Passion for public service led me to a career in the Orange County District Attorney's Office where I served as a prosecutor for 16 years. During that time, I completed over 100 criminal trials (36 juvenile, 33 misdemeanor, 33 felony) and hundreds of preliminary hearings. I was assigned to Juvenile Court for a year and a half early in my career. I felt very strongly about my responsibility, even as a prosecutor, to do what was in the best interest of the child.
After felony panel, I was assigned to vertically prosecute felony domestic violence cases. I also specialized in legal research and writing for several years. I researched, wrote, and argued over 250 felony motions, and I argued before the Court of Appeal. I also developed and conducted training for the Orange County District Attorney's Office, various police agencies, colleges, and law schools. The topics of these trainings included Section 1538.5 Motions, Fingerprinting at Preliminary Hearings, Driving Under the Influence Arrests, Domestic Violence Prosecution, and No Contest Pleas.
For outstanding service to victims and witnesses of domestic violence, I was awarded the "Courts Community Service Award" by Victim Assistance Programs, CSP, Inc. I was also recognized as a "Diligent Prosecutor" by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
I taught as an adjunct professor at Western State School of Law in 2004 and 2005, teaching one class on research and writing, and two classes on domestic violence.
In 2009, I earned my L.L.M. in Prosecutorial Science, at Chapman University School of Law. My studies included Advanced Professional Responsibility, Advanced Criminal Procedure, Appellate Practice and Procedure, Advanced Evidence, Criminal Law and Psychology, Handling the Homicide Case, and Jursidprudence. As part of the Directed Research program, I researched and authored a legal article on the asportation element of kidnapping which was published in the California State Bar Journal in 2011.
In 2010, I left the District Attorney's office and formed a partnership where I could focus on children's law. We specialize in education law, adoptions, assisted reproduction law, and criminal defense of adults and juveniles.