About Me

I am 49 years old.  I got married at the age of 20 and had two children by the time I was 24.  My son, Robert, is now 27 years old and my daughter, Karen, will be 25 in October, 2008.  My first marriage ended in 1990 and in 1994 I remarried a wonderful man by the name of Randy Marshall.  Randy too had two children.  Mallory is 23 years old and Thomas will be 21 in September, 2008.  My dear Randy passed away on May 21, 2006 just one week after I graduated from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College with my associates degree in paralegal studies.  In the spring of this year, I returned to school.  I am working towards my bachelors degree in paralegal studies.

I have worked in the legal field for 20 years.  Being a legal secretary was my dream from the age of 10.  I attended J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College after graduating from Midlothian High School in June 1977.  I had five classes to go in the Legal Secretarial Science Program at JSRCC when I got married.  I dropped out of school, moved to Fredericskburg, VA and started having children.  When Karen was 18 months old, I went to work in Washington DC.  I worked in public relations and then I got my first “real” legal job at the firm of Content, Tatusko and Patterson.  While working at Content Tatusko, I took some paralegal classes at the Univeristy of Maryland to help me with my job.   I stayed at Content Tatusko for two years under my husband and I separated.  While I loved working in Washington, I did not like the communte.  I had to allow 2-1/2 hours just to get to work.  My 7-1/2 hour work day turned into a minimum of 13 hours a day.  I didn’t get to see my kids much.  I decided that I wanted to work and live in the same area so I moved back to Richmond.  This was home.

My first job in  Richmond was working at the lawfirm of what is now called McGuireWoods.  I stayed there for eight years working in products liability litigation.  I returned to J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College while at McGuireWoods to again help me with my job.  After leaving McGuireWoods, I went to work at what is now called McCandlish Holton.  This is the firm that Governor Tim Kaine was working at.  I stayed with McCandlish for three years and then by chance, came upon a job opening at Thompson McMullan, the firm I know work for.  I have been there for six years supporting the Managing Partner, Chris Malone.  Chris is a wonderful person and a great attorney.  He practices in many different areas of law.  His primary focus is Construction Litigation.  He also does corporate, real estate, estate planning, litigation, family law to include divorce, child custody, child support and adoptions.  I oversee his adoptions.  I love it.  It is the positive side of the law.  In the summer of 2004, I started thinking about the credits I had out there with J. Sarjeant Reynolds CC and the Univeristy of Maryland and wondered what it would take for me to get my associates degree.  I had a copy of my transcript from the University of Maryland in hand and I met with the director of the paralegal studies program at JSRCC.  I found that I really only needed 10 classes to get may associates degree.  So I started on my academic journey. 

Randy and my children were so proud of me the day I graduated on May 13, 2006.  To be honest, I was pretty proud of myself.  My life was shattered just one week later when Randy passed away.  Randy had multiple scherosis from the age of 21.  He passed away at the age of 49.  A few months before he died, he was diagnosed with conjestive heart failure.  For two months the only place he went besides my graduation was to see varous doctors.  Randy was always so supportive of me in going to school.  He wanted me to get my bachelors degree and then go on to law school. 

Almost two years after his death I finally pulled myself together to go back to school.  I took two classes in the spring 2008 and two classes in the summer 2008 semesters.  I am now taking four classes (12 credits and full time) and  working.  I have a plan set before me so that I can graduate in May 2010. 

Outside of school and work, I am active with my church, my legal professionals association and Eastern Star.  I have resigned from all of my committees so that I can devote my time to school.  I am passsonate about mission work in which I have served oversees, done disaster relief work in Gulfort, MS from Hurricane Katrina and local  missions.  I will share some pictures with you later about some of my mission trips.

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