Today we are featuring Kandace Rudd:
Kandace Rudd is patient, compassionate, and earnest partner at Kandace Rudd Waldoch & McConnaughhay, P.A. and we are excited to share her story, background and words of encouragement to other women! She specializes in elder law specifically guardianship, public benefits, planning for and responding to issues arising from aging and capacity, probate, and trust administration.
Kandace received Bachelor of Social Work from Baylor University, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, a Master of Social Work, clinical concentration, from Florida State University College of Social Work, and her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the Florida State University College of Law. She says: “During my education I worked, interned, and volunteered with both state and private agencies focused on older adults, persons with disabilities, mental health, and advocacy. I always knew I wanted to work with older adults because I grew up in a multi-generational home. My great-grandmother lived on the same property as my grandmother and we lived in the small town as my entire family.
During my undergraduate education I was taught that a social worker promotes social justice and change not only on behalf of client but with clients. This emphasis on justice and change in collaboration with a client sparked my interest in the law. Throughout my education journey I knew I wanted to pursue a legal career that combined my social worker background and allowed me to advocate with and on behalf of clients for the change and justice each needed.
After receiving my MSW I decided to work before applying to law school. During my time at the Area Agency on Aging for North Florida as the OAA Program Specialist I was able to interact and work with the local communities in our 14 county service area. I fell in love with North Florida and decided to stay in Tallahassee for law school instead of returning home to Texas. During the summer after my 1L year I worked as a law clerk for Waldoch & McConngauhhay, I returned the following summer as a law clerk and I have been with the firm ever since. I become partner in January of 2022.”