My Legal Education
In 2011, I earned my law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where I was a staff editor of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, a Legal Writing Fellow, and Chair of the Moot Court Executive Board. I also was Vice President of the Black Law Students Association. I received Certificates of Academic Excellence—for the top grade in a course—in five classes, including Legal Writing and Contract Drafting.
I also competed on mock trial and moot court teams that both won regional championships and was named “Best Oral Advocate.” My National Moot Court Team finished second in the nation, and I was one of ten students named to the National Order of Barristers. I received the McClung Medal and the Judge James M. Haynes Prize for my graduating class.
I interned at four of Tennessee’s largest law firms: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Kramer Rayson LLP; Burch, Porter & Johnson PLLC; and Butler Snow LLP, which I joined as an associate attorney after law school and where I made Partner eight years later. I also interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and tried my first case—a federal bench trial—as a third-year student.