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I attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1984.
I worked in the motion picture industry on feature films, television shows and commercials from 1984 to 2002.
In 1993 I made a decision to get my law degree. I took three years off to concentrate on law school and received my Juris Doctor degree in 1996 from The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
I was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1997 and began working for The Seale Law Firm in Memphis, Tennessee as an associate Attorney. This was a private law practice and my work focused on Probate Law, Intellectual Property, Contracts, Domestic Relations and general civil law.
In 2002 I was diagnosed with Leukemia and it was necessary for me to have a bone marrow transplant. I moved to Gainesville in 2003 to be with my family for my recovery and fell in love with Gainesville and Hall County and made it my permanent home. I was Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2004.
I am about to celebrate 10 years in remission from Leukemia and I consider my recovery a miracle. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to pursue my goal to become Probate Judge in Hall County.
Since November of 2004 to the present I have dedicated my practice exclusively to work as a Court Appointed County Conservator/Administrator, Guardian Ad Litem and Attorney for the Hall County Probate Court. As a Conservator or Administrator I am responsible for maintenance, preservation and expenditure of property for the benefit of an Estate, an incapacitated adult or a minor child. Many responsibilities include dealing with DFACS, Social Security, Medicare and the Veterans Association; selling property; managing and investing funds, preparing inventories and accounting's. Responsibilities as Guardian Ad Litem include interviews with a proposed Ward or Minor, families and doctors. Preparing reports for the Court and assuring that all parties are working for the best interest of the Ward or Minor.
I am a member of First Baptist Church of Gainesville and I work part time in the Church nursery caring for children from infancy to 4 years old.
I am single and have no children. My parents moved to Gainesville from South Florida about 17 years ago and love living here. My Father, Charlie, is a retired New York City Firefighter and my Mother, Elsie, is a retired Nurse and Hospital Administrator, who now works as the Nursery Coordinator for First Baptist Church. My younger brother, Albert, is a jazz musician who lives in Chicago and works for a prominent international instrument manufacturer.
I am a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Northeastern Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
Some other accomplishments I have enjoyed are:
1996: Winner of First Prize in the ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition at The University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, paper entitled: A Basic Examination of Acquisition and Sale of Story Rights in the Motion Picture Industry:
1998-2002: Board Member of the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission
1999: Named one of "50 Women Who Make A Difference" by Memphis Woman Magazine
1999-2001: Member of the Board of Directors of two Non-Profit Corporations: The
Memphis Television Education Foundation and The Memphis Film Forum.
2000-2001: Programmer of the Indie-Memphis Film Festival.
My experience as an Attorney combined with my work as Production Coordinator on motion pictures has given me a unique perspective that is particularly valuable to a the duties of a Judge. I am capable dealing with a variety of people through a wide range of stressful personal and business circumstances. I am able to remain calm in a crisis, handle last minute problems and meet deadlines. I can weigh both sides of an issue and make an informed, unbiased and fair decision.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2004||09/08/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|one of 50 Women who Make a Difference Award||Memphis Woman Magazine||1999|
|ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition||ASCAP||1996|
|County Administrator for the Probate Court||Hall County Probate Court||2004 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Hall County Chamber of Commerce||N/A||2012 - Present|
|WomenSource Gainesville, GA||N/A||2011 - Present|
|Georgia State Bar Association||N/A||2004 - Present|
|Tennessee Bar Association||N/A||1996 - Present|
|University of Miami||Motion Pictures||Bachlor of Fine Arts||1984|
|University of Memphis||N/A||law||N/A|