I was born and raised in the Northwest. After graduating from the University of Washington with honors, I attended Gonzaga University School of Law where I was awarded a Thomas More Scholarship.
As a Thomas More Scholar, I dedicated myself to helping others both in the local and international communities. My international work included a visit to Rome where I provided services for the homeless and co-leading a mission in Honduras where our group of students provided much needed repairs at local village schools, and distributed needed school supplies which our group had purchased through fundraising.
Locally, I have participated in activities that included fundraising to provide food and clothing for local families in need, as well as overseas poverty relief. I have also volunteered my time for other groups such as Habitat for Humanity, the Northwest Women's Law Center and the Martin Luther King Community Centers which provide safe after-school activities for local youth.
While attending law school, I also worked as a volunteer with the Spokane Public Defender's office where I worked in the Juvenile Division, helping young people. I also helped organize and promote Continuing Legal Education for local attorneys.
Additionally, I founded the American Civil Liberties Union -WA Gonzaga School of Law Chapter. As President of the ACLU -WA (Gonzaga Chapter), I was responsible for arranging speaking engagements, debates and presentations to educate the community on current constitutional issues and educate individuals about their legal rights.
After graduating with honors from Gonzaga University, School of Law, I relocated to Western Washington where I continue representing persons accused of crimes at Durflinger, Oliver and Associates. I have represented thousands of clients in matters ranging from simple driving offenses to serious felonies