A 2004 graduate of Drake Law School, I received my LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas and also served for two years as a law clerk to Judge David Hansen, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. After completing my clerkship, I joined the Des Moines office of Faegre & Benson (n/k/a Faegre Baker Daniels) where I was an attorney in the general litigation group, with a national practice in food and agricultural law. I spent the 2010-2011 school year at Drake as the Faegre & Benson Visiting Scholar, before leaving practice and joining Drake full-time in 2011 as Director of Career Development. In addition to my Career Development work, I am also the Associate Director of the Drake University Agricultural Law Center where I work on various projects and teach food and agricultural law classes. I joined the NALP Board of Directors for a two-year term in April 2017.
In addition to NALP, I am also active in our state bar association and the American Agricultural Law Association. I have two young boys that keep my husband and I busy in our free time, and a brand new wine cellar I am looking forward to filling!