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State of Louisiana: 2011
United States Patent and Trademark Office : 2007
State of Utah: 2006 (currently inactive in Utah)
S. J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, J.D., May 2006


GPA: 3.62/4.0, High Honors, Top 20% of Class, Leary Scholar
Outstanding Achievement Awards in Property, Intellectual Property, and Legal Methods (a legal writing class) and CALI Awards in Patent Law and Commodification (awards for highest grades)
Utah Law Review, Junior Staff Editor (2004 – 2005)
Journal of Law and Family Studies, Note and Comment Editor (2005 – 2006)
Teaching Assistant for Legal Methods (2005 – 2006)


The Commodification of Indigenous Peoples’ Traditional Medicinal and Agricultural Knowledge , published in Extra Muros: Utah Journal of Critical International Law (May 2006) (on-line journal)


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received the Extra Muros Prize for this paper as the best note on international law

The University of Georgia , Athens, Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Genetics, May 2000

GPA: 3.65/4.0, Cum Laude, Member of Golden Key Honor Society, Presidential Scholar and Dean’s List, Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority
Associate, Garvey, Smith & Nehrbass, Patent Attorneys, L.L.C. 
New Orleans, LA (May, 2011 – Present)
Prepare and file patent and trademark applications, responses, petitions, assignments, declarations and powers of attorney
Perform patent and trademark searches
Research and analyze intellectual property legal issues


Contract Attorney, Various Law Firms in Louisiana
Slidell, New Orleans, and Metairie (June, 2010 to July, 2010; March, 2011 to May, 2011)
Performed legal research, drafted complaints and post-trial memorandums, and analyzed and reviewed files for attorneys, as needed, on a contract basis


Law Clerk, Judge Gregory K. Orme, Utah Court of Appeals
Salt Lake City, Utah (January, 2007 – January, 2008; September, 2008 – December, 2009)
Participated in drafting opinions and memorandum decisions on various issues, including those involving constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, family law, property, and torts.
Edited opinions and memorandum decisions, and performed legal research


Volunteer, Utah Legal Services
(received Pro Bono Initiative Certificate for hours worked)
Salt Lake City, Utah (February, 2006 – April, 2006)
Drafted a pre-hearing memorandum regarding social security disability benefits
Performed research, and attended client interviews and hearings


Research Assistant, Judge Michael McConnell, Presidential Professor of Law
Salt Lake City, Utah (February, 2005 – August, 2005)
Analyzed and condensed cases for a constitutional law casebook, and performed legal research


Law Clerk, Law Office of Barbara L. Maw (an insurance defense firm)
Salt Lake City, Utah (May, 2005 – August, 2005)
Drafted summary judgment memoranda on a contractor versus employee issue and causation in an asbestos case, and drafted an appellate memorandum on the appropriate interpretation of an underinsured “regular use” exclusion
Performed legal research and summarized depositions, interrogatories, and medical records


Intern, Disability Law Center
Salt Lake City, Utah (May, 2004 – July, 2004)
Drafted a legal memorandum on the voting rights of people in developmental facilities
Performed legal research, interviewed witnesses, and participated in advocacy and outreach work


Paralegal, Speckhals & Cora, P.C. (a plaintiff’s litigation firm)
Atlanta, Georgia (June, 2000 – June, 2003)
Responded to discovery and drafted pleadings, discovery motions, interrogatories, requests for documents, demand letters, and affidavits of lay and expert witnesses
Communicated with clients and interviewed witnesses
Managed calendars and client files


Running, hiking, soccer, skiing, reading and writing
A high school graduate of Saint Scholastica Academy in Covington, Louisiana