What I do...
I have taught thousands of people across the country about implicit bias, creating fairness, building community trust, criminal justice, and writing for social justice
ATTORNEY & ADVOCATE
Attorney and criminal justice advocate for over 20 years.
Co-founder and partner at Fogbreak Justice.
TEACHER & EDUCATOR
Through Fogbreak Justice, I've taught thousands about fairness and equity.
I also lead workshops on writing for social justice and personal growth.
AUTHOR & STORYTELLER
Almost Innocent (2021) received critical acclaim.
My blog about social justice, mothering, marriage, mental illness and can be found on Medium.
Who I am...
I am foremost a storyteller. For over ten years I represented people convicted of murder, rape and other “criminals” as their advocate and attorney, sharing their stories with judges and other legal leaders. I wrote a memoir about our shared stories of navigating and surviving the tragic and messy criminal justice system, and about being a woman, mom and partner through all of it. I emerged from the criminal justice system–the epicenter of racial inequity– focused on our shared experience of human fallibility and the need for profound change. I co-founded and lead Fogbreak Justice, a national organization that collaborates with and educates criminal justice professionals, civic leaders and business change-makers who are serious about fairness and equity.
As a professor, teacher, and expert on experiential learning for adults, I have taught thousands of people complex skills like reducing bias, managing really hard conversations, becoming anti-racist, and writing for personal and social change.
Through my talks, my workshops and my writing, I hope to inspire radical empathy for others, especially the silenced, the “bad,” the marginalized and the oppressed, and lead others to become better advocates for change, better storytellers, better community members and better humans.
What I'm up to...
Experiential Education Programs for Criminal Justice Professionals and Civic Leaders
Presentations on Implicit Bias, Criminal Justice Reform, Mass Incarceration, Constitutional Principles, Policing and other Social Justice Issues
Writing books and blogs
Almost Innocent: From searching to saved in America's criminal justice system
(Amplify Publishing, 2021)
Blog about being an NFL wife, parenting, mental illness, Native America and growing up in the 80s
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