I graduated from Villanova University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. In 1996, I moved to both Georgia and DeKalb County to attend Emory Law School. After receiving my law degree in 1999, I began my legal career at a small trial law firm focusing on defense work. For the next 11 years, I traveled all over the state trying hundreds of jury and bench trials while arguing numerous important appellate cases before the Georgia Supreme Court.
In 2007, I began my career in public service because I felt called to give back more to my community and believed that I had the ability to effectuate change. I was appointed to serve as a part-time judge in DeKalb County and would go on to serve as both a municipal and magistrate court judge. In 2011, I was named DeKalb County Solicitor-General, the second highest prosecutorial position in the county. In 2012, I was elected without opposition and have continued my service, managing a staff of nearly 100 employees and a budget of over 7 million dollars.
I am an active member of the State Bar and believe it is important to mentor and train the next wave of lawyers and leaders. Everyday I give back to the legal community by remaining actively involved in the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, State Bar Board of Governors and teaching at the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council Basic Litigation Course annually.
My work over my legal career has earned me numerous awards and recognitions, including being selected by The Daily Report as one of 14 Georgia lawyers “On the Rise.” Georgia Trend magazine has repeatedly named me as one of “Georgia’s Legal Elite,” and Atlanta magazine has named me five times as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer.”
Additionally, I have been recognized for my service to the community. In 2013, the DeKalb Branch of the NAACP awarded me the Thurgood Marshall Award which recognizes recipients for their exceptional service, leadership and initiatives that promote human welfare and social reform. In 2014, the DeKalb County Domestic Violence Task Force recognized me with their Deborah McDorman Flame Award for my commitment to fighting domestic violence in Georgia.
I am proud of my professional and personal accomplishments and humbled by the accolades I have received. But what defines me the most is my commitment to my family and my community. My husband, Ed, and I are the proud parents of two elementary school-aged daughters. We live in the Kirkwood community of DeKalb County where our daughters attend Atlanta Public Schools. We are actively involved in our daughters’ school, PTA, and activities and also attend St. John’s Lutheran Church in Druid Hills where I am a member of the Mutual Ministry team. Additionally, I serve on numerous boards including Emory Law Alumni Association and Leadership DeKalb. I am also an active member Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Tau Pi Omega Chapter serving the communities of Stone Mountain and Lithonia.