Lois graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. in Political Science and went to Law School at the University of Georgia in Athens. After graduation she worked for Georgia Legal Services in Savannah and later helped set up the Georgia Legal Service office in Conyers. Lois served as a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Department of Family and Children Services in several counties in and around the metro area until around 1989, when she became one of the first Child Advocates with the Gwinnett County Juvenile Court. She left that position in 1990 and since that time has focused her practice as a Guardian ad Litem for children in contentious divorce and custody cases. Lois worked as an advocate for children in IEP hearings and later served as a Hearing Officer for Special Education Due Process Hearings for the State of Georgia for several years. Lois and her husband George are the parents of Paul, who is 45 years old and on the Autism Spectrum. Issues involving his education, care, working life and long-term support led, along with Peter McKinnon’s parents, to the formation of Peter and Paul’s Place, Inc.