Tracy's Story

Born and raised in a working class neighborhood in Long Island, Tracy worked her way through school.  She trained first as a social worker, earning both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from New York University and got started at non-profit treatment centers diagnosing and treating children, adults, and families. Whether as Mental Health Director of an adolescent treatment facility that offered an alternative model to incarceration programming or as a psychotherapist in a dual diagnosis day treatment facility, Tracy’s world centered around treating individuals and families in crisis.

The deeper Tracy delved into crisis work, the more convinced she became that through law, she could have a greater impact on the root causes–the policies that determined the outcome for so many of her clients. After graduating in the top 5% of her class at the Michigan State College of Law, Tracy joined the law firm of Bodman LLP, serving both private and pro bono clients in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

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In 2008, she moved to Legal Services of South Central Michigan, providing comprehensive civil legal services to over 1,000 disadvantaged Washtenaw County residents. Here, the synergy of Tracy’s social work and legal background became clear. By incorporating social work students into the law practice, she was able to secure legal remedies while ensuring that her clients had the resources and tools needed to engage the court, resolve the problem, and address future needs. She increasingly focused on family law and high-conflict litigation, sharing her learnings in parallel as a Field Instructor for Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work.

After eight years at Legal Services, Tracy moved to the law office of Roberts and Freatman in Ypsilanti, MI. While family continued to be her primary practice area, her practice included a broad range of clients and areas of the law.

 

In 2019, Tracy transitioned to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office to manage complex litigation in the Health, Education, and Family Services Division, focusing on particularly vulnerable individuals and groups.

 

In every role, the common thread in Tracy’s career has been a focus on family law and crisis resolution. She wants to level the playing field for litigants and strengthen the courtroom’s ability to solve problems for people, rather than simply process cases. She firmly believes it is the surest path to compassionate justice and the best way to fight against social justice disparities, and better protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

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