Antonette graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from Baker University in 2012. She went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law in May,2017.
During law school, she interned for the Innocence Project with the majority of her work centering around obtaining new trials for persons convicted of crimes based solely on hair follicle evidence and testimony, which has since been deemed junk science. She also interned for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR), the state agency that receives and processes complaints of discrimination in employment, public housing, and public accommodations, where she conducted negotiations as a method of resolution of such claims.
She was a member of the Board of the Barristers and the Trial Advocacy team and competed in the Fordham University School of Law Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Invitational and the ShowMe Challenge Voir Dire Competition, where she was given an award for Professionalism. During her time in law school, she was a member of the board of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) student chapters. She was a recipient of the Richard P. Sprinkle Bar Plan Foundation Scholarship, and in the summer of 2017, she worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) on the Campaign for a $15 Living Wage in Kansas City.
After law school, she went to work as an Associate at Bratcher Gockel Law, L.C., where she focused her efforts on civil rights and employment discrimination cases. She maintained her membership with MATA and joined the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). She helped lobby the Missouri General Assembly in an effort to educate them on the implications of confidentiality in arbitration agreements and lobbied against bills which would have foreclosed employee’s rights.
She joined Aubrey Gann-Redmon and Jasmine Abou-Kassem unofficially in August of 2019 to form the first all- women Cannabis Firm in Kansas City, Missouri, Spark! Legal Solutions, LLLP, which will be officially rolled out in October 2019.
Antonette’s focus will be Civil Rights, Employment, and Cannabis-related law with a major area of focus on regulatory compliance in the Medical Cannabis industry. Antonette works with employers in drafting discrimination policies, employee handbooks, and training staff directly on issues of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and implicit bias, as well as helping to identify potential issues in employment arising out of Missouri’s Medical Marijuana laws.