Friday, October 2, 2015

Candidate of the Month — Monique Miles for Alexandria City Council (Virginia)


Monique A. Miles is a civil rights attorney with a successful law practice located in the heart of Old Town. She advises individuals and small businesses concerning a wide variety of legal issues, including business, labor, and employment matters.  She also provides legal services free of charge to low-income clients in our community via Legal Services of Northern Virginia.  She is a member of the Board of Governors for the Legal Services Corporation of Virginia, which oversees pro bono legal services across the Commonwealth.

The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference gave Monique an Outstanding Service Award in June 2012 for her service as Chair of the Women and Minorities in the Profession Commission. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference and the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association.  She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Alexandria Bar Association, the Fairfax Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington D.C., the Christian Legal Society, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

An entrepreneur and social justice advocate from a young age, Monique has been involved with the community for the past 20 years. She currently volunteers as a reading tutor and mentors an amazing and smart 11-year-old girl in a low-income area. She also served on the Alexandria Towing Services Advisory Board as a Citizen Representative. In that position, she sought revisions to the Alexandria Code to prevent predatory practices by towing companies.  She worked with City officials, including the police department, parking authority, and representatives from local towing companies. Monique will bring her collaborative and results-based style to the Alexandria City Council.

Monique earned her B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Philosophy from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from Regent University School of Law. During law school, she served as a law clerk with the Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Board of Immigration Appeals, where she handled complex cases involving asylum eligibility, China’s coercive population control policy, and the United Nations Convention Against Torture.