Special Judge of Probate
I served as the youngest judge in Alabama until I resigned in January 2016
I made tough decisions
I made tough decisions in such a way that my authority and fairness were respected even by those who were adversely affected by my rulings.
I dealt with adversity
I heard and ruled on complex civil cases involving adversarial lawyers and powerful emotions among all concerned parties.
I was impartial
I addressed issues of public policy as adjunct to court proceedings and was able to recognize my own prejudices so that I was not unduly swayed by them.
I exercised judicial temperament
I met deadlines, kept appointments and commitments, respected the time of the parties involved in a lawsuit and was even-tempered, yet firm; open-minded, yet willing and able to reach a decision; confident, yet not self-centered.
I handled $16.7 million annually, managed 27 people, and administered elections
I had stewardship over $16.7 million annually
I was responsible for collecting and dispersing approximately $15 million in taxes (revenue) and I oversaw $1.7 million in expenditures each year.
I managed 27 people and handled HR functions
From hiring to firing and everything in between, I managed 25 employees and 2 independent contractors in 3 geographical locations.
I was a local government compliance officer
Every cent the probate office collects and every policy it enforces is based on some form of law--state, federal, or local. I ensured that the probate office operated in strict compliance with the law.
I helped administer elections
From training election workers to providing logistical and legal advice, I served as the right-hand-man to the county's election manager and oversaw the county elections specialist.
From individuals and families to small businesses, corporations, and public institutions, I provide customized immigration solutions.
If it is constitutional-based, I provide representation.
If it is related to estate planning, elder law, or probate law, I provide representation. Probate law includes guardianships, conservatorships, adoptions, estates, property divisions and sales, voting rights, etc.
From cities and towns to counties and state government agencies, I provide customized representation based on the needs of the organization.
Legal Research Assistant
I was appointed to serve as the Legal Research Assistant to the Chair of the Alabama Interagency for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
I helped make elder abuse a crime in Alabama
I assisted in drafting, editing, and proofing proposed legislation to 1) create a protected class for “elders” (persons age 60 and over) and 2) criminalize elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The legislation passed in 2014 and is codified in Ala. Code § 13A-6-190 through 13A-6-201 and is cited as the Protecting Alabama's Elders Act.
I conducted extensive legal research in the area of elder abuse
I performed legal research and analysis of U.S. and Alabama-specific case law, statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures concerning elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation and presented my findings to the Chair and committee in verbal and written form.
I volunteered more than 120 hours of time to Legal Services Alabama
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I created El Dinero and designed a web site to promote it
El Dinero is a free 19-page do-it-yourself packet designed to help immigrants manage their finances and assets (in order to support their US-born children) in the event they are detained or deported.
I worked to protect victims of domestic abuse
I drafted and filed pleadings and other documents relevant to court actions involving victims of domestic abuse and made court appearances.