As a young boy, I made the decision that my life was greater than my disability, Legg-Calve-Perthes. Therefore, I found something that I could accomplish—academics. I became an Advanced Placement scholar and valedictorian of my high-school class of 400 students.
My disability made me realize that I wanted to help others who also had life challenges. During high school, I volunteered at numerous local agencies, agencies where the clients face various life issues, such as: physical and mental disabilities, academic failure, poverty, and limited English. I learned about their lives by listening to their stories about their poverty, their academic failure in schools, their disabilities, and their feelings of powerlessness. Therefore, I resolved to distinguish myself as a lawyer who would make a legal difference by protecting the legal rights of society’s most vulnerable—people who suffer discrimination because of race, color, poverty, or disability.
As a public-interest lawyer, I will measure my success by continuing to answer the following vital questions: 1). Have I stayed passionate about my journey to do something and have I continued to impact the lives of disadvantaged children and adults? 2). Have I been an integral part of the legal system that should deliver its promise of equality of opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, poverty, or disability? My legal career will be measured by how I help to make the world a better place for society’s most vulnerable people, those who suffer discrimination because of race, color, poverty, or disability.