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A firm handshake

I became the executive director of the Maryland Professionalism Center Inc. in June. The Center was created in 2012 to support and encourage judges and lawyers to exercise the highest level of professionalism. Before that, I held several positions in the legal field, including representing victims of domestic violence, defending policyholders in motor torts and defending doctors and hospitals in medical negligence cases. I have enjoyed each position and more importantly, I have learned and grown from each experience.

So how did I get to where I am today? I was raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, until the age of 10. Although I was a super girly girl, I wanted to become a police officer — I really just liked how crisp the uniforms looked. Between the ages of 8 and 19, I wavered between being a woman in blue, an architect or a basketball player (alas, the growth spurt I needed never came). So, in my second year in college at American University, I made the decision to go to law school not because my other options were not feasible, but because of the flexibility that I knew a law degree would afford me. I have no regrets.

I graduated college in December 2001 and entered law school at the University of Connecticut in 2003. The day following law school graduation at UConn, my U-Haul and I were in motion to return to the Washington, D.C. area to study for the Maryland Bar exam. After a summer of nearly losing my mind on the rules of perpetuity and distinguishing burglary from robbery or larceny, I received the best news when I passed the bar exam. The rest is, as they say, history. Or, since we just met, I’ll tell you more of my story in the weeks and months to come.

I am excited to be involved with Generation J.D. and to share with you my experiences as a young lawyer. I intend to share personal and professional vignettes that I hope you will find my stories instructive and amusing and I extend to you all a firm handshake.