Brenda Seaver (Class of 2003)
I started New England School of Law as an evening student after already being out in the professional workforce for 5 years. I was prompted to apply to law school because of a great experience as a Victim Witness Advocate in the Worcester County District Attorney's Office, where I worked with domestic violence victims and assisted, to some extent, in the prosecution of batterers.
After starting evening division law school in 1999, I moved to the Boston area (thus, I had to leave my advocate job in Worcester County). I continued working in full time, professional positions that were not public interest law-related- because I couldn't find such a position that paid a sustainable full time salary. I also eventually got involved in the New England School of Law Women's Law Caucus as evening division representative.
When classes were out last summer, which marked the end of my second of four years, I volunteered to work with some indigent clients at Shelter Legal Services at Rosie's Place in Boston. I also managed to afford to slightly decrease my full time income so that I could take on a work study position as a Legal Assistant at The F.I.N.E.X. House, a battered women's shelter in the Boston area. This past August, I landed a full time, long-term temporary position as a paralegal at Greater Boston Legal Services in the Family Law Unit. My job responsibilities include working on various areas of family law with clients who are either in the process of leaving, or have already left, domestic violence relationships.