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My favorite meal: Burger and fries. When I’m not working I’m: Lots of studying and spending time with my husband and son. Te accomplishment of which I am most proud: My marriage. Te hardest thing I have ever done: Made it through my first semester back at law school after the birth of my son. At the top of my bucket list is to:Have chickens and two goats (Sigmund and Fred). You might be surprised to learn that: Mosquitos


are attracted to people who just ate bananas. My pet peeve is:Willful ignorance. Motto or favorite quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them bet- ter. Te credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort with- out error and shortcoming…” “Te Man in the Arena” April 23, 1910, Teddy Roosevelt


How long have you been at AAC and can you describe some of your successful AAC projects? Since August 2011. County Codification. What have you learned about the legal field and/or county government while interning at AAC? I have learned so much I don’t know where to begin… Much about the structure and workings of county government, the relationship between counties and the state, the legislative process, not to park next to Mark, and through the codifica- tion process I have learned an enormous amount of individual county law. Has your experience altered your future goals or help solidify them or a combination of the two? Helped solidify them. Working here has energized


my confidence in our legislative system and in the democratic process. Change does not have to be an abstract concept; and while the demo- cratic process doesn’t guarantee a win every time, at the end of the day you know that if you work for it, it is possible.


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