Practicing law is a second career for Cheli, who previously worked as an educator, coach and professional development coordinator, and as the project director for multiple federal educational technology grants in North Carolina. Cheli is the lead appellate brief writer for the firm.
Cheli’s passion for legal research naturally flowed from her professional and educational experiences, and in her second year in law school, she earned a reputation as a strong legal researcher and writer when she discovered pivotal case law that changed the presumed outcome of a class assignment, surprising both the professor and the clerk of the state court of appeals who had written the assignment. Cheli’s work as a federal appellate attorney was predicted by her civil procedure professor, who was convinced Cheli would “grow up” to put her skills to use as a civil litigator.
When she is not researching or writing briefs, Cheli enjoys spending time with her husband and children, running 5k races and playing volleyball.
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Social Security Disability
North Carolina Central University School of Law, Juris Doctor
The Ohio State University, Master of Education
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts with distinction