Rachel completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2001. She furthered her education at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, where she was awarded a Juris Doctor degree in 2005. During her law studies, she was distinguished with the “Book Award” for achieving the highest grade in her evidence class, which had around 100 students.
While attending law school, Rachel was involved in a 2002 summer program focusing on International Human Rights at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. Additionally, she interned with the ACLU and Coast to Coast Legal Aid, advocating for domestic violence victims in family law cases and restraining order proceedings. In 2006, after a brief stint in the private sector, she embarked on her career in criminal defense, joining the Public Defender’s Office in Broward County.
Over a span of 17 years as an assistant public defender, Rachel defended thousands of clients in county, juvenile, and felony courts. In 2016, she ascended to the role of division chief in the felony division, leading and mentoring around 30 felony attorneys. Her tenure includes managing complex and high-profile cases in Broward County’s major crimes division.
Rachel has been featured on various media outlets including CourtTV, ABC Local 10, WSVN 7 News Miami, the Law and Crime Network, and the Sun Sentinel. She has also served as the lead counsel in death penalty cases.
Active in professional circles, Rachel is part of the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves as Board Secretary for Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.