I have cases that have garnered media attention, but I do not engage with the media unless it benefits my clients. I have learned it often does not. Even after a case is over, I do not actively share my clients’ information or case outcome. My clients come to me scared and vulnerable facing the worst time of their life. I do not use this an opportunity to elevate myself or my business. My singular priority is protecting my client, whether that is in a court of law or the court of public opinion.
With that said, I think it is important for criminal defense lawyers to have a voice in the global conversation about criminal justice reform. I invite you to see my contributions to that conversation below.
I assisted in preparing a guide for defense attorneys for women’s healthcare related cases post-Dobbs with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I often take pro bono cases and I am currently focused on referrals from the American Civil Liberties Union regarding abortion-related prosecutions. I’m on the Pre-Law Society Advisory Board for my college, Transylvania University, where I was co-chair of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Membership & Diversity Committee that helped create and develop the first Racial Justice and Diversity Committee.
I am a bard member of the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and member of the Women’s Engagement Community for the PACE School for Girls in Miami. I am a member of the prestigious Criminal Justice Act Panel, where I take appointed federal cases in the Southern District of Florida and contract attorney with the Office of Regional Conflict Counsel, Third Region, where I accept state appointments.