I have practiced law in Reno and Northern Nevada for more than 25 years. I have handled a variety of family law matters since 1988, and I also work in the area of Immigration Law. Before attending law school, I worked for the Legislative Counsel Bureau, Legal Division, in Carson City. From 1975-1976, I worked for Nevada Legal News, a daily legal newspaper in Las Vegas, published by Hoyt and Mary Sibley.
I have lived in Nevada for more than 50 years. I am a graduate of Mineral County High School, in Hawthorne, Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno, (Journalism), and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, California. I have been licensed to practice law in Nevada since 1986, and have actively practiced family law as a sole practitioner since 1988. I began volunteering at a community-based immigration clinic three years ago, and am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I accept cases in the area of Family-Based Immigration Law, with an emphasis on asylum and refugee matters. I also provide representation in the area of Family Law, and especially enjoy handling adoption matters.
I am an active member of the State Bar of Nevada and the Washoe County Bar Association. I am also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I am a regular participant with the Washoe County Bar Association's Lawyer in the Library program. I am retired from the State Bar of Nevada's Northern Nevada Disciplinary Panel, serving from 2001-2013. From 1985-1990, I volunteered as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and was assigned many cases.
Law School: University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California
University: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A. in Journalism)
Graduated from Mineral County High School, Hawthorne, Nevada
State Bar of Nevada, Member, (1986)
State Bar of Nevada, Northern Nevada Disciplinary Panel (2001-2013) (Ret.)
Washoe County Bar Association, Member Since 1988
U.S. District Court, Dist. of Nevada (1986)
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Members Since 2013
Volunteer Lawyers of Washoe County, 1999 Pro Bono Award
CASA, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (1985-1990)
Most Valuable Staffer Award, Nevada State Journal, 1973
Prospectors' Club of Reno
Junior League of Reno, Sustainer
North Reno Kiwanis