I arrived in the United States at eighteen as a first-generation citizen, with four suitcases (three were filled with books) and a boyfriend (whom I quickly married). I attended the University of Houston Honors College and law school, graduating in 2008. I have written and taught a variety of subjects over the years and continue to do so prolifically. I have strived to better the legal profession, including authoring several books. It is my hope that my consulting work will continue to do so, notably through educating lawyers and jurists alike about the nuances of the scientific method, the power of statistics, and the vagaries of empirical evidence. In my non-spare time, I teach scuba open circuit diving and conduct technical rebreather dives.
I am a seasoned litigator, having spent thirteen years trying cases both in federal and state courts around the country. I graduated law school in 2008, and my career includes five years in Big Law, several years at plaintiffs’ firm (including False Claims Act cases, sexual assault, civil rights, and commercial litigation cases), as well as running my own social justice law firm, representing victims of domestic violence in family law matters. I have been in the thick of it, from difficult depositions to unbearable opposing counsel to complex briefs. I’ve been there when my clients’ well-being, safety, and vindication was on the line. But I am also an academic and a scientist. I earned an LLM in Space, Cyber & Telecommunications law, as well as a doctorate in Space Law, and more recently a Bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a Minor in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I am currently an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado – Boulder, conducting research into conservation genetics at the crossroads of law, population genomics, and ethics.