Curriculum Vitae

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

The Mississippi Bar (2013)

The Louisiana State Bar Association (2012)

The New Orleans Bar Association (2012)

The Birth Rights Bar Association (2014)


WORK EXPERIENCE

Bizer & DeReusAssociate Attorney, New Orleans, Louisiana (Jul. 2016 – present)

Birth Justice, Attorney & Advocate, Brandon, Mississippi (Oct. 2015 – present)

JKH Law, llc, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Brandon, Mississippi (Oct. 2015  – present)

Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Domestic Relations Section II, New Orleans, Louisiana
Judicial Law Clerk & Docket Clerk to Judge Bernadette D’Souza (Nov., 2012 – April, 2015)

Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
Student Assistant to Prof. Jeanne Carriere (Sept., 2011 – May, 2012)

Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division “H”, New Orleans, Louisiana
Judicial Extern to Judge Michael Bagneris (Aug., 2011 – April, 2012)

Law Offices of Sheila M. Wilkinson, PLC, Metairie, Louisiana
Law Clerk, (May, 2010 – May, 2011)

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Family Law Unit, New Orleans, Louisiana
Law Clerk (July – August, 2010)

Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, New Orleans, Louisiana
Judicial Intern to Judge Terri Love (June, 2010; October, 2010)

Allen & Conway, PLLC, Jackson, Mississippi
Paralegal & Legal Assistant (2004 – 2009)

Lobrano Law Firm, P.A., Ridgeland, Mississippi
Secretary/Office Manager (2003 – 2004)


SUBJECT-MATTER EXPERTISE & INTERESTS

Maternal Health and Public Policy
Social Justice, Civil, and Human Rights
Family Law
History of Gender, Race, and Class
Legal History


PUBLICATIONS

Imagining a Brave New World: Towards a Nuanced Discourse of Fetal Personhood, Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Volume 35 No. 3/4, 2014


PRESENTATIONS

Childbirth and the Law Conference, Chicago, IL (2018)
Paths to a Birth Justice Practice, Panelist & Moderator


EDUCATION

Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
Juris Doctor, 2012

Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in History, 2008

Holmes Community College, Ridgeland, Mississippi
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, 2003


HONORS & AWARDS

Merit-Based Law School Dean’s Scholarship
Tulane University Law School (2009 – 2012)

Merit-Based Graduate Tuition Waiver
Jackson State University (2008 – 2009)

Best Undergraduate Paper
Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference (2008)
The University of Mississippi

Honors for Superior Academic Achievement in the College of Liberal Arts
Jackson State University (2008)

2nd Place Undergraduate Paper, Garret Weaver Symposium
Jackson State University (2007)

President’s List Scholar
Jackson State University (2007)

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Jackson State University (2006 – 2008)

President’s List Scholar
Jackson State University (2006)

Presidential Scholarship
Holmes Community College (2000 – 2003)


PRO BONO AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Mississippi Center for Birth and Breastfeeding Equity
Board Member (2018)

Birth Justice
pro bono attorney and advocate for pregnant, birthing, and breastfeeding mother-baby dyads (2015 – present)

Birth Rights Bar Association
Membership Director (2016 – present)

Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Policy Working Group Collaborator (2016 – present)

March for Moms
on-site volunteer (2017)

International Cesarean Awareness Network
Secretary for Jackson, MS Chapter (2017 – present)

Jackson, Mississippi Rally to Improve Birth
Assistant Coordinator & Media Promoter (2015 & 2016)

2016 Mississippi Legislative Session
Grassroots Organizer & Citizen Lobbyist in support of breastfeeding legislation

Louisiana Constituents for Safe Childbirth
Working Board Member at Large (2014)
Pro Bono Attorney (2015)

Tulane University Law School
Vice President & President ad hoc, Law Women’s Association (2010 – 2011)
Student Representative, Faculty Committee on Institutional Equity (2010 – 2011)

 

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