Q. Tell us about your interest in Irish history and literature.

A. I first became interested in Ireland when I was eight years old, and that interest deepened after took my first trip there at age 15. I also studied the Irish language, as well as Irish literature and history in college, both at Creighton University and by attending a summer school program at Trinity College Dublin. I really got involved in Irish history and politics when I wrote my senior thesis on the aftermath of 1998 Good Friday Agreement. I have found that the literature of Ireland is deeply influenced by its history and politics, and you can find examples of the famous Irish wit and dark humor in the way authors deal with 800 years of occupation and decades of sectarian violence. I’ve been back to Ireland half a dozen times and have made good friends there. One thing I love about Ireland is how it is a modern, cosmopolitan country with a vibrant, youthful workforce, but it is also deeply rooted in its history and traditions. Every time I go, it’s harder to leave.


Q. Your undergraduate work was completed in Nebraska and you attended the University of Colorado School of Law.  How did you decide to settle in Casper, WY?

A. I grew up in Casper, and my family is still here. Early in my third year of law school, I was offered a position as a judicial law clerk and staff attorney here in Casper, and I jumped at the opportunity. Since then, Casper has felt like home, and it’s been wonderful to be near my family and watch my hometown grow, change, and modernize.


Q. Why did you decide to become a lawyer?

A. I wanted to help people, and, as my college debate coach put it, I am a “naturally argumentative person.” I was also strongly influenced by the Jesuit values I learned at Creighton University, including being “a woman for and with others” and to always strive for more. Law school seemed like a good way to balance my argumentative side with my desire to make a difference in the world.


Q. How did your practice develop an emphasis on litigation?

A. I was a debater in college, and argumentation and public speaking are things I really enjoy; litigation allows me to use those skills. I also enjoy the strategy and gamesmanship in litigation, as well as the fact that you get to learn about something new in every case, so my practice naturally developed in this area.


Q. What do you enjoy most about the practice of law?

A. I really enjoy working with incredibly talented colleagues who make the practice of law a lot of fun, whether or not we’re on the same side of a case. They force me to become a better lawyer. I also love helping clients find a resolution to a thorny problem and ease some of the stress they might be feeling.


Q. Who has been the biggest influence on your legal career?

A. I have two. The first is more traditional – the person I try to model myself after and hope to never disappoint is the judge I clerked for initially after law school. He taught me what good advocacy looks like, that you can be an effective advocate without being hostile towards others, and to be fair to everyone involved in the process. The second is my mother. She is not a lawyer, but instead spent her career teaching. However, she is one of the most driven, talented, and decent people I have ever met. Almost every decision I make as an attorney is driven, in some way, by a desire to make her proud.


Q. Share with us your ideal weekend getaway. 

A.  I’d love to go to a spa and have time to just unwind without having to check emails, texts, or social media.


Q. What are your three most favorite activities outside of work?

A. Reading, binging shows on Netflix, and figure skating.


 

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  • Q: What books are you currently reading?
  • A: The Lives of Women by Christine Dwyer Hickey; Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play when No One Has the Time; The Kites by Romain Gary

  • Q: Name three of your favorite travel destinations.
  • A: Belfast, Northern Ireland; Palm Beach & Victoria, B.C.

  • Q: What is your strongest personality trait?
  • A: A tie between stubbornness and loyalty

  • Q: Do you have any pets?
  • A: We have an anxious beagle named Legal, a well-meaning but not so bright Corgi named Winston, and a fluffy cat named Cinder.