In celebration of Black History Month, we will be sharing a series of blog posts highlighting our clients and staff from the African diaspora. We are honored to share the stories of these amazing individuals, whom we celebrate not just this month, but throughout the year.
Meet Angela Cook, Judicial Assistant at the Georgia Court of Appeals. Angela was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, but has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 1992. Angela worked with Garvish Immigration Law Group as our Executive Administrative Assistant back in 2012. She was our first admin and was our sole support staff back then. We are very grateful to Angela for everything she has done for our firm. To us, she will always be a part of Garvish Immigration.
Prior to her legal career, Angela worked in the medical billing field. However, she quickly realized that she wanted to pursue a different profession. After much soul searching, many career assessments, and occupational outlook research, Angela decided she wanted to take a risk and pursue a career in the legal administrative field. She believed that there were so many options to explore in the field law and she wanted to gain experience in as many different fields to see what she liked best. Her long-term goal was to become an established legal administrative professional with experience in different areas of law. Angela always had an interest in law but did not necessarily want to become a lawyer. As a legal administrative assistant, she felt she could play a vital role in contributing to the practice of law, especially in civil matters.
My main obstacle was getting my foot in the door. In 2007, I didn’t have any formal education, or legal background. I was working at my first office job at the time and had recently learned to type! But finally, a door of opportunity opened for me, and I learned everything I could about the court system, and other legal tidbits to push my career ahead to where I am now. Every step was a building block – it taught me determination, perseverance, and focus, and also to learn from those around you, because that knowledge and wisdom will come in handy later!
After working with Garvish Immigration Law Group, Angela moved on to work with the State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General for almost six years. She is now a Judicial Assistant at the Georgia Court of Appeals. It was during her time at the State Attorney General’s office that Angela decided to go back to school to pursue her bachelor’s degree.
I started as a freshman at Georgia State University in 2019. I graduated high school in 1993. I always wanted to obtain my degree, but being a single mom, other priorities took precedence. Now with my daughter having graduated in 2017, I felt more comfortable to embark on my educational journey. I also had to decide which major I wanted, because I didn’t want to just fumble through school – it was important to me to come out the gate with a sure plan of execution and an end goal.
Angela has worked in various areas of law – commercial litigation, immigration, employment, appellate practice, etc.