Curriculum Vitae

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EDUCATION:

Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana
Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, 2002 (GPA: 3.48/4.00 – Top 15%)

Awards and Activities:

  • Senior Managing Editor, Indiana Law Journal (2001 – 2002)
  • Recipient, Merit Scholarships and Fellowships (1999 – 2002)
  • Member, Black Law Students Association (1999 – 2002)
  • Research Assistant to Professor Daniel O. Conkle (2000 − 2001)
  • Participant, Summer in Africa Program, Kenya (Summer 2001)
  • Summer Associate, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Washington, DC (Summer 2001)
  • Summer Associate, Ice Miller, Indianapolis, IN (Summer 2000)

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Master of Arts, Community Counseling, 2013 (GPA: 4.00/4.00)

Awards and Activities:

  • Member, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society (2012 – 2013)

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Master of Science, Education, Higher Education Administration, 1996       GPA: 3.85/4.00
Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Engineering Management, 1994              GPA: 3.05/4.00

Awards and Activities:

  • Member, National Society of Black Engineers (1990 – 1994)
  • Recipient, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholarship (1990 – 1994)
  • Recipient, General Motors Scholarship (1991 – 1994)
  • Recipient, 3M Minority Engineering Scholarship (1991 – 1993)
  • Recipient, Graduate Opportunities Fellowship (1995 – 1996)
  • Member, Campus Appeals Board (1995 – 1996)

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Texas Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (inactive) (2015)
  • Texas Licensed Attorney (inactive) (2004)
  • Indiana Licensed Attorney (inactive) (2002)
  • National Certified Counselor (2013 – 2016)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

St. Mary’s University School of Law ▪ Law Success Instructor (2016 – present)

  • Faculty member for Law Success Program
  • Instructor for various courses, including Introduction to Legal Methods, Advanced Legal Methods, and Bar Preparation
  • Develop academic success and bar preparation curricula and programming for full-time and part-time law students

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION EXPERIENCE:

National Diversity Council Director (2009 – present)

  • Consultant, writer, and editor on various projects and research related to diversity and inclusion
  • Facilitator for DiversityFirst™ Certified Diversity Professional certification program
  • Presenter for healthcare diversity summit and diversity awards ceremony

Texas Diversity Council Volunteer (2004 – 2006; 2009-present)

  • Presenter and Panelist at Texas Diversity and Leadership Conferences
  • Mentor for Young Women’s Leadership Symposium
  • Member of inaugural San Antonio Advisory Board

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

Law Office of T.K. Floyd, PLLC, San Antonio, Texas Attorney (May 2011 – May 2016)

  • Manage solo law practice focusing on family law (adoption, child custody, child support, child welfare, and divorce), simple wills, and probate matters
  • Provide pro bono legal services in the area of family law as part of the San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program
  • Mentor law students at St. Mary’s University School of Law and Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Cokinos, Bosien & Young, San Antonio, Texas Associate (September 2009 – April 2011)

  • Practice focused on complex commercial litigation, appellate, and insurance law issues
  • Draft motions and briefs for matters pending before federal and state trial and appellate courts
  • Conduct detailed legal research and prepare research memoranda addressing complex legal concepts
  • Assist senior partners with trial, hearing, and deposition preparation

McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Washington, D.C. Trial Department Associate (December 2006 – September 2009)

  • Work as a member of the Trial Department, with a focus on complex commercial litigation, appellate, healthcare, and intellectual property matters
  • Draft and respond to motions, identify relevant legal issues, conduct legal research, prepare advocacy letters, and manage the review of client documents
  • Assist clients with complex discovery issues related to electronically-stored information
  • Supervise junior associates, paralegals, and legal assistants
  • Prepare discovery requests and responses; produce documents in response to discovery requests; identify responsive and privileged documents
  • Draft pleadings for litigation and administrative matters, including petition for writ of certiorari and amicus curiae briefs to federal courts
  • Provide pro bono legal services in the area of special education to parents and students in District of Columbia schools as part of the Children’s Law Center Health Access Project
  • Draft amicus curiae briefs related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act on behalf of pro bono clients to the United States Supreme Court and United States Courts of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the 5th Circuit

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. Judicial Law Clerk (April 2006 – October 2006)

  • Draft judicial opinions and orders regarding civil and criminal matters
  • Conduct legal research on civil and criminal law issues, including employment and immigration
  • Manage and monitor docket of assigned civil and criminal cases
  • Assist with preparation for and conduct of trials, hearings, and conferences

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, San Antonio, Texas Litigation Associate (September 2003 – February 2006)

  • Perform research and draft memoranda on a variety of legal topics, with an emphasis on insurance, securities, and complex commercial litigation issues
  • Prepare discovery requests and responses and review documents in preparation for trial
  • Conduct multi-state surveys of law related to complex commercial litigation
  • Draft various motions and prepare deposition questions
  • Provide pro bono legal services in the area of family law as part of the San Antonio Bar Association Community Justice Program

