Ms. Washington is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana. She earned her bachelor's degree from Lousiana State University A & M in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She then went on to obtain her juris doctorate degree from Texas Southern University Law School in Houston, Texas, where she achieved the distinction of receiving Dean's List Honors. While attending law school, Ms. Washington was an active member in numerous organizations including, but not limited to, the Internal Revenue Service Externship program; the Environmental Law Clinic; the Prestige Woods Women's Legal Society; the Black Law Student Association; the Volunteer Assistance Program; and the Teen Mock Trial Program.
After obtaining her juris doctorate in 1997, Ms. Washington successfully passed the July 1997 Texas Bar Exam and was admitted to the Texas Bar in November of 1997. Ms. Washington then went on to successfully pass the February 1998 Florida Bar Exam, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in June of 1998. Additionally, Ms. Washington is also licensed to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.
Ms. Washington's first position as a licensed attorney was as an assistant public defender with the Office of Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida. In that capacity she handled misdemeanor and felony cases, and most recently served as Juvenile Division Chief for the Office of Public Defender, Seventh Judicial Circuit. From 2000-2002, Ms. Washington served as an assistant state attorney with the office of State Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. She prosecuted both misdemeanor and felony cases and also had the distinction of being assigned as a special prosecutor for the sex crimes division.
Ms. Washington was also previously an associate with Smith, Hood & Perkins, where she handled cases involving insurance defense and medical malpractice defense. She previously had a solo practice in Daytona Beach, but has since relocated both her home and her business to Flagler County.