Ms. Steffan received her B.A. magna cum laude from Duke University in 1983, and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill in 1986. She has been in general practice since 1986, most of that time in Hillsborough. Ms. Steffan serves on the Board of the Regional Advisory Board for UNC’s Small Business and Technology Development Center. She is a past president of the Orange County Bar Association. She serves on the District 15B Bar Mentoring Committee to assist young lawyers with professional development. She has spoken to various groups on estate planning, business law, family law, and other topics. From time to time, she serves as a volunteer guest faculty member at seminars and workshops at the UNC Law School. Ms. Steffan writes the monthly “Ask the Lawyer” legal column for the News of Orange County. She received the 2009 Work Life Balance Award presented by the N.C. Association of Women Attorneys.