A perfect life is a myth. We all grow up with our own expectations on how life should be but somewhere along the way we have each been thrown a curveball. When faced with this adversity, the solution is to weep for a moment but to ultimately find your village to help pull you through.
When I was ten years old, my father lost his battle with cancer and it was at this point where I learned the true meaning of family. I no longer defined family based on the traditional notions of what a family should be. It was much broader than that. Family consisted of my blood relatives, friends, and members of the community who came together and made countless sacrifices to ensure that I grew up feeling the same love that is often shared in a two-parent household. This group of people comprised my village and they were essential in helping me grieve and continuously encouraging me to achieve my childhood dream of becoming an attorney.
I attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Spanish. While at UNC-C, I was a resident advisor where my role was not just to enforce the university’s policies and procedures, but also to serve as a mediator, counselor, and friend to my residents. It was through my experiences as a resident advisor where I learned how to connect with people from different cultural backgrounds which shaped my ability to form relationships with a diverse group of people today.
After graduating from UNC-C, I took a brief hiatus from pursing my education to enter the workforce. I began working as a deputy clerk at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. I had numerous interactions with individuals who were in desperate need of advice or answers to help resolve their family law issues. As much as I desired to help them, the only answer I could give them was “You need to talk to a lawyer.”
After a while, I was tired of referring people away and I was ready to put myself in the position where I could provide others with the solution, strategy, and the support to help reduce the chaos in their lives. I enrolled in law school at North Carolina Central University School of Law where I graduated in the top 9% of my class. During my last year of law school, I was actively involved in the Family Law Clinic where I strengthened my understanding of family law and gained invaluable experience by providing family law services to indigent persons.
I was fortunate enough to join the McIlveen Family Law Firm soon after being admitted to the North Carolina State Bar. As an attorney, I want to be a member of my client’s village. I want to use my conflict resolution skills, counseling skills, and my own experiences from dealing with life’s curveballs to help my clients manage difficult life transitions. I do not become discouraged by the challenges of family law because I enjoy the reward of helping my clients find peace in the process and optimism in their future.
When I am not practicing law, I enjoy going to my other full-time job as a mother to my son, Chance, who has more than enough energy and personality to sustain the both of us. We enjoy listening to music and having impromptu concerts, eating, and exploring the city of Charlotte.
Memberships and Affiliations
North Carolina State Bar Member
American Bar Association member, 2016-present
North Carolina Bar Association, member 2016-present
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law Section, member 2016-present
North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division, member 2016-present
Mecklenburg County Bar Association, member 2016-present
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Magna Cum Laude
North Carolina Central University School of Law, Magna Cum Laude