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KARINA N. FERNANDEZ

Karina N. Fernandez, Esq., is an attorney specializing in maritime and admiralty law, investment, and entrepreneurship. She is an associate of Brown Sims PC and currently serves as an account manager and counsel at MJ Capital Funding. First earning a Bachelor of Science in political science and government from Florida State University, she achieved her Doctor of Jurisprudence at Tulane University Law School in 2019. While in law school, Ms. Fernandez clerked at Sioli AlexanderPino, a Florida-based firm with practice areas covering insurance litigation, worker’s compensation, business, and maritime law, and became a summer associate of the firm in 2018. As an attorney, Ms. Fernandez is active in all aspects of the cases she represents, including drafting motions, communicating with

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Nazafarin Hedayati

NAZAFARIN HEDAYATI

Born to a Persian family in Iran, Nazafarin Hedayati, also known as Nazee Heda, immigrated to Yugoslavia with her father, where she spent a year and a half, before moving to Denmark to live with her other family members. Having been exposed to the oil and gas industries early on when she still lived in Iran, she found herself drawn to chemical engineering because she had not seen very many women in that field. In 1995, she obtained a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen and during her study she had the chance to work on nitrate, phosphate, and silica storage methods with environmental scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia.

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MARQUITA M. BOOKER

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science and criminal justice from the University of South Carolina, Marquita M. Booker, Esq., went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the College of Law at Florida A&M University, a Master of Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Laws from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Certified by both the Florida Bar and the State Bar of Texas, she was inspired by her passion to eradicate discrimination and began her career as a lead equal opportunity compliance specialist in the Office of Equal Opportunity of the Palm Beach County Board of Commissions in 2002. She went on to serve as an employment and education discrimination attorney in

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TONI GOODIN-WHITEGRASS

A member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Toni Goodin-Whitegrass was greatly impacted by the experiences of her mother and grandmother, who both hailed from the White Earth Reservation. In particular, stories of her mother’s time at a residential school compelled her to make the conscious decision early on to pursue a career in Native American law in order to make a difference in her community. Joining the University of California Los Angeles, she first earned a Bachelor of Science in political science before obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1990. During this time, she found further motivation for a career in law working as a paralegal and legal secretary for two large law firms in Los Angeles and interning with

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ALISON Y. ASHE-CARD

Having always had a passion for law, Alison Y. Ashe-Card, Esq., began her studies at Spelman College, where she graduated, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1989. Going on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Washington College of Law at American University in 1992, she was licensed to practice law by the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar and embarked on her career as a staff attorney for Legal Aid Chicago that same year. Remaining with Legal Aid Chicago until 1997, she spent 1998 as a part-time instructor at Forsyth Technical Community College. From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Ashe-Card served as an adjunct professor at Winston-Salem State University and was admitted

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Peggy Huang

PEGGY Z. HUANG

Greatly impacted by the experience of coming home to find her house trashed and robbed as a child, Peggy Z. Huang went on to pursue a career that would allow to her to make a difference and help others. Earning a Bachelor of Science in political science at the University of California Berkeley in 1993, she obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in 1997. That same year, she embarked on her career as a senate associate with the California State Senate and, between 1998 and 2008, served as staff counsel for Sacramento Child Advocates, the Law Offices of Anne E. Fragasso and the California Department of Social Services. During

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Robin Sexton

ROBIN BOREN-COLEMAN SEXTON

Robin Boren-Coleman Sexton, Esq., has over 26 years’ experience in the legal and finance industry. She currently serves as Vice President and Lead Fiduciary Advisory Specialist at Wells Fargo Bank, NA. Attributing much of her success to her passion for her work and her desire to help others, Ms. Sexton studied at the American University in Washington, D.C., where she volunteered with her sorority, Delta Gamma, to assist philanthropies for the blind; spent a semester abroad at the American University of Paris in 1989; made the Dean’s List; and ultimately obtained a Bachelor of Arts in international studies in 1991. She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1995, where she was honored by

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Andrea Colby

ANDREA LOSHIN COLBY

Andrea Loshin Colby, Esq. is a patent and intellectual property attorney with more than 35 years of expertise working on behalf of major firms and international corporations. Since 2016, she has been a professional coach and the principal of Pro Se, LLC. Initially hoping to work in environmental law, Ms. Colby earned a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating cum laude in 1977. With few job opportunities in the specialty, she refocused her aspirations to patent law, reasoning that she would still be able to help artists and content creators by specializing in intellectual property. She was awarded her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1980 by the Albany Law School of Union University after a

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Ruth-Arlene Howe

RUTH-ARLENE W. HOWE

Ruth-Arlene W. Howe, professor emerita, dedicated almost 40 years to the student bodies of the Simmons College School of Social Work and the Boston College Law School as a professor of legal interviewing, family law and elder law. Motivated by her lifelong passion for civil rights and social justice, she began her career with an emphasis on social work before pursuing legal studies. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Wellesley College in 1955 and was awarded a Master of Social Work at Simmons College in 1957. The same year, Ms. Howe accepted a position as a psychiatric social worker for the Catholic Youth Service Bureau of Cleveland, Ohio. She would continue to serve the Catholic Youth Service Bureau for

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CARSON N. CASH KING

Carson N. Cash King, Esq. is an attorney building her career in business and contract law currently serving as the director of legal and business affairs at Cash Environmental Resources, LLC. Her interest in the legal field was inspired by her family. Her parents were strong advocates for underserved children and youth, and her mother served on the local school board, modeling compassion and community involvement in action to a Ms. King from a young age. While she started life with a strong sense of justice and a desire to speak out against injustices, her decision to pursue a career in law was cemented by a traumatic experience as a teen. While riding the bus home from high school, her

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