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ABOUT2019-09-24T16:49:41-04:00

REPRESENTING CHILDREN

As a 1996 graduate of​ ​Georgetown University Law Center, I use my legal skills to help parents of children with special needs navigate the complex legal systems that are intended to help their children. I offer compassionate yet aggressive advocacy to help you get what your child needs.

I have always been driven to fight for the rights of children. As early as high school, I knew I wanted to use the legal system to get children the help they needed.  I spent many years building my knowledge and honing my skills so that I could establish the law firm I envisioned: one dedicated to legal representation of children.

As soon as I entered law school, I sought out and often created opportunities to learn about the laws affecting children.  In my first summer as a law student, I obtained a grant to work at Children in Placement, a non-profit agency in Connecticut that provides court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children in child abuse and neglect cases. Later, I volunteered at the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect, where I provided research support to attorneys representing children in child abuse and neglect cases. I later worked as an intern for Attorney Donna Wulkan, providing research support for her representation of children with special education needs. During my second summer as a law student, I was again fortunate to receive a grant and worked at the National Center for Youth Law, a non-profit law firm dedicated to improving the lives of low-income children. I spent the summer supporting the Center’s work on housing discrimination against families with children and improving the well-being of children in foster care. In my last year of law school, I enrolled in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, where I represented youth charged with crimes in Washington DC’s juvenile justice system.

After graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, I focused on developing both my skills as a litigator and my knowledge of the broad array of laws affecting children.  As a staff attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender, I developed my skills as a litigator and took a leadership role in enhancing training specific to the representation of children in delinquency cases.  I wanted to ensure that new attorneys not only defended their child clients but also sought to understand why they were coming to the attention of the juvenile justice system and take steps to address their unmet needs. In 1999, I became a staff attorney at the Disabilities Rights Center and represented children and adults in disability discrimination cases, including special education cases.  In late 2001, I returned to my native state of Connecticut to work at the Center for Children’s Advocacy, a non-profit law office that represents children living in poverty.  As the Director of the Child Abuse Project, I represented children in child abuse and neglect cases, provided training and mentoring to new attorneys, and advocated for important systemic changes.

In 2005, I led a successful effort to reform the way attorneys were appointed to represent children and parents in child abuse and neglect cases, resulting in the creation of the Commission on Child Protection. Later that year, I was privileged to be recognized as one of Connecticut Law Tribune’s Young Leaders in the Law. I owe that honor to the many incredibly dedicated and gifted attorneys who gave me the benefit of their experience in the years following my graduation from law school.

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