I was raised in Rochelle, Illinois. I graduated from Rochelle Township High School in 2000. I attended Northern Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003. I received my Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in May of 2006 where I was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity and the Women’s Law Caucus. While pursuing my law degree I worked as a judicial clerk for Chief Judge Donald C. Hudson as well as other Circuit and Associate Judges in the 16th Judicial Circuit.