I graduated from the University of Washington in 1983 with dual degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications. I obtained my law degree in 1986 from the University of Puget Sound and joined the Bar in 1987.
I started my legal career as an intern in the City of Seattle Prosecutors office. There I learned the fundamentals of misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor prosecution. After graduation, I joined the King County Prosecutor's Office and spent two years prosecuting cases in every district court in King County.
In 1988 I left government work and joined what was then known as Holm, Mogren & Glessner, where I learned the finer points of criminal defense, family law and estate planning. I stayed there for two years before I left to take over as director of a non-profit organization - Young Life -- on the Olympic Peninsula. After six years, I returned to the practice of law. I owned my own firm in Clallam County where I received the Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and was elected President of the Clallam County Bar Association in 2007. My practice on the peninsula continued until 2012 when my husband retired fromt he Washington State Patrol and we returned to King County.
I have rejoined my old firm as a shareholder with the new name of Mogren, Glessner, Roti & Ahrens, P.S. I continue my practice in family law, criminal defense, estate planning and personal injury work.