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Advocating for Children!

Thank you Mrs. Paula Holloway! You probably are not aware of the impact your presentation to my Juvenile Law class had on me. It simply changed my life. Prior to hearing Mrs. Holloway’s speech, I was confused and did not know where my career was headed. Somehow I allowed the economic crisis, the enormous number of articles preaching the worthlessness of a JD and being just plain sick and tired of law school take me too far right on a course to no man’s land. I was discouraged and failed to remember why I entered law school in 2007. And then Mrs. Holloway walked into my Juvenile Law class earlier this month. The impact her stories had on me were not only unexpected but was something like being saved. Saved in the religious sense. As each word eased out of her mouth, I become more and more clear about my life’s path. It was like hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak. No, she was no preacher and not as eloquent a speaker as Martin Luther King, Jr. But, her words had as much, if not more, of an impact on my life than if I had heard Reverend King speak. Hearing her experience with child abuse and neglect and the foster care system brought me close to tears. The ease that she spoke of the stories only indicated the need for drastic change in the system. And as Ms. Holloway stated, attorneys have the power and knowledge to make such change. It was then I knew, my initial reason for entering law school, was the only reason I needed to finish the program and pass the California Bar Exam. It was one of the many passions of mine.

How did I lose sight of my legal career dream? I have many dreams, but this one is more realistic than the others and actually within arms reach. The constant strain of reading various case books, briefing cases, juggling motherhood, education and career and the pressure of my mounting law school student loan debt caused me to consider the traditional path and work for a law firm providing me with a comfortable salary, regardless of the area of law. Friends and family can attest to my love-hate relationship with law school and the legal profession in general. Not to mention the scores of articles informing us law students of the realities of post-law school life. One chasing paper to pay off our enormous student loan debt. The future looked bleak, to say the least. I was not too happy with the thought of remaining in Corporate America, making good money, but merely pushing paper as a corporate transactional attorney. That is where my life was heading and then I heard Mrs. Holloway speak.

Things are so much clearer today (and have been for the past couple of weeks). I see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is such a clear picture, even through my tear-filled eyes. Nothing was blurry about my future. I knew, at that exact moment, my destiny. Thank you Mrs. Paula Holloway! I will forever remember your face, your name and the words that inspired me to fulfill my destiny as an advocate for children.

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