(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


  • Career dedicated to assisting individuals who are low income, in poverty and from diverse backgrounds
  • Specialize in advocating for the indigent accused, people who are homeless and with mental illness and returning citizens
  • Serve as primary attorney liaison with Medical-Legal Partnership, Corrections, Homeless Continuum of Care and Veterans via Supportive Services for Veterans Families
  • Advocated in approximately 50 jury trials and have drafted and argued numerous motions
Golden Gate University School of Law San Francisco, CA Expected in Juris Doctorate : - GPA :
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI Expected in Bachelor of Arts : English - GPA : Mass Communication Cum Laude English Mass Communication Cum Laude
South Carolina Job Board - Staff Attorney, Broad Based Advocacy/Community Relations & Governmental Affairs
Spartanburg, SC, 2014 -
  • Provide civil legal advocacy -- from brief to extended services -- to diverse, low income client population in Detroit
  • Handle civil matters -- including housing, public benefits, expungements, family, consumer and identity theft
  • Provide full range of legal advocacy -- from advice to brief to extended services (Individual caseload from 1/1/15 to present is xxx.)
Austin Peay State University - Attorney IV
Clarksville, TN, 03/1995 - 09/2002
  • Represented indigent felony clients from arraignment through jury trial, disposition and post-sentencing.
  • Advocated in approximately 30 jury trials, including serious felony, "strike" and homicide matters.
  • Researched, wrote and argued dozens of legal motions.
  • Effectively counseled, advised and communicated with staggering, diverse caseload of indigent clients.
  • Developed and implemented procedures and policies for several treatment courts.
  • Discovered, researched and wrote grants for Drug Court, Public Defender's Office and partners: Successful proposals include: State of CA, Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Vertical Defense Grant; U.S. Dept. of Justice Programs, Drug Courts Program Office, Drug Court Enhancement Grant; Rumsey Indian Tribal Council, Cache Creek Lodge/Indigent Men Outpatient Treatment; State of CA Drug Courts Program Office, Drug Court Partnership Grant; State of CA, Mentally Ill Offender Planning Grant; State of CA, Office of Criminal Justice Planning, Tolerance Grant.
Austin Peay State University - Asst. Public Defender
Clarksville, TN, 01/1994 - 01/1995
  • Represented indigent misdemeanor clients from arraignment through jury trial.
JVS - Director
City, STATE, 01/2012 - Present
  • Draft and review legal documents for $21 M nonprofit agency serving Metro Detroit.
  • Develop funding opportunities and programming for special populations including individuals with mental illness and disabilities, individuals who are homeless, veterans, former offenders and seniors.
  • Write all grants and proposals to fund programming within the agency.
University Of Phoenix - Faculty Member
City, STATE, 01/2012 - Present
  • Teach criminal justice policy analysis to college students in Detroit and Southfield.
Oakland Prisoner ReEntry - Director
City, STATE, 01/2006 - 01/2012
  • Planned, implemented and directed Oakland County's $3M state-funded program for returning citizens.
  • Networked with community stakeholders, government officials, faith-based and social service leaders and media with the goal of developing interest in and understanding of our special population and the complex social issues related to such.
  • Increased support for program mission and vision throughout the community and state by building relationships and using social and mass media to listen to concerns and share ideas.
Mediation Center Of E. Carolina - Interim Associate Director/Program Coordinator
City, STATE, 01/2002 - 01/2005
  • Directed programming for community-based, mediation-focused agency.
  • Attended civil and criminal court to accept mediation referrals and perform intakes.
  • Conducted mediation sessions involving landlord-tenant, neighbor and domestic disputes.
  • Conducted conflict resolution program for diverted youth, their parents and family members.
State Bar of Michigan State Bar of California
Professional Affiliations
Oakland County Bar Association, member National Legal Aid and Defender Association, member American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, member Community Activities Detroit Recovery Park Task Force, member Tri-County Collaborative Veterans Services Committee/Tri-County Veterans Network, member Legal Aid and Defender Association, former help desk volunteer Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, member Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program, former mediator
Additional Information
  • Licensure State Bar of Michigan State Bar of California
  • IMPACT ECU (Alcohol Use and Abuse Treatment and Prevention Committee), former member San Francisco Bar Association Homeless Advocacy Project, former volunteer Tri-State Collie Rescue, volunteer
agency, CA, conflict resolution, Council, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, clients, government, grants, legal, legal documents, mediation, mental illness, Mentally Ill, Office, policies, policy analysis, programming, proposals, vision

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