Attorney McKinley is a former litigation associate of The Davis Bozeman Law Firm. While at Davis Bozeman, Attorney McKinley successfully litigated complex civil rights cases involving excessive force as well as catastrophic personal injury claims. Her prior experiences include practicing employment and education law in the Eleventh Circuit and working in Washington D.C. in the Office of Senator Michael F. Bennet on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.
Attorney McKinley opened C. McKinley Law & Associates in 2015, which focused on education law, policy, and advocacy. Attorney McKinley was a 2015-2016 Fellow with the YWCA Georgia Women’s and Policy Institute (“GWPI”) where she and her cohort passed HB 827 (Rape Kit) legislation during the 2016 Georgia General Assembly to end the backlog of untested rape kits. Attorney McKinley also is a political strategist who assists candidates in national/local elections with campaign compliance, field operations, and effective messaging.
Upcoming completion of her undergraduate degree, Teach for America (TFA) selected Attorney McKinley to work in the Atlanta Public School System as a first grade teacher in the Bowen Homes housing community. Following TFA, Attorney McKinley co-developed a community based after-school program, and simultaneously earned her teacher certification from Georgia State University in 2006.
Attorney McKinley is committed to solving issues that directly affect women and children domestically and throughout the diaspora. Currently, she serves as a Board Member of the International Community School in Decatur, Georgia, Vice-President of the United People for African Congress (“UPAC”). Political Action Committee Co-Chair of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and Chair of the “If You Can See It, You Can Be It,” education program of the DeKalb Lawyers Association. Attorney McKinley earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from Spelman College and her Juris Doctorate from Florida A&M University College of Law.