“I know, first hand, what it is like to have a grade changing paper due on Monday, work a full weekend before it’s due, and stay up to 2:00 am to finish it, all while the fridge is empty. It was far from easy.“
“I know how dangerous Freeport Road can be as a pedestrian and bicyclist, and I will work to make Aspinwall a more bike and pedestrian friendly community.”
Community Member, Attorney, and Advocate.
I am a Worker and I intend to Work and Advocate for the People of this Beautiful, Welcoming, and Great Community.
What Does This Mean: Before I was an attorney and before I was an advocate, I was a service industry worker. As a college student at Pitt and a Law Student at Duquesne University, I worked through school at a restaurant. For those almost eight years, I bartended and waited tables. This meant working 35 plus hours a week and going to school full time. It was challenging and I made more than a fair amount of sacrifices. I know, first hand, what it is like to have a grade changing paper due on Monday, work a full weekend before it’s due, and stay up to 2:00 am to finish it, all while the fridge is empty. It was far from easy. But in this experience, I learned more about good people, hard work, and what issues truly affect communities, and especially workers, than I would ever learn in a classroom alone.
While my education and professional experiences have prepared me for leadership, it is hard work and sacrifices that built the person that I am today.
A Background of Success:
I grew up as the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and a Librarian, and am the very, very youngest of 4 siblings. I attended the University of Pittsburgh as an undergraduate student and graduated with honors. At Pitt, I wrote for the PittNews’ Law & Politics section, researched Autism Spectrum Disorder as a research assistant, and advised students in the Arts & Sciences department as a Peer Advisor. To this day, I act as a Mentor to Pitt students and continue to advocate for the rights of disabled individuals.
After taking some time off of education to save money for room and board, I started at Duquesne University School of Law, and graduated in top third of my class in 2015.
While at Duquesne, I took advantage of every opportunity available to excel as an attorney and future advocate. I was elected as Vice President of our Student Bar Association, a Marshal to our sorority/fraternity, and a Articles Editor for our Business Law Journal. My commitment to education, the students at Duquesne School of Law, hard work, and my Allegheny County Community allowed me to win the CALI Excellence Award in Local Government Law, a Pro Bono Certificate of Recognition from the Allegheny County Bar Association, and the Jack Miller Outstanding Marshal Award from Phi Alpha Delta International.
While studying, I began to research how technology could be used to aid disabled individuals or even sick individuals. In my final year at Duquesne I published an article ‘Working from Home’ or ‘Shirking from Home’: McMillan v. the City of New York’s effect on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In this article, I wrote extensively on how workers, especially office workers, could work from home if sick or disabled, and indicated that this should be considered a “reasonable accommodation” by employers in other states, like Pennsylvania. Now in times of pandemic, it is more important than ever to allow workers to work from home where “physical presence” is not essential to their role.
As my time at Duquesne concluded, I was selected for one additional opportunity: to argue in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as a student advocate on a constitutional rights issue. I specifically advocated for the rights of those who had been convicted of a crime. This experience taught me the importance of our United States Constitution and the importance of each individuals’ freedoms, liberties, and rights. If elected, I would act to safeguard our community members’ Constitutional Rights and Protections by promoting transparency in our Government.
Community Involvement and Personal Life: I am a current resident of Aspinwall Borough along with my husband Ryan Jenkins. I have been a volunteer and donor to the Women’s Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh and volunteered my time with the Boys and Girls Club of America. In my spare time, I am a runner, bicyclist and hiker. I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2019 and even in 2020, virtually through an app. My husband and I also share and spend our time hiking, biking, and backpacking our way through Pennsylvania. I know how dangerous Freeport Road can be as a pedestrian and bicyclist, and I will work to make Aspinwall a more bike and pedestrian friendly community. I have been involved and a volunteer with both the Pennsylvania Democratic Committee as well as the Aspinwall Democratic Committee. I currently act as the Secretary to the Aspinwall Democratic Committee.
Professional Career: As an attorney, I have worked in private practice in downtown Pittsburgh for the last five years. I have acted as representation in a broad range of practice areas including Complex Construction Litigation, Breach of Contract, Premises Liability, Automobile litigation, Large Scale Trucking Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Trade Secrets, Business Law, and Products Liability. My professional experience additionally includes interning in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and acting as a Judicial Law Clerk in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
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