University of Miami, School of Law – Miami, Florida. Attended 1989 – 1992 – Juris Doctorate.
University of Miami, School of Business – Miami, Florida. Attended 1987-1989 – Degree Obtained, Bachelor Of Art, Business Administration,
Miami Dade Community College- Miami, Florida. Attended 1984-1987 – Associates of Arts In Business Administration.
County Court Judge 7th Judicial Circuit-Volusia County, FL – elected- serving from 2005-present
Central Florida Legal Services, Daytona Beach, Florida. 1992 – 1998 And 1999 – Present – Staff Attorney – General Poverty Law Practice. Coordinated The Volunteer Lawyers Project Primary Areas of Law, Housing Including Federal Housing Laws And Consumer Advocacy.
Essien and Associates, P.A., Daytona Beach, Florida. 1998-1999 Jr. Partner – Primary areas of practice included: Discrimination, Family Law, Real Property and Bankruptcy. Limited Criminal Law Involvement.
Law Offices of C.Y. Howard, Miami, Florida. 1991-1992, General Practice
3rd District Court of Appeals, Miami, Florida. Summer Intern – Read Briefs, Write Summary of Briefs, Legal Research, Attend Oral Argument Sessions.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS (Current & Former)
Lighthouse Worship Center – NSB – Present Member
KC Teen Society-Board member – NSB-
Volusia County Affordable Housing Taskforce – Special Committee – Member
Westside Youth Music Company – Board Member
African American Chamber of Commerce – Secretary; Board Member
NAACP- Daytona & New Smyrna Beach branches
Central Florida Community Development – Board Chairperson; Board Member
Volusia County School Board School Improvement Team, Read Patillo Elementary and New Smyrna Beach Middle School.
Upward Girls/ Sisters Improving Sisters – Board Member
Deaf and Hard Of Hearing Services – Board Member
Volusia Flagler Coalition for The Homeless – Member
Workforce Development Board – Taskforce Member
New Smyrna Beach Community Enrichment Association – Member
The Florida Bar – Member- 1993-Present
Central Florida Minority Bar Association – President; Secretary
Volusia County Bar Association – Board Member; Secretary
Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers – Secretary; Board Member; Vice-President, Treasurer; President
National Bar Association- Florida Chapter
Black Law Student Association, University of Miami – Member – Chair Community Relations Committee
Florida Legal Services Consumer Workgroup – Member
Florida Legal Services Housing Work Group – Member
Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association- Member
Woman of the Year – VFAWL
Women in Leadership- Daytona Beach Community College
“And Justice for All Award” Kolondisky, Seltz & Tresher, Attorneys at Law
Emmanuel People of Distinction Award
Certificate of Appreciation – Bethune Cookman College for participation in Woman Day activities
Certificate of Appreciation – Central Community Development clean up our neighborhood project
Certificate of Appreciation – Upward Girls for participation in graduation ceremonies
Certificate of Appreciation – Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers for service as Vice President
Burger King- full tuition scholarship to the University of Miami
3.0 GPA Scholarship at the University of Miami – School of Business
Full Tuition John F. Kennedy/ Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship – University of Miami
Woman of The Year Award – BLSA – University of Miami School of Law
Full Tuition Minority Law Studies Scholarship- University of Miami School of Law
Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Award – Daytona Beach NAACP
Service Award for Volunteer Lawyers Project – Central Florida Legal Services