Listee Features — Law

Carla Hartley


With a longstanding passion for helping others, Carla L. Hartley, Esq. embarked on her professional journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in theology, from the University of New Mexico in 1992. She went on to spend the early years of her career with the United States Marines in signal intelligence, and she credits this time with instilling in her good values and a strong work ethic. Following her military service, Ms. Hartley entered law school with the encouragement of her mentor, Patricia Lamas, and achieved her Doctor of Jurisprudence, with high honors, from The Colleges of Law in Ventura, California, in 2006. Passing the bar exam in 2007, Ms. Hartley spent a year working

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Nadine Allen


First completing coursework at Mount St. Joseph University, Judge Nadine Lovelace Allen earned a bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University. However, she found herself dissatisfied with the first job she got out of college and ultimately decided to take a law school aptitude test, inspired to the field by a female judge she knew. She passed the exam and was immediately admitted to the Capital University Law School, where she graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. This was also the beginning of her becoming politically active as she became increasingly aware of the disparities within the legal system during the early years of her career. Licensed to practice law by the Ohio State Bar in 1977, Judge Allen became

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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


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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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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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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Jennifer Nelson


Jennifer Lynn Nelson is an entrepreneur and certified notary signing agent who has spent the last four years as the owner of Oasis Notary. She developed an interest in the field during the process of buying a home in rural Southern California with her husband. After being presented with a 75-page contract requiring legal authorization on every page, Ms. Nelson realized that there were no approved notary agents in the region, and saw an opportunity to build her business and meet a community need. She began Oasis Notary as a home-based mobile notary service, meeting her clients at their homes or businesses to provide verification services and expanded to a physical office after Ms. Nelson’s friend, a real estate agent,

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