I was born August 13, 1988 to Jerome and Terry Dees. The first of two kids, my parents raised my little sister, Joy and I, to respect the value of education, hard work, and service before self. After graduating from LAMP High School In Montgomery as a National Merit Semifinalist, I attended the University of Florida. While in Gainesville, Florida, which had one of the country’s highest homeless populations per capita, I organized dozens of homeless shelter food drives and established a mentoring program with one of the local elementary schools. During my junior year, I was one of twelve students selected for the University of Florida’s inaugural Legislative Internship Program in the Florida State Capitol. There, I truly began to develop my policy skills by analyzing bills ranging from fair banking regulations to educational lottery legislation review and by actually presenting proposals before the senate on enhanced hate crime protections.
Upon graduating with honors, I returned home to attend law school at the University of Alabama. During my three years there, I developed the trust and respect of my peers as well as my professors. I was elected Associate Justice to the Honor Court, President of the Alabama Law Democrats, and President of the Black Law Students’ Association. After law school, I worked with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office - first in the White Collar Crime and Public Corruption Unit and finally as the assistant district attorney overseeing Jefferson County’s Drug Court Program. In that latter role, I developed a reputation as a prosecutor focused on seeking rehabilitative justice and reducing recidivism. I now work with the Maxwell Law Firm as a civil rights and criminal defense attorney - utilizing the insights I've gained as a prosecutor on behalf of citizens throughout the state.
When I'm not working to improve my clients’ lives, I'm actively involved in the community as the Co-Chair of the University of Alabama School of Law’s Public Interest Advisory Board, Nominations Co-Chair for the Birmingham Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, on the Greater Birmingham Humane Society Young Professionals Board, the current Chair of the Alabama Young Democrats and former President of the Birmingham Young Democrats, and occasionally as a guest speaker on topics like the role of religion in race and civil rights advocacy. I also love to get out and visit all of Birmingham's new restaurants and binge on Netflix when I can!