Pam is from the gulf coast region of South Texas. Pam is proud to be Texan. Although Pam misses the armadillos and the alligators, Pam much prefers the culture and cooler climates of the West Coast.
Pam has been practicing law since 2013. She moved from Houston to Portland in 2010 to attend Lewis and Clark Law School. After graduating, Pam passed the Oregon bar exam in 2013, and the California bar exam in 2014. Pam worked at a general practice firm in Eastern Oregon from 2013-2015, and during that time she practiced in both Lake County, Oregon and also Modoc County, California. Pam joined the public defender office in Coos Bay in August 2015. Pam finds that the work suits her active lifestyle and anti-authoritarian views.
Pam understands that what it means to achieve victory depends on the particular circumstances of each case, and what the client’s individual goals are. Pam works to understand the client’s situation and to meet the client’s individual needs with regard to their case.
Pam has achieved numerous victories in trial, and in preserving successful appellate issues. For example, in 2017, Pam brought a Motion to Suppress challenging the constitutionality of a search performed in the Coos County Jail pursuant to the jail’s inventory policy then in effect. Her argument prevailed on appeal, which subsequently led to dismissals of many other cases in which searches had been performed pursuant to the same inventory policy. Pam has also achieved victories through other areas of advocacy for clients, and in the social worker aspects of the job.
Pam’s background outside of law includes music and theater. Pam has formal training in classical and operatic vocal performance, and has sung with various semi-professional choral groups. She has, in the past, sung in large-scale choral productions with famous conductors and full symphony orchestras. More recently, Pam has been in community theater productions locally, including Fiddler on the Roof in 2015 with Logos Players, and Vagina Monologues in 2017 with Dolphin Playhouse.
Pam also has a strong interest in animal rights, and actively supports organizations that rescue and advocate for animals. Pam also has rescued and adopted many animals over the years.
Pam traveled internationally for several years, including Egypt, Guatemala, The Netherlands, and Thailand. Pam particularly loves train travel, and in recent years has annually crossed the borders into Canada and Mexico while traveling most or all of the way via Amtrak.