employment law since her undergraduate years at Norfolk State University. As an Investigative Intern in at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Norfolk, she worked independently on nineteen cases to research claims of discrimination and analyze each organization’s pattern of employment practices to determine if there was enough evidence to support a finding of cause and move the complaint to the next step of the EEOC process. Her relationship with the EEOC transitioned while in law school to Enforcement Intern in Chicago as she performed in-person intake interviews. Her passionate involvement with employment law continued as she earned an internship through the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights to work with the employee rights organization, Interfaith Worker Justice. Then as a law clerk at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, she defended State of Illinois employees, agencies, and officials. Thereafter, at the Law Offices of Manuel A. Cardenas & Associates P.C., she provided legal services to Spanish speaking clients. She is a fluent Spanish speaker.
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL, Juris Doctor
- Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
- State Bar of Illinois