Bar Admission: Maryland; New York; California; Northern Mariana Islands; New Jersey
Legal Experience: Assistant State’s Attorney at Wicomico County, Maryland Oct. 2014 - Present
Currently assigned to Economic Crimes / Elder Abuse Unit, prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors before Circuit and District Courts; served as lead counsel in jury and bench trials; litigated pretrial motions; responded to post-conviction filings; negotiated plea and proffer agreements; appeared at preliminary hearings and bond reviews; covered juvenile delinquency dockets; received MSAA scholarship award; attended DUI, DRE, and human trafficking trainings; participated in domestic violence, APS, and drug treatment team meetings; gave presentations to local students and law enforcement agencies, volunteer mock trial judge.
Assistant Attorney General at Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands Jan. 2012 - Oct. 2014
Assigned to criminal, juvenile, and appellate dockets; prosecuted felonies and misdemeanors before NMI Superior Court; served as lead counsel in jury and bench trials; litigated habeas writs and pretrial motions; reviewed warrants and case files for intake; independently managed all juvenile and appellate proceedings; filed responding briefs and appeared at oral arguments before NMI Supreme Court; drafted proposed mental health legislation; revised court rules; attended trial advocacy, mediation, and child abuse trainings; gave presentations to local law enforcement and public school system; volunteered to judge and scrimmage in mock trial competition.
Solo Practitioner at Law Office of James B. McAllister Mar. 2009 - Jan. 2012
Established general practice counseling clients on civil, criminal, and administrative matters; litigated civil complaints, probate petitions, and habeas petition before California Superior Courts; obtained settlements in personal injury and breach of contract claims; affirmed civil judgment on appeal before California Court of Appeals; represented clients in removal proceedings before U.S. Immigration Court; secured political asylum for Somali refugee and cancellation of removal for documented immigrant from the Philippines; received Wiley W. Manuel certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services from California State Bar.
Reference Librarian at San Diego Law Library May 2008 - Jan. 2012
Served the public at multiple branches throughout San Diego county; assisted patrons with locating legal resources, performing research, and drafting motions; independently managed satellite branch locations at times; handled circulation, membership, and financial transactions.
Research Assistant at Thomas Jefferson School of Law Aug. 2007 - Jul. 2011
Proofread and cite-checked publications on international labor law, human rights, civil liberties, and use of torture; drafted memoranda on various international legal issues; revised U.N. Human Rights Council Report on foreign policy; drafted proposed legislation on biological warfare.
Education: Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California Spring 2009
LL.M., International Trade, Summa Cum Laude
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California Fall 2007
J.D., Global Legal Studies, Cum Laude
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia Spring 2003
B.S., Economics, Good Standing