Associate Clinical Professor of Law
- BS, Hampton University
- JD, Brooklyn Law School
What did you like about practicing law?
I enjoyed working closely with clients and their families. Regarding litigation, I love the teamwork and interaction with other lawyers. While litigators may try cases alone, they often consult with each other and discuss trial strategy constantly. I also like the process of preparing for trial.
Prior to joining academia, you worked for the Legal Aid Society in New York City, including having direct responsibility for representing children in Family Court matters such as juvenile delinquency and child protective cases. How do you bring your practical experience into the classroom at Suffolk?
There are a lot of similarities between by work as a supervising attorney at Legal Aid and supervising students. I am as nondirective and trusting of students as I was with my staff attorneys. I have to trust that they take their jobs and roles as seriously as I do and that they will represent their clients in a zealous, ethical and professional manner. I also use my litigation experience when teaching the Juvenile Clinic seminar and the Marshall Brennan seminar. I think it is helpful for students to hear that learning these skills is a lifetime process and that they have something to add to the discussion even as new student-attorneys.
What makes Suffolk Law students stand out?
I am constantly impressed by the desire of Suffolk students to go above and beyond in their work ethic, professionalism, and willingness to serve their communities. I love that our students are opinionated, driven, and passionate about their work no matter what field they choose.
How should students prepare for a career in public service?
Start planning the day you arrive on campus by letting faculty, administration or staff know who you are and what you’re interested in. Even if you tell someone who has no experience in public interest, they will find you someone who can help. Planning is essential, as many organizations can be selective. You want to look at your whole time at Suffolk Law and use your opportunities during the summers and winter intercessions very wisely. Do not wait until your final year to talk with someone about your career and goals. We are all happy to help and generally excited that someone else wants to work in our field of expertise!