Judge C. Arlen Beam, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, Lincoln, Nebraska Judicial Law Clerk (August 2002 – July 2003)

  • Draft judicial opinions
  • Research a range of complex civil and criminal law issues

STUDENT AFFAIRS EXPERIENCE:

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas Assistant Director of Residence Life (1997 – 1999)

  • Serve as member of Student Life staff, with an on-campus presence in residence halls
  • Supervise staff of resident assistants and student assistants
  • Counsel students on understanding and fulfilling rights and responsibilities as residents
  • Teach orientation course for first-year students

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Graduate Residence Hall Counselor (1995-1996)

  • Manage crisis intervention and student conduct management

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Assistant, Minority Engineering Program (1991 – 1995)

  • Assist with recruitment and retention of diverse engineering students from across the country
  • Teach orientation course for freshman engineering students

COUNSELING EXPERIENCE:

Celebrity Care Medical Clinic (August 2015 – January 2016)

  • Provide individual counseling to clients undergoing treatment for opiate addiction
  • Conduct group educational sessions on topics relevant to addiction recovery

Parent Consultation Center (Northside Independent School District and University of Texas at San Antonio) and Harlandale Independent School District (Graduate Practicum, Fall 2012)

  • Work with parents and students on a variety of academic and family issues

Enlightened Behavioral Health Systems, LLC (Graduate Internship, Spring 2013 and Summer 2013)

  • Provide individual and group mental health counseling to clients

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES:

  • Life Skills for Living, Inc. – Board of Directors
  • San Antonio Bar Association – Volunteer Attorney for Community Justice Program
  • Now Word Covenant Church – Administration Team Leader (2014 – 2016)
  • Campus Partner-of-the-Year Honoree for Northside Independent School District (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Mentor at Jefferson Middle School (2013 – 2016)
  • Outstanding Adult Mentor Award Recipient – San Antonio Mentoring Forum (2015)
  • San Antonio Black Lawyers Association – President (2012)
  • Scene in SA Magazine – 2011 “Rising Star” in the San Antonio Legal Community
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

PUBLICATIONS:

  • Law Firm Diversity: What Can You Do About It?, Texas Diversity Magazine (October 2015)
  • Prioritized Parenting: Effective Time Management for Working Parents, LIFT National Women’s Council Newsletter (March 2015)
  • Manage Time as a Parent, Helotes Life (April 2014)
  • Medical Malpractice – Trends in Litigation, Journal of Gastroenterology (June 2008)
  • Protecting Student Privacy: Reporting Campus Crimes as an Alternative to Disclosing Student Disciplinary Records, 77 Indiana Law Journal 143 (Winter 2002)

PRESENTATIONS:

  • Facilitator, DiversityFirst™ Certified Diversity Professional Certification Program, Session on Best Practices in Diversity (October and December 2016)
  • Keynote Speaker, Haynes and Boone Attorney Diversity Retreat, Implicit Bias (June 2016)
  • Facilitator, Pittsburgh Women in Leadership Symposium (June 2016)
  • Guest Speaker, Grant Community AME Church Prayer Breakfast (May 2016)
  • Panelist, Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference (April 2016)
  • Presenter, South Texas Organization of Paralegals, Managing Stress (December 2015)
  • Facilitator, DiversityFirst™ Certified Diversity Professional Certification Program, Session on Best Practices in Diversity (November 2015)
  • Moderator, Arizona Healthcare Diversity Summit (November 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, Greater Miami Society of Human Resources Management, Diversity in Action Awards (October 2015)
  • Guest Speaker, Concordia University of Texas, Seminar on Tort Reform (October 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, MegaFest School of Leadership, Personal Branding Seminar (August 2015)
  • Presenter, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, Wellness Seminars on Stress and Relaxation (July, August 2015)
  • Presenter, Hope Night Community Outreach, Seminar on Estate Planning (May 2015)
  • Panelist, Alamo Area Mediators Association, Seminar on Mental Health (April 2015)
  • Instructor, Concordia University Texas, Professional Development Series (October 2014)
  • Speaker, Pearson – Women in Leadership and Learning, Estate Planning Seminar (July 2014)
  • Panelist and Moderator, Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference (May 2014)
  • Guest Instructor, Concordia University Texas, Critical Thinking Course (December 2013)
  • Speaker, Black Law Students Association, St. Mary’s University School of Law (November 2013)
  • Co-Instructor, Ametamorphosis Mediation Training (May 2012 and June 2013)
  • Panelist, Discussion on African American Attorneys and Law (February 2013)
  • Speaker, Texas Counseling Association, Seminar on Legal and Ethical Issues (November 2012)
  • Speaker, Top Teen Healthy Choices Mentoring Workshop (May 2012)
  • Speaker, “Girls 2 Ladies” Mentoring Program, Ed White Middle School (October 2011)
  • Speaker, San Antonio Black Lawyers Association, Seminar on Legal Writing (October 2010)

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