I am a first-generation American as well as the first in my family to pursue a higher education. I grew up on a farm and earned degrees in International Relations and Journalism at Michigan State University's James Madison College and College of Communication Arts and Sciences, respectively. I stepped off the graduation stage and into the Michigan House of Representatives and, later, the Senate. With approximately six years of significant legislative experience, I departed Michigan in 2014 to enroll in law school in Washington, D.C., a city in which I had always wanted to live and work. I'm fascinated by the rapid pace of innovation in the technology we use every day (and the tech we haven't even touched yet!); specifically, I'm interested in the legal tech sector and its ability increase efficiencies, provide straightforward options for those seeking legal services, vastly increase access to justice, and its disruptive capabilities in general. I also spend time considering the new legal challenges presented by these changes, including: previously unconsidered standards for liability, ethical issues, new ways to structure and conclude contracts, and consumer protection issues in the burgeoning mobile e-commerce market.