I like to fashion myself as a cowgirl lawyer. I love to shoot. I love cowboy boots. I love stories of the Wild West, and I love all things country…cattle ranches, rodeos, rolling pastures, blankets made of stars, mesmerizing sunsets, mason jars, horseshoes, and even the occasional smell of “money” coming from the stock yards.
My move to Amarillo was a serendipitous opportunity arising from a need of something different for my life. It is a different life here—no 45 minute commute to and from work, a small town feel, and wide, open land with the ever present reminders of the Wild West, and the backbone of agriculture. However, when it comes to the law and being an advocate, it is the same or better. We have incredibly talented lawyers and judges. We are loyal and driven for our clients. We get results.
My love of firearms and involvement in firearms law evolved over time. I have family in the firearms industry who gave me a bit of insight into the laws and regulations. It also made me passionate about protecting those individuals and companies exercising their Second Amendment rights. It was once said to me, “You love guns, and you are a good lawyer. We need good lawyers. Why aren’t you involved in this?” And, from there, a path began.
I also have a family member and several friends who are law enforcement and former military. I truly respect what they do, and my connections in the firearms industry and in the legal field have generated law enforcement work. It lead to my own journey to join the JAG corps for the Texas State Guard.
One thing you will learn reading this blog is I love Texas, and I am proud to be a Texan. I love words, and I love to write. While my mother did her best to beat the sarcasm out of me, it didn’t happen. So, I hope you will find this blog informative and entertaining.
Despite the ever-increasing involvement of women in the firearms industry and in law enforcement, it stills seems to be a bit of a novelty when people learn I am a woman, a lawyer, and a gun owner. I get some strange looks, but I also receive some high fives and “you go, girl.” I have included some of the most popular questions I’ve received and my answers.