One of my first clients as a practicing attorney was a young mother who had her son taken away from her by his father. The father misused the judicial system by asking for emergency custody based on misrepresentations and misconstruing the facts to take away the child. I really believed it was in the best interest of this child to be with his mother, and I worked tirelessly to reunite them. After several months of hard work and long hearings, my client was awarded primary custody and her son was returned to her. This was such a fulfilling experience as I felt that I made a difference in the lives of this young mother and her son.
As in this case, I advocate zealously for all my clients in court. But I also believe strongly in the mediation and collaborative process. From my experience with separation and divorce in my extended family, I have seen how putting children in the middle of an adult dispute and asking them to choose sides can have a damaging effect on their emotional well being, their relationships with their parents, and their ability to move forward. By reducing conflict and working together through mediation to come to an agreement, I believe parents are putting their children in a much better position to move forward and succeed in their new family arrangement. I understand this is a difficult time in the lives of my clients and their children, and I work tirelessly for a positive outcome.
Prior to working at Kennedy Law Associates, I attended Elon University School of Law. I was a member of the Family Law Society, Delta Theta Phi, Women’s Law Association, and the Elon Athletic Network. While in law school, I served as a Guardian ad Litem for children in domestic violence and high-conflict custody cases through the Children’s Law Center of Central North Carolina. This experience was invaluable and confirmed my desire to work with families to assist them in transitioning from conflict and chaos to a new beginning. I also served as a mediator through the Juvenile Justice Mediation Clinic, where I facilitated victim-offender mediations and recommended appropriate interventions for juveniles facing suspension or expulsion as a result of disputes and violent incidents that occurred at school. This experience helped me recognize the importance of the mediation process in opening communication between individuals in conflict and helping them find a resolution that is acceptable to all parties so that they can move forward.
I attended Wake Forest University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While at Wake, I was a member of the Athlete Care Team where I tutored elementary and middle school students who were struggling in reading and writing. This experience helped foster my love for kids and my desire to help them in a positive way. I was also a member of the Dance Team, which allowed me to express my love of dance and sports at every home football and basketball game. And I was fortunate enough to travel with the team to Bowl Games and NCAA tournaments. I was also a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority and studied abroad in Seville, Spain.
When I’m not in the office, I like to spend time with my family and my boyfriend, Chad. I love to run, workout, travel, and watch sports. In the fall, I spend my weekends watching football games and closely following my fantasy football team. In the winter and spring, I can be found watching college basketball religiously and overseeing the office’s NCAA bracket pool.