I am a sixth-year associate at Patterson + Sheridan, an intellectual property and complex litigation firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. I love the law generally, but have a real passion for oral and written advocacy, especially at the appellate level, which I was able to put into practice at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit earlier this year.

“May it please the Court.” I must have said those words two hundred times over the course of my law school moot court career. On Sept. 1, I said them to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Doing so was a dream come true under any circumstance. To have had the opportunity to do so as a young associate, before a panel of three female judges, during the first week back in person since the beginning of the pandemic was unbelievable.