After graduating with her B.A. from the University of Miami, Ms. Rookwood attended the University of Florida, Levin College of Law (UF) where she was actively involved in campus organizations, including serving as President of the Family Law Society, serving on the Judicial Committee and as Student Coach for the UF Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, a proud member of the Black Law Student Association, as well as serving on numerous other executive boards for several different organizations. Ms. Rookwood was also a Student Research Fellow for the UF Center on Children and Family where she worked to connect with organizations across the state of Florida that interact with young adults and teenagers to educate them about their legal rights and responsibilities as citizens.
During her final year at UF, Ms. Rookwood interned as a Law Clerk for a judge serving on the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida where she wrote memoranda of law on issues, including custody, visitation, and relocation, as well as other procedural issues. Ms. Rookwood also had the opportunity to intern with the State Attorney's Office for the Eighth Circuit of Florida, Domestic Violence Division, where she conducted legal research on evidentiary and procedural issues in criminal law among other things. Ms. Rookwood graduated UF with her Juris Doctor (J.D.) and earned her certificate in Family Law from the 5th ranked Family Law Program in the nation, as well as earning her certificate in Criminal Law from one of the top Criminal Law Program in the county. Visit https://www.law.ufl.edu/why-uf-law/our-reputation to learn more about these UF law programs.
After completing law school, Ms. Rookwood returned to New York City where she started her career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Richmond County District Attorney's Office (RCDA). Ms. Rookwood was assigned to prosecute misdemeanor cases, including Assault 3, Petit Larceny, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Mischief, Driving While Intoxicated/Impaired, Marijuana related charges, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and certain Domestic Violence cases.
After a year with the RCDA, Ms. Rookwood decided to start her own law practice in an effort to help those disenfranchised by the criminal justice system and to prevent others from getting caught up in the system. Ms. Rookwood believes in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" and is a passionate advocate for justice and equity. She believes that justice shouldn't be a foreign concept available only to those who can afford it, and therefore she’s willing to work with clients with financial hardships to make sure that they too have access to competent legal representation.
Ms. Rookwood has eight years of personal experience litigating child custody issues, including appeals. She understands the emotional toll family court cases can have on her clients and their families. Ms. Rookwood uses her personal experience in understanding and ultimately helping her clients navigate through the family court system. Her personal experience with the family court and her past position as a prosecutor has given her an incite necessary to handle, not only the legal aspect of her client's case, but also the human side and the impact contact with the judicial system can have on a person's life. Ms. Rookwood will zealously advocate for your rights, and she will make sure your voice is heard every step of the way.
So if you're looking for an attorney who will fight for your legal rights and zealously advocate for you, look no further!
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