District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
University of Phoenix, BS
University of Georgia, Certificate in Organizational Behavior
University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, JD
Professional Affiliations and Memberships:
American Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
Family Court Trial Lawyers Association
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC
As the daughter of a career U.S. Coast Guardsman, Joyce has traveled the world extensively, but spent the majority of her childhood in Charleston, South Carolina. She subsequently served in the U.S. Army as an Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Specialist. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Phoenix where she majored in Business Management. Prior to attending law school, Joyce worked as a Senior Legal Assistant in the Complex (Capital Felonies) Trial Division of the Atlanta (GA) Circuit Public Defenders Office.
She graduated magna cum laude from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C., where she served on the Editorial Board of the UDC-DCSL Law Review and authored Appealing to the Legislature: A Comparative Analysis of the Georgia Statutes Regarding Evidence Preservation and Access to Post-Conviction DNA Testing, published in Spring 2010.
Joyce has represented clients in D.C. Superior Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals, the D.C. Office of Employee Appeals, various federal agencies, including the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) and the Student Hearing Office of the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. Additionally, she has litigated numerous veterans compensation claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and disability claims before the Social Security Administration where she is an accredited representative.
She was employed by a large law firm in Bethesda, Maryland prior to founding Aceves Law.