Bethesda is a first-generation immigrant who grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She moved to Beverly Hills, California at the age of 16 to pursue her education in United States. For her undergraduate degree, she attended Goshen College where she received a degree in Psychology. During her time in UW law she was a board member of the Black Law Student Association and participated in the Vis Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria.
Prior to joining Lawton & Cates she interned at a firm in New York City, where she worked in the areas of fair housing and tenant’s rights. She also worked in Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama where she worked in the areas of personal injury, defective medical devices, drug injury, automobile accidents and employment law and discrimination. Bethesda is currently practicing in the areas of immigration law, personal injury, consumer protection law, general litigation, and labor and employment.
- Wisconsin, 2018
Professional Association and Membership
- State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
- Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers (Member)
- Legal Association for Women (Member)
- Law Alliance (Member)
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, J.D., 2018
- Goshen College, Goshen Indiana, B.A. Psychology, 2013