Both my heart and my brain are concerned about ensuring that children are heard, whether it’s in the courtroom, the classroom, or the home. Years of representing children accused of breaking the law taught me that if children are given a voice they begin to trust adults. We often don’t do what kids want, but if they feel they’ve had the chance to speak and be heard, they feel more empowered and respected.
I began my legal career representing children in juvenile court. In North Carolina, kids are considered adults once they turn 18. I hope to be able to help walk juveniles–minors–through the system and help educate the district attorneys and judges about the unique characteristics of the teen-aged brain.
However, I do not confine my practice to representing accused children in the courtroom. I represent parents whose children are in danger of being removed from their custody or are already in DSS custody. I also handle expunction of criminal records, emancipation of minors, guardianship, and name changes. It is my hope that children (and their families) will come to me for whatever assistance I can provide, whatever the legal problem.