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“We educated, privileged lawyers have a professional and moral duty
to represent the underrepresented in our society, to ensure that justice exists for all,
both legal and economic justice.”

Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (November 2002)

Bridges over Loch Raven Reservoir, in Baltimore, Maryland

I am committed to extending the reach of my advocacy to people who cannot otherwise afford an attorney.  I deliberately began my career as an attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland, where I represented parties who were victims of domestic violence; who were engaged in interstate custody battles, and I also supervised the pro se assistance office that was housed within the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, where parties to court cases could seek assistance with self-representation.

I currently devote over 40 hours per year to client representation for individuals who could not otherwise afford an attorney.

Beyond my actual legal representation of parties, I remain involved in the “bigger picture” of bringing advocacy to under-served populations.

Through my service on the boards of various non-profit organizations, I work with others to improve the delivery of legal services and to open the channels of access to justice for those who could not otherwise obtain it on their own.

Civil Justice, Inc.

I am the current Vice President of this non-profit organization, which doggedly advocates for consumers and others who have limited access to justice.

“Civil Justice is a Maryland non-profit corporation formed for the purpose of increasing the delivery of legal services to clients of low and moderate income while promoting a statewide network of solo, small firm and community based lawyers who share a common commitment to increasing access to justice through traditional and non-traditional means.”

Collaborative Project of Maryland

Through Collaborative Project of Maryland, I actively represent people of limited financial means who wish to resolve their cases out of court through the Collaborative Process Click Here

“Collaborative Project of Maryland is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding access to the Collaborative dispute resolution process and providing support to the community.  CPM provides access for Maryland residents, especially those of modest means, to Collaboratively trained professionals to resolve their disputes out of court in a respectful manner.”

Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore

I am a co-founder of this non-profit organization that brings professionals together who are committed to bringing peaceful advocacy through the Collaborative Process.

“The Mission of the Collaborative Professionals of Baltimore is to develop and promote collaborative practice as an effective means of alternative dispute resolution and to offer professionals of all disciplines involved in dispute resolution and the populations they serve, a humane and respectful way to resolve conflicts.”

Maryland Collaborative Practice Council 

I am a past-president of this non-profit that serves as the state-wide “hub” for professionals who are committed to supporting Collaborative Law as an alternative to litigation.

“The purpose of the MCPC is to support Collaborative Practice Groups, advocate statewide on legislative, executive, and judicial initiatives, and to advance the use of the Collaborative Process as a method of dispute resolution.”

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