of the criminal process.  

 

I represented clients in numerous magisterial district courts, the Chester County Court of Common Pleas and, finally, the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  I litigated complex misdemeanor and felony cases, including drug trafficking and first degree murder.  I gained valuable experience in working with diverse clients, district attorneys, probation officers, members of law enforcement and Judges at every level of the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania. 

 

I have lived in Chester County for over 12 years and currently reside in Paoli with my husband Matt and our two young sons.  In addition to my work with the legal community, I have been a member of the Tredyffrin Township Libraries Board of Trustees.