Listee Features — Law


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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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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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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Macarena Tamayo-Calabrese is the president and chief executive officer of the Naper Settlement, an interactive outdoor history museum dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history of the Naperville area. The Naper Settlement, located on more than 13 acres owned by a public trust through the city of Naperville, began with Ms. Tamayo-Calabrese’s historic home and the adjoining land, and has expanded to include more than 25 historically significant structures from the area. She and the Naperville Heritage Society, a nonprofit organization, work together to run the museum as a living history experience with a priority on preserving the site’s buildings, vegetation, and land, and highlighting the rich history of the Naperville area and its role within the region. While the

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Peggy 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, 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, 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, professor emerita, dedicated almost 40 years to the student bodies of Simmons College School of Social Work and Boston College Law School as a professor of legal interviewing, family, 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 the next four

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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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Karen Hastie Williams, JD, was a retired attorney and partner of Crowell & Moring, LLP, where her practice focused on legislative regulation, public and corporate contract law, and strategic diversity counseling for corporations. Best-known as a distinguished voice in public contract law, Ms. Williams was a former chair of the American Bar Association’s section on public contract law and was an in-demand speaker and consultant for much of her career. She began her career studying at the Universite de Neuchatel before earning a Bachelor of Arts at Bates College in 1966. Ms. Williams went on to complete a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School at Tufts University the following year, and studied law at the Catholic University of America,

